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Old Sep 17, 2005, 10:49 AM   #1
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I will be buying a Canon 20D today and, naturally, want the best deal I can get.

One of the possible bargains I have found is a "reconditioned" camera. It is about $150 less expensive.

The warranty is 30 days. Not sure of warranty on new 20D.

Anybody able to enlighten me on the pros/cons of "reconditioned" digital SLRs?
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Old Sep 17, 2005, 12:07 PM   #2
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the warranty on a new 20D should be 1 year. for only $150 savings I would not even think about the reconditioned one, get the new one.
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Old Sep 17, 2005, 4:44 PM   #3
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I agree with Caboose. I don't feel the $150 is worth it. But if you are really strapped for cash, maybe it is to you.

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Old Sep 17, 2005, 6:23 PM   #4
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Agree, standard minimum charge for a canon service center repair is approximately $200. No matter what the problem, it'll run you $200. I know, been there. Buy new, get a year warranty and if possible it wouldn't hurt to get an extended warranty. These things do break.
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Old Sep 17, 2005, 10:54 PM   #5
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Also Agree :!:
You don't know why or what it was "reconditioned" for.

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Old Sep 18, 2005, 12:49 AM   #6
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the extended warranty is not a bad idea. I actually took out an insurance policy on all my camera equipment. It's pretty cheap, only cost me about $10 a month for a $6000 policy and if I drop my 20D with my 70-200mm f/2.8 in the middle of the lake while taking pictures of my friends wakeboarding, it's covered. Your home owners or rentersinsurance will not cover something like that.
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Caboose: Who did you insure with?
I tried to get some coverage and I got 200$ a year for 10,000$ coverage, and all they will cover is fire and theft.

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I got about $4K insurance from State Farm for $60. Covers everything except warranty type work. Drop it, lose it, flood, fire, etc. all covered. When I bought the equipment I used a platinum charge card which extends the warranty by 1 year. So I have 2 years warranty and all other bases covered too!

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Old Sep 18, 2005, 6:44 PM   #9
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Peter,

I have my insurance through Farmers Mutual. I get a little bit of a discount because I have my auto and renters insurance through them also.
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CTrack, you are incorrect. It is possible to get a repair from Canon service for $60... I believe that is the minimum. I know, I've been charged that much for a repair.

But I do think that they work on a tiered system. I've had repairs that I thought would be big bucks and they were something like $200 or $300.

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