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kentphotos



Joined: 17 Feb 2009
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Location: SF Bay Area, California

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Need a laugh? Consider US Customs... Reply with quote

I recently purchased a Conurus-converted Contax lens from outside the United States. It was shipped and stopped at US Customs. The shipping customs declaration correctly identified the contents of the package as "Contax Lens". From there, it went to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where I received a call asking why I was importing foreign Contact Lenses (also called "contacts" in American colloquial jargon) without proper FDA approval. When I called them back, they kept telling me I had misspelled "contacts." I kept telling them that this was camera equipment. After several minutes, the person on the other end of the phone said, "OHHHHH....ok." and thanked me for my time and hung up

I think I'll get my Contax soon....but who knows?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

But anyway, we declare them as "photographic lens", "objective lens for photographic camera", "objective lens for 35mm still camera", or something like that, with HS classification code 9002.11, although I am sure that even with that kind of detail and clarity, given the right official, there will still be plenty of opportunities for confusion and jokes.
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doc



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kent,
is that my makro-sonnar? Sorry for the (funny... Shocked ) misunderstanding...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it was but not your fault at all. It came today and I can't wait to take it out for a test drive. All's well that ends well.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And in this case, I'm very pleased with the results from the Makro-Sonnar:

http://www.pbase.com/kfwphotos/image/111200656

Cheers.
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doc



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, great lens (ok, slow and noisy AF...), but I've switched to the dark side... Laughing
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