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p.1 #1 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


What's a fair value for a UJ datecode 500 4.5L that has many paint chips, a 3-inch crack in the hood, and a missing cover for the focal distance meter? The missing cover and cracked hood are "fixed" with clear packing tape (ugly, but appear to be adequate fixes). Focus speed and accuracy seem good, and the images are sharp.

thanks



Jan 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


Use eBay


Jan 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


I tried ebay, but not much help there. Only 1 sold, and it was in good condition (sold for $4200).

Is there a way of searching farther back in the ebay archives? The advanced search didn't indicate such an option.



Jan 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


With prices the way they are going, $3,000. A few years ago I saw a list that put a lens like that around $2,500. I've never seen one in poor condition(looks wise) go for under $2,800.
Canon won't touch the lens otherwise the prices would have skyrocketed on that model.



Jan 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
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p.1 #5 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


I remember they were right around $2800 when they were sold at FM awhile back.


Jan 05, 2012 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


that's good news -- I don't have to feel guilty for today's splurge since it was safely below $2800

Separate question -- the drop-in filter glass is scratched and a bit speckled. The holder is in fine shape. Can I replace the glass only? Will imperfections that close to the sensor affect IQ?



Jan 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
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p.1 #7 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


I believe it takes a low-profile screw in type. Yes, it could hurt the image more than removing it temporarily.


Jan 06, 2012 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #8 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


It would not hurt to have it lubed & cleaned. Mine has an M date code, and it got 'da works last Fall. I will not make a happy endings joke.


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p.1 #9 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


Locally, I passed on a first generation 500mm f4.5L with trunk & hood in solid 8+ condition last year for $1,500.

Good friend bought it, against my advise which was based entirely on what I read about 1st generation USM being unserviceable & it then became his whitepaint paperweight in a couple months.



Jan 07, 2012 at 01:50 AM
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p.1 #10 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


The drop in filter holder does not have a screw-in filter, rather a piece of glass that is part of the holder, onto which gelatin filters would be held in place with the metal clip-in overlay piece.... unless your lens came with the optional drop in filter holder that accepts 48mm screw-in filters.

This is the standard holder: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_171909_-1
This is the one for screw-in filters: http://www.adorama.com/CA48DIFH.html
I'm not sure it came with a filter... and it might be difficult to find suitable 48mm filters.



Jan 07, 2012 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #11 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


thanks for the filter info. I believe my filter holder is the standard one, but I'll double check.

that's a scary story about the $1500 paperweight. I read elsewhere that someone was able to get a new motor for theirs. Does that not suggest the USM is still serviced by some shops? Or is the motor distinct from other non-servicable aspects of USM?

Is there any sense in which "if it aint broke, don't mess with it" applies to these old lenses? That is, might opening her up to clean and lube possibly lead to damage? If not, which are the best places in Chicagoland to have it done? I've heard Calumet mentioned and they're close by.



Jan 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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p.1 #12 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


One way to check the value of a lens is to go to KEH and do a "Sell your gear". The price they offer you will be roughly half of what they would sell it for.


Jan 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


I sold a nice one, with caps, case etc. - for $2800 on B/S about 2 years ago. Mine had a quick release plate and an original Canon roating PL filter.
Harry Palmer



Jan 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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p.1 #14 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


http://www.ebay.com/itm/250944002635?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649

I just sold this one on ebay last month. I had owned it for over a decade and never had a problem with it. Mine took 48mm screw in filters stock.



Jan 08, 2012 at 04:49 AM
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p.1 #15 · fair value for well-used 500 4.5L?


About a year ago I sold mine for $3,600.
The lens set was complete, blemishless, practically dust free (which was very unusual for an older lens), and in (EX+) overall condition.

For a similar lens KEH wants $4,500 today.



Jan 08, 2012 at 05:10 AM





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