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    KEH - good source for used lenses?

    Are their ratings accurate? Prices look reasonable.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I've purchased over a dozen lenses from them, mostly LF but some 35mm Nikon.

    In all cases their grading was conservative. The products I received beat their evaluations.
    All were graded EXC or better, and all were virtually new.

    They do have a no-questions-asked return/refund policy.
    Note that the return period starts the day the product ships from Atlanta, not when you receive it.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I've always been happy with them.

    According to their buyer here in LA, John Izumi, they have a HUGE amount of LF related stuff, so don't try to sell stuff to them, they won't pay you anything for it, since they have so much back stock.

    but buying, you can get some great deals if you watch and wait carefully

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I agree. They gotta make a profit, so if they are selling at relatively low prices, there's no reasonable way their going to buy from you at anything but cheap. But
    I've never had a problem purchasing from them. Their ratings are conservative, and I've been surprised just how clean things were.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    Well, that's nice to know, because I want to buy, not sell.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    Outstanding products and service as a buyer. I hope to do much more business with them in the future.
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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I buy from them often, and highly recommend them for any camera, lens or format purchase.

    It's a big mistake to not check them first for anything photographic. They are often cheapest.

    Also look at their separate eBay listings.

    I have sold them small format digital and I considered their offers fair and very easy to consummate. No buyer remorse, no eBay fees and no complaints.

    KEH is the biggest player in used equipment in the world, I believe.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I've bought quite a few items from them over the years, most recently a few weeks ago. They'll serve up a dud now and then; it's important to remember that the grades are about cosmetics, and items with functional problems can and do slip through. But their no-hassle return policy takes much of the sting out when that happens. The last time I received an item where it was apparent that they had messed up on the grading, they picked up the return shipping cost without my even having to ask for it.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    I've bought many items from them. Only one item didn't function properly, and they promptly repaired it.
    Their ratings are conservative with EX being like new. Highly recommended.

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    Re: KEH - good source for used lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    I agree. They gotta make a profit, so if they are selling at relatively low prices, there's no reasonable way their going to buy from you at anything but cheap. But
    I've never had a problem purchasing from them. Their ratings are conservative, and I've been surprised just how clean things were.
    KEH is great, and their ratings as noted are in most cases conservative by a large margin. Even those UGLY items sometimes come in in super nice condition, and if they are not working they are replaced with zero hassle.

    That said, what they offer as buying prices is often funny, or might even be offensive to some. Just use their site to calculate how much they might pay for a mamiya 7 with a lens. This might not be the case with newer/digital gear, i have not checked.

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