A&P Anyone have experience buying lenses out of country?

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  1. StevesVR4

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    I am going on a cruise to Mexico in April and supposedly you can get good deals on camera equipment there. Has anyone bought lenses down in Mexico? Are they a good deal? What are the chances the places are selling knockoffs and not the real thing? Good? Bad? State your experiences for me. Thanks a bunch.
    For the record, I have a Digital Rebel and I am considering buying one or two of the following: 28mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, and Speedlight 420EX.
     
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    Bump in case someone wants to comment now.
     
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    Everytime I've looked for lenses has always been more than in the US.
     
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    Stuff in Singapore is really cheap, but that's because they want people in their country to be technologically equipped. :)
     
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    That's great and all but I will be in Mexico, not Singapore.
     
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    I just got a great deal on my 70-200 2.8L IS from Hong Kong.







    But you'll be in Mexico, not Hong Kong. :mamoru:
     
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    It can't hurt to look while you're there, but I doubt the prices are going to be all that much better, if at all. Just make sure you aren't buying counterfeit stuff and remember that the stuff you get won't have a warranty since you didn't buy a US-market lens.
     
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    That is the key factor. You will not have a US warranty. If you don't care about warranty, try looking on B&Hs site for non-US lenses. They are cheaper and you know you will not be buying a counterfeit. I personally would not buy a lens out of country. The lenses today have so much more to them than those of yester year. There are more things that can go wrong and if something does not work right after a week, you are stuck with an expensive paperweight or have to pay the extra money to send it to the manufacturer to get it fixed...which would wind up costing you more than just buying the US lens.
     

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