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Any issues with buying Grey Market Canon lens?

 
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Apr 15, 2012 14:34 |  #1

This has been asked a number of times I'm sure, but I haven't found many good first hand stories on the subject...

I'm in the market for the 35L but can't seem to come across a nice used copy for a good price, so I'm thinking about just buying a brand new one. I understand the differences between the two types of items. Although some folks say Canon will service the lens even if it is Grey Market - as long as you have proof of purchase from an authorized dealer (I plan on going through B&H).

Is the $100 price difference worth it? Or for someone so expensive just don't mess around and for the USA version only. Has anyone ever bought a Grey Market lens and had to send it back to B&H for servicing? Or did you just send it to Canon and that worked?


Although if you see this and want to sell me your used 35L that's fine too :)


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Apr 15, 2012 14:51 |  #2

I say the small price difference is no where near worth it. What if it completely fails and they don't honor the warranty? And I'm not sure if you have insurance but if you do would they cover a grey ,aren't item? I would seriously pay the extra money.


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Apr 15, 2012 15:15 |  #3

Personally, I buy gray market if the option is there. It's the same item, B&H or Adorama will honor the warranty should it be an issue.....and in every case that I've heard of, Canon has also honored the warranty on gray market items (although I guess they don't have to). In the end, I guess it's up to the individual but I just don't see much of a downside when bought from a reputable company.




  
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Apr 15, 2012 18:42 |  #4

Just bought one from B&H and didn't think twice about it. I have no doubt they would honor their warranty if Canon would not service it. Mine is the 60mm 2.8 macro.


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Apr 15, 2012 18:47 |  #5

I actually purchased a copy from an individual from FM, so this decision is no longer an issue.

Thanks though


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