Somebody’s selling a lens that doesn’t exist on Yahoo Auctions Japan – and they have photos of it!

Jun 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Somebody’s selling a lens that doesn’t exist on Yahoo Auctions Japan – and they have photos of it!

Jun 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, here’s an interesting one. How do you sell a lens that doesn’t actually exist yet? I don’t know, but somebody’s found a way, as there appears to be a brand new Sony 200-600G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE lens up for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan. Despite the fact that this lens isn’t even expected to be announced until next week, there are even photos of it in the listing.

The listing shows images of what is clearly the Sony 200-600mm lens, a lens which does not exist. It’s being described as “junk”, according to the item description…

SONY Sony FE 5.6-6.3 / 200-600 G OSS telephoto lens <Junk> It is.

A little, disassemble, it will be exhibited in junk because it is not all ready.
There are no accessories or boxes.
I think that it will be for parts removal.

Chances are, the lens in question is likely a stolen prototype, which is what SAR thinks, too, as there appear to be many parts missing, including the focus distance scale and various buttons. It doesn’t even have the mount to connect it to a camera, nor the front end with filter threads & hood attachment.

It’s currently listed on Yahoo Auctions Japan for 20,000 Yen (around $200), although if you wanted to bid on it, I don’t think the auction will run its course if Sony’s inevitable complaint runs its course.

The Sony 200-600G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE is expected to be announced sometime next week, and we’ll keep you posted as we hear official word from Sony, or if we hear more about the origins of the lens in this auction.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Somebody’s selling a lens that doesn’t exist on Yahoo Auctions Japan – and they have photos of it!”

  1. Chris W Avatar
    Chris W

    To give you the benefit of the doubt here, John, this is common place in the world of online resale. They obviously are stating it’s for parts and isn’t complete.They dont state any where at all that it works. They have every right to sell it, as we don’t know who they aquired it from. Sony doesn’t have any standing honestly, ethically, other than politely begging the seller to turn it over or blackmailing them for info on where it came from which is not ethical at all. Your article comes off very clickbaity.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I think you missed the point, Chris. The lens does not exist. It’s not ever been released (yet). Any information about it will be under HEAVY non-disclosure agreements. So, how do they have one? :)