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I was about to order the Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens from Amazon, when I learned about the difference between a Grey Market / Imported versions. Not only that, I saw that there is a version II available, and the weird thing is that the first version is being sold for $240 in Amazon, while version II is being sold for $183.

I googled around to see if the second version had any compromises or got downgraded someway to make it cheaper, but it doesn't appear so. My question is..is there a reason why the first version would be better or more expensive?

Here are the links:

Version I ($240) Version II ($183)

  • The list price is the same for both the lenses ($299). Version I is sold by Amazon, but version II is sold by PHOTOTECH through Amazon. Maybe PHOTOTECH can give higher discounts due to a favourable deal they have with Canon or some other reason. I don't think that the price difference has something to do with the capacities of these lenses but with the seller. – Saaru Lindestøkke May 15 '12 at 14:55
  • so version II would actually be logically better (improved somehow), right? Also if you want to post your reply as an Answer instead of a comment, I can accept it Bart. Thanks! – GR7 May 15 '12 at 15:14
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Price Difference

The list price is the same for both the lenses ($299).

Version I is sold by Amazon, but version II is sold by PHOTOTECH through Amazon. Maybe PHOTOTECH can give higher discounts due to a favourable deal they have with Canon, a stock clearance sale or some other reason. The price difference has nothing to do with the capacities of these lenses but with the seller.

Physical Difference

For the physical differences between the two lenses, see this question.

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    The one thing to make sure (and it may be a cause for the price reduction) is whether the seller is an official Canon seller (Amazon are for sure). – ysap May 15 '12 at 16:18
  • huge +1 to ysap, it has an impact on your ability to register the lens for service later. – cabbey May 18 '12 at 8:44

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