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Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:50:22 AM »
Hello Canonistas,

I've tracked the 5D mkIII price for a little while and am wondering when I should pull the trigger.

I know Canon's MAP pricing complicates matters, but wonder if the price is going to drop a little bit after the June 22nd rebate period expires. My thought process is: if Canon has $200 off the body and enforces the strict $3299 pricing - is there a chance B&H or the other big companies will be able to push this price lower, after the Canon rebates end? Just trying to snag a good deal, wondering if history has been any indicator in the past.

I'll be upgrading from a 60D, photography is my hobby, and wondered what some of the seasoned forum posters thought about buying now, after 22nd, or buying in the fall?

Happy Monday and thanks for your thoughts!
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Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 12:23:14 PM »
Yes there is, a matter of fact... about 2-3 months BEFORE canon releases the 5d mark 4, you should see a big sell off.. THAT is the better time  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 12:41:28 PM »
There were some better deals this past November thru January.  If you want to save, buy it sometime in November/December.  You may only save a few hundred though.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013, 12:42:46 PM »
They'll be really cheap after the 5D Mark V is released.  Wait until then...
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 12:46:56 PM »
They'll be really cheap after the 5D Mark V is released.  Wait until then...

Why didn't I think of that... Listen to neuro...  :)
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 01:08:38 PM »
Dude...I thought I would never be able to buy it.. Then Adorama had a fire sale just before the 6D was announced... I paid 2649 for it :o...new body...lots of happy people I think the sale stopped at 800 or 900?
There will be another sale somewhere....

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 01:19:39 PM »
Just buy it and be happy.
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 01:19:39 PM »

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 01:37:49 PM »
You can buy it with the 24-105L kit lens and sell the lens for ~$800 to get a slightly better deal.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 01:40:10 PM »
You can buy it with the 24-105L kit lens and sell the lens for ~$800 to get a slightly better deal.

That is good advice.  If this was last year.  But buying the 24-105L as part of the 6D kit today adds only $500 to the price of the body...so it's pretty darn hard to sell one for $800 these days...
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 02:03:06 PM »
You can buy it with the 24-105L kit lens and sell the lens for ~$800 to get a slightly better deal.

That is good advice.  If this was last year.  But buying the 24-105L as part of the 6D kit today adds only $500 to the price of the body...so it's pretty darn hard to sell one for $800 these days...

Depends on where you live.

In my city (Las Cruces, NM) there are no stores that sell L lenses or full frame bodies. When one goes up on craigslist, it gets snatched up pretty quickly even if the ebay prices are cheaper.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2013, 02:33:11 PM »
I have an opinion,  but I'm not sure what it is yet.  I think one thing and then immediately have a counter point.   weird.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2013, 03:00:11 PM »
Wait for the refurb store to have a 20% off sale. This last round excluded the 5d3, but they sometimes include it. Then the body is only 2200something...
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 07:38:34 PM »
Wait for the refurb store to have a 20% off sale. This last round excluded the 5d3, but they sometimes include it. Then the body is only 2200something...

 they do charge tax...  so that could be a deal breaker.   but the condition is usually like new and very few people complain about the condition.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2013, 10:25:58 PM »
I paid 2499$ for one of my MK3's.  Brand new in box, USA warranty.. All via BigValueInc on evil bay. Just wait until December for the deals.

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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2013, 11:20:11 PM »
Now.

I waited and debated when the best time would be and held off and made do with my other camera and in the end when I finally pulled the trigger I kicked myself for not buying it sooner. Not because of the price, but because it's such a wonderful camera that I would have been happier having it sooner.
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Re: Is there a better time to buy a 5D mkIII?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2013, 11:20:11 PM »