Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by theenigmat, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. theenigmat macrumors member

    May 10, 2006
    I'm looking to purchase a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens and was wondering if anyone here had any connections and could help me get a relatively cheaper price. I know this mo-fo is like $1700 but I was thinking/hoping maybe like $1400 or $1500. Please let me know if you can be of help.
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    You can usually find refurbished Canon L-series lenses at Adorama Camera for a good discount.
  3. awad macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2006
    if you type the search code "psaug" into's search box. you'll find it for 1599 i believe.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'd check this guy out. It may be what you're looking for.
    Lens for Sale
  5. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
  6. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    That is the best price I have seen for this lens new.

    That one looks like the non-IS version.
  7. -hh macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    How soon until you "really have to have it"? Can you wait 5 weeks?

    I realize that this is speculative, "but"...

    My reason for the question is because the 70-200 f/2.8 IS has been included in all of the recent rebates that Canon has run, so if you can wait, I'd say that the odds are probably very good that another rebate's going to start pretty soon...if past history holds, on October 15th (5 weeks from now).

    In doing some digging around, the last several advertised rebates from Canon have run:

    10/15/2004 - 01/31/2005 (triple dipping)
    04/01/2005 - 07/15/2005

    10/15/2005 - 01/31/2006 (triple dipping)
    04/01/2006 - 07/15/2006

    This pattern suggests:

    10/15/2006 - 01/31/2007 ... maybe with triple dipping.

    What I mean by "triple dipping" is that Canon allows the rebates to increase (up to triple) if you buy multiple eligible products.

    For example, here is this past spring's "normal" form, and here is last Fall's "triple dip" form.

    For example, I got some stuff last fall when Canon was running a "triple dip" promotion: the 20D had a $100 rebate and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS had a $50 rebate, but by buying them at the same time, I was looking at getting a 2*($100) + 2*($50) = $300 rebate.

    But since maximum leveraging is with three items, I ran the math and decided to add a Canon ip660D printer,. This was a $150 printer with a $25 rebate, so what had beena $300 refund became a 3($100)+3($50)+3($25) = $525 refund. More importantly, it was a $375 refund after the cost of the printer was subtracted, which effectively meant they gave me a free printer and an extra $75 rebate, because I was willing to loan them a little more of my money ($150 for the printer) for 2 months.

    As such, my suggestion is to start to looking to see what else you might want to pick up (and can afford within your budget), as well as starting to ask friends/family if there's any Canon goodies (likely to be on the rebate list) that they might want to go in together on an order so that you both save some extra bucks.

  8. theenigmat thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2006
    Thanks for all the advice everyone

    Thanks for the advice everyone. :) I found the best price to be $1599. I decided to get the non-IS version for $1099 and additionally, I sprung for a 50mm f/1.4 with lens hood and case. I figure I'll cutback on the caffeine and just get steadier at my shots. Thanks for help though :)
  9. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    nice. I wonder if Canon will do rebates this October, and more importantly, will the 5D and 85 f/1.2L will be on the list?

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