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Old Feb 19, 2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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I am inquireing if $799.00 for a 30d with a kit lense that has been refurbished from canon id a good idea?
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Old Feb 19, 2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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I can't speak about the price, but I had a refurb 30D that you could not tell from new. It worked perfectly too.
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Old Feb 19, 2008, 11:35 AM   #3
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I'm a fan of refurbished gear if there is a significant price difference. However, in this case, it looks like they've got a new 30D kit for $899 now (only $100 more).

Going new would give you a 1 year Canon Warranty, and their listing for the refurbished kit shows a 90 Day Adorama Warranty.

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Old Feb 19, 2008, 11:48 AM   #4
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That what I noticed also. This camera really squeezes a $1,200 budget, but 5 fps burst is really what I think need for sports.
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I'd probably go body only new at $799 and go used on lenses, if you want to go with a 30D for sports within $1,200 budget.

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Old Feb 19, 2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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Im considering the 30d with 18-55 is for now. Then later get the 70-300mm is usm?

I shot with my friends e500 also and a 3fps burst rate is not enough to capture a hitters swing and a SS scoop and throw.
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If you need 5fps, the 30D is probably your best "bang for the buck" right now, especially considering the price drops I see on it now.

It's also going to have better build quality compared to most entry level DSLR models.

This is what the review conclusion here shows for a 30D's performance.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/30D_pg7.html

The 30D's continuous shooting mode also produced impressive performance. I was able to capture between 20 and 43 Large Fine images (depending on image content) at 5fps, with subsequent shots coming at 6/10 second intervals while the camera's buffer remained full. The 30D's RAW capture rate remained at 5fps, but to a depth of only 11 images; subsequent shots came at 1 second intervals. The 30D's buffer and memory performance also impressed, taking only 10 seconds to flush a full buffer to its CF memory card. Performance measurements were made with a Lexar Professional 2GB 133x CF memory card installed.

A moving subject is what normally determines the need to shoot in continuous mode, but it also requires a robust AF system capable of keeping that subject in focus. I tested the 30D's AI Servo continuous AF at several auto and motorcycle races; the 30's AF system produced a very high percentage of in-focus images of those fast-moving subjects. The 30D's combination of 5fps continuous shooting, depth of up to 43 JPEG images, and accurate continuous AF make it an excellent choice for sports and action shooting.

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Thanks JimC,

I am still going to wait a bit though. Also is KEH the best place for used lenses?
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Yes.

Also check out the used departments at http://www.bhphotovideo.com and http://www.adorama.com

http://www.keh.com is my favorite vendor for used gear (with very conservative ratings, giving you great "bang for the buck"), followed by http://www.bhphotovideo.com and then http://www.adorama.com

I've purchased used gear from all of them.

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Here in Italy I am considering to buy a new EOS 30D with (new) 18-55 at 660Euro.

Cannot fine 30D (body alone) for less than 700 Euro !!!

I'll probably take it.

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