RF lenses in europe

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GreatWhiteWing Senior Member • Posts: 1,597
Re: RF lenses in europe

Sittatunga wrote:

Reservoir_Dog wrote:

Marquee wrote:

Why not import a lens from HK/China? I have done this a number oif times and saved a lot of money with great service


I presume Digital Rev ships to Belgium.


Because since a few months now if you import something from outside europe to belgium you have to pay customs fee and its substantial, so no not going to do that.

A reputable grey importer (there is such a thing) will quote prices including duty, VAT and delivery, a lot of them include a year or three years insurance based warranty and you have 14 days to return items for a refund, but...

DigitalRev charge a 15% restocking fee if you've opened the box and it's not faulty but you've changed your mind.

Some official importers (particularly in the USA) take such a dim view of grey imports that they won't even take them in for a paid service.

I have bought gray market but when I do I factor in one service call payment into my calculation. From my unofficial watching of threads $300-400 seems reasonable for a service so If I can save more than that on gray market, to me, it's worth it which I did when I got my 5D4 and happy with my decision. No service needed within the 1 year period

Last I heard Canon will service gray market equipment (not under warranty) unlike Nikon which a friend of mine got burned on

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