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    KEH still have a great reputation?

    Back in the film days, I bought a lot of used Nikkor glass from KEH and I don't remember ever being disappointed. On the contrary, really... most times I received lenses I thought were better than KEH's rating.

    For the first time in many years, I ordered a used lens (Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Ex cond.) from KEH. I know it's a bit late to ask, but do they still have the stellar reputation they had in the old days? Some of the ratings I saw on line were not that great... 3 of 5 stars, etc.


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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Back in the film days, I bought a lot of used Nikkor glass from KEH and I don't remember ever being disappointed. On the contrary, really... most times I received lenses I thought were better than KEH's rating.

    For the first time in many years, I ordered a used lens (Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Ex cond.) from KEH. I know it's a bit late to ask, but do they still have the stellar reputation they had in the old days? Some of the ratings I saw on line were not that great... 3 of 5 stars, etc.
    In the past I ordered 2 different Nikon lenses from keh. One was a zoom from the film days and the other a 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-D. Wound up returning both since they had issues. And both had the highest rating.

    The zoom lens would stick at a certain focal length - as though it didn't want to zoom beyond that point. The 28-70mm f/2.8 had sticky aperture blades. Every so often, a shot would be over exposed even when back-to-back images were shot with identical EXIF. The blades weren't stopping down far enough.

    So now I either use Allen's Camera or B&H for quality pre-owned lenses.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    A recent thread, week ago, on dpreview forums about a KEH glitch that involved some bounced checks. All OK now.

    KEH is having some new sales deals every few days it seems. Fills up my email with offers. They sold me some great stuff in years past.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    They are probably having financial issues with the down tend in the camera market. about 4 years ago I sent them a lens to sell and they jerked me around on the condition/price. I'll never deal with them again. Sticking to BH.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!

    I had total trust in them in the film days. I bought some Nikon film bodies from them that were just wonderful. Most of my manual focus and a few auto focus Nikkors were also purchased there with not a single problem. Their used condition ratings were conservative, to say the least. I'll be disappointed if things have changed.
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    l'll share my experiences with KEH. From about 2010-16 l bought from them regularly. Several times l bought gear in "EX" condition and it arrived more like bargain or ugly. But no big deal because they had a really good return/exchange policy. And a few times l bought something in bargain condition that looked like EX+. But in the past few years they're prices have seemed to go through the roof. They used to be very competitive vs what you could find on Ebay. Now l find much better deals on Ebay. And the items on KEH'S site have stock photos. So you can't see photos of the actual item.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!
    If you haven't received it yet, don't give up hope. I believe @[email protected] bought a zoom lens from keh recently and was thrilled. Hopefully he will chime in.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    If you haven't received it yet, don't give up hope. I believe @[email protected] bought a zoom lens from keh recently and was thrilled. Hopefully he will chime in.
    Thank you for the positive note! I just received an e-mail from KEH that the lens is shipping today. I'll be sure to post my impressions when I receive and test the lens.
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    Re: KEH still have a great reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Thank you for the positive note! I just received an e-mail from KEH that the lens is shipping today. I'll be sure to post my impressions when I receive and test the lens.
    When searching for Chris' thread, I now realize he went with the 200-400mm lens through keh. The 80-400mm lens was one being considered. What he chose wasn't an inexpensive lens though. You can read about his journey as well as the outcome while you are waiting!

    https://nikonites.com/telephoto/4391...#axzz6Eb7nLrCE
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    My experience was great. Delivery was one day early, my lens was a EX+ and looked like brand new. Came with everything, Nikon bag, lens caps even the lens foot is arca/swiss compatable which I wasn't expecting. Lens functions perfectly and no dust inside. I'd but again with no hesitation. Thanks KEH!
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