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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon refurbished lenses, your experience? |
mark fadely wrote:
The 50L I bought from Canon refurb was perfect. Just wonder if it may have been a returned lens due to the reports of focus problems with this lens? Anyway, refurb may just be an even greater chance of getting a good copy since the checking and calibrating are done more than once.
Worked for me, I use my 50 1.2 wide open with great results.
A refurbished item can be anything in the whole process--it can be an item that didn't pass QC or it can be a defect that a customer found.
The spectrum of the condition of refurbished items can be quite high, IMO. Although everyone of them has to be rechecked, it can be as good as a return that a customer thought it had a problem, but it never had such problem or it could be bad that the problem is never found even by Canon.
I recall one time that a friend of mine had a problem with a lens that had to be sent to Canon three times for them to find out what my friend experienced. So, is it possible that the original problem that is the reason why such item is refurbished in the first place never found? I think it is. How likely is it? Maybe not that likely. But that's the reason warranty comes into play.
So, is it okay to buy refurbished? Of course, it is. The condition is mostly just like new. Just be sure to test it thoroughly and use it often before the return or warranty period runs out.