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EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM -Refurbished

 
Steveinator
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Nov 26, 2012 10:00 |  #1

Thining about Pulling the trigger on this.... any thoughts

is it worth saving the 20% on a Refurbished Lens thru Canon Direct..

$863 plus TAx...

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John ­ from ­ PA
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Nov 26, 2012 10:36 |  #2

On cameras, that will get you a 14-day exchange and a 90-day warranty; likely to be the same for lenses. More importantly, if it is a Canon refurb likely someone has at least looked at it and checked it out based on the reported problem. Some people feel this makes it better than an off-the-line lens which may not be individually checked.

I can't comment relative to the specific price. I'm sure there are cheaper out there, and of course a lot higher. But it remains your call based on what you are getting for your $$$.




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amfoto1
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Nov 26, 2012 12:39 |  #3

... likely someone has at least looked at it and checked it out based on the reported problem

That's not necessarily true....

A lens can end up as a "refurb" for any number of reasons, a lot of which have nothing to do with actual problems. It could be nothing more than returned overstock or a damaged box or a demo lens from a dealer or a trade show. It might have been a lens offered as a loaner at a major event where Canon Professional Services was providing support.

It might have been returned just because the husband bought it without checking with the wife first and she blew a gasket when she found out what he spent (Note: In order to be 100% politically correct... In this fictionalized statement, please feel free to swap "husband/he" with "wife/she" if you prefer).

I don't have a problem buying refurbs... Have done so from retailers several times (Adorama, B&H), but not from Canon. I'm one of those folks who feel that refurbs have probably been more thoroughly inspected than any product fresh off the assembly line. So long as the lens checks out okay after I receive it, I'm happy to save some money on it.


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Nov 26, 2012 12:41 |  #4

Question about the f4 is. I sold my 70-200f2.8 II and now tried a second hand 5yr old F4 is. What immediately jumped out was how noisy the IS was on the f4. Is this normal? Or is that just due to the age of the lens?


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John ­ from ­ PA
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Nov 26, 2012 17:56 |  #5

At http://www.kenrockwell​.com ...lenses/70-200mm-f4-is.htmexternal link Ken Rockwell states about the 70-200mm f4 IS "It sounds like there is a motor running or something boiling inside when the stabilizer runs. It clicks when it turns off or on."

Probably normal on the lens you tried.




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Nov 26, 2012 18:19 as a reply to John from PA's post |  #6

I've done a refurb camera body from Canon, and would not hesitate to do it again. When you get it, check it thoroughly, test it out, make sure all is well, if not return it. I would do the same for new, used, or refurb. The 20% you save will get you the protective filter for the front, and a new Cf card.

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Nov 26, 2012 18:32 as a reply to jbrand's post |  #7

Definitely worth it! That's a good price, i see them going for more used.

Yes, the IS is noisy/clunky on this lens... not an issue. ;)


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Nov 26, 2012 19:03 as a reply to 1Tanker's post |  #8

I picked it up today and i think its a great value. I was ready to buy this in a few weeks/ months. Its listed on B&H right now for 1099 which includes a rebate. Even with paying tax i still saved about 170 on the current rebate price.


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Nov 26, 2012 19:17 |  #9

You will love it and the IS is noisy. Good price. Mine stays on one of my bodies all the time.


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Nov 26, 2012 20:56 |  #10

Dyin to know how this goes....


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Nov 26, 2012 21:10 |  #11

lapino wrote in post #15291436external link
Question about the f4 is. I sold my 70-200f2.8 II and now tried a second hand 5yr old F4 is. What immediately jumped out was how noisy the IS was on the f4. Is this normal? Or is that just due to the age of the lens?

it's a noisy lens but you don't hear it after awhile :D.


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Nov 26, 2012 22:00 |  #12

Yes, got a new one from from BHPhoto for $1099, I used a new credit card Chase Freedom and the first purchases over $500 in the first 3 months will get another $100 back so $1000 for a new 70-200 f/4 IS and all new w/12 months warranty plus 0% financing for 18 months....! Oh, yeah the IS sounds like a little micro r/c motor. And, picked up a like new 1.4x extender for $200 here on POTN.


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Nov 27, 2012 00:02 |  #13

Buy!


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