KEH vs. B&H

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  1. Vautrin

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    Hi,

    So I see a camera on KEH for 1/2 the price of B&H

    Camera on KEH is bargaingrade

    Camera on B&H is excellent.

    What am I getting / sacrificing?

    If bargain grade means getting a scratched up lens, it's not worth it, but a couple dings in the camera would be alright so long as no effect to image quality...

    Just looking to hear about others experiences...

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
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    Dan, I purchased several items from KEH. I can tell you that they are very conservative when rating there gear. Bgn usually means exterior signs of wear. I have purchased Bgn grade from them (300mm f4) and it works flawlessly. It does show signs of use. Sorry if that doesnt help. You will just have to decide if paying full price for the better conditioned one is better for you.

    How they define Bgn
    BGN "Bargain" 70-79% of original condition. Shows more than average wear. May have dents, dings and/or brassing and finish loss. Glass may have marks and/or blemishes that should not affect picture quality*.
     
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    KEH also takes returns pretty readily...
     
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    The KEH guys are very friendly and fare people with good equipment. They
    especially inspect lenses carefully before buying (I know this from personal
    experience) and they don't pass off scratched-up lenses or knowingly sell
    equipment with functional problems. They also accept returns.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Although I've never purchased from them, apparently they are the Chryslar of the Big Three.

    I wouldn't have any worries about them.

    Another outfit that I have used is Photo4less.com. They're worth a look. I've bought my D700 and a couple of lenses from them.
     
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    Thanks everyone
     
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    KEH has a great reputation. Their site says, "'Bargain' 70-79% of original condition. Shows more than average wear. May have dents, dings and/or brassing and finish loss. Glass may have marks and/or blemishes that should not affect picture quality*.
    * Glass Disclaimer - Occasionally, lenses, even brand new, will have a slight amount of dust visible within the lens elements. This is a result of the manufacturing process and will not affect image quality or resolution. As a result, some used lenses may exhibit the same consistencies.


    I don't think an item that's excellent in one store can be compared apples-to-apples with one that's bargain grade at another. YMMV.
     
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    If they handle returns well, why don't you buy from KEH, & then return it if it isn't up to your standards.. And buy from B&H
     
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    Yeah I think I'm going to go with KEH. I just want to get a 'blad for fun so if it's got some scratches or dents I don't really care... I just want to try taking some nice medium format picturess.... And I wanted to see if I would get a lot for the extra money...
     
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    Ok so here's a question....should I just buy a complete kit with the 80 lens for the hasselblad, or should I try assembling my own w/ viewfinder / lens / etc
     
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    I say aim for a kit kit that has what you want. Last time I tried to assemble bit by bit, the body went out of stock. I ended up receiving a package full of parts that I couldn't use. Never received notification before it shipped as the confirmation e-mail stated.
     

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