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09/09/2013 12:03:06 PM · #1
I have found a lens I am interested in for over £100 cheaper than on Amazon on an eBay official Currys/PC World outlet. Anyone bought any lenses from this outlet and can recommend them?

The lens is described as used but they have over 10 of them so guess this could just mean returns or display items? It comes with only a 3 month warranty but for a saving of over £100 that isn't bad.

Here is a link to the lens in question.

//www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-f-3-5-4-5-Telephoto-Zoom-Lens-Used-Unsealed-/130896630211

Please don't buy them all until I have had some feedback:)
09/09/2013 12:23:25 PM · #2
No personal experience at all (no surprise there) and very few reviews here, however the ones that are there are not so complimentary. That said, the negatives seem to have more to do with service than product. Hopefully someone with more direct experience can give additional guidance.
If I were in your shoes, I might try calling them to find out the history on the lenses. My main concern is that they are returns that had reported problems, and if not fixed you might find yourself with and underperforming or non-working lens and a seller who may be less than willing to make it right.
09/09/2013 12:32:09 PM · #3
They DO say they sell it with a 3-month warranty... Though I'd be a tad leery of someone who calls a 10-22mm a "telephoto zoom lens" :-)
09/09/2013 03:08:14 PM · #4
Originally posted by kirbic:

No personal experience at all (no surprise there) and very few reviews here, however the ones that are there are not so complimentary. That said, the negatives seem to have more to do with service than product. Hopefully someone with more direct experience can give additional guidance.
If I were in your shoes, I might try calling them to find out the history on the lenses. My main concern is that they are returns that had reported problems, and if not fixed you might find yourself with and underperforming or non-working lens and a seller who may be less than willing to make it right.


Currys and PC World are large electronics stores that are located in practically every city in the UK and as far as I am aware are well respected and definitely not dodgy. My main concerns with my rather rubbish lack of knowledge of lenses is that these lenses have been returned due to not being up to scratch. It may take me months to realise any imperfections due to my lack of k knowledge of what to look for when initially testing the lens.

Seems like a great discount though compared to the next cheapest place I have found the lens.
09/09/2013 03:10:27 PM · #5
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

They DO say they sell it with a 3-month warranty... Though I'd be a tad leery of someone who calls a 10-22mm a "telephoto zoom lens" :-)


Thanks Bear. They are a large electronics store and not a photography specialist so their knowledge of terminology is probably worse than mine though to be honest I am not sure what a telephoto lens is off the top of my head:)

I guess I could take a risk and google how to test the lens or upload some photos and have the option to return the lens within 3 months assuming the warranty permits this.
09/09/2013 03:15:06 PM · #6
I may be doing the math wrong, or it may be a different lens, but isn't that the same one b&h sells for 649USD, making it only about a $60 USD difference, and comes with a 1 year warranty?
09/09/2013 03:21:32 PM · #7
Originally posted by FourPointX:

I may be doing the math wrong, or it may be a different lens, but isn't that the same one b&h sells for 649USD, making it only about a $60 USD difference, and comes with a 1 year warranty?

But as he's located in the UK there would be very little point buying anything from B&H and paying all the customs and excise duties for importing from the US. Typically unless there is a HUGE difference in price, it's not really worth while buying from US if you are based in Europe due to the import costs.

ETA: The VAT & Import duty on a $649 lens would be £135 ($211), so not really a cost effective alternative

Message edited by author 2013-09-09 15:24:20.
09/09/2013 03:24:45 PM · #8
Best UK new price I have found is £499 but I believe there is a £40 Canon cash back with this to bring it down to £459

So I guess £80 more for new and the peace of mind of a 12 month warranty. Money is tight though so every penny saved is a bonus:)
09/09/2013 03:25:36 PM · #9
I'd be happy to buy from this outlet.The ebay feedback is excellent.
I've bought from canon/argos outlets on ebay before with no problems.
You would pay about that price for second hand with no warrenty or you could buy a brand new sigma 10-20 :-)
09/09/2013 03:48:11 PM · #10
Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

They DO say they sell it with a 3-month warranty... Though I'd be a tad leery of someone who calls a 10-22mm a "telephoto zoom lens" :-)


Thanks Bear. They are a large electronics store and not a photography specialist so their knowledge of terminology is probably worse than mine though to be honest I am not sure what a telephoto lens is off the top of my head:)

"Tele" is the prefix meaning far or distant, so it would refer to a lens with a longer focal length than the human eye, nominally around 50mm in terms of a 35mm camera (though I think for lenses it's usually longer than 80mm) ... the zoom part of their description is correct in that it has a variable focal length, even though the entire range would be considered "wide-angle" (i.e. wider/less than 50mm).
09/09/2013 04:00:58 PM · #11
Paul this is a good company to deal with, you may also want to check out These Guys too.
09/09/2013 08:26:46 PM · #12
I'd steer clear of Currys/Dixon outlet for the simple reason that what you get is typically refurbished or a return from another customer.
You might be lucky and get a perfectly ok item, but there is a chance it got returned for a reason.
And of course a more specialized vendor is more used to consider taking back a lens for less than obvious defects, of the kind you can only find out with some testing.
09/10/2013 02:25:29 AM · #13
Thanks for all the advice. Swaying towards paying the extra for the 12 month warranty and peace of mind. Scared of getting a dud.
09/10/2013 04:33:56 AM · #14
Originally posted by GeneralE:


"Tele" is the prefix meaning far or distant, so it would refer to a lens with a longer focal length than the human eye, nominally around 50mm in terms of a 35mm camera (though I think for lenses it's usually longer than 80mm) ... the zoom part of their description is correct in that it has a variable focal length, even though the entire range would be considered "wide-angle" (i.e. wider/less than 50mm).


Thanks GeneralE for the explanation. I had never really thought about the definition before so useful to update my knowledge.
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