I have had a 400mm prime lens on the shopping list for a while, however they are damn expensive and (given the collection of lenses I already own) I couldn’t justify the high price tag so it went on the back burner.
Whilst looking at the used and second hand equipment section on the website of a local camera shop I stumbled across the Canon 400mm f5.6L prime lens I had wanted for such a long time, and it was up for £650 in a flash sale. The lens was rated a 4 star and very good condition and, having dealt with the camera shop before and trading in some of my old photography equipment with them, I knew the lens would be almost mint. Besides, if it wasn’t I could always return it for a full refund under the distance selling regulations. For £650 the 400mm was a steal, however there was one thing wrong with it and that was it didn’t have its lens case.
I own other Canon L series lenses and I know how much genuine Canon lens cases and bags are, and with my experience of the telephoto lens cases you get with a Canon L series lens (I have the same style of cases with my Canon 100 – 400L and Canon 28 – 300L) I knew I was going to have to part with a significant amount of money to get a replacement.
There was, of course, the option of not to bother with the lens case but I think these are essential to keep my lenses in tip top condition, and if I was going to part with another £650 I wanted to keep that lens in the best condition I could, and that meant buying a replacement case.
Before buying the lens I decided to have a quick internet search to see how much a replacement case was going to cost, and also where to get one. Looking back, it was a little foolish because I could have easily missed out on the lens, but as luck would have it I didn’t.
The only place I could find a replacement case was direct from Canon (Amazon didn’t have any, there weren’t any on eBay and there were no UK photography stores stocking them) so it was over to the official Canon site to see how much I was going to have to part with, and I have to say I was quite surprised when I found out……
The lens case wasn’t cheap, but then no Canon accessory is cheap, however it was cheaper than I thought it was going to be and at a little less than £38 (including free delivery) I managed to get a replacement lens case for the Canon 400mm f5.6L prime lens I had to buy. The relatively low cost of the case for the 400mm prime was a nice surprise, but a horrible surprise was the cost of the replacement cloth lens cases supplied with other Canon L series lenses. These small cloth bags cost over £55 (including free delivery) which is absolutely scandalous. When you compare the £55 cloth bag type lens case to the £38 heavy duty lens case that is tough enough to protect a weighty tele lens it is easy to see what good value for money the lens case I bought is – or is it just that the Canon cloth lens bags are a total rip off?!
One thing having to source a case for the 400mm prime has taught me is to make sure I look after my other L series cloth bags and don’t lose them as to replace those is ridiculously expensive!
The tough, sturdy case of the 400mm prime and the cloth lens case side by side
Replacement Canon cloth lens cases are expensive so you need to make sure you don’t lose yours, however if you do you can buy them direct from Canon (USA) or Canon (UK)
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