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    Default Grey market lenses

    I lived outside of Singapore for the last 15 years, my current assignment is in Shenzhen, land of major fakes, however, I have been shopping for lenses mainly in Hong Kong. Here I was introduced to the world of grey market lenses, guaranteed only by the shops that sells them. As we all know, grey market lenses is not lenses from the local Canon agent. Only thing is that they are not guaranteed, if defective, agent will still repair them but one has to pay for it. Current manufacturing process are very consistent so what is the pro and cons of buying these lenses.

    Brand new grey market 16-35 f2.8L mkII going for Rmb9650 or S$1,985. No matter how good they are, I strongly doubt they can fake an L lens.

    Comments are very welcome.
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    Default Re: Grey market lenses

    i dun think china can create an L lens no matter how they copy... the glass definitely not the same.

    so i guess everything boils down to warranty issues. Grey set = no warranty.

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    Default Re: Grey market lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by chris0804 View Post
    I lived outside of Singapore for the last 15 years, my current assignment is in Shenzhen, land of major fakes, however, I have been shopping for lenses mainly in Hong Kong. Here I was introduced to the world of grey market lenses, guaranteed only by the shops that sells them. As we all know, grey market lenses is not lenses from the local Canon agent. Only thing is that they are not guaranteed, if defective, agent will still repair them but one has to pay for it. Current manufacturing process are very consistent so what is the pro and cons of buying these lenses.

    Brand new grey market 16-35 f2.8L mkII going for Rmb9650 or S$1,985. No matter how good they are, I strongly doubt they can fake an L lens.

    Comments are very welcome.
    I have been in China for 6 years, a lot less than you. I have yet to come across a fake branded lens. Be it an expensive L or a cheap 50/1.8.

    When buying lenses in China, if you ask for Fa Piao (tax receipt), you pay a premium of 4%, you will be able to get international warranty. Whether you want to pay that 4% is up to you.

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    Default Re: Grey market lenses

    hard to pirate copy lenses.

    Just make sure they are not used sets passed off as new grey sets. or worse, malfunctioning ones.

    ryan

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