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dbvisions

Ringgold, US
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"RE: New D800 vs Refurb"

dbvisions Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2011
Tue 02-Apr-13 06:53 PM

>>I have a hard time equating the Adorama VIP warranty with
>a
>>Nikon factory warranty. Nothing against Adorama, which is
>a
>>fine retailer, but I feel the same way about any third
>party
>>warranty versus an original factory warranty. For me
>this
>>applies equally to electronics, automobiles, or any other
>>expensive and highly complex product.
>>
>>Russ
>

I purchased a refurb D800 from Adorama in the fall and have been very pleased with it. Since it came with only the 90-day warranty I tested it immediately using the FoCal program to be sure it did not have a focus problem. I also did the AF finetuning with each of my lenses and then used it enough to satisfy myself that there was nothing wrong with anything else. I was willing to assume the risk because most failures happen early in a device's life (infantile failures) and any focus problem would be present when it was taken out of the box - it would not become worse over time. So, 90 days was more than enough time for me to determine whether something was wrong with it and get it repaired or replaced.

To me, the almost $500 savings over a new camera was worth having the shorter warranty. This would not be the way to go if I were a person who buys a camera and then lets it sit a long time before actually trying to use it. But then, I am not someone who buys extended warranties on household appliances and autos, either...

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