Because Nikon sells a lot of stuff, they get some returns, in many cases of cameras and lenses that are perfectly good, and essentially brand new, but just not what the customer wanted. Too complex, too heavy, who knows?
Nikon can't sell these items as "new", so they check them out, clean them up, repackage them as "refurbished", and sell them through Adorama, Inc., in New York City.
We've bought one camera and one lens this way, at real savings, and have never had a problem with either. So, we have Adorama's offerings of refurbished Nikon products bookmarked, and we check it from time to time.
For quite some time now, a super-duper telephoto lens has been at the top of that list, and we wonder how long it will stay there. Now, we'd be interested in the lens ourself, except for just three things: First, we more often shoot wide, rather than long, so it's not clear how much we'd actually use it. Second, we'd want someone to carry that ten-pounder around for us. And third, well, the price is $8,699.95.
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