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| Re: 500 f/4 IS age vs. image quality |
Some lenses have a preferred age vs. image quality. For example, some claim the 100-400 made in the last two to three years have a little bit better IQ on the long end than those a little older. With that in mind, Is there any optical or mechincal advantage associated with the age of a 500/4 IS? As long as the lens was handled, stored and cared for properly, are there any advantages of a two or three year old 500/4 vs an eight to ten year old 500/4?
There is no difference in the 500/4 IS that I know of other than the possible cosmetics of the IS and Af slide switches. In fact some poeple were complaining about 5 years ago that the newer lenses did not seem to be as good as the earlier ones. I'd rather have a nice clean 500/4 IS from 2000 than a well used one from 2010.