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Sending a lens...

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Amp34, 9 Jun 2010.

  1. Amp34


    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    Just sold my 300 f/4 (obligatory :() but not sure how to post it. I was thinking stick it in it's box and wrap the box up in an inch of bubblewrap?

    Not enough? Too much?
  2. PaulyD


    Joined: 24 Mar 2008

    Posts: 4,637

    Location: High Wycombe

    I would pack it as well as humanly possible so that if it is knocked (likely) the bubble wrap will absorb most of the impact. Saying that though I always over protect items I send just to ensure there are no issues :)
  3. peterattheboro


    Joined: 24 Sep 2005

    Posts: 20,041

    Location: Middlesbrough

    An inch of the large bubble stuff in a compact box should be ok. Also stick some newspaper in around that for good measure.

    Mark the box as FRAGILE FRAGILE FRAGILE FRAGILE all over it aswell :)
  4. Tooks

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2005

    Posts: 2,047

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Personally, I would find a box a good 4 to 6 inches bigger all round than the lens box, and then pack it round with polystyrene filler, that's how my lenses have arrived from shops, and how I post them.

    Check also that the courier you're using actually insures camera lenses (you are sending it insured I presume?) as many don't. Those that do will often only cover them for loss, not damage.

    Interlink is a company I use, they will cover camera lenses for damage also.
  5. Amp34


    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    I was wondering about a box first but 1. not sure if I have one the right size and 2 I wasn't sure if it was a bit overkill. :p

    The lens itself is in a hard leather case (and i'll bubblewrap inside that too but i'll go see if I can find a box...

    Yeah, going to send it RMSD so it'll be insured up to £500.
  6. Amp34


    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    Right, managed to find a box a little bigger than the lens box so stuffed the difference with bubblewrap and paper. :)
  7. dannyjo22


    Joined: 9 May 2005

    Posts: 30,833

    Location: Cambridge

    I also bubble wrapped the inside of the box when I sent one recently. I bought a second hand lens recently that even though it was well wrapped ended up taking a knock in the post (most likely) and I had to send it back because the IQ was all over the place :(

    It's put me off ever buying a second hand lens again that I cannot pick up and test in person.