What Is The Difference???

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by shady825, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    I've been checking B&H for the Canon 100mm f2.8 which I thought has been out of stock for the past few weeks but then just now I realize there is a "Imported" version and a "USA" version. Is there any difference in these lenses? One is priced at $490(usa) and the other $509(imported)
    The imported version is out of stock but not the USA version. When I had called B&H the other day they just said the lens was out of stock but didnt mention anything about 2 different versions..
    Can anyone shed some light on this?
  2. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    I believe the difference is in the warranty
    one is a grey market lens without a warranty
  3. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
  4. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    If you send in a grey market lens to Canon for repair, it will come back to you just as you sent it. They won't touch it. The same goes for Nikon.
  5. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    Surely they'll fix it for a fee, no?
  6. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Yes they will fix it, but you have no warranty if it's bought grey market. IMO it's not worth trying to save a few bucks, just buy the USA version.
  7. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    My understanding is that they would not even if you pay them. I don't recall where I read that though. :eek:
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    So isn't it odd that the USA version is cheaper and in stock? Why would anyone buy the imported version if it costs more and is not as readily available?
  9. atomicshark macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2007
    New York
    That is a good question. I have a feeling it is a screw-up. The whole point of buying an import is to save money.

    Otherwise, buy the USA version and be happy it's in stock.:)
  10. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    I'm pretty sure that Adorama offers its own 1-year warranty on new grey market lenses. So if it broke, you'd send it to them for repair/replacement rather than Canon or Nikon
  11. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    I'd rather buy used from a reputable dealer and save some money than gray market. I've bought used for about 4 lenses now, without an issue. It's always been Adorama or B&H, though I know lots of folks who buy from fredmiranda site
  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    NO. Both have warranties. The different is in who provides warranty service.

    The USA lens can be sent to Canon or Nikon for repair but Imports must be sent back to B&H who will cover it.

    After the warrenty period is over neither lens is covered by anyone and it becomes moot.

    Mechanically and optically the llenses are identical, make on the same assembly line.

    This is explained in more detail on B&H's web site.

    This seems self contradictory because Both B&H and Adorama sell grey market lenses. So, if you beleave B&H to be a "reputable dealer" then you can buy grey market from a reputable dealer.

    When you buy used equipment there is no warrenty at all or maybe a short 30 day warranty -- even worse then grey market because with grey, B&H offers a good warranty often times better than Nikon's

    What grey market really means is that B&H waits for thr US dollar to be strong vs. some other currency and then buys cameras in bulk from distributers in that contry and has them shipped to New York
  13. wal9000 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    My guess is that the US version is cheaper now because of the rebates that canon's running on a lot of lenses
  14. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    Yup :cool:
  15. osin macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    That's exactly what it is...
  16. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    Thanks for all the input guys

    Your right. It is because of the instant rebates.
    I bought this lens today with a 3 yearwarranty that covers accidental damage and everything else.
    Total price was $552.99.
    I figured the 60 bucks seems to be a good deal since it's covering a $500 lens for 3 years!
    Can't wait for it to come!!
    I ordered it super early this morning but the order still says "processing" ??
    I was hoping it would ship out today but I guess it looks like Monday.
    Thanks again everyone.

    (from the iPhone)

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