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

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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.
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Prime: 40mm -- 50L -- 85L II -- 135L -- 400L f2.8 IS II -- Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

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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.

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