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Noob question: imported vs. usa lenses

 
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Oct 04, 2008 11:40 |  #1

So just browsing through bhphoto (dangerous thing btw), I'm starting to see some of the "imported" variants being "in stock" nowadays. So what's the difference between the two?

Warranty?


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Oct 04, 2008 12:21 |  #2

Yep, in fact all lenses are imported. The US doesn't really have a lens manufacturing industry (nothing significant at least). So warranty is essentially going to be the difference. From a less reputable place, I might worry a little about whether a so called "imported" or "gray market" lens might have failed quality control in some way, but I would expect this wouldn't be a problem with B&H, and that they would take care of any issues.

Still though, I'd probably prefer to have the manufacturer's warranty.




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Oct 04, 2008 13:27 |  #3

Ive always wondered the same thing. They may be 20 dollars cheaper.
Wouldnt it cost to have them "imported" anyways? Kind of confused there.


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Oct 04, 2008 13:51 |  #4

imported means they're imported by b&h (or agents thereof), as opposed to Canon USA.

Lenses imported by canon USA, and sent to distributors, are then covered by Canon USA for warranty purposes. Canon USA charges it's distributors a price for that glass which compensates Canon USA for the mean (as in average) rate of repairs/exchanges, etc.

This is not the case for lenses imported via 'unofficial' channels. This unofficial nature is called the grey market. Grey because it's not illegal (black), just against the policies of some globalhypermegacorp.

In most cases your US prices are not that different to the grey imports... but down here, canon australia wants to charge AUD$3,200 for a lens which can be bought for AUD$2,300 on the grey market. Quite a difference.

With a number of companies offering $100 3rd party extended warranties to cover repairs (made at authorised service centres), it's hard to pass up a deal like that.


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Nov 25, 2008 20:36 as a reply to milorad's post |  #5

Great info...
I was just about to post this same question but opted for the Search engine. Yeah for me!!!!:cool:




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Nov 25, 2008 20:44 |  #6

milorad wrote in post #6436906external link
imported means they're imported by b&h (or agents thereof), as opposed to Canon USA.

Lenses imported by canon USA, and sent to distributors, are then covered by Canon USA for warranty purposes. Canon USA charges it's distributors a price for that glass which compensates Canon USA for the mean (as in average) rate of repairs/exchanges, etc.

This is not the case for lenses imported via 'unofficial' channels. This unofficial nature is called the grey market. Grey because it's not illegal (black), just against the policies of some globalhypermegacorp.

In most cases your US prices are not that different to the grey imports... but down here, canon australia wants to charge AUD$3,200 for a lens which can be bought for AUD$2,300 on the grey market. Quite a difference.

With a number of companies offering $100 3rd party extended warranties to cover repairs (made at authorised service centres), it's hard to pass up a deal like that.

I think you hit the nail on the head here.. Canon, Nikon etal want the monopoly for their products in their regions so they won't offer after sales service for any products bought in by 3rd party companies.. I reckon stuff 'em,, buy grey import and pay for repairs if any..


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Nov 25, 2008 20:46 |  #7

Yep. The lenses are processed in the exact same factory at the exact same time.

B&H stands by its grey market items if there is a problem with it, but for $20 bucks difference, I'd prefer the Canon warranty. Besides, when it's rebate time like it is now, the US version ends up being cheaper than the import.


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