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Your take on Refurbished Lenses from Canon:

Have purchased Canon refurb lens, very happy!
19 (50%)
Have purchased Canon refurb lens, NOT happy!
0 (0%)
Have NOT purchased refurb, but would consider.
18 (47.4%)
Have NOT purchased, and never will purchase Canon refurb.
1 (2.6%)

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Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:21:52 AM »
I'm curious, has what everyones take is on refurbished lenses from the Canon store.
Any ideas where these lenses come from?  Returns?  QC failures off the factory line?
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 09:05:06 AM »
Picked up a refurbished 5DII for 1600 including shipping and taxes and an ef-s 10-22 for about 600 including shipping and taxes (both when the canon store was running sales).  Refurbished units carry 90 day warranties.  I've been happy with my purchases.

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 09:11:31 AM »
I have not purchased a Canon refurb LENS but my second 7D is a refurb and I cannot tell it from my first 7D that was purchased new.

When the 70-300 L refurbs come out I will probably get one and I keep thinking about the 100 L Macro refurbs. But I just bought a whole 5D3 landscape kit and really should wait 'till the holidays to keep my wonderful wife happy.  ;D
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 09:12:28 AM »
I voted "Have NOT purchased refurb, but would consider." and have to add to this sentence: "when it will be finally  possible in Europe"
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 10:53:13 AM »

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I got my 100-400 from Canon refurb a year ago when they had it on sale.

Could not be happier. It's every inch L glass.
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 10:58:15 AM »
I have bought two just recently.  A 15mm 2.8 Fisheye.  Wonderful lens, could tell a tiny bit that it was not brand new, but glass is perfect.  After a few days I took it outside while it was hot and after a few pictures the lens stopped working and gave me an ERR01 message on a 5DII.  This kept happening.  Sent it back to Canon, they turned it around in two days and said they couldn't find any issues.  Tried it again and it failed again.  Sent it back, this time mentioning the high heat.  They checked it again and found a problem under high temperatures and replaced the whole aperture assembly and I have it back after a few days again.  Works perfectly now.

Bought a 24-70 2.8L.  Lens looked brand new, except there was a huge amount of some type of dirt, like tiny fibres or something inside the lens.  I just sent it back to have them clean it.  Otherwise it worked just fine and is pretty sharp.

So all in all, I guess I haven't had that much luck.  However, their technical service is very friendly and extremely fast.  My lens wasn't gone for longer than 4 days each time.  Yeah, I had to pay for shipping it back to them, so that does add to the bill.  On the other hand, if you buy the lenses used from someone and a few days later it turns out it doesn't work under high heat, you are on your own.  I would purchase from them again.  However now I know to inspect them immediately and thoroughly under all sorts of conditions.

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 11:33:32 AM »
Bought my 50L refurbished from Canon for $1295.  Love it!  No problems at all.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 11:52:55 AM »
I bought a 5DII refurb. Came looking/ smelling brand new and never used, still with all the stickers on it. I recently picked up a S95 refurb, while it looked clean, it definitely had been handled/ used/ returned.

Happy overall. Sometimes you'll get a basically brand new product, while other times you may get a return that has then been refurbished.
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 12:21:23 PM »
I have bought two just recently.  A 15mm 2.8 Fisheye.  Wonderful lens, could tell a tiny bit that it was not brand new, but glass is perfect.  After a few days I took it outside while it was hot and after a few pictures the lens stopped working and gave me an ERR01 message on a 5DII.  This kept happening.  Sent it back to Canon, they turned it around in two days and said they couldn't find any issues.  Tried it again and it failed again.  Sent it back, this time mentioning the high heat.  They checked it again and found a problem under high temperatures and replaced the whole aperture assembly and I have it back after a few days again.  Works perfectly now.

I've been waiting for them to have that exact lens.  Will know to do some above and beyond checks !  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 12:29:03 PM »
I've been waiting for them to have that exact lens.  Will know to do some above and beyond checks !  Thanks for sharing!

I probably waited three months checking that page several times a day until I found that lens in stock.  Definitely worth the wait, it is really sharp and allows you to have so much fun getting creative.  Canon should have kept that lens in production, what a bargain at that price.  Good luck getting one!

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 12:35:33 PM »
I bought a 5DII refurb. Came looking/ smelling brand new and never used, still with all the stickers on it. I recently picked up a S95 refurb, while it looked clean, it definitely had been handled/ used/ returned.

Happy overall. Sometimes you'll get a basically brand new product, while other times you may get a return that has then been refurbished.

Got my 5DII refurb with about 20 clicks on it.  Maybe someone who had buyers remorse and bought a 5diii instead.

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 12:39:12 PM »
I've bought a 15-85mm, a 70-200mm f/2.8 II, a 5D MK II, and a 7D.  All looked and worked like new. 
However, you need to sign up for e-mail notification of their  occasional 15% off sales for lenses, and use the CLP program to get 20% off the bodies if you want a deal. ($1407 for a 5D MK II)
I ordered a 16-35mmL from New Egg for $1351 and free shipping thru one of their customer appreciation deals.
Thats less than the regular refurb price.
Prices on photo gear are dropping like a rock, so keep searching for deals.

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 12:45:26 PM »
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However, you need to sign up for e-mail notification of their  occasional 15% off sales for lenses, and use the CLP program to get 20% off the bodies if you want a deal. ($1407 for a 5D MK II)
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And again it would be nice to see it in Europe...
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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2012, 01:45:22 PM »
Not bought any refurb lenses but bought a refurb T3i.  Apart from different box and no manual it was as good as a new camera, with hefty saving.

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2012, 02:30:57 PM »
I have never purchased from them, but would like to.  I am never quick enough on the trigger when the email deals come out etc for something I want.  The way I see it, if you buy a refurb it's been checked out by canon and certified as in good shape, plus with 90 days to return, you should know if it is right by three months time.  Sometimes pricing with tax isn't much better than new, especially if you can buy from BH or Adorama sans sales tax, but you still should pocket a few $$$ regardless. 

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Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2012, 02:30:57 PM »