hi guys, i made the refund just this afternoon but had a little argument with the shop.
optically, you can tell the difference based on the reflected light coming from any ceiling lighting, fluorescent light bulb to be exact.
bought the brass version at John 3:16 for S$15 more than the alu version.
OT: thanks alot to Samuel Gan of John 3:16 for being so kind & helpful.
firstname.lastname@example.org pointing them to this thread. Let's wait for the reply.
Darn.. I think these people are not interested in replying. I've still not gotten their reply...
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real BW is heavy than the fake one.
seller: this is the new one, you know that aluminum is lighter and its the new technology & the #70252 is serial number, each box has different.
m: brass is tougher than aluminum... #70252 should be common for this kind of item. if you could give me one, were done. if not, i must get my refund... if only CP-P is not under renovation, i'll get one from them.
s: if you can buy another with the same kind, i'll refund your money.
m: if you can asure me the refund, i'll buy another unit from John3:16.
m: went to J316 & showed to Samuel the one i bought, they told me its totally different. so i borrowed the filter from Samuel & leave them the amount of the filter. i went back to the seller.
m: heres one i bought at J316, may i have the refund now?
s: talks to his wife & gave me the refund... i will ask this to the supplier, how come theres two versions of this filter.
m: went back to J316 & made the official receipt of the filter.
If I am not wrong actually both are made by B&W and they confirmed it sometime ago (in writing).
Yes there is a difference in optical quality as well price.
Unfortunately the main problem lies with B&W that they actually do make 2 different grade for different countries and name them the same.
So it is not a fake but just different quality.
Most who sells the cheaper version should know because it is much cheaper and is a parallel import as B&W will not export the other version to the authorised importer depending on countries. Most parallel importer will act blur when questioned.
You guys may find this link useful:
Stumbled upon it when I was looking at come ebay users questioning about the authenticity of certain B+W filters originating out of Asia.
i think it was mentioned b4 somewhere in CS... can't seem to find the thread.
the brass ring version sold by CP (which, IIRC, is the official dealer of B+W in SG) comes from Germany and is meant for our market.
the aluminium (lighter) version is manufactured (IIRC, according to the old thread) in china and meant for the China market. both are, by right, B+W products, just for different markets.
if you got the aluminium version, it means it is the grey market type not brought in by CP.
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