Are Canon L series lens cheaper in Japan or Hong Kong?

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My son will be visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong next month. Does anyone
know if the Canon EF USM 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Zoom Lens can be purchased
cheaper in those cities? Would you advice buying non-US market lens?
 
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"Jack" <memenme@email.com> wrote in message
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> My son will be visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong next month. Does anyone
> know if the Canon EF USM 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Zoom Lens can be purchased
> cheaper in those cities? Would you advice buying non-US market lens?

Be EXTREMELY cautious/suspicious when shopping in Hong Kong. The main drag
of shops there is FULL of ruthless scam artists who will gladly cheat you
out of whatever you've got.

Don't expct to find this lens for less than what you can pay here.
 
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"Jack" <memenme@email.com> wrote:

> My son will be visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong next month. Does anyone
> know if the Canon EF USM 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Zoom Lens can be purchased
> cheaper in those cities? Would you advice buying non-US market lens?

The _used_ price for that lens here is US$1,760 (according to the back pages
of the latest camera rag.)

Prices in Japan and the US are usually quite close, with Japan usually being
a bit higher. The only exception is new Mamiya medium format equipment,
which is usually cheaper in Japan than the US.

I don't know about Hong Kong.

Call your local Canon sales rep. and ask them if they honor international
warrantees on equipment purchased abroad from Canon authorized dealers.

David J. Littleboy
Tokyo, Japan
 

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Thanks for all the info. Seems like there is no bargin anymore.
Since the lens is advertized for $1,698 with a $50 rebate brand new,
maybe I shold just bit the dust and get it at home. Especially when
David Littleboy quotes a US$1760 in Japan, used, no less.
 

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On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 00:03:04 -0500, Jack <memenme@email.com> wrotd:

>My son will be visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong next month. Does anyone
>know if the Canon EF USM 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Zoom Lens can be purchased
>cheaper in those cities? Would you advice buying non-US market lens?

Cameras in HK are cheaper as it has no import tax. Even Japanese
tourists buy in HK.

Do not buy from Tsim Sha Tsui or Nathan road or Mongkok as there are a
lot of cheats out there. The famous chain stores are Broadway and
Fortress. For lens, go to the shops at Stanley Street at Central.
Reputable old shops there only.

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"Jack" <memenme@email.com> wrote in message
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> My son will be visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong next month. Does anyone
> know if the Canon EF USM 70-200mm F2.8 L IS Zoom Lens can be purchased
> cheaper in those cities? Would you advice buying non-US market lens?

You know the one about a fool and his money?
Canon have for the most part, killed off the "cheaper in Hong Kong"
variations in price. I recently went to one of HKs most prolific Canon
marketeers for the exact same lens. I am in Australia and the only tax is
GST of 10% but it can't be avoided, even when importing goods. The only way
the lens was going to be cheaper was if I defrauded the tax office by
declaring it a gift. No local warranty either!
 
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