No warranty import vs used for Oly 45/1.8?

Kpp80202

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I am considering buying a 45/1.8. Price wise, $400 new is a bit much. I seen them for $280 new on Amazon as a no warranty import (30 day return, no questions asked), and I have seen them for $250 to $300 used here and elsewhere. Seems like the import is the way to go, but what do you guys think?
 

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Yes!

At those prices, I would buy a used one from KEH.com. All their used gear comes with a 6 month warranty. I bought a used Fuji XF 18/2 from them once. Got it, took 5 pics with it and the internal AF motor went out. Called them up and they sent me a new one without question. I've bought tons of gear from them in the past and never had an issue. Most recent purchase was the HLD-6 grip for my EM5 and a used 45/1.8 from them. Very pleased with it all and they are working flawlessly.

http://www.keh.com/Camera/format-Mirrorless-Digital/system-Olympus-Micro-4scfs3/category-Fixed-Focal-Length-Lenses?s=1&bcode=MO&ccode=6&cc=3239&r=WG&f
 

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i would probably buy used from someone dependable. KEH and Roberts Imaging are both a couple of good companies to buy used gear from. They both offer good warranty and service. So if I can find what I want used from them, they're typically who I go with. That's not saying there aren't Amy other good places to buy used gear, but those are two that I buy used from without worrying about it.
 

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I bought a new grey market from Korea off eBay, shipped in about a week, in brand new packaging and worked perfectly. No regrets whatsoever. I would do this just in case you re-sell it, it will come with the box and and everything, and will actually be in new condition so likely in better condition if/when you resell (the 45/1.8 material's are pretty cheap and it shows wear more than most lenses).
 

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Where I live, there's no way to get support from camera companies or retailers. Because of this, I much prefer to get asian lens imports. At times they can be had for 2/3rds of MSRP, and they've worked out fantastically for me.

However, if I had access to warranty fulfillment, I would go for that. No question! As ccuningham said, some retailers provide their own warranty for used items, so you get the best of both worlds.
 

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Many Asian sellers offer the full 1 yr. warranty or more. You just have to return the lens to them. It's a hassle, but most lenses never have a problem.
 

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I've bought several lenses from Japanese sellers on Amazon and eBay. All the Olympus lenses came with international warranties, and all the Panasonic lenses came with Japan-only warranties. I see two sellers on Amazon right now offering the 45/1.8 for $280 and $285 with international warranties.
 

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I'm a new w/out warranty kind of person, given the choice. I have far more faith in the QC of most optical companies than I do in users never having dropped it, bumped it, spilled water on it, etc....
 
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