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Why is the 24-85 f/2.8-4 AF-D so cheap?


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#1 LightMeter

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 04:56 AM

When we get our tax refund in about 3 months, l was thinking about getting an older FF body to try out full frame. Maybe a Canon 5D MK II or D700. lf l do, l'll need a wide-tele zoom for it. l see several of the 24-85 on Ebay buy it now about 200usd or even less. With a max aperture of 2.8-4, l was expecting the lens to be at least 300 or more. Why are these so cheap? lnferior image quality? Or another reason??? lf it's a good lens at that price, then l may go with a Nikon instead of Canon. Canon has a nice 24-85 USM with good lQ for about 130usd, but the max aperture is 3.5-4.5.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:59 AM

Mebbe 'cuz it's a kit lens........?


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:35 AM

I use this lens with my D500, because at larger apertures, it's soft on the edges.  I bought one years ago for my F-5, and didn't like it much.  A year, or so later, I bought a D200 and it worked fine.  It seems to have some light fall-off at wider focal lengths.  Those are just observations when I shot with transparency film in testing.  The DX format cameras crop out the FX edges, so it works, but just OK.

 

I paid around $600 for it new.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 04:51 AM

Thanks Dennis. l'll probably avoid the lens.


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