5D MK III? $3,500 mistake

Started Jan 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
pdxpix
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Re: 5D MK III? $3,500 mistake
In reply to Skip M, Jan 20, 2013

Skip M wrote:

pdxpix wrote:

B&H 30-day return policy says in the fine print, "Items with shutter counters must show less than 200 exposures." Yikes! I was almost half-way there when the $3,000 black brick croaked.

As a life-long Canon shooter, this really shakes my confidence in the product line. So far, my first move to FF lasted less than an hour. 7D still crying from the closet. Time to go apologize to the loyal APC-S companion that has never failed me.

Not sure why it would shake your confidence so much unless you'd had previous problems with Canon cameras. Have you? If you've had as many Canon bodies as I have, one bad one wouldn't shake me. (8 and counting, plus my wife's 6 for a family total of 14.) A second bad one, even if a different body, might, though.

Just send it in to B&H and get a new one. This is why I prefer to deal with a brick and mortar, I could take it back and have a new one in hand immediately. I understand this is not an option for everybody, though. There are 5 camera stores within a 30 mile radius of me and Canon's repair center is only 75 miles from me. I could have the camera up to Canon and back before you get yours back from B&H, so I'm a little spoiled.

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I've never had a problem with B&H, but I also have never had to return anything to them, either. That includes a 40D, 7D, 17-55 f/2.8IS, 70-200 f/4L IS, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, 85 f/1.8 USM, 50 f/1.4 USM, Speedlights, filiters, remotes, bags,... yeah I've helped their bottom line over the years. Now it's time to have them return the favor.

There is a good brick & mortar store in Portland (Pro Photo Supply), but no way could they match the package B&H offered in that short window: $3,499 for 5D MK III, 24-105 f/4L, extra battery and 16GB Sanidsk UDMA CF card. I'm wondering now if the body was itself a return or otherwise less than new.

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