The adventures of buying gear in Thailand
Fake goods are common in Thailand. So are stores that don't honor return, exchange and warranty policies if the customer is a foreigner. The reputations of the long established national camera chains are well known, thanks to expat forums. So imagine my shock when I realized the lens I bought this morning was a fake.
I was so excited to find this less popular lens locally that I failed to notice it lacked one of the features which sets it apart from others in it's class: it's a zoom that doesn't extend, all the movement is internal. Thirty minutes after going out for a shoot I noticed it extended. Riding home involved continual reminders to slow down and be careful, this wasn't worth dying for.
By the time I got home I was determined to assert myself, but knew it was only money. Then I realized there was a second test for fakes. I knew it was 5 grams heavier than a lens I owned. Hefted the two and they weren't even close.
One thing Dad taught me was to 'Measure twice then cut once', so I went online to verify the lens didn't extend and ...
oops ... it extends, but doesn't rotate while doing so, unlike the competition. But what about the weight ...
oops ... second test shows they're almost too close to tell apart.
Thai retailers never forget. There are 2 camera stores in town so I'm glad I calmed down and double checked. Finally a big
'whoo hoo' because the image quality from the first shoot is as good as I'd hoped.