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No date code 70-200 F/2.8 IS ii

 
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Mar 17, 2011 20:40 |  #1

Ok , this has pesonally freaked me out but my new 70-200 f/2,8 IS ii has no date code.

Contacted canon who (at first) said," I believe from that model onwards , date code were not used , instead a 10 digit code on the body was, Let me investigate"

Then

they said

" we can't be sure and you would need to send the len in for inspection to make sue it wasn't counterfeit"....:eek:

Whaaa?

is there really counterfeit lenses out there?

And would Amazon be selling them?

My lens looks the part, focuses like I would expect, but still freaking me out¬!..... Anyone with the same situation?

I've found a few threads but nothing definitive.##

am I alone?


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Mar 17, 2011 20:43 |  #2

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …Cat=Canon-Lens-Date-Codes (external link)


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Mar 17, 2011 20:44 |  #3

Got my lens from Amazon two weeks ago and it didn't have a date code. It'll be really hard to counterfeit Canon L lenses.


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Mar 17, 2011 20:48 |  #4

Sir_Loin

You don't know how happy I am to click on your link...:lol:

You would think Canon would have this info at hand to alleviate worried customers


Many thanks!


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Mar 17, 2011 20:48 |  #5

No date code on mine either, I bought from Amazon as well. If mine's fake, I need to buy more fakes!




  
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Mar 17, 2011 20:48 |  #6

*Jayrou wrote in post #12041087 (external link)
Sir_Loin

You don't know how happy I am to click on your link...:lol:

You would think Canon would have this info at hand to alleviate worried customers


Many thanks!

You're welcome ;)


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Mar 17, 2011 20:49 |  #7

Yeah, I read about that a while ago. Makes you wonder WHY they would do it. Never saw anything wrong with what they were doing, so what would prompt them to make such a change?


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Mar 17, 2011 20:50 |  #8

Terran wrote in post #12041064 (external link)
Got my lens from Amazon two weeks ago and it didn't have a date code. It'll be really hard to counterfeit Canon L lenses.


exactly what i thought!

I know some are quite good at it but a lens? especially the 70-200...?


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Mar 17, 2011 21:32 |  #9

JHaegs wrote in post #12041095 (external link)
Yeah, I read about that a while ago. Makes you wonder WHY they would do it. Never saw anything wrong with what they were doing, so what would prompt them to make such a change?

It could be possible that Canon didn't want to have the confusion of overlapping date codes since they would have to start at "A" again for 2012. Some early EF lenses have been in continuous production for over 20 years and they soon will get "Lapped". For example you could end up with an EF 28mm 2.8 with a UB date code, which could mean both 1987 and 2013.


A = 1986, 1960, 2012
B = 1987, 1961, 2013
C = 1988, 1962, 2014
D = 1989, 1963, etc
E = 1990, 1964
F = 1991, 1965
G = 1992, 1966
H = 1993, 1967
I = 1994, 1968
J = 1995, 1969
K = 1996, 1970
L = 1997, 1971
M = 1998, 1972
N = 1999, 1973
O = 2000, 1974
P = 2001, 1975
Q = 2002, 1976
R = 2003, 1977
S = 2004, 1978
T = 2005, 1979
U = 2006, 1980
V = 2007, 1981
W = 2008, 1982
X = 2009, 1983
Y = 2010, 1984
Z = 2011, 1985


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Mar 17, 2011 21:50 |  #10

msowsun wrote in post #12041291 (external link)
It could be possible that Canon didn't want to have the confusion of overlapping date codes since they would have to start at "A" again for 2012. Some early EF lenses have been in continuous production for over 20 years and they soon will get "Lapped". For example you could end up with an EF 28mm 2.8 with a UB date code, which could mean both 1987 and 2013.


A = 1986, 1960, 2012
B = 1987, 1961, 2013
C = 1988, 1962, 2014
D = 1989, 1963, etc
E = 1990, 1964
F = 1991, 1965
G = 1992, 1966
H = 1993, 1967
I = 1994, 1968
J = 1995, 1969
K = 1996, 1970
L = 1997, 1971
M = 1998, 1972
N = 1999, 1973
O = 2000, 1974
P = 2001, 1975
Q = 2002, 1976
R = 2003, 1977
S = 2004, 1978
T = 2005, 1979
U = 2006, 1980
V = 2007, 1981
W = 2008, 1982
X = 2009, 1983
Y = 2010, 1984
Z = 2011, 1985

Understandable, but there are a million, less confusing solutions other than just getting rid of the date code and adding a serial number that tells us nothing (as far as we know). They make some of the best lenses in the world, they couldn't think of anything?


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Mar 18, 2011 00:13 |  #11
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Following your logic I predict that in about 5 years cars in California will have no license plates since at the current rate they will run out ot numbers.

msowsun wrote in post #12041291 (external link)
It could be possible that Canon didn't want to have the confusion of overlapping date codes since they would have to start at "A" again for 2012. Some early EF lenses have been in continuous production for over 20 years and they soon will get "Lapped". For example you could end up with an EF 28mm 2.8 with a UB date code, which could mean both 1987 and 2013.


A = 1986, 1960, 2012
B = 1987, 1961, 2013
C = 1988, 1962, 2014
D = 1989, 1963, etc
E = 1990, 1964
F = 1991, 1965
G = 1992, 1966
H = 1993, 1967
I = 1994, 1968
J = 1995, 1969
K = 1996, 1970
L = 1997, 1971
M = 1998, 1972
N = 1999, 1973
O = 2000, 1974
P = 2001, 1975
Q = 2002, 1976
R = 2003, 1977
S = 2004, 1978
T = 2005, 1979
U = 2006, 1980
V = 2007, 1981
W = 2008, 1982
X = 2009, 1983
Y = 2010, 1984
Z = 2011, 1985




  
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Jan 11, 2013 10:37 |  #12

Hey guys..anybody in here has 70-200 mark II with uy date code?




  
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Jan 11, 2013 11:11 |  #13

The 24-70 MK II's are the same, my 24-70 2.8L II from BH, has just a serial, also the text that says 24-70 2.8L is no longer on the side of the front barrel. Its around the front element on a border. :D


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Jan 11, 2013 11:13 |  #14

QTran0320 wrote in post #15474901 (external link)
Hey guys..anybody in here has 70-200 mark II with uy date code?

I have one.... They stopped putting the date code on these lenses about mid-2010.


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Jan 11, 2013 13:50 |  #15

hahaha a counterfit 70-200 II

The mear thought of that makes me burst into laughter


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