Buying Canon lens: How to confirm serial number???

Discussion in 'Canon' started by MY5TMAN, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. MY5TMAN

    MY5TMAN Guest

    Hi all -

    [Warning that this is a cross-post - BTW: I heard it's marginally ok to
    cross-post if you mention it??? And I want local & international
    feedback]. Apologies if that's wrong. Live and learn!

    Does anyone know how to confirm a serial number of a lens? I'm being
    somewhat cautious @ spending $500 on blind faith...

    There's a seller on ebay that has kindly sent me the codes that are on
    the box/ lens, but Canon Aus doesn't have access to serial numbers
    until after a customer purchases it and registers it!

    Seems crazy to me...

    Does anyone have a phone number that they think will most likely be
    useful? Have a heap of USA numbers. I'm Not crazy about ringing 15
    overseas numbers, being put on hold 30 times and given the run-around.
    I've No idea if 1 is better than another.

    Or an email? Email would be better. However I'm not sure that Canon
    believes in publishing email addresses. Couldn't find one! Strange.
    Perhaps I need to spend more time on the net?

    Anyways, am late for a meeting.

    Many thanks to anyone who can assist!

    Cheers,
    Michael
     
    MY5TMAN, Jan 18, 2006
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    [BnH] Guest

    What's your purpose of checking the serial number?
     
    [BnH], Jan 18, 2006
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  3. MY5TMAN

    Celcius Guest

    To ascertain it's a true Canon lens?
    To know for sure it's not a stolen lens?
     
    Celcius, Jan 18, 2006
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  4. MY5TMAN

    [BnH] Guest

    Is there a fake Canon lens ? :eek:
    And re. stolen is there a global database of stolen photo equipment ?
    as Singapore / Australia / US database I know is all independent.

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Jan 19, 2006
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    CGB Guest

    MY5TMAN
    I don't know the answer to your question but applaud your efforts to avoid
    buying a fake or stolen lens.

    CB
     
    CGB, Jan 19, 2006
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  6. MY5TMAN

    MY5TMAN Guest

    Vaildation & verification... I don't know if there is such a thing as a
    fake Canon lens, but if there is, this might avoid??? Looks like the
    lens is in Melbourne via Hong Kong... and things from Hong Kong...
    well, who knows???

    Cheers,
    Michael
     
    MY5TMAN, Jan 19, 2006
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    Douglas Guest

    Take some comfort in the knowledge Canon "L" series lenses sourced anywhere
    other than in Israel or Belorussia have an international warranty Canon
    Australia will honour.

    Very few Canon lenses coming into Australia are excluded. Just don't buy a
    grey market lens in America from B&H or any of the other Jewish importers
    and all will be well in case of a problem. It's OK to buy an American
    sourced Canon lens from them.

    Buying from Hong Kong... Hmmm. Ask yourself this:
    If Australian EBay merchants with thousands of feedback points and 100%
    rating can get that way through deciding the rating is worth more than the
    hassle of arguments... How come the Chinese with about the same number of
    feedbacks, have only 98% and 97%?

    Save yourself the brain drain. We all know the answer. Take your cash into
    any "Authorised" Canon dealer in Australia and I guarantee their offer will
    be so close to the landed price of an Asian sourced lens, you'd be mad to
    have one thrown around by the airport handlers for the difference.
     
    Douglas, Jan 19, 2006
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