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| p.2 #4 · How much should one pay for NIkon 50mm 1.2 AIS? |
Resale value has little to do with the fact it has been owned by only one person. Because this lens is still available new, folks buying used will always be looking for a discount. Condition will surely matter, so whether you buy new or used you'll want a clean lens and then take very good care of it. The used copy of this lens I bought two and half years ago, that is sitting on my desk in front of me as I write this, is still in mint condition. Granted it is probably only four or five years old judging from the serial number. I got a great deal on the lens and would likely make a bit of a profit were I to sell it, which won't happen. It is a bit like buying new cars. A new car will lose value the moment you drive it off the showroom floor. A new lens will lose value the moment it is in your hands. It is for that reason that the forty to fifty manual focus lenses I've bought over the last three years have all be used. Granted, most of those are out of production but I have six of the eight lenses still in production and all were bought used.
As I said before, if you need the new car smell, or in the case of lenses, a perfect specimen, then buy new. But there is nothing wrong with buying used and a great deal to be gained if you're prudent in your efforts.