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Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?  
User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

What is your opinion on buying US versions of a Canon lens (in this case 100-400L IS), vs the grey market version?

I have heard that Canon will honor the warranty on a grey market version in the US, is this true?

What about the lens quality, will the two be the same?

The price difference is minimal ($90-$100), so I will probably buy the US version but the difference could almost buy a 1GB CF card too.

Your opinions please. Thank you.


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User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4157 times:

Bronko,

I have heard that Canon will not honor a grey market lens or camera. My sources were from B&H so they may have just been trying to sell the higher price US lens, but I didn't chance it. I guess we could ask Canon.

Bill


User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4152 times:

HEY! Look what I found.  Smile


What the FUTT?
User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

Canon won't honor a grey market warranty, but a reputable seller like BH makes up for that with their own warranty. My 100-400 was purchased from them as a grey market lens. Thankfully in the almost 2 years I have had the lens I have had no problems.

Tony


User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4076 times:

Thanks for all the feedback.

I ended up ordering the "Direct Import" version from Adorama for $1299, and purchased a 3 year mack warranty for an extra $39.00. Together it was about 60 dollars less than the US version with only the one year warranty.

I have not used a push-pull telephoto before, are they difficult to transition to after using only the twist kind? It does not seem like it would be a big deal.

I can't wait to try this bad boy out!

[Edited 2004-07-11 20:06:47]


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User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4010 times:

Even though I ordered the grey market/direct import version, Adorama shipped me the US version. They emailed to let me know, and are including the $50 rebate. So a US version 100-400L IS for $1249.00 is a pretty damn good deal.

There was a thread on dpreview that a lot of the larger companies (B&H, Adorama, 17 street) are shipping US versions even though the order the grey market.

Thought I would pass this on if anyone else is interested.



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3999 times:
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push pull = dust magnet

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

Push pull is interesting to get used to, but you will since you will use this lens most of the time.

If you go somewhere dusty keep an eye out for buildup of grit on the lens barrel. SOme people have had an issue with the lens getting "sticky" from grit build up. Also keep an eye on the tightening ring. If you keep it loose you will forget and the lens will do that slam out routine. I think it is more annoying than potentially damaging...but do it enough...The flip side to that is having it tight and then trying to move the lens quickly.

Cheers,

Tony


User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Lets say the lens eventually has some dust buildup on the inside. Are there service centers that will clean the lens on the inside? If so, any idea on how much it will cost?

Question for 100-400L IS owners: After using the lens for awhile, do you find the lens attracts a lot of dust, and cause problems?

Tony: Thanks for the tip.



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Dave -
Just shoot in one of these.



Problem solved.



User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3984 times:
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that choppy pothole sensor you call CMOS is the thing that will have dust buildup.

User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3980 times:

I always thought it would be cool to be a bubble boy for Halloween.

Royal, are you saying that the push/pull mechanism on the lens is what vacuums the dust onto the sensor?



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

I am feeling a presence.

Someone with the expertise and knowlege to answer these questions. Yoda? Dalai Lama? No...

Colin K. Work.

Something tells me he'd know. Colin? You lurking?


User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

I posted (linky below) this issue a few minutes ago on dpreview, and it looks like this is a non issue, even for a person who shoots in the desert.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=9523618

But thanks for trying to scare me after purchasing the lens Royal!

My plan to conquer BFI is slowly coming together.....



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

My plan to conquer BFI is slowly coming together.....

That's okay Dave, you're buying a tele... Royal owns wide angle.


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Photo © Royal S King



Anyone want to buy my prime 20mm? I guess I don't need it anymore...

 Big thumbs up


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

The lens is well sealed so I doubt you get dust etc inside the camera itself from the lens. That will all come from changing lenses, especially in a dusty environment.

I have shot with mine at the beach, river, airport, in flight, no problems.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Now all your groms need to learn to do is shoot in decent weather, or when the suns out  Insane

User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

You are right... shooting in inclement weather DOES take skill...

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3943 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Exitrow is a top-notch photographer and a cool guy, too.

[Edited 2004-07-13 23:21:32]

User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Classy.



User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Anyone can shoot in great light, but what's wrong with challenging yourself with suboptimal conditions?


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