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  • knock-off lenses?

     Mark Suszko updated 3 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • Bob Cole

    November 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve been searching for prime lenses for a 4k camera, and have noticed a supplier whose prices are about 25% less than B&H. They are not an authorized dealer.

    Two questions:

    1. Should I walk the other way from the get-go?
    2. How do I determine the authenticity of a lens?


    Bob C

  • Rick Wise

    November 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Are these lenses “knock-offs” or claimed to be genuine brand glass? What return policy?

    Sounds dicey to me, but possibly OK. If they are knock-offs (probably from India or China) then there’s a possibility they are pretty good. If claimed to be “genuine,” also a possibility. Also a distinct possibility in either case they are not good enough. Only tests can confirm. So ability to return at no cost is essential.

    Rick Wise
    MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Bob Cole

    November 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you. I will test, which I should do in any case.

    I contacted the distributor, who informed me that the vendor was legitimate, even though they were not listed as a dealer on the website. I still can’t wrap my head around someone being able to beat all the “regular” dealers by that much. So I will be wary and look for the factory-sealing, etc. in the package.

    Bob C

  • Mark Suszko

    November 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Is it B-stock or “gray”? I.E., it hasn’t got proper paperwork with it for warranty support from the factory, because it was a demo, or refurb?

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