What would be awesome would be to have service centers at each of these stores.
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Some of these comparisons and smart a$$ comments about depreciation are ridiculous. I don't think the OP should have started an entire thread dedicated to this and been so dramatic about it, but I can sympathize with his feelings on the 5D3 and 5D3 only. You all act like the drop is completely normal but name one other piece of Canon gear that dropped that much that fast?
Of course depreciation is to be expected, but I think the 5D3's drop was different. The price of the 5D Mark II dropped maybe $200 the first 2 YEARS it was out. And if the 5D3 price pattern is the norm then why is the 1DX not under $5k now? It's the same price it was at it's release.
Not to mention there was a poll before the Mark III was shipped asking about when it would drop below $3000 and the earliest answers were around Xmas and even those people got laughed at. Nowhere did anyone say that it would drop to $2500 in 7 months or anywhere close to that. And why would they think that it would?
I don't think anyone here is stupid enough to believe their electronics won't ever depreciate, but most aren't complaining about the depreciation itself, just how quickly it happened. And I think a lot of the people being pricks about it are just trying to scorn the early adopters to make themselves feel better about waiting.
I don't care either way, I paid almost $3800 for mine and still think it's a great camera. But if you had told me I could save $1600 if I buy a refurb in 7 months, or $800 waiting 5 months, I would have considered waiting. But now I know for the future, lesson learned.
It is a nice picture. But why, when you are spending all that money, would you rent that lens. It does not even have IS, so in a helicopter your shot has to be lucky that you get it at the right moment. True that applies to a lot of photography. But surely he could have taken something else!