B+W filters, mounts, lenses, and other photography accessories are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Schneider Optics (the importing company). Authorized B+W Filters Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand. B+W Filters provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers on ebay.
If you purchase an B+W Filters product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the B+W Filters warranty coverage, or tech support, even if the seller claims that you are. The B+W Filters products sold by unauthorized dealers are purchased by the seller on the “grey” market, and are usually the import version of the product.
An import version basically means that the product was meant for sale in a different country. For example, a B+W Macro Lens that was meant for the South American market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the B+W Filters warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that macro lens that was meant to be sold in South America, will only be warrantied in South America. Usually, these products will be labeled as either “import version” or “international version”.
Purchasing from an authorized dealer guarantees that you not only receive the full B+W Filters warranty, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic. The unfortunate truth of buying online is that a few bad apples taint the many good sellers out there. Shopping from an authorized reseller is one way of protecting you from unscrupulous sellers.
With that said, the following is a list of B+W Filters authorized dealers who sell on eBay. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller. (Listed in alphabetical order)
Just keep in mind – If you don’t see a seller listed here, it doesn’t mean that they are selling fake, or non-authentic products. It just means that they are not authorized by B+W Filters to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from B+W Filters. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by B+W Filters. Look out for phrases like “Seller provided warranty”, or “Limited Warranty”, etc. These types of warranties will almost always be for less than 1 year. Often times, they are for just 30 or 90 days, and just protect you from DOA products. (Original B+W Filters warranties are provided below).
On the other hand, if you are looking at a B+W Filters photography product in one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with B+W Filters to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.
For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for B+W Filters products:
- Adaptor Rings – 1 year
- Filters – 1 year
- Mounts – 1 year
- Filter Holers – 1 year
- Various Accessories – 1 year
All B+W Filters warranties only apply to the original end-user only, and are non-transferable. If you purchase a pre-owned product (even if new in the box), you will not be entitled to the original B+W Filters warranty, even if it was originally sold by an authorized dealer.
Also, keep in mind that Schneider Optics does not offer an extended warranty plan. If you are being offered an extended warranty by the seller, this is exclusively a seller-provided warranty. Any claims to this warranty will have to go through the seller, not B+W or Schneider Optics. Any repairs made, will be made by the seller, or a seller-approved facility.
*This list updated as of 9/09/2017