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Has any one bought a lens from Amazon ?

SGIBBONS 11 56 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 10:33AM
Hi All

Hope you are all well !

Just wanted to ask a quick question have any of you bought lenses from Amazon ? If do you rate them etc ?

The reason im asking is im thinking of buying a Canon Lens and ive never bought camera equipment from them before.

Thanks again

Sam Smile
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
30 Sep 2009 10:35AM
From Amazon or Amazon Marketplace?
Metalhead 13 1.9k 2 England
30 Sep 2009 10:40AM
I haven't bought a lens from them but I bought my 400D from them in August 2007 just before the money-off offer ran out. I paid the extra few quid for Express Delivery and sure enough it arrived very safely packaged the next day to my work's address. The price was cheaper than elsewhere at the time too.

That was direct from Amazon themselves, not a Market Place seller. Beware of the Market Place as you may not have the same "comeback" as direct from Amazon, especially on a high price item like a lens.

I've bought dozens of other things direct from Amazon over the years, mainly CDs and DVDs, and the service has always been great, by the way.
collywobles 16 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 10:41AM
I use Amazon an awfull lot in the last 6 years and have never had any problems.
drewd 15 31 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 10:42AM
Yeah I've got a lens from them, very good service and quick delivery if the item is in stock.
irishman 16 1.1k 2 Ireland
30 Sep 2009 10:46AM

Quote:From Amazon or Amazon Marketplace?

Amazon are great for cameras and lens but be careful of Amazon marketplace, there can be some very dodgy dealers on there.
Metalhead 13 1.9k 2 England
30 Sep 2009 10:51AM

Quote:I haven't bought a lens from them

Correction! I bought the 50mm f/1.8 from Amazon some while ago too, so I have bought a lens from them, and yes the service was still excellent!
SGIBBONS 11 56 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 10:53AM
Yes i thinking of buying direct from Amazon is a little more expensive than the Marketplace dealers, but still cheaper than anywhere else and ill have peace of mind. Just wanted to check first.

Thanks all again for your responses !

Sam Smile
Nickscape 14 708 9 England
30 Sep 2009 10:59AM
Amazon are very tough with their marketplace dealers, if you buy from a reputable name on there you should have a problem as amazon sets seller standards and if they have any problems they simply get banned from trading on amazon. It is vastly different to buying from ebay and such. I think to sell electronics like the clothing you have to pass tests to prove you are a reputable seller and are not selling fakes and such.

Buying from amazon direct is often the cheapest anyway so go for them, they have always been perfect and i have used them alot.
lej 11 12 Colombia
30 Sep 2009 12:43PM
I bought a 50mm there, and also my camera. It's a great site for buying things and very reliable.
Carabosse 17 41.5k 270 England
30 Sep 2009 12:50PM
I bought my Canon 5D Mk II from Amazon.
LensYews 11 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 2:30PM
I've bought several lenses from over the years.

The main issue appears to be stock, because they don't hold the stock themselves, so whilst the page may say its in stock, quite often you'll find when they check with their supplier after the order is placed that the stock has run out. It took them about 4 months to stock the 70-200mm f2.8 IS I eventually got from them.

For that one I used the next day before 1pm delivery and that was fine. For other lenses I've just used their standard delivery and they've always come within a week.

A friend recently purchases one of those Sigma 50-150's that won't focus on a canon, and they accepted the return and handled the replacement process for him well.
GazzaG2003 17 365 England
30 Sep 2009 4:15PM
I bought the Canon - Telephoto zoom lens - 100 mm - 400 mm - f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM - Canon EF through amazon but was "simplyelectronics" that supplied it, I got it within 2 working days, was excellent service and supplied me with a tracking number for DHL.
cmillc22 13 1
30 Sep 2009 4:46PM
i have purchased several lens from them and have had no problems. quick and easy. The lens are great and no problems.
1 Oct 2009 10:53AM
Over the years I bought 3 cameras and lenses from Amazon. So far I've had no problems.

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