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Jan 29, 2007 01:51 |  #1

Not sure if this belongs in the right section, but what do you guys think:

Should I get the 30D now while the rebates are in effect (I would be getting double rebate) or should I wait till the 40D comes out and 30D prices drop? which do you think would be the better deal?

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Jan 29, 2007 01:58 |  #2

The 40D MIGHT come out this March.. remember those who truly know about the 40D won't tell you and those who tell you don't know.

The other factor is whether you want to pay full MSRP for the 40D or a discounted price for a 30D. I got a 30D at a good price so I bought one now, opting to forego the upcoming 40D.. it's only a second body anyway.

My guess is that the 40D will at least launch at the same price as the old 20D did.. $1499 or thereabouts. New is great.. but do expect to pay a premium at launch time or wait yet longer for the price to fall. Same with everything, 5D, 70-200 f/4L IS, 17-55/2.8 IS.. lots of other products came down in price but that was at least a few if not many months after launch.




  
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Jan 29, 2007 02:00 |  #3

I would think when the 40D comes out, rebates will no longer be offered on the 30D (like the 20D now) and so do you think the 30D will drop more than $200 when the 40D comes out, or will it be better to get the $200 off from rebates now?


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Jan 29, 2007 02:02 |  #4

I bought mine after the price drop just post Christmas, no regrets and there won't be any after the 40D comes out either.

I bought the XT 2 months before the xti came out , not only did I avoid regret I actually preferred the Xt. might be the same thing with the 30 I think.

There is much more to a camera then MP's...Mp's means you need bigger Cf cards to hold the same number of pictures.


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Jan 29, 2007 02:03 |  #5

Vermin87 wrote in post #2617897 (external link)
I would think when the 40D comes out, rebates will no longer be offered on the 30D (like the 20D now) and so do you think the 30D will drop more than $200 when the 40D comes out, or will it be better to get the $200 off from rebates now?


Money today is always better than money tomorrow. That having been said I don't trust rebates.




  
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Jan 29, 2007 02:06 |  #6

I might not have been making myself very clear in the first post, but just making sure, I want the 30D, i just want to know if now or later is the best time to buy it. Thanks for the advice so far, Lightstream and Broncobear


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Jan 29, 2007 03:13 as a reply to  @ Vermin87's post |  #7

Consider that the 20D apparently is still available new from Beach Camera for $900. Before they were discontinued, I recall they sold for between $1,500 at intro, eventually to $1,200 by the time the 30D debuted.

The 30D originally sold for $1,450, can now be bought for about $1,050 after rebate ($100 unless you're buying something else to get double rebate). Will the 30D be available new for $950 or less when the 40D debuts? It's quite possible, but don't you want to take pictures now?

I bought the 5D and 24-105L for $3,800 almost a year ago, before the current double rebate of $600 off, or $3k for the set. It'll probably sell for even less in another year. Do I have regrets? No, because I was able to take my new camera-lens combo to document a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation. But that's just me.




  
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Jan 29, 2007 05:22 |  #8

Personally I can afford to wait and see what is or is not released next time but if you need a camera the coming few months the 30D is arguably the best value existing right now, especially with the current rebates.


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Jan 29, 2007 05:42 |  #9

Wait for sure .. the 30D is almost certainly going to be upgraded and the announcement will come within a month (at the PMA). The existing stock of 30D's will be discounted in price ... how much will depend on the new 40D features (10mp, better AF, sensor cleaning) but they will certainly drop in price.

If PMA was a year away I'd say go ahead and buy now, but the wait is very short.
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Jan 29, 2007 05:56 |  #10

Waite - just in case something good comes out .
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Jan 29, 2007 13:56 |  #11

I don't see the 30D price dropping $200 when/if Canon releases a successor. At least not for several months after the new model actually ships. Plus you'll double the rebate on whatever else you get, too. So the 30D would have to drop somewhere between $210-$250 for waiting to pay off.


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Jan 29, 2007 14:04 |  #12

Jon wrote in post #2620635 (external link)
I don't see the 30D price dropping $200 when/if Canon releases a successor. At least not for several months after the new model actually ships. Plus you'll double the rebate on whatever else you get, too. So the 30D would have to drop somewhere between $210-$250 for waiting to pay off.

This was my reasoning to get it now. I'm glad I did


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Jan 29, 2007 14:38 as a reply to  @ Broncobear's post |  #13

I've been wondering this very same thing. I have a coupon for Dell that expires 1/31/07 that would bring the price of the 30D to $850 AR ($200, since I already bought some lenses). I don't know if that's good enough??

It would be a second body, so it's not like I am missing out on any shots these days.

I would shoot myself in the foot if it's cheaper once this 40D comes out.

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Jan 29, 2007 15:04 |  #14

Verent, what camera do you have now?

If you have a camera and the 30D will solve a problem you can't with your current camera, the 30D might be the answer so you might as well buy it.

If you have a camera, think a 40D will be released shortly and can live with your current camera until then, why not wait and see what comes out. If the new camera has features you need and the price is right you can get it. If not you should still be able to find a a deal on the 30D when it is discontinued. All you are risking is that the deal won't be as good as the current discount.

If you don't have a camera and want to take pictures, the 30D is a good one.

Only you can know why you need a new camera, what features you need and how much you are willing to pay. Only Canon knows when a new model will be released, what features it will have and how much it will sell. Canon won't talk because they don't want to hurt sales for their dealers who hold inventories of the current model.




  
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Jan 29, 2007 15:04 |  #15

You can wait to see what is released, or buy now and start enjoying your purchase. There will always be newer models. Become an expert with your 30D, then you can get the 50D...or whatever Canon releases!




  
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