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Old Nov 17, 2010, 9:13 PM   #1
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When you purchase a "New" lens online, how can you be sure it is in fact new?

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now way to tell with a lens,
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gray market you can tell with the warranty paperwork, the US lenses will have canon USA all over it. With used, I have brought them where there has been no sign it has ever been mounted. But the mounting ring would be the best way to tell.

Buy form a reputable dealer, and they will pretty much stand by what they said. Amazon is excellent like that, any camera returns are sold as amazon warehouse where they have all their open box stuff.
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gray market you can tell with the warranty paperwork, the US lenses will have canon USA all over it. With used, I have brought them where there has been no sign it has ever been mounted. But the mounting ring would be the best way to tell.

Buy form a reputable dealer, and they will pretty much stand by what they said. Amazon is excellent like that, any camera returns are sold as amazon warehouse where they have all their open box stuff.
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another way to tell if it is new is to see if the lens has ever been registered
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gray market you can tell with the warranty paperwork, the US lenses will have canon USA all over it.
What do you mean by this? I am looking at a Sigma warranty card that does not say "USA" on it anywhere. There are a lot of Japanese (or Chinese?) characters on the card, and also English words.

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How do you do that?!

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well canon lenses will be have canon USA on the cards, I am not sure about sigma.

You can call the company, give them the sn and they can tell you if it was meant for the US market.
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When you purchase a "New" lens online, how can you be sure it is in fact new?
I buy all my gear from B&H online store and I've never had to question their reliability.
I am not sure about other lens makers but as far as Canon is concerend you might be able to come to some reasonable conclusion by the following: (info as found in "The Digital Picture" website).

Canon lenses have a date code on the rear lens elemement in the form of "UR0902".

The first letter, "U", indicates that the lens was made in Canon's Utsunomiya, Japan factory. Prior to 1986, this letter is moved to the last position of the date code.

U = Utsunomiya, Japan
F = Fukushima, Japan
O = Oita, Japan

The second letter, "R", is a year code that indicates the year of manufacture. Canon increments this letter each year starting with A in 1986 and prior to that, A in 1960 without the leading factory code. Here is a table to make things simple:

A = 1986, 1960
B = 1987, 1961
C = 1988, 1962
D = 1989, 1963
E = 1990, 1964
F = 1991, 1965
G = 1992, 1966
H = 1993, 1967
I = 1994, 1968
J = 1995, 1969
K = 1996, 1970
L = 1997, 1971
M = 1998, 1972
N = 1999, 1973
O = 2000, 1974
P = 2001, 1975
Q = 2002, 1976
R = 2003, 1977
S = 2004, 1978
T = 2005, 1979
U = 2006, 1980
V = 2007, 1981
W = 2008, 1982
X = 2009, 1983
Y = 2010, 1984
Z = 2011, 1985

The first two numbers, "09", is the month number the lens was manufactured in. Month 02 is February, month 11 = November. The leading zero of the month code is sometimes omitted.

The next two numbers, "02", are meaningless in determining how old a Canon lens is. This is a Canon internal code which is often omitted.

This only gives you the manufactured date for your lens. But, you cannot know how long the lens was in inventory, in shipping transit and on a shelf until it was originally purchased (without having the original receipt or a reputable person accurately informing you).
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