If you had to start from scratch, what would you do?

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
TimR32225
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Re: Is canadian gear repaired in Europe?
In reply to dirkluchtman, Jan 16, 2013

dirkluchtman wrote:

TimR32225 wrote:

rrccad wrote:

dirkluchtman wrote:

I have lived in Alberta, Canada since September 2009, but will leave Canada for Europe summer this year, permanently. In those 4 years, I've had the privilege of acquiring some Canon gear, including a 5D Mark II, 70-200 F4 IS and a Tokina 16-28mm 2.8. I bought all of this while knowing I would have to sell it all when I leave 4 years later, because Canon Canada does not cover repairs and warranty in Europe. I have no regrets though, because the gear allowed me to photograph the beautiful scenery here with near-maximum quality (which is exactly what I wanted). I was never good at saving money.....

this doesn't make sense.

canon europe will service your cameras .. it's nikon that seemingly refuses to service out of market equipment.

I'd save the loses on selling / repurchasing and get a TSE.

Exactly. Your equipment is worth far more in use, than what it would bring if you sell it. I'd say it's a no-brainer to keep your eqipment and use it until you can purchase something to replace it. I think it makes no sense to sell it just because you will pay if you need any repairs. That's the case for everyone after gear is 1-year old.

There are plenty of reasons to upgrade equipment, but so far I don't think you've mentioned any of them.

I was told that I would need to send the Canadian gear from Europe back to Canada, for repair, which has a significant price tag to it, even if it's under warranty. Further, it's unlikely I could sell my gear in Europe (for those reasons) if I wanted to upgrade (to new Canon gear for instance). Does that make any sense?

That makes it a little bit clearer (if true), but you presently have gear that works and that you can use.  And you've already stated that you could not get much money by selling it.

The odds that you will need repairs are much smaller than the odds that you won't.  So it still seems like you are betting against the law of averages if you sell the equipment now.  Why not just use the equipment until it fails? (it probably will not fail anyway).  But even if it fails, you basically 'rented' it for the small amount of money you could have recovered by selling it.

If it needs repair, I believe any Canon service center will repair it.  I could be wrong, but you can call Canon and find out for sure.  That should probably have been your first step.  If that turns out to be the case, all this posting would have been for naught.
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