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Why are lenses cheaper in France vs Germany?

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  • Why are lenses cheaper in France vs Germany?

    Just comparing Amazon . De and Amazon . fr

    Canon EF Objectif à Zoom 70 / 200 mm f/4.0 L USM ---- EUR 584,00
    Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4L USM Objektiv ----- EUR 654,93

    Tokina AT-X PRO DX II Objectif pour reflex Canon 11 à 16 mm f 2,8 Noir --- EUR 612,00
    Tokina AF 11-16mm/2.8 Objektiv DX für Canon ---- EUR 650,00

    With other lenses there is virtually no price difference - Tamron 70-200 is 15 eur cheaper in Germany -- but over all it appears that France is cheaper.

    Tax is about the same in both countries. 19.6% in france, 19,.0% in Germany so that can't be it.
    Last edited by Thunderpants; 07-03-2013, 12:33 PM.

  • #2
    When the Voigtländer 25mm .95 was brand new in shelves in Europe a few shops in Germany had it for around at least 900€ while there was a shop in France that sold it for 750€.


    • #3
      Try ... is even more expensive
      thats why i often buy from even tough shipping is more expensive
      EF-BMCC 1300x00 - the lucky one


      • #4
        Yeah, shipping from amazon .fr is only 6 euros, so for a 500/600 euro lens it makes sense to shop around. I got my 11-16 from there last christmas when they were on sale for less than 500... (didn't know about the flange problem... haven't had the chance to test it on BMCC yet.)

        I just ordered an alphatron EVF from the UK because it's about 150 euros more expensive in .de land. (even after shipping etc.)