Canon warns users: Your “nifty fifty” might be a fake

Dec 15, 2016

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Canon warns users: Your “nifty fifty” might be a fake

Dec 15, 2016

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Memory cards and camera batteries are often a target of counterfeiters. However, it seems that lenses are not spared of this either. Canon has announced that some of the lenses brought into their service center for repair are fake. The counterfeited model is EF 50mm f/1.8 II. Regarding this issue, they advise the users how to recognize the counterfeit lenses.

Unfortunately, the exterior of fake lenses is difficult to differentiate from the original. They faithfully imitate all the external details, although the parts and electric circuits are different from the genuine model. However, one detail on the outside can tell you whether your lens is genuine or fake.

Canon advises the users to review the location of the company name on the mount when the lens cap is removed. The letters can be either printed or molded, but the difference is in the space between the words “Canon” and “Inc.” If there is no space between the words, the lens is fake. If there is, then it’s real. You can see the examples in the photos below.

fake vs. genuine

Canon Inc. makes an appeal for all the buyers to register their Canon products if they haven’t done it already. There is also a useful (and even fun) section on their website where you can learn more about counterfeit and how to recognize fake products.

If you are planning to buy a “nifty fifty”, make sure to pay attention to this detail and only buy from reputable retailers. And for those who already have this lens – have you checked it?

[via Canon Rumors, lead photo by Z Anjum]

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13 responses to “Canon warns users: Your “nifty fifty” might be a fake”

  1. pandacongolais Avatar
    pandacongolais

    Caniam lenses, as seen in a big shot in Tian He, GuangZhou in June 2015 !

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/688b8174bd889ed94c754b959ace9161c02406d73e30bd2a5d88c65d19e71285.jpg

    1. mpphoto Avatar
      mpphoto

      Those are mugs made to look like lenses. They cannot use the Canon trademark name on the mugs, so they say Caniam instead.

      1. pandacongolais Avatar
        pandacongolais

        Do you think they care ?
        No, no, those were lenses, not mugs.
        You must doubt everything when you go to those “Electronic markets”.
        Another example : I bought a perfectly authentic Samsung external hard drive that contains a Seagate drive … The USB interface just shows a “Generic Mass Storage device”. The second one I bought for a relative was supposedly identical, but had a real Samsung drive this time, and the USB interface told so.
        Beware, fake is everywhere …

        1. toby_toby Avatar
          toby_toby

          The objects in your picture are definitely mugs. Do a google for Caniam and you’ll get results for a whole lot of mugs made to look likes lenses.

        2. mpphoto Avatar
          mpphoto

          Those are mugs, and Seagate bought Samsung’s hard drive business in 2011.

  2. Allan Alcibar Avatar
    Allan Alcibar

    Ha, I have 2. One is totally fake I guess. AND IT’S THE SHARPER ONE.

    Fail Canon. The copy cat makes better glass. Bahahahahaha

  3. Snugge Dr. Avatar
    Snugge Dr.

    the fake one is better.

  4. Snugge Dr. Avatar
    Snugge Dr.

    dxomark says the fake one is way sharper.
    digitalrev says the fake one has better bokeh.
    thecamerstore says the fake one is lighter.
    canon says the fake one is fake.

    1. steve Avatar
      steve

      Solid Gold!

    2. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
      TheInconvenientRuth

      Ken Rockwell says the fake one is the best lens he’s ever owned.
      TheAngryPhotographer says that it’s not fake enough.
      JaredPolin is going to do a fake podcast about the fake lens
      Lens Rentals wants to test it but they need 10 copies and only have 2.
      Kai is going to test which one burns the longest.
      I’m going to make a moderatley funny comment on disqus about it.

  5. Siddharth Tripathi Avatar
    Siddharth Tripathi

    All three of them that I have owned: might be. Do I care? No. Can I notice it in resolution/build quality? No. Either Canon surpasses the competition in value or…..

  6. AndreaCanuck Avatar
    AndreaCanuck

    Ha! Mine has no writing at all on the metal band.

  7. John Shark Avatar
    John Shark

    Mine is nifty and it’s 50…so who cares?