refurbished cameras

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by G. Doughty, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. G. Doughty

    G. Doughty Guest

    Are these cameras as good a deal as they seem? I am looking at buying one but
    just not sure,


    G. Doughty
    G. Doughty, Dec 18, 2003
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    bmoag Guest

    I have purchased a refurbished camera from Nikon: they were good about
    replacing it. Twice.
    bmoag, Dec 18, 2003
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    JR Guest

    I have a refurbished Nikon F100. No issues with it in 3 years. I
    wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. I also have a refurbished Nikkor
    300/4, it has been problem free as well. If you can, try to look at
    them. I had them pull out 3 F100's and I looked at them all very
    carefully, tested them with lenses. They all had a different feel, some
    seemed more worn than others. I chose the one that "felt" the newest.

    JR, Dec 18, 2003
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    NJH Guest

    A problem is that "refurbished" may mean almost anything.

    For example, a purchaser may have had "buyer remorse" and returned a camera
    to the store even though nothing at all was wrong with it. The camera cannot
    then be resold as "new," but is returned (to the importer or whatever) who
    presumably checks it out. Eventually these cameras are sold as "refurbished"
    and they may be essentially new, and extremely good deals. On the other
    hand, a "refurbished" camera may be one that was a lemon from the start, and
    may or may not have been brought up to perfect working condition. Or it may
    be an "open box" item that's been around for quite a while, perhaps handled
    and mishandled by a thousand people.

    So it's sort of pot luck, I would say. If you can actually *see* the
    particular camera being sold, and it looks and feels like it's in perfect
    condition, has all its parts and docs, etc., and carries a decent warranty,
    then it's probably worth taking the chance.

    NJH, Dec 18, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    I've been buying refurbished gear for years. None of it has ever been bad. If it has a warranty, why not?

    The only refurbished/used/ebay items I would never buy is digital media-- hard drives, media cards, etc.
    Mike, Dec 18, 2003
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    G. Doughty Guest

    Ok. Thanks alot. I picked up a refurbished maxxum stsi on ebay. Hopefully, I
    did not get robbed.

    G. Doughty
    G. Doughty, Dec 19, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    Who refurbished the camera and did it come with a wararntee?
    Mike, Dec 19, 2003
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    G. Doughty Guest

    Minolta Canada and it comes with a 90 day warranty

    Not good?
    G. Doughty
    G. Doughty, Dec 19, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    Sounds ok. I didn't see the auction.
    Mike, Dec 19, 2003
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    Dallas Guest

    G. Doughty said:
    I once bought a Canon 20mm f/2.8 EF USM "refurb" from B&H. When I got the
    lens the only thing distinguishing it from new was the sticker on the box
    that said "refurbished".

    Best $320 lens I ever got.
    Dallas, Dec 24, 2003
  11. I agree with everyone else. I bought a "factory refurbished" EOS 3 &
    1D from B&H and haven't had a problem with either.

    Michael Stevens, Dec 28, 2003
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