If you have one of these lenses, I'd probably be able to date your lens to within a couple of months. I can practically swear that I've never filled one out and sent it in. The next two digits are the month of manufacture, and the last two digits are apparently internal codes meaningful only to Canon. If you extrapolate the table back from 38 being Jan 2008 — that makes it an Apr07 which fits the facts. The second letter is the date code, in which A is the year 1986.
On some others, similarly both recent origin and early lenses still in the list, it is stamped into the lens barrel on the bottom near the mount, with or without paint. Older examples have short 6-digit serial numbers and date codes. If you try it, and they reply, please let us know! It's been suggested that the code starts in January 2008 with the number 38 and increments each month of the year. Please allow a few days for us to check and reply to you. Prior to 1986 this letter was at the end of the date code.
Canon has been using this number to indicate lenses needing specific service-related updates such as firmware. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Occasionally, the leading zero of the month is omitted. The structure of the newer 10-digit serial number suggests that there might be some sort of date encoding within them. I have been hurt by fraud before. The warranty clearly states that the card and the bill of sale must be presented for warranty service.
The cut-over date was round May 2010. Thereafter, we will manually key in your warranty purchase. If this didn't work, goto the store which you've purchased and enquire them about your purchase. And you hear stories that are all over the place. Make sure you have your serial number that usually located inside the battery compartment of your camera or at least on the outside where the information is about that camera. She did give me an email address at Canon that I could contact with a copy of the receipt to verify whether or not my camera would be covered under warranty.
One was bought in July 2007 and has serial No. I have seen some with it but most do not have it for whatever reason. If you want to check the serial number of a lens that was sold as part of a kit, the model name of the body of the kit needs to be selected from the model list below. However, keep in mind that the production date is only just that — a date when your lens was made. Every Canon lens has a serial number.
For what it's worth, this is the email address I was given: purchase cits. If you buy a new lens from an authorized dealer, the chances are, the lens was manufactured fairly recently. You now know the manufacture date for your lens - But - You cannot know how long the lens was in inventory, in shipping transit and on a shelf until it was originally purchased without having the original receipt or a reputable person accurately informing you. It's a little tiny label that's on the bottom usually. This code is also present on some other Canon products including camera bodies.
You contact Canon customer service you give them that serial number and they will tell you everything there is to tell you about that camera. Please send any discrepancies you find. In 1990, Canon started placing date codes on select lenses only. The same numbering can be use to identify your canon film camera, the difference is they put another letter after the 2 digit internal code. .
Consumer warranty may be not available - grey goods will not be eligible to benefit from local Canon warranty support. The Canon lens date code in the sample picture indicates that this I know the lens model because I took the picture - not from the date code was made in Utsunomiya, Japan in September 2003. So that's just a word of suggestion but you sound like you probably already have a Canon so just call Canon customer service and let them know about that serial number that you have on your camera and they will be able to help you from there. I am not sure even Canon has a way of knowing. Refunds and returns may be difficult or impossible - as sellers outside your region may not be subject to your local consumer legislation on product returns.
The first letter represents the name of the factory at which the product was made - often O for Oita cameras or U for Utsonomiya lenses. If you don't have a valid local warranty, then the set may not be authorised and product is not covered by any warranty. This is a Canon internal code that is occasionally omitted. Finally, the last two numbers are internal manufacturing codes, most likely batch numbers. But the one time I needed warranty work, my camera was accepted without question.
Canon goes to great lengths to ensure each Canon product is carefully localised to the region intended by Canon for its sale and general use. Thanks, Reggie There should be a serial number on your lens. If the camera comes with a 3rd party warranty, it should be fine. The digit '5' for a revision code is also reasonable for a lens that's been around for a few years 1993 , but we are left with a 5 digit serial number. Good, now spin the lens 180 degrees, and you should see the serial number. The body number is 85258 and on the flange is clearly stamped U603. The last two numbers used for internal purposes maybe the batch number or else.