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Determining age of Canon 85 f1.8 lens???

 
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Aug 10, 2014 08:28 |  #1

Hello All,
Is there any way of determining the age of a Canon 85mm f1.8? I purchased one listed as "Brand New" but a copy of the original receipt wasn't provided although requested and it has an 8 digit serial number. I thought Canon started using 10 digit serial numbers in 2010?

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Aug 10, 2014 08:35 |  #2

Heya,

While this isn't helpful, I am very curious, does it matter the age?

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Aug 10, 2014 08:36 |  #3

Does the lens work? If so, what's the problem?

I would never buy a lens from an unauthorized dealer and trust that it was "brand new", no matter what he/she claimed. Unless it was stolen from an authorized dealer. As a matter of fact, a claim of "brand new" would make me suspicious.


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Aug 10, 2014 12:32 as a reply to  @ joedlh's post |  #4

Thanks guys but a reply to my specific inquiry would be most appreciated!

As it stands; I paid a premium price for what was supposed to be a "Brand New" 85mm f1.8 which consequently would have some remaining warranty.

I wouldn't have paid as much for what could turn out to be a lens well over 4 years old and as such a dishonest listing for which I will contact the Seller.

Again, is there any way of determining the age of the lens which has an 8 digit serial number? I thought Canon started using 10 digit serial numbers after 2010?

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Aug 10, 2014 12:38 |  #5

Ralph III wrote in post #17087535 (external link)
Thanks guys but a reply to my specific inquiry would be most appreciated!

As it stands; I paid a premium price for what was supposed to be a "Brand New" 85mm f1.8 which consequently would have some remaining warranty.

I wouldn't have paid as much for what could turn out to be a lens well over 4 years old and as such a dishonest listing for which I will contact the Seller.

Again, is there any way of determining the age of the lens which has an 8 digit serial number? I thought Canon started using 10 digit serial numbers after 2010?

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Aug 10, 2014 15:16 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #6

I got a new one a few months back and it came with the new (to me) pinch lens cap, did yours?


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Aug 10, 2014 16:20 |  #7

Anything you'd like to know of any Canon lens & gears:
http://www.canon.com/c​amera-museum/ (external link)

Specifically for the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, including its born year: http://www.canon.com …tandard/ef_85_1​8_usm.html (external link).

Nevertheless, the lens is still available for sale brand new at retail stores. I just bought one brand new in June from B & H (Canon authorized distributor: http://www.usa.canon.c​om …anonAuthorizedD​ealers.pdf (external link)) and it has an 8-digit serial number. It also came with the E-58 II (pinch) lens cap.

Btw currently, this lens has a $50 mail-in rebate.


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Aug 10, 2014 18:33 as a reply to  @ eNTiTy's post |  #8

Thanks guys.

Just FYI. I'm quite familiar with the Canon Museum as I visit it regularly and I've done a lot of business with B & H as well as Adorama being a semi-pro photog. None of those help with my inquiry though.

Y'all did point out a few things though which were helpful.

1) Entity stated his new lens has the 8 digit serial number so that suggests mine could indeed be Brand New.

2) However, my lens came with the older style lens cap and not the newer pinch cap.

I may just contact Canon to see if they can confirm the manufacture date...

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Aug 10, 2014 18:37 |  #9

here you can check with the new 10 digits system and the "old system"
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …ses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx (external link)


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Aug 10, 2014 21:41 |  #10

Reservoir Dog wrote in post #17088058 (external link)
here you can check with the new 10 digits system and the "old system"
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …ses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx (external link)

Neither one matched the 85mm f/1.8 lens 8-digit serial number.


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Aug 11, 2014 18:23 |  #11

Without a receipt there is no warranty. I would return it if you can.

It is impossible to get the build date from the serial number on the EF 85mm 1.8 (well maybe Canon could tell)

If it was a new lens, it should have come with the new center pinch front lens cap that was introduced in November 2012. If it has the old style side pinch cap then it is either old stock or not new at all.


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Aug 12, 2014 13:58 |  #12

My 85mm f/1.8 was bought back in December, 2013. It has the new style pinch front lens cap, and its serial number is 8 digits: 07782897. Maybe it helps?

I do remember looking up my 15-85mm and it was born a year before I bought it - i guess that's not uncommon.


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Aug 12, 2014 14:22 |  #13

Cut it in half and count the rings.


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Aug 12, 2014 16:09 |  #14

raptor3x wrote in post #17091567 (external link)
Cut it in half and count the rings.

Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are.


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Aug 14, 2014 23:16 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #15

Thanks for the input. I've since contacted the Seller as well as Canon and I feel confident he was being honest. I thought Canon had done away with 8 digit serial numbers many years ago and why I then questioned the lens age.....

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