serial number for lenses?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Fred, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Fred

    Fred Guest

    I think somebody is trying to screw me over on a lense I sold him on ebay.
    I sold a 18-55 mm lens from the Digital Rebel kit I bought. Didn't use the
    lense once. Didn't even have it on the camera. The guy who bought it
    claims that it is damaged, and took pictures of it. When I look at the
    pictures of the lens though my Canon File Viewer Utility, I see that he used
    a 18-55 lens to photograph it with. That leads me to believe that he
    screwed up his own lens, and is now trying to screw me over.

    Are there serial numbers for lenses. I mean unique numbers for every lense?
    Fred, Feb 26, 2004
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  2. My wife has that lens on her digital rebel. The serial number is on the
    underside of the lens as it is mounted in the camera, next to the
    mount. The number is engraved or stamped in, but it is not highlighted, so
    it is not at all obvious.

    Check your receipt and see if the camera store recorded the serial number
    for the lens as part of the sale.
    Phil Stripling, Feb 26, 2004
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  3. As another poster mentioned there should be a serial. What I would do is
    tell him to go ahead and ship it back. Tell him you have the original
    serial and that as long as the returned lens checks out out you'll refund
    his money. That way you'll know if he's full of it. Good luck.

    Michael Burns, Feb 27, 2004
  4. Fred

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    That might just backfire badly. If he (the buyer) is
    indeed a despicable cheat he may simply intentionally
    damage the lens (to save his reputation) and ship it back.

    Did anyone think of checking his/her feedback before
    selling to him?

    Ken Weitzel, Feb 27, 2004
  5. On Fri, 27 Feb 2004 02:10:40 GMT, Ken Weitzel wrote:

    Interesting. Hadn't thought of that. But there might be a way around that.
    He has photos from the buyer of the exact damage and where it is. Closeups
    I'd imagine. I'd still say I have the serial. Then if the buyer smashs up
    the working lens but doesn't mimic the damage perfectly you'd be able to
    say its a different lens in the first picture and he was just trying to
    dupe you for a new lens. Just a thought. Maybe the seller should just claim
    damage during shipping and collect insurance and be done with it. Anyway,
    I'll stop now. :)

    Michael Burns, Feb 27, 2004
  6. Fred

    Fred Guest

    The guy has a very good rating on ebay - over 98% positive out of 500
    transactions. That is why I am not convinced that he is cheating me.
    Fred, Feb 27, 2004
  7. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Ah, the warrenty card! Bingo. The serial of both the camera and the lens
    are there. Thanks for the tip. You don't happen to know if the serial
    number of the lense used is also stored along with the other information
    when you take a picture?
    Fred, Feb 27, 2004
  8. Fred

    Ray Fischer Guest

    You bet, and if you still have the box your camera came in, then you
    probably still have the serial number.

    On my US-bought box there's a stick-on label with the UPC bar code.
    Below the bar code is the serial number for the camera, and below
    that is the serial number for the lens.
    Ray Fischer, Feb 28, 2004
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