Sony APS-C Used Lens Do Not Hold Value in Used Market?

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Jimmy K.
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Sony APS-C Used Lens Do Not Hold Value in Used Market?

With my previous 2 systems (Nikon APS-C DSLR and Canon FF DSLR), I have always bought new. Then when I switched systems, I sold on my gear either on Craigslist or on company mailing list.

WIth Nikon APS-C lenses, I sold my lenses for 82% of original retail price.

  • 18-105mm, which is standard all-round lens
  • 55-300mm, just typical telephoto lens

With Canon FF lense, I got 80% back

  • 24-70mm F2.8L II. Great lens. Go-to lens many Canon pro shooters
  • 16-35mm F4L. Great ultra-wide, except for astro
  • 70-300mm (non-L), which is just a standard telephoto lens
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (not Art version), just standard 50mm fast lens

There is nothing magical about 80%. I just check the price on eBay and CL, then I set my prices accordingly. I think my selling prices were very fair. My lenses were in great condition. And I sold them toward the lower range. It took me <1 week to sell them. I probably could have gotten close to 85% back, especially for the Canon L lenses, but will take longer.

Fast forward to 2019, I got Sony a6400. I bought 2 Sony lenses on Craigslist. My prices were around 50% of retail. Although I believe I got good discounts, I see low-end prices on eBay are just slightly higher, around 60% of retail.

  • Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS. Not sure how desirable this lens is.  I did see good review on this lens.  I got it on CL for $225. I see lowest eBay prices around $200-250. Compared to retail of $475 - $50 discount.
  • Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS. I believe this is the one to get for ultra wide, except for maybe astro.  I bought it for $400. Lowest eBay prices around $400-$475. Compared to retail of $850.

It seems like great value to buy Sony APS-C lenses used. I'm wondering if Sony APS-C used lenses don't hold their value as much as Nikon or Canon.

 Jimmy K.'s gear list:Jimmy K.'s gear list
Sony a6400 Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS +3 more
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