Good observation, I missed that!Chris S. wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:44 pmWhile the canister clearly does say "-2", it also appears to say "5x" (though it's fuzzy in the image). If so, this is not the original canister--so leanderborg220, you may want to check the model number on the back side of the objective, to see if it is the "-2" version or the "-3" version.(FYI, the "-2" I'm referring to is indicated on the objective canister, you can see it suffixed to the model number, -2 is the second version. Newest versions have the -3 tag".
It's the -2 version because of the protruding black rim. The -3 versions mostly have the silver housing covering the entire objective. I don't think there's image quality differences among the 2 versions. My rationale is rather simple. The -3 version likely saw less shelf life than the -2 version, which could be over 10 years old.
It is clearly not new. From the first photo in the listing, there's blemishes on the letter "M".
I think $100 is fair, that's why I said $200. Always start with a higher value in negotiation. It's obviously unfair to invoke this due to buyer's remorse/regret, but the member was sold a used lens claimed to be new.
Moreover, look carefully at the photos in the 4th post. The third one shows dots along the edge of the internal optics. This is a dire sign of delamination, indicating the objective likely have seen harsh and prolonged use, or wasn't stored properly. An objective in such a condition, unless I've tested to make sure it has zero affect, I will sell for $300 as parts.