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New or Refurbished Lens?
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:01:33 PM »
I have ordered a 70-300mm L from Amazon before the rebates ended. Now I see Canon Store has the same lens refurbished for around $300 cheaper than what I spent. Excluding tax and rewards, the difference come to around $200. I never had experience with refurb products. I would like to know if refurb lenses are atleast nearly as good as the new ones? ALso is the $200 big enough to give away the 1 year warranty (may be 2 yrs with certain credit card. I believe mine also provides the 2yr warranty).
Should I order the refurb lens and cancel my order for the new one?
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New or Refurbished Lens?
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:01:33 PM »

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013, 01:13:24 PM »
Thr refurbs are generally like new and perfect.  I've bought several of them.  They had 15% off last week, but the next sale may not happen for a while.
I'd also check Adorama or B&H, their prices are sometimes lower for refurbs.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013, 01:18:13 PM »
They are back on sale again and a much bigger selection than a few days ago. I own several refurbs as well, always look there first because prices are usually better when they have these sales.
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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 02:25:27 PM »
They are back on sale again and a much bigger selection than a few days ago. I own several refurbs as well, always look there first because prices are usually better when they have these sales.

I had just checked last night, and now the lenses I'm interested in are sold out :-[
 
I just ordered a 24-70MK II, so I will have to pay for it before buying more.

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2013, 02:42:11 PM »
Look at it this way: do you want a lens that just plopped off of the assembly line without final qc, or do you want a lens that's been carefully checked over?  Get the refurb

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 03:02:30 PM »
Does Refurb L lens come with all the accessories (Hood, Soft pouch etc) which comes with the new one? Canon site does not show what is in the box!!! ???
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 03:43:58 PM »
Does Refurb L lens come with all the accessories (Hood, Soft pouch etc) which comes with the new one? Canon site does not show what is in the box!!! ???
Usually, yes. It also comes packaged in a different box that says refurbished

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 03:43:58 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2013, 04:16:10 PM »
I purchased a refurbished 24-105 through canon last year. It came with a lens cap, pouch, cd, in a large white box secured in thick molded foam for protection.

I had no problems, but I think it comes with only 90 days warranty.

When I looked today, I was hoping that the 24-70 II would suddenly show up. Wishful thinking.  :P

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2013, 04:49:31 PM »
Thanks Everyone. Placed the order. Saved some money to buy filters :)
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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013, 05:54:31 PM »
The refurb sale right now does have a nice selection but as a trade off, most of the lens are only 15% off.  They regularly have 20% sales and once or twice a year have a 30-35% off sale (they even have 50% off but that is typically only for the refurb older kit type lens).

The quality of the refurb lens/flashes/dslrs I've purchased (about 5-6) from canon have been just fine. But getting any specific lens you want can be very difficult.  If you need your lens now, you may want to just keep the one you ordered.  But I recommend checking the refurb regularly and signing up for their pita email distribution just so you'll get word of the sales. 

Fyi, the canon powershot refurbs are very hit & miss. If you ever need to purchase one (as a gift or pocket travel camera, etc) I can't recommend buying thru Canon.   I'd recommend just picking one up on sale somewhere else.

PS: **Don't trust the reviews on Canon's site.  They filter them pretty heavily & won't post anything that gives their service a negative hit. They rejected two of my reviews of the refurb products I bought from them.
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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2013, 02:12:12 PM »
Hi - How old are the refurb lens usually? The one I got as per the serial number is Manufactured on November 2011. Would that be a problem that the lens is over a year old? Just comparing the money spent ($1087 v/s 1399) v/s the age of the product? Do refurb lens usually this old?
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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 03:58:08 PM »
pgsdeepak, I just purchased a 70-200L f/2.8 II and it came as mentioned above with all accessories, but in a large, very-well packaged box without the "original" box. The date code on mine was July 2012. I'm sure it may vary considerably based on what they deem repairable. I would just use the heck out of it in those 90 days to assure all is good. Mine was perfect and so far has performed perfectly.

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 06:11:54 PM »
Refurb's to me are a freebie savings. Why not? Unless its grey market. :|

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 06:11:54 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2013, 07:02:15 PM »
pgsdeepak, if it's working fine and looks as new, you should not worry about the date.  Again, if you are not happy with it, return it to Canon.

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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 10:00:30 PM »
The lens is working good. It looks new, no cosmetic blemish. so no complaints :)
One question though, does 70-300mm L and non L images are dramatically different on a 40D or any APSC Camera for that matter? I see difference between the images from both the lens, but no big difference . Just want to confirm before I sell my Non-L and decide not to return the L before the 14 day return period runs out :)
I assume the images from the L lens will be much better when taken with a FF camera. I don't have my 5D available now to test, as I had to return it.
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Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 10:00:30 PM »