Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Phillip Lynn, Apr 23, 2018.
I am looking at a refurbished lens or a new one. Can anyone give me advice?
What make of lens, and what country are you in?
Here in the US, when I buy a new Nikon lens and register it online with Nikon, at no charge Nikon extends the warranty from 1 year to 5 years.
Nikon only warranties their refurbished lenses for 90 days.
However, I have long been more of a used lens buyer than a new or refurbished lens buyer, because I know it's actually pretty rare to have an issue with a new or refurbished lens during the time a warranty is in effect.
So I would suggest also considering used lenses.
What specific lens are you looking for? I have bought lenses on e-bay and Amazon, and have had good success. There are other places as well, that offer used or refurbished lenses. Adorama, B&H, KEH, and others.
The lens is a Nikon 70-300 mm on Amazon. The cost if 119.00 refurbished or 169.00 brand new. Not much of a savings I know.
I am looking at 70-300 mm nikon lens. I have a Nikon D7100 with the kit lens it came with. I am in the US. I am looking at Amazon , the price refurbished is 119.00 and the new price is 169.00. Not much difference in price.
Since there are, I think, 4 different 70-300 lenses, it might be important to know exactly which one. IMO, you should settle for no less than the VR G version.
This is the one:
Since I have never had a lens not function after the initial first use tests, I would save 50 bucks and get refurbished and test it carefully when I got it.
The lens you're considering (the $169 new 70-300 f/4-5.6G lens) is one of the worst lenses, value wise, Nikon has ever made, even though it is an FX lens.
There's a reason the next one the AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 G ED (a DX lens) costs some $350 new. Indeed the 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 ED is one of Nikon's best values.
Look for a used 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G ED that is in good shape.
Thanks for the info, I am going to wait and buy new.
It might be tough to find a new one.
Meanwhile, there are many used ones on good condition.
And you'll get it cheaper.
I would look into the af-s 70-300 P providing it can be used on your camera. From what I read, it's far superior to the the older versions. Here is one such article.
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR | DSLRBodies | Thom Hogan
If that's out of your price range, you might consider this...
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Review
I have purchased refurbished cameras / lenses / speedlights from: Nikon.com, B&H photovideo, Adorama.com, with no problems, or regrets.
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