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| p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Whats wrong with my "for sale"add - or is it the lens? |
Times are tough, but you do seem to have an excellent lens which is priced low at this time. As an example, a lens in a probably similar condition by KEH is listed for $4,100.
One issue you can address is that of the lens IQ. Most potential purchasers really do not know if the lens would fully satisfy them IQ wise. Therefore, why not post several of your pictures obtained with the lens. Show them in as original (as captured) state as practical, so that people do not get confused by your pp prowes.
Sadly, there is nothing else that can touch 500 f/4.5L in your current price range. The nearest (price-wise) lens that can outperform 500 f/4.5L is 500 f/4 IS MKI, but nice copies of the latter are typically $6,000 plus these days. That is a very big difference to your asking price of $3,100.
Moreover, 500 f/4.5L is one kilogram lighter than its faster sibling. That has a significant impact on the ease of lens handling. I loved shooting my ex 500 f/4.5L handheld.
Now, general lack of repair parts is what it is, and not much can be done about that, although there are still some parts available on ebay. However, thankfully, those lenses, especially if in a good condition, do not seem to fail often. I have gone thru a number of obsolete lenses, and still own three of them, and never had a problem that couldn't be remedied by my local repair shop. In other words, the probability of a well kept and well performing lens suffering a terminal failure in the near future is not high at all.
In sum, my suggestion is that you stick to your guns pricewise, and furnish some good illustrations of the lens IQ capabilities in your for-sale post.