April 29, 2016, 11:46:08 PM

Author Topic: Lens serial codes  (Read 1407 times)

WhoIreland

  • PowerShot G1 X II
  • ***
  • Posts: 23
Lens serial codes
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:51:09 PM »

ok,so Canon lens codes let us see year of manufacture - e.g. Z denotes 2011

my question is what's "normal" for a new lens ?
i.e. if I go into a store to buy a 85L II , what should I expect to see as the code - 2013 or is 2011 normal ?

I know it doesnt REALLY matter for the lens use, but I do notice when it comes to selling/trading people will try haggle a lot saying the lens is x yrs old etc
5d2 , 5d3 , eos3 , 35L , 100 2.8 macro, 24-70L II , 70-200L II , 135L, 17-40L, 600exrt

canon rumors FORUM

Lens serial codes
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:51:09 PM »

pwp

  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
  • ********
  • Posts: 2024

Dylan777

  • Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II
  • **********
  • Posts: 5184
Re: Lens serial codes
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 09:15:59 PM »
My 24-70 II and 70-200 f2.8 IS II don't have date code. Yes I bought them NEW from BH.

If the lens does have date code(85L), I would expect 2013 date code of course, not 2012 or 2011.
ML: A7R II & A7s + FE25 -- FE55 -- FE85 -- FE16-35
DSLR: 1Dx + 200L f2 IS

Mt Spokane Photography

  • Zeiss 50mm F 0.7
  • ***********
  • Posts: 11910
Re: Lens serial codes
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 09:37:33 PM »
It depends on the inventory that Canon has, and that the dealer has.  If Canon has 5 months Inventory, and the Dealer has 2 months of inventory, the lens might be from last fall.
 
My 16-35mmL that I bought last July from Newegg had a October 2011 date code, or about 7-8 months old.  I'd suspect that's typical for a high end lens that is not a popular new model.
 
I have bought new lenses that were only 3 or 4 months old.
 
It would be possible to find one with a 2013 date code, but unlikely, Canon makes lenses in Batches, so you'd have to hit a new batch where the dealer was out of stock and just received them.
For slow selling lenses, a year or two is not uncommon.

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Lens serial codes
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 09:37:33 PM »