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03-08-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Fa 31 LTD where was it made?

I just bought a Fa 31 Ltd lens. How do you tell if it is made in Japan or Viet Nam. I can't seem to find anything written on the lens itself as with my 43 Ltd and DFA 50 macro. Or are all the 31 LTD's still MIJ?

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AIV = Assembled in Vietnam
MIJ = made in Japan
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I understand those abbreviations but what I want to know is how to find out which one applies to the Fa 31 Ltd I own. Is it AIV or MIJ.
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Check this: Those made in Japan have inscription on the lens, while AIV don't.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ric Quote
I understand those abbreviations but what I want to know is how to find out which one applies to the Fa 31 Ltd I own. Is it AIV or MIJ.
If it is MIJ, you will find it on the barrale [white lettering] (obviously it's not there, it is hard to miss). AIV is engraved on the ring around the rear element at the bottom of the lens.
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If it is MIJ, you will find it on the barrale [white lettering] (obviously it's not there, it is hard to miss). AIV is engraved on the ring around the rear element at the bottom of the lens.
Thanks got it. While it could barely make it out my son verified that it clearly states (with his 16 year old eyes) assembled in Viet Nam on the ring around the rear element just as you said. Interesting article arv thanks for sending it.
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While my trio was made in Japan, I love the 15/21 AIV combo.
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