Bronko
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Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Sun Jul 11, 2004 11:51 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Sun Jul 11, 2004 1:58 pm

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
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Sun Jul 11, 2004 2:11 pm

What the FUTT?
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Sun Jul 11, 2004 4:50 pm

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
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Mon Jul 12, 2004 3:05 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:24 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:06 am

push pull = dust magnet
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:09 am

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,

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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:52 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:56 am

Dave -
Just shoot in one of these.



Problem solved.

 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:56 am

that choppy pothole sensor you call CMOS is the thing that will have dust buildup.
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:08 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:14 am

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?
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:28 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:49 am

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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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:53 am

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.
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:06 am

Now all your groms need to learn to do is shoot in decent weather, or when the suns out  Insane
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:08 am

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

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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:10 am

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

[Edited 2004-07-13 23:21:32]
 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:19 am

Classy.

 
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RE: Canon Lens: US Or Grey Market?

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:16 pm

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