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85L - Buying From USA

 
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Jun 01, 2011 15:00 |  #16

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US customs won't check anything.

The only issues i've had with customs was entering France, they'd spend a lot of time with my laptop. I was working on crypto systems at the time, and bringing cypto into France wasn't kosher. I had a clean laptop for travel, I was having to go there often.
Your friend shouldn't have any problems with the lens.

B&H will get the package there, they're excellent to do business with.

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Yup, order it from B&H online, ship it to the hotel, you should get it from New York to San Franscico in about 4 days with the slowest shipping, quicker if you want to pay more............and you will completely avoid the sales tax, just the $2,099 plus a little shippping of $18.80. I buy all my gear from B&H, wonderful customer service, plus you can't beat tax free!

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …AA_EF_85mm_f_1_​2L_II.html (external link)

Thx for that people! I'm sorely tempted to go via B&H now to avoid that tax (c.$200)!!

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Have you tried "kerso" on eBay or talkphotography? He was doing them for £1349 at the end of last year, I don't have an up-to-date price list though.

Ian is a great guy and usually gets some good prices but I doubt he's gonna be around that price now! I asked for a price on the 24-70 couple of months ago and he was only just under general online prices. I think the Yen is probably making things difficult for him. But yh, guess it's worth asking just in case. :)


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Jun 01, 2011 15:54 |  #17
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You'd have to add a 10% CA sales tax. Otherwise there's nothing to worry about. All 85L's are great out of the box.


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Jun 01, 2011 16:39 |  #18

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You'd have to add a 10% CA sales tax. Otherwise there's nothing to worry about. All 85L's are great out of the box.

Ok now you've got me confused! :D so regardless of where I buy it from (B&H in NY or Calumet in SF) I'll be lumbered with some tax? If so, I can just ask her to buy in person at Calumet & avoid the risk of lost post or whatever! :)

Is there any way of reclaiming the tax for foreign visitors?


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Jun 01, 2011 16:59 |  #19

aboss3 wrote in post #12517559 (external link)
You'd have to add a 10% CA sales tax. Otherwise there's nothing to worry about. All 85L's are great out of the box.

aboss3 may be referring to buying at a local Calumet in SF.

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Ok now you've got me confused! :D so regardless of where I buy it from (B&H in NY or Calumet in SF) I'll be lumbered with some tax? If so, I can just ask her to buy in person at Calumet & avoid the risk of lost post or whatever! :)

Is there any way of reclaiming the tax for foreign visitors?

B&H won't charge taxes on the order if delivering to CA.


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Jun 01, 2011 17:04 |  #20

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aboss3 may be referring to buying at a local Calumet in SF.

B&H won't charge taxes on the order if delivering to CA.

Oh right awesome! Ok, decisions, decisions! :D


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Jun 01, 2011 20:10 |  #21

One more thing, when she departs from an U.S. airport, there is no immigration, no customs to pass. Just the security check. They don't care when you leave, only when you come in.


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Jun 01, 2011 20:38 |  #22

awesome lens your friend will be happy especially attached to the 30d your loaning out ..


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Jun 02, 2011 07:35 |  #23

to OP:

check out what hollis_f says in re: to bringing in lenses to the UK...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1048971


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Jun 02, 2011 13:38 |  #24

kdrk888 wrote in post #12518887 (external link)
One more thing, when she departs from an U.S. airport, there is no immigration, no customs to pass. Just the security check. They don't care when you leave, only when you come in.

Thx for the info! :)

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to OP:

check out what hollis_f says in re: to bringing in lenses to the UK...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1048971

Yh, but likening it "smuggling" and if I did it , I might as well "[Steal it] from a UK shop" is kinda taking it too far! :lol:


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Jun 02, 2011 14:37 |  #25

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I've been eyeing up the 85L for some time now and as a friend of mine is visiting San Fransisco in August, I was thinking of whether to get her to buy it from a Calumet store there. It would save me around £400 in comparison to UK prices - calumet sells to $2099 (c. £1280), UK prices are around (£1699).

Since I can't test the lens before purchase, are there any draw backs with doing this? I did read somewhere about US sales taxes - does this get added to the price quoted? Is there anyway of reclaiming this tax like in EU countries for foreign visitors?

If I find the lens soft wide open can I still calibrate it in the uk - I'm not sure if the warranty would apply in the UK? would that be free or chargeable with Canon?

If I was in your situ I would buy in the US as well. Just test whilst there and swap for another copy (unlikely) if it's soft.


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Jun 02, 2011 14:45 |  #26

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If I was in your situ I would buy in the US as well. Just test whilst there and swap for another copy (unlikely) if it's soft.

That's the thing, its my friend that's going so I'm unable to test it. Guess I will have to take the chance - I'm hearing that there aren't many 85's that are bad. :)


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Jun 02, 2011 15:47 |  #27

pridash wrote in post #12523740 (external link)
That's the thing, its my friend that's going so I'm unable to test it. Guess I will have to take the chance - I'm hearing that there aren't many 85's that are bad. :)

I would take that chance every time :D


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