Recently decided to get back in to photography after several years break due to life getting 'busy'. I actually stopped using my DSLR after breaking my general purpose lens (Sigma 25-70 F2.8). I was never quite happy with that lens, the AF was always slightly off. I wanted to replace it with a Canon 24-70 F2.8L USM II but didn't have the funds at the time.
So I'm now thinking about the 24-70 again but the full retail price of £1500 is still a lot of money. I've been looking around and it seems the other two options are to either buy an import new for around £1000 or a used example for £700-900.
Having read posts about grey imports and possible counterfeits/fakes on various forums I have a few questions that hopefully someone can answer.
1) I understand that if I buy a genuine Canon item outside of the UK that it is not covered by local warranty - so it would have to be sent back to the country of origin for any warranty issues, is this correct?
2) If an item is sourced outside of the UK, will Canon UK still provide paid servicing for it (AF check/calibration, cleaning etc)?
3) Are there actually fake or factory rejected items out there being sold as imports or is this just rumour and scaremongering? I've read posts claiming canon have refused to service items saying that the serial # doesn't match the type of item etc but not seen hard evidence of this.
4) If considering a used lens, is there any way to check it's genuine and purchased from an official UK dealer other than asking for a copy of the original sales receipt? Based on the answer for #2 I don't potentially want to find that Canon refuse to service it.
I actually have a 100mm F2.8 macro lens I purchased in a HK marketplace many years ago and have never had issues with it, it's perfect. I'm just a little cautious now given this would be quite an expensive lens, plus the mixed messages I've seen on forums.
Apologies if this is something people ask often!