When did people start calling lenses "copies?"

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Maxseven
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When did people start calling lenses "copies?"
Jul 12, 2012

I've noticed that many people refer to lenses as a "copy." In context, it's something like: "My copy of the 17-35 seems to be soft around the edges.." I think it is odd that the word is even used, because it isn't necessary, as one could simply say: "I bought the new Nikon 14-24 the other day, and it's fantastic!" rather than "I bought a copy of the new Nikon 14-24..."

People don't use "copy" when talking about other physical products, except books. When did this odd usage start?

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