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Maybe a Stupid Question - Lens Manuf Date

 
digirebelva
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Jun 07, 2012 15:35 |  #1

Okay, maybe this is a stupid question, but I have seen it asked to many times in regards to a used lens for sale here..the manuf date/date code... In regards to lenses does it really matter. If it's a quality lens is it really that important. I would think things like is the glass free of marks etc...things that might effect image quality would be more important.

Is there a realistic reason why date codes should matter (outside of warranty issues)....am I missing something?


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Jun 07, 2012 15:42 |  #2

Not all lenses have date codes, so if Canon continues the trend of not adding them to brand new lenses, it won't matter down the road, anyway.

A 10 year old lens in good shape is probably a better buy than a 2 year old lens that's seen hell. I have several quite old EF lenses and aside from the little printed code, you'd never tell them apart from a brand new one.

Canon warranty is short, and doesn't transfer once registered, I believe.

If you're thinking of a used lens, see if you can test it first. If it functions normally and makes a good image, then it's probably a safe enough buy.


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Jun 07, 2012 16:39 as a reply to Virto's post |  #3

For me personally, I dont care about date codes, I am simply worried about the condition of the lens. All of the lenses that I own have been bought 2nd hand, but I am mainly commenting on the need of quite a few to inquire about the date code of a used lens as though it has some bearing on the lens ability to work properly.;)


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