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Jan 25, 2011 23:16 |  #1

I would appreciate hearing from anyone with experience buying a refurbished DSLR from the Canon Store. The prices are certainly reasonable.
Good experiences?
All accessories included as with a new one?
Any concerns?

Thanks for any advice - or directing me to a relevant link in the Forum.

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Jan 25, 2011 23:18 |  #2

I recently bought a refurbished 5D2 from Canon. It looked like it was brand new, no cosmetic damage or anything. It came with all the accessories.


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Jan 25, 2011 23:19 |  #3

FAQ here: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=918120
Experiences and etc here: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=918120

I bought my camera refurbished and it came to my house looking brand new. All except a sticker on the rear lens cap and the bottom of my camera that says refurbished. Came with about 80 clicks so it was virtually new.


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Jan 25, 2011 23:30 as a reply to  @ edmyloo's post |  #4

Sometimes manufactures will sell overstock that has been returned from stores as "refurbs" because they cannot be sold as "New" since they have been technically sold back to the vendor (Canon, etc.) They will also refurbish them if the box has been severely damaged, but the camera inside may be untouched.

My 5D2 is a refurb from Canon direct. Nothing wrong with them, and mine was absolutely pristine. I could not tell a difference besides the "Refurbished" sticker on the bottom of the camera, and the plain white box it came in.

The only negative is that these units usually carry a shorter warranty period. Mine was only 3 months.


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Jan 25, 2011 23:32 |  #5

Excellent feedback. Thanks to each of you. I believe I am going that route.

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Jan 26, 2011 00:59 as a reply to  @ wmcy's post |  #6

I bought a refurb Canon camcorder (HF10) for almost $400 cheaper than new ($800) because I just couldn't afford new prices. It was in perfect shape and still going 2 years later.


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Jan 26, 2011 01:01 |  #7

My 1D Mark III was originally a refurb camera...I'm the third owner and it's still going flawlessly. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.


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Jan 26, 2011 01:04 |  #8

I bought my 50D + 28-135mm kit lens factory refurbished (I'm guessing Canon? Not sure) from B&H photo. I believe refurbished may sometimes be even better than buying brand new, because Canon themselves inspect and calibrate or tweak anything back to their specifications before shipping it out. We've all heard stories of people who buy things new only to RMA or return it within a few days because something is wrong with it.


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Jan 26, 2011 01:45 |  #9

YAH00 wrote in post #11715464 (external link)
I recently bought a refurbished 5D2 from Canon. It looked like it was brand new, no cosmetic damage or anything. It came with all the accessories.

No wonder I don't see you over at the t2i thread anymore.. Nice upgrade!


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Jan 26, 2011 05:27 |  #10

Thanks to all for the great responses.

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Jan 26, 2011 05:31 |  #11

I just got a refurbished 7D from Adorama.

Every single thing looked brand new. The file numbers were up around 4,000 which is high compared to a lot of people I've heard about on here, but I'd still consider that pretty low. My guess is that maybe it was returned because of poor autofocusing and maybe those 4000 shots were spent adjusting everything.

Either way, nothing shows any signs of wear whatsoever and it comes with a 90 day warranty, so I'm pretty pleased. It didn't even come with a "refurb" sticker on it or anything.


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Jan 26, 2011 05:59 |  #12

My 5D Mk II is a refurb...Looked brand new, came in a white box with all the accessories. Cables, CDs, manual, screen protectors on the top and back LCD.

I've had no problems at all with it since I bought it about 6 months ago.

Some will say that refurbs can actually be more reliable because Canon will take the camera out and inspect it before repackaging it and selling it. Whether it is an overstocked item, or returned, most claim they appear to be brand new.


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Jan 26, 2011 07:51 |  #13

I got a refurb 7D through the Canon Loyalty Program and a refurb T2i through Adorama. You couldn't tell either apart from brand new ones and I've had no issues with either one.


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Jan 26, 2011 08:11 |  #14

I got my returb 7D from Canon loyalty program $1163 shipped body only. It was brand new.




  
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Jan 26, 2011 12:32 |  #15

nice feedback. i'll probably look for a refurbished body for my next upgrade.

as for refurbished lenses..i'm guessing that's a whole other situation on its own huh..




  
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