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I went to buy a Nikon lens here in China for my D5100 and the salesman tried to talk me into buying a protective filter by "Grown Graphic".

My scam-radar lit up for two reasons:

  • this is China
  • there is a crown on the front but the name is spelled Grown

Google turns up precious few results for this name, and those results are generally for shady-looking webstores. No big name places.

Is this a legit filter or should I steer clear?

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Crown Graphic was the name of a large-format press camera, BTW. largeformatphotography.info/cameras/pacemaker –  coneslayer Jan 17 '12 at 16:15
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Not buying something you've never heard of that salespeople try and talk you into is a good strategy for life in general! –  Matt Grum Jan 17 '12 at 17:52
    
I'm surprised there's not a picture of a clown on the box. –  Poldie Mar 16 '13 at 22:45

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I'm going to vote scam.

Reason being "Crown Glass" is a specific type of optical glass. But not a brand... someone with only limited english proficiency trying to rip off a well known brand is possibly likely to end up with exactly what you see.

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Indeed. That is one of many Nikon shops all clustered together. Sadly, it was recommended to me by a local whom I trust. I will have a chance to swing by again in a few weeks and will politely but directly share my findings with the salesperson and give him a chance to explain himself. I'll update my original post accordingly with his reply, if only for the comedy value and as a warning to others... –  Andrew Heath Jan 18 '12 at 0:38

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