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John Valjean , Jun 15, 2011; 02:05 p.m.

Hello, need an advice on buying a new lens versus buying a refurbished one through Canon, depending on the lens model usually the saving is about $100. Is it worth it or it is better to buy new? any experience to share or advice to offer? thanks ...


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Erik Jacobson , Jun 15, 2011; 02:10 p.m.

One argument I have heard for buying refurbished is that THAT lens has been specifically checked out to make sure it will be good enough for them to call it refurbished, it may have even been "tweaked" to make sure it's perfect. Where as new... hopefully the QC guys took their time but it might have to be sent back to be calibrated etc.

Personally I dont have experience with either though, I just buy used.

Rob Bernhard , Jun 15, 2011; 02:17 p.m.

FYI: A good chunk of that $100 is going to end up in the Tax and Shipping buckets during the checkout process when buying from the Canon Refurb. store.

Ed V. , Jun 15, 2011; 03:33 p.m.

My 40D and 17-85 IS were both "refurbished by Canon" but were purchased from retail stores (Cameta and Adorama respectively). Although they don't see heavy use I've never had a problem with either for the three years I've owned them.

Jim McDonald , Jun 15, 2011; 06:40 p.m.

I wish I were aware of similar opportunities in the UK....my gut feeling would be to go with it.
Refurbs I've bought via Apple have been 100%. Also I've bought used lenses and bodies from a specialised supplier here and have always been delighted.
$100 equates to around £60 so it depends on your budget/aspiration/attitude to risk of course. Personally I'd have little fear.

Alan Bryant , Jun 15, 2011; 06:42 p.m.

I bought my 70-200/2.8 IS refurbished from Adorama. It's worked great for about three years now, and it gets a lot of use. Saved $150 as I recall.

Jay DeSimone , Jun 15, 2011; 08:50 p.m.

I know your question is about a specific point, but if you don't mind some cosmetic issues like a scuff on the barrel or something minor, consider buying used from KEH. I have purchased 5 lenses from them at their BGN (bargain) grade and was impressed by how great the condition was, and the price can't be matched by a refurb, even. The glass was immaculate. If you're not happy with the condition, you can always send it back. Their grading is definitely biased in favor of the buyer, which is how they maintain a great reputation as a seller of used equipment.

I wish I had gotten over my "must have new equipment" attitude much earlier, I could have saved a lot of money (or gotten more equipment for it).

Peter J , Jun 15, 2011; 11:20 p.m.

I bought a refurbished Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye. It looked new. The box was plain with a "Refurished" note on it. It came with Canon's one year warranty. A savings of about $100. Would I buy refurbished Canon glass or body again? Yes.

Larry West , Jun 16, 2011; 10:40 a.m.

I've heard the same thing that Erik mentioned. I recently bought an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM from the refurbished store. It arrived in a plain "Canon" shipping box. The lens was packed in the box in its lens case, with a simple application of two-part urethane foam for security.

I've had no issues with it at all, and out of the case, it looked perfect. No scuffs, scrapes, etc.

BTW - the savings at the US Canon store on refurbished lenses is 20% on all the ones I've looked at. $1,359.20 vs $1,699.00 list for the 100-400, a savings of $339.80.

Rick Janes , Jun 16, 2011; 11:49 a.m.

I just looked at Canon's online Refurb Store and they show these items as coming with a limited 90-day refurbished warranty, no other warranty is mentioned.

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