Lenses are not cheap, and you can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying used, but of course, you assume certain risks in doing so. If you are thinking of buying a used lens, this helpful video will give you seven things to check to ensure that you get a high quality optic that will give you years of good performance.
Coming to you from ZY Productions, this great video features seven things you should check when buying a used lens. Some people are wary of this or outright refuse to, but as someone who loves playing with gear and constantly trying new things, I certainly would not be able to have half as much fun and creative exploration if I did not embrace the used market. And through careful purchasing, I have never had an issue and have easily saved thousands of dollars and been able to afford lenses I wouldn't have purchased otherwise. Since you can't always check out a lens in person, one thing that has helped me has been finding a forum I trust. I use Fred Miranda's buy and sell forum, as it is made specifically for photographers and features a close-knit community with a good feedback system. It enabled me to get my beloved Canon 200mm f/2L IS lens in new condition for about 40% less than the new price. Check out the video above for the full rundown.