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  1. #1
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    ? used lenses from KEH

    I'm considering picking up a used lens from KEH - Does anyone have any experience with them?
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

  2. #2
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    I got a 10D from them that crapped out in about 5 months...shutter went kershit on me. They told me I was SOL since it was beyond their 90 day warranty period. Other than that, no experience.

    I won't be buying from them again actually. But lenses are a different story...less to break.
    Ouch.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2007
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    Pacific Northwest (US)
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    I have bought lenses from them in the past (film SLR days ~ 10 years ago). I found their grading system accurate. I wouldn't hesitate to buy lenses from them.
    Digital:
    Canon PowerShot A570 IS

    Nikon D5000

    Film:
    Fujica ST605n
    Olympus XA


    Cameras from my past:
    Fujifilm S6000fd; Canon PowerShot S50; Canon PowerShot A40; Nikon N8008s; Pentax Spotmatic F; Fujica ST605; Canon Canonet GIII QL19

  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
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    So Calif
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    Bought and returned a lens without a procedure problem (the lens had a couple, I though).
    Last edited by SpecialK; 04-19-2007 at 01:53 PM.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

  5. #5
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    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
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    I've never had any luck with them having the used glass I want- it seems they only have new stuff I'm looking for and at higher prices than B&H.
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    Nikon D3, D300, F-100, 10.5 Fisheye, 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.4, Zeiss 100 f/2, 105 f/2.5, 200 f/4 Micro, 200 f/2 VR, 300 f/2.8 AF-S II, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, SU-800, SB-900, 4xSB-800, 1.4x and 1.7x TC
    (2) Profoto Acute 2400 packs w/4 heads, Chimera Boxes

  6. #6
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    Nov 2004
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    I have had positive experiences

    I purchased my 80-200 f/2.8L from them, my EOS 3 body, and my 17-40 f/4L. All purchases were positive experiences. I find their grading system to be accurate and on the one return I made, there wasn't any problem(I returned a lowly graded lens for a higher graded lens, the lens was fine but my anal retentive side just wouldn't let me use a lens with a hack in the front element).
    A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
    Ansel Adams

    Rule books are paper, they will not cushion a sudden meeting of stone and metal.
    Ernest K. Gann-Fate is the Hunter.

  7. #7
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    Jan 2005
    Location
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    I have bought a couple of lenses for a Mamiya 645 and RB67 (both are non-auto lenses) from KEH. Both lenses were in excellent condition and work well. Also bought a Canon Elan 7 body that is in mint condition. The grading sytem is accurate, if not a bit conservative. I have not had to contact them for any issues, but have read they do have good customer support.

  8. #8
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    Jul 2004
    Location
    Formerly South Wales. Now South Carolina.
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    I bought a couple of lenses from them but the lenses were unimpressive and I have sold one and am considering selling the other also.

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