Lens dust and legal threat.

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP miked58 Senior Member • Posts: 1,484
Re: some thoughts for you to think over

tko wrote:

Talking to a lawyer is more expensive than the lens.

Does he live close by? Is he any physical threat?

Dust in a lens in not considered a functional issue. Any used (and some new ones) will have dust. Can he show it will impact image quality?

If the dust wasn't visible under inspection and test, it doesn't really matter whether there is dust inside. Again, not a functional issue.

Legally, the worse he can do is to take you to small claim course. I guess if he's crazy he could hire a lawyer, but that's not too rational - a minimum legal charge w/b more than the lens cost, and any good lawyer will advise him of this - unless he has a blowhard relative who's a lawyer and will do it for free. But even then I suspect you could defend yourself in court. He doesn't have much to stand on.

Can you call and talk to the shop itself, and verify his claims? Can you ask them whether image quality is effected?

Of course, you could take the lens back, but then you have to wonder if he did anything to damage it and decreasing its value.

Anything under $10-25K isn't worth a lawyer. Just deal with it in the best way.

The purchaser will provide no details or evidence so far. I specifically asked them to get the "Canon Shop" which was going to support them in their "legal claim" to contact me directly. Apparently the shop said that the purchaser had been led astray by my condition claim. I would dispute this as a slur, as I went over every inch of the lens. Noone could tell it from new condition if put side by side. The lens had been used less that 5 times since new anyway.

I am becoming more convinced that the purchaser has got buyers remorse or has been out and about with the lens getting dust in it. It appears they live by a beach in the windiest part of our country.

SURELY dust that is apparent after weeks of use would have been apparent when receiving the lens unless it wasn't there in the first place.

Has anyone here bought a used lens and not checked it on arrival?

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