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Hey OCN.

I've finally gotten some money I'd like to spend and a DSLR is an investment I have wanted to make for a long long time.

I'll be getting a Canon EOS Rebel T2i soon. I'm really looking at the kit with the EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens; I figure I won't need an expensive lens to get started.



... so Buy.com seems to have a nice price for it: http://www.buy.com/prod/canon-eos-re...214398284.html

and I've recently found this website that offers a coupon "SUMMER" bringing this kit down to 710 dollars shipped.
http://www.calumetphoto.com/eng/prod...is_lens/ec2851

Keep in mind I would really like to buy this camera brand new with warranty of course.
Most importantly, Is there a better price I could be getting for this?!?

If its cheaper, I wouldn't mind getting the lens separately.

Thanks in advance!
Edited by Anton338 - 8/4/11 at 7:27pm
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post #2 of 17
I'm going for a T3i myself. I was considering the T2i but the T3i has the screen that can flip out, and that's very useful. Check out J&R. T3i there is $710 without a lens.

http://www.jr.com/category/cameras-a...FdcN2godwSYAYw
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Have you considered a Canon Refurbished T2i from Canon Direct? I bought mine with a lens kit for 530 dollars.
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The benefit of the refurbished is the savings. These are given a rigorous once-over by Canon operationally, usually have exceedingly low clicks, usually look pretty much brand new (except for an easily removed 'Refurbished' sticker), and are a great value.

The downfalls are this: 1) the $530 that youra6 got his for was part of the Canon Loyalty Program, which nets you a 20% discount on the Canon refurbished price; the caveat is, you do need to be ready to send them a broken Canon P&S camera. 2) Unless you get your camera through Adrorama, refurbs direct from Canon come with only a 90 day warranty.

Now, the warranty bit shouldn't be a huge concern -- you can actually purchase a 3rd party warranty if you really want to (Mack, SquareTrade come to mind), so the only 'issue' would be finding a broken Canon point & shoot, but if you head over to photography-on-the.net/forum and search for the user 'Fibrepunk' in the for sale forum, he sells broken Canon P&Ss for $16 shipped.

Take these into consideration and you can essentially get the brand new kit for ~$550 instead of ~$710..
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i dont buy much online but adorama is supposed to be really good. i dont think they offer like super discounted prices if that is what you are looking for. but i hear they are trustworthy so thats i plus i would imagine
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The benefit of the refurbished is the savings. These are given a rigorous once-over by Canon operationally, usually have exceedingly low clicks, usually look pretty much brand new (except for an easily removed 'Refurbished' sticker), and are a great value.

The downfalls are this: 1) the $530 that youra6 got his for was part of the Canon Loyalty Program, which nets you a 20% discount on the Canon refurbished price; the caveat is, you do need to be ready to send them a broken Canon P&S camera. 2) Unless you get your camera through Adrorama, refurbs direct from Canon come with only a 90 day warranty.

Now, the warranty bit shouldn't be a huge concern -- you can actually purchase a 3rd party warranty if you really want to (Mack, SquareTrade come to mind), so the only 'issue' would be finding a broken Canon point & shoot, but if you head over to photography-on-the.net/forum and search for the user 'Fibrepunk' in the for sale forum, he sells broken Canon P&Ss for $16 shipped.

Take these into consideration and you can essentially get the brand new kit for ~$550 instead of ~$710..
Actually, I didn't get it through their loyalty program. They had a promotion in which I got a decent amount taken off the T2i. The promotion ended however.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3097132
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post #7 of 17
Oh yeah, that's right, they had a 15% off for a while. That just recently ended.. so, in actuality, the savings might be even better --

Currently - full price refurbs are $639.99 -- @ 20% off = 511.99 + tax and shipping. Thanks for the clarification!
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post #8 of 17
I second the CLP suggestion. Buy a broken Canon point and shoot for ~$15-$20, call up Canon's Loyalty Program, and get a T2i w/18-55mm IS lens for $511.99 + Tax. A bit more of a hassle than buying it directly from Adorama/BH (my two online camera storer recommendations), but for over $100 in savings I think it's worth it.
post #9 of 17
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Thanks for the input guys!

Getting it refurbished is actually a possibility.

How long is the standard warranty? also are these reliable? Would it be a big risk buying it without (or little) warranty?
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Standard warranty is a year. As a caveat, if you play it right, if Adorama has refurbed units in, they are refurbished by Canon, but come with a 1 year warranty from Adorama. You wont get 20% off, but it'll be close to the Refurb price of ~$619.

That being said, I've never had any problems with either of my bodies; if you use common sense and take care of them, they'll last you quite a while.
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