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dslr used or refurbished?

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Aug 31, 2010 09:35 |  #31

Got my d40 from Adorama today, it looks brand new, camera is clean, no dust anywhere, one little scratch on the lcd but no big deal bc it was rated that way. Lens looks good, all the manuals, cables, and strap is brand new. I am very happy so far, can't wait for the battery to charge.

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Aug 31, 2010 10:04 |  #32

I've bought two refurb Canon bodies (10D & 5D) from Adorama and both came in as new condition as the new 10D & 5D had come with the exception of the box it was packed in.

Refurbed 10D is still clicking away and the refurbed 5D shutter count is much higher (from my use) than that of the new 5D I had purchased. I have no complaints and wouldn't give it a thought of buying a refurbed body again ... 5DMKII in a year or so :)

I also don't bother checking the shutter count ... why bother? If the refurb does what it is supposed to do while under warrenty, that's all that matters!

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Aug 31, 2010 10:20 |  #33

I got my 50D used from B&H, and you wouldn't know it was used (it was described as a "9+". Described perfectly, as always from B&H. Great place to buy used from...

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Aug 31, 2010 10:36 |  #34

i would buy refurbished again. got a great deal on a refurb'd 40d (at the time). 9 months later had an err99 message, sent it in, fixed for free, and sent it back! happy customer here!

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Oct 17, 2010 13:38 |  #35

Bumping this vs starting a new thread. I'm in the same boat, looking at 40D's

Canon loyalty - $559 + tax = $600
Used = $500

Wish adoroma had some 40D's refurbed.

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Oct 17, 2010 14:01 |  #36

I think the thread already shows you refurbed is the way to go. With refurbed, you know it's already just like new, except maybe cosmetically. Plus you get some kind of warranty. With used, unless the owner just bought it or you know the owner, then go for it. Otherwise, their maybe some risk. Basically, with refurbed, your paying for the extra inspection to make sure it's working in top shape. Just think of it as like buying a factory reconditioned PreOwned vehicle, compared to a used vehicle.

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Oct 17, 2010 21:46 |  #37

If only those refurb could be available to us Canadians.... and we don't have CLP.

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Oct 18, 2010 03:11 |  #38

Here in the UK Canon sells refurbs through it's Ebay store and all come with a full 12 month Canon warrenty.

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Oct 18, 2010 03:18 |  #39
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i bought a refurb nikon d5000 mnths ago from arrived in 100% new condition and was thrilled with the camera......for a little while...then I upgraded to my 50d lol

Canon > Nikon

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