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07-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Bent Lever on "New" Rokinon 8mm

Here's a good example of the importance of inspecting new equipment when you get it. After reading a lot of favorable reviews on the Rokinon (aka Samyang & others) 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye, I ordered a "new" one from a major online merchandiser. (I should have gone with a photo specialty retailer, but for expedience, I went with...well let's just say they're named after a really long river in South America.) It arrived, and after one look I knew this supposedly "new" lens had been around the block a few times, and was the worse for wear. The front element was covered in dust and fingerprints. More importantly, it looked like some oaf had abused the aperture lever, which is bent and scratched up badly. See the pix. I elected not to try mounting this poor creature to any of my beloved Pentax bodies, fearing it would do damage. I went to the seller's site and filed for a refund immediately, then ordered another one from a reputable photo retailer (as I should have to begin with).

I don't think this is a manufacturing defect, but the work of a clumsy amateur who returned the lens, which the merchandiser then tried to pass off as new. Notably, it wasn't a third-party/Marketplace seller, but the host site. Buyer beware...



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Was it sold by Amazon, or a third-party seller on amazon?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Was it sold by Amazon, or a third-party seller on amazon?
It was the former. I usually have good luck with them on other stuff.
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Like my first copy of the DA* 300/4, it looked used and even had a fingerprint on the rear element and lacked some packing material. It was also through Amazon directly.

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Amazon is a reputable seller. Period.

They have a great return policy and even cover mistakes not made by them but by a third-party seller.

I don't know what "photo specialist" you are thinking of but there is one that has a good history of sending out stuff that had been evaluated/used by others before. Of course, it was always the "mistake of an individual employee" that caused the used item to be shipped to you.
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Nor I can't complain about the return policy.
It's just a bit mysterious how obviously used and sub-par gear finds itself back to the market like that, Amazon is not alone.
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I have had great luck with Amazon over the years. Things like this happen, but fortunately, they are rare and Amazon has a wonderful return policy. Still, I can imagine the disappointment when you waited for this and then opened the package to find that.
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It's a shame you got a lens with a bent aperture lever, but cheer up, most lenses are tolerant if you bend it back.
Thankfully the metal in those levers is not a "pot" metal but usually brass or a steel alloy.
If it breaks, or binds, just send it back, but I doubt it will break.

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I have ordered more than a few photo items (Lenses & Cameras) from Amazon and normally I have a very positive experience. But I too had a similar thing happen once when I ordered a DA 15mm. It arrived and it had the receipt and return order from another customer folded up in the box. I tested the lens and it was clear why this other person had sent it back. Again, this was Amazon and not a third party. They took it back on return and the next copy I received checked out just fine. To this day I am not sure what happened but all I do know is that I paid full price (at the time) for a new lens and clearly got one that was not "new" so I understand where the OP is coming from.

I still like Amazon and my prime shipping.
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Not meant to incite Amazon bashing...

Definitely not meant to start an Amazon bash-fest. This was probably an anomaly in the land of the big river. Like many others I have had generally good results with my purchases there, including camera equipment. Actually I've been impressed with Amazon's response--a UPS man showed up to pick up the defective item (at no cost to me) within 24 hours of my getting the return authorization! I fully expect the refund to come through without a hitch.

My main takeaway was that it's a good idea to inspect new gear. It's easy to get caught up in the moment, open the box, slap the new toy on the nearest SLR body...THEN find out it's not quite right (yikes).

I found it for $10 less at B&H, so I ordered a replacement from them--no-brainer.

Thanks guys
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