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I have the opportunity to purchase a 20 year old lens at a

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I have the opportunity to purchase a 20 year old lens at a very reasonable price. If the lens fails can it still be repaired please. Or would I be better off buying a newer lens. What is the oldest Canon lens that you can still get spares for? Your comments would be of interest before I purchase.

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Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Digital Cameras
Expert:  Steve G. replied 4 years ago.
Hello there and welcome to Just Answer. My name is Steve and I will be assisting you today. I am an engineer with over 30 years of electrical and electronic training, repair and installation experience. I will try and answer your question accurately and precisely so that we can get you on your way.

What Canon body are you using?

Please let me know so that we can continue.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Canon 7D & 5D Mark3

Expert:  Steve G. replied 4 years ago.
Ok, good. Is the lens you are looking at an AF? Can you tell me the model number?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The lens is a Canon 300 f2.8 Non IS Lens which has both AF & MF

Expert:  Steve G. replied 4 years ago.
A 20 year old lens is certainly repairable. There are several online outfits - I like United Camera - I have used them a couple of times. I am not affiliated with them.

Without IS, the lens is actually relatively simple. I'm unlcear as to whether or not this lens has the AF motor in it, if it doesn't then you have nothing to worry about at all.

If the price is right and you have an option to return the lens if something is wrong with it, I would go for it.

If you have any questions/comments I will be here.