Would you buy a refurbished lens?

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  1. Senor Hound

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    Lets say its only 80% of the normal lens's cost, its US (no grey market), and it has the same warranty as the normal version.

    I would just like an opinion. And also, why or why not you would.
     
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    no, if its a US lens it wouldn't have a UK warranty
     
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    Does this mean you buy grey market lenses? Since you don't live in the US, whether or not it can be worked on here doesn't really bother you?

    I am curious. Maybe you're telling a joke and I don't get it. I'm kind of a ditz sometimes.
     
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    no, if I bought a grey lens it wouldn't have a UK warranty
     
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    :lol:

    I probably would buy a refurbished lens. More so than with a new lens, though, I'd want to try it before I bought it.
     
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    I have bought a couple of Nikon-refurbished Nikkors, and they have been fine. If they are available it seems like a reasonable way to save money.

    Best,
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    Although lenses (I don't know about refurbished ones) do often have international warrenties and some companies will still honour those warrenties - even if the lens is a grey.
    Of hand I think canon do honour the warrenty whilst nikkon don't (from memory don't hold me to that)
     
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    Yes.

    If Nikon is like most places then they do an out of box audit on 10% of all the new product they manufacture.

    Whom ever does their reman will put every referb unit through a QA process.
     
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    I've never bought a Nikon refurbished lens, but I would have no problem doing so if there was one that I wanted available. I've bought many used lenses, and they've all been fine. Like anything else, check it out first, but it seems a great way to save a few $$.
     
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    I guess it makes a difference on what sort of equipment you use. I shoot with a 35-40 year old camera with a screw mount. The Takumar lenses, which I tend to seek out, are ALL used, so I have to take my chances sometimes. They are all manual, so I mainly just open up the aperture all the way, take a good look through it and make sure there isn't visible fungal growth going nuts all over the place, and then I run it through its paces to see if the f stops are all working, if the automatic diaphragm bit (if applicable) functions, if it focuses, and I then attach it to the camera and ask to point it at things at different distances and light levels.

    If buying locally, I would take the camera body with you and try the lens on your camera. If they won't let you do that then maybe they don't need your money, either.
     
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    I haven't and I don't think I would... I don't ~think~ I would. Of course I could change my mind.
    The thing that makes me question it is that it's been refurbished. Why? Something was wrong with it prior and it's been fixed. Who's to say it won't happen again? I know, I know, it could happen to any lens but...
     
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    Yes. Of course. No question about it. I would.
     

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