Is a Canon 5Dmark4 refurb just as good as buying new?

vdotmatrixvdotmatrix Nervous ProfessionalRegistered Users Posts: 343 Major grins

I am shopping to upgrade my 5dm3 to the mark4. Canon has mark4 refurbs. Gosh … they only get cameras back, gone after 14 days , then refurbish them and turn them around…same warranty of a year…Is it the same camera?

Worth the unknown?

Do they provide shutter count with a refurb?



  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Super Moderators Posts: 22,165 moderator
    edited September 16, 2018

    My Canon 5D Mark III is a Canon (manufacturer) refurbished body purchased from "". While it came in a different box and lacked some original paperwork and has a slightly defaced bottom sticker (looks like a pin-prick just under the serial number), it nonetheless looked and performed "like new". No problems whatsoever!

    No, Canon will not give you the shutter count of the camera before purchase.

    Yes, I intend to purchase a Canon 5D Mark IV refurbished body through the Canon store in the near future. Yes, it's an easy recommendation to others looking to purchase a fully-warrantied Canon camera or lens (or some other Canon accessories with the same warranty).

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  • vdotmatrixvdotmatrix Nervous Professional Registered Users Posts: 343 Major grins

    ready to pull the trigger today but they sold CPS loaner arrives Thursday 2 weeks ahead of what they said.

  • JusticeiroJusticeiro E clunibus tractum Registered Users Posts: 1,177 Major grins

    Why not hold out for the 5Ds Mark ii?

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  • Brett1000Brett1000 Major grins Users Posts: 819 Major grins

    my Canon refurb looked and performed as new

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Registered Users Posts: 1,368 Major grins

    I bought a refurb 5D3 through the Canon Loyalty Program, and it has worked perfectly for the past 3+ years. As long as it is a Canon factory refurb, I wouldn't have any hesitations about it.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,629 moderator

    Basically getting a factory refurb just means it's had at least one extra quality control cycle. That's a good thing.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,629 moderator

    @Justiceiro said:
    Why not hold out for the 5Ds Mark ii?

    If you always wait for the next new thing, you'll never buy anything. LOL.

    I wonder if there will ever be a 5DsMKII though as they may opt to move it to the mirrorless/RF mount line. That seems to be where Canon seems to be innovating in lenses right now.

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandAdministrators Posts: 12,716 moderator

    Firm believer in the refurb program. Has probably saved me four figures so far. Ziggy has the link in post 2.

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