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Reconditioned cameras and lenses on Woot
Posted By: konraDarnok, 05-31-2015, 04:25 AM

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Some of those prices are insane.
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Any guess as to what their interpretation of "factory reconditioned" means? Do you think these actually came through Ricoh?
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Comes with 90 days Pentax warranty so factory reconditioned must mean Ricoh was involved. Excellent prices -- just might need to pick up a da* 16-50

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The Da 55-300 description is HD and WR but the picture is the original SMC green band version.

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Based on my experience with refurb products, I'd say that at least the K-30s are new.
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Wow, those are pretty good prices! Ricoh must be clearing out inventory to make room for new FF gear.

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Even if you ended up having to convert the * lenses to screw drive those prices are incredible. Wow. You could get a K-30 and two of Pentax's pro zooms for $1169.97.

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At $179, the DA 55-300 WR seems worth a try. I wonder how long it would take to actually receive the lens. Woot says "ships in 3-6 days" and standard shipping (the only option) indicates 3-8 days after that. I suspect I won't be home to receive the package.

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is it too much to hope that if the SDM lenses on this sale have been reconditioned recently, that means the SDM problem is fixed on these lenses?
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Despite my rabid LBA and this great price, I am deciding against getting the DA* 16-50, as I already have a DA 16-45 and DA 20-40mm limited. I'm still too wary of SDM problems and from what I've read, the image quality of the DA 16-45 may be close enough to the DA 16-50 and the lens is a lot lighter/smaller; of course, the DA* zoom's build quality is far better and WR, but that's what I get with the DA 20-40 anyway.
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My concern here would be that woot might not be as generous as the usual big retailers about taking back a lens as defective that you're not happy with for performance reasons like decentering. That's not something that's easily tested for - it's not like a lens element has fallen out or the lens has some other obvious physical defect. In my experience this is the biggest issue with lenses; not just Pentax but others as well. Sometimes you have to try several times or more to get a good copy. While these prices are extremely attractive, round-trip shipping and the 15% restock charges can add up pretty quickly.

As for factory reconditioning, since Pentax and other manufacturers let bad lenses out of their factories n the first place, my guess is that at least some issues aren't addressed during "reconditioning." It might be more likely for a camera body to have an issue that can be addressed - a switch or button fails or falls off, for example - while with lenses, you might more likely be stuck with a lens that wasn't good enough for somebody else.
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Wow. Probably good that I'm broke right now. I bought a (new) Q7 from Woot that was DOA, returned it with no problem. And then bought another one a little later from them also (that works fine)....

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