The Canon USA store has the refurbished Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM in stock. These can still be quite hard to find lenses.v
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Key Features
- High Performance L-series versatile Super-Telephoto Zoom RF Lens
- Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5 stops of Shake Correction
- High Speed, Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus with Dual Nano USM
- Minimum Focusing Distance of 2.95′ (0.9m)
- 12 pin Communication System
- Dust and Weather-resistant with Fluorine Coating
- One Super UD and Six UD Lens
- Zoom Focal Length: Focal Length: 100-500mm
Refurbished Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM $2609
I think that often "canon refurbished" is simply a damaged box, quick return, or even unopend and carries the same warranty as new. At least that has been my experience with direct canon refurbs. I assume that's why there is very little mark down in price. I don't work there or anything like that though.
You can buy the same lens, quality identical, for:
$5200 made in Germany
$4900 made in Portugal
Who would, in order to save $300, prefer the Portuguese version?
Leica customers are very sensitive to such prestige "details", not to mention the resale value, certainly much higher for the Germany version.
(Leica products made in Canada never had the same appeal, though excellently made).
If you can afford $4900 for a lens, chances are great you could afford $5200.
At such a difference, wouldn't you rather buy a Canon big white made in Japan, rather than the same lens made elsewhere?
PS: Leica's plant in Portugal produces splendid quality on the most advanced machines with highly qualified staff.
Refurbished Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM in stock at Canon USA
But I got that resolved after a series of complaints.
But overall - - - that was a specific BANK issue. . . not a B&H issue. Still will buy from there without hesitation.
But to the point; I will add my voice to the "Are you kidding me?" chorus who feel that a 10% discount for a *refurb* lens is not nearly adequate. Especially when the MSRP is over-inflated to start with.