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Old Sep 27, 2010, 8:13 PM   #1
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I am debating on whether my first DSLR should be purchased refurbished or new. Since ref. are a little bit cheaper, I thought it would be a good idea. The only thing that makes me hesitate is whether the camera will be in EXCELLENT shape. I've heard of people getting their refurbished cameras and they would have "malfunctioning" problems.

All I am saying is, is it really worth fishing out $500+ on a refurbished camera? What are your thoughts.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 8:17 PM   #2
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If you get them form adorama they come directly form canon, and they look brand new. I have brought refreb lenses form adorama, and never had a problems. And you get a 1 year warranty with adorama on canon refrebs.
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Adorama sells factory refurbished dSLRs from Canon, Nikon and Olympus (and occasionally from Pentax and Sony, I believe.) These are all, honest to God, refurbished at the respective authorized service centers, if not the actual factories.

Each comes with a 90 day manufacturer's warranty, except for the Canons, which come with a 1 year warranty from Adorama, not the factory. And, in general, if anything happens to a factory refurbished Canon dSLR that is covered by the warranty, Adorama usually just replaces it with another factory refurbished Canon dSLR.

That doesn't sound bad to me.
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Adorama sells factory refurbished dSLRs from Canon, Nikon and Olympus (and occasionally from Pentax and Sony, I believe.) These are all, honest to God, refurbished at the respective authorized service centers, if not the actual factories.

Each comes with a 90 day manufacturer's warranty, except for the Canons, which come with a 1 year warranty from Adorama, not the factory. And, in general, if anything happens to a factory refurbished Canon dSLR that is covered by the warranty, Adorama usually just replaces it with another factory refurbished Canon dSLR.

That doesn't sound bad to me.
All refurbished units sold by Adorama Camera are factory refurbished by the manufacturer, for example, Canon cameras are refurbished at their manufacturing plant in Newport News, VA.; the room that houses Canonís entire refurb process is said to be completely dust-free, and with every employee working in there being required to wear special booties!

They can have simply been pulled from the production line if something appears faulty, or if it hasn't passed the final inspection. Most of the time it is a very minor issue that needs correcting, nevertheless, once it is pulled from the normal flow of production, it gets flagged as a refurbished model, so you may get a unit straight from the factory that has never been used.

A refurb may also be an ex-store demo, possibly used in field tests or sales displays, or it may have been ordered in error and returned to the retailer (who can't then sell it as 'new' so it has to be sent back to the manufacturer for refurbishment).

All refurbished items will have been checked over by the manufacturer by hand, inspected very thoroughly, diagnosed, and calibrated by experienced technicians, and could therefore turn out to be more dependable than a new item - which will only have been checked by a process of systematic quality control protocol (ie by random sampling as it comes off the conveyor belt).

All Canon refurbished products from Adorama come with a 1 year return-to-Adorama warranty; the warranty we give covers anything the manufacturers warranty covers for a new unit, including shutter defects.
All other refurbs sold by Adorama come with a 90-day return-to-manufacturer warranty.
In addition, Refurbs come into us with the firmware updates and latest fixes which were carried out at whatever stage it was at when we took delivery.

If you need additional firmware updates you can download them, but for any hardware fixes the unit would have to be sent to Canon.
[By the way, if you send a camera (any camera) to Canon for any hardware work, they will always update the firmware].



As to the individual history of a single item, the honest answer is we have no way of knowing. Refurbished equipment is not like new inventory; the manufacturers contact us when they have a batch to sell, and the availability is unpredictable. However, if you were to ask my personal opinion on whether the equipment that Adorama offers as refurbished is typically less than a year old, based on the regularity with which we receive batches, I'd be inclined to think it is all relatively new.


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What I wrote in my post was based on what I understood from what you wrote in prior posts. Was any of what I wrote not correct?
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What I wrote in my post was based on what I understood from what you wrote in prior posts. Was any of what I wrote not correct?
I wanted to clarify that all the units are refurbished within the factory, not at a service center - and for the most part, have never even left the factory.
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I wanted to clarify that all the units are refurbished within the factory, not at a service center - and for the most part, have never even left the factory.
Thank you.
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Another option is to look at used cameras.

I've seen lots of used DSLR's on Craigslist, running anywhere from $200 and upward.

I've bought and sold used lenses as well and haven't had a problem.++++++++++
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Buying a used dLSR is a gamble. You can't know how much the camera was used and abused. dSLRs have more mechanical components than P&S cameras, and so are subject to wear to a greater extend. If you buy a used dSLR from someone that isn't a close relative, get a warranty, not a guarrantee.
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It is a huge gamble, if you get a camera form someone that uses it allot, my t1i is 1 year and 3 months old. It has over 50k shot on the shutter, very high uses.
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