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Refurbished Lenses?
Kendall Shaw, Photographer
McPherson | KS | USA | Posted: 4:29 PM on 04.16.13
->> Looking for a 400 2.8 AF-S II or newer. If I run across a refurbished one, should I proceed with caution or are they trustworthy?
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 4:51 PM on 04.16.13
->> Who are "they?"

--Mark
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 12:58 AM on 04.17.13
->> Refurbished lenses from authorized sellers like Adorama, B&H, and so forth are the next best thing to new. They normally are display models or rental gear brought back up to "like new" standards. They usually come with a year warranty. If it's from one of those dealers, I would not hesitate. Just got some glass over Christmas, had that nice new smell and was perfect -- still going strong.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 1:06 AM on 04.17.13
->> What Corey said. Nikon has a on line store that will also have product, but the pricing is usually not as strong as the the sponsors. I have a D3s refurb that is perfect. Buy it from the right place, and, as Corey said, it's the next best thing and usually priced right.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 1:11 AM on 04.17.13
->> ALSO, make sure you look at all authorized sellers prices. I found a cheaper price from a lesser known authorized store and it was honored by the more reputable dealer.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 1:20 AM on 04.17.13
->> THere are pros and cons to Refurbs.

In the Nikon world you are trading a few hundred bucks for over four years of Warranty coverage.

Nikon Factory Refurbs carry a 90 day warranty , new Nikon Lenses carry a Five year warranty.

The question is , what is more important to you?
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Kendall Shaw, Photographer
McPherson | KS | USA | Posted: 10:25 PM on 04.17.13
->> Thanks everyone for the good advise. I'll expand my search for the perfect affordable 400 2.8 in the refurb market!
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 12:03 AM on 04.18.13
->> Yes, I stand corrected. 90 days warranty for refurb. Thanks Yamil. Apologies Kendall.
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Al Goldis, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 4:07 PM on 04.18.13
->> Nikon's warranty is really five years for new lenses?! What about bodies?

Canon is only one year on new lenses (and also 90 days for refurbs).
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 6:40 PM on 04.18.13
->> I bought a refurb 7D from Adorama, I believe. I've had it for a few years and it has been great. No trouble with it at all. The only difference from a new one was the box. Everything else was in like new condition including the camera. By the way I will be selling it soon. But you will see that in the classifieds. I would not hesitate to buy another refurb camera.
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Kendall Shaw, Photographer
McPherson | KS | USA | Posted: 9:52 PM on 04.18.13
->> Is Robert's Camera reputable?
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Bob Carey, Photographer, Photo Editor
Boiling Springs | NC | | Posted: 7:42 AM on 04.19.13
->> Yes, Robert's is reliable. I have bought new and used from them and they have stood behind everything. Jody, Christie, Nick and the rest of the crew will take very good care of you. They are well-known for their personal care of photographers and going the extra mile.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 8:23 AM on 04.19.13
->> Kendall, let me also vouch for Roberts. My D3s was a refurb from Roberts, as well as many other products over the years. Call Jody - he's the contact for SportsShooter members and let him know you're a member and what you're looking for. They've bailed my butt out more than once and they are great people. The pricing is more than competitive, but more importantly, they are there when you have a problem. I've often referred to the importance of service and the willingness to work with people who provide it when you buy equipment. The folks at Roberts are a excellent example of what I am talking about.

Also, Jeff at Adorama is a shooter and a SS member and I've done business with him as well. He has a strong following as well. The same reason: He works hard to provide good service.

Amateurs forsake service for a few pennies and then have no one to back them up when they have a problem. Professionals know that a good price is important, but someone having your back when you have a problem is even more important.
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Peter Stamenov, Photographer
Indianapolis | IN | | Posted: 7:35 PM on 04.20.13
->> +1 for Robert's
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Kendall Shaw, Photographer
McPherson | KS | USA | Posted: 8:41 PM on 04.20.13
->> I finally sold my 200-400! And, thanks to the support and advice of several of you I found my 400 2.8 at Robert's. Jody is my new best friend by the way! Great guy and easy to work with. Thanks for the "heads up"!
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