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Is this Canon 17-40 a (Russian) grey import or genuine UK lens ?


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I bought a Canon 17-40 from Amazon, with the intent on claiming the cashback in the current cashback deal from Canon. The T&C's specify the lens must be genuine UK stock.

I had not realised when I placed the order that it was a 3rd party seller and the order is "fulfilled by Amazon", which is not covered by the Cashback deal. I was aware Market Place sellers are excluded from the cashback deal but did not realise there was a distinction with "sold by xxx, fulfilled by Amazon". This means I can't claim the cashback on this lens :(

Anyhow, the lens was described as "UK stock, covered by Canon UK Warranty". I have my doubts that it is a UK lens. The label on the box looks odd, the leaflet in the box is in Russian and teh lens is labelled with an "EAC" sticker, which I think may be to do with products exported to Russia (see attachments)

Has anyone else bought from a bone fide UK seller and had a lens packaged and labelled the same as this, or am I right to be suspicious ?

If it is not a UK lens I will use that as the reasoniong to return it and will then orer a genuine UK lens from somewhere else and then claim the cashback.





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I bought the same lens last year through the same promotion and I've just checked my lens and its not got the EAC on it, I would just return it and like you said order via Amazon without the 3rd party


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You don't need a reason to return it to amazon, so just return it if you're unsure, especially considering you could buy it elsewhere and get cash back.


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Out of interest what is the general 'purpose' of this lens, seems a bit strange only being f4, I'm assuming it's a Landscape lens?


"Boom Boom Basil!" - nice one Tonks :D


its a great landscape lens plus you could do some creative portrait work with it. Its sharp around f8, and for landscapes you are going to use it at f8 anyway...so its a great lens.


Though needing F8 for sharpness would somewhat negate it's use as a portrait lens IMO... ?


For creative portrait work where u would want everything in focus with a little distortion around the edges, like having mountains in the backgrounds and stuff. But mainly this is for landscape and for real estate property photos too.

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