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Buying a Tokina Lens From SSE Photo & Video

buying a tokina camera lens from sse photo videoA question that I see being asked a lot is – Should I buy a Tokina camera lens from SSE Photo & Video?

There isn’t a ton of information on the internet about individual 3rd party sellers on Amazon, so let’s start here:

First of all, let’s make sure you’ve looked through their current promotions and sale items. Sometimes items are listed separately as part of limited-time promotions. Currently, they do have a Save 20% off with purchase of another qualifying item promotion.

Click here to check specials and promotions for SSE Photo & Video on Amazon

So should you purchase a Tokina camera lens from SSE Photo & Video instead of other websites, or sellers on Amazon?


Authorized Dealer

The first thing to ask when buying any sort of Tokina product – whether online, or in a physical store – should be: Is this seller an authorized Tokina dealer?

Authorized Dealer

As far as SSE Photo & Video is considered, the answer is yes.

They are listed as Power Photo Corp. (probably the parent company).

Buying from an authorized dealer is as important as getting a good price. If you don’t purchase from an authorized dealer, you won’t be entitled to the manufacturer warranty – even if the seller claims that you are.

Price and Shipping

There are a lot of online store selling Tokina camera lenses. Their prices are usually higher compared to Amazon, where shipping is almost always free too.

Let’s look at an example:

Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon EF 18PC Accessory Kit

On other electronics websites, you can purchase the pieces of this Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon EF 18PC Accessory Kit for around $550. Depending on which site you purchase from, and where you live, you can probably add another $15 or so on top of that for shipping – at least!

Here is the same Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens Kit sold by SSE Photo & Video on Amazon.

Pricing aside, you are still saving $15 or more on the shipping alone – not to mention the overall package of accessories included.

I showed one price example. You might be looking for a different model from Tokina. If so, it’s really easy to find the best deal on Amazon. Just use the Amazon Discount Finder tool that appears at the top of this page (for desktop users). It looks something like this:

After you choose your desired country, click on the All Categories section, and in this case, choose Photo or Electronics, like this:

finding the best camera and drone deals on amazon

Then just type in Tokina, and the model or type that you are looking for. You can choose your desired discount level if you wish to, but it’s not necessary. Then click on Search Discount. It should then bring up all of the models available, and at the top of the list will be those with the highest discount currently available on Amazon.

On a related side note, many online merchants also sell on Amazon. You’d be surprised by the amount of sellers/websites that sell their products for less on Amazon. With all the competition on Amazon, stores have to offer up their best price, in order to get the sale. They don’t have to be so generous on their own site, since you only see their price. Often times, a discount code will bring the cost down to the Amazon price.


Feedback

Feedback is an important thing on Amazon. It’s not a highlighted feature like it is on eBay, but it determines a seller’s success on Amazon behind the scenes. To have a successful store, a seller needs to maintain a high level of feedback history. Since most of us have never heard of some of the 3rd Party Sellers on Amazon, it’s easy to be skeptical. So take advantage of the fact that Amazon shows their feedback score.

As far as SSE Photo & Video is considered, they have a earned over 30,000 positive feedback ratings, with a current 97% overall score.

If an item even SLIGHTLY looks like it might be a counterfeit or knock-off, customers on Amazon will leave bad feedback. Any and all flaws will usually be reflected in a seller’s feedback as well.

Given their strong feedback history, SSE Photo & Video is definitely a well reputed seller on Amazon.


Returns

If you purchase from a random website, the return/exchange guarantee period is always variable. Sometimes its 7-days, sometimes 14-days, etc. And they usually come with certain restrictions and limitations.

On Amazon, you get the A-to-z Guarantee when purchasing from a 3rd party seller, regardless of their return policy. You are entitled to a 30 day period – from the date you receive the item – to file your claim. It really does take the risk out of purchasing online, and makes you feel secure with your purchase. If you ever have any issues with your order, Amazon’s 24/7 customer service is there to help you.

If you have ever had to file a claim with your credit card company, or waited months for a refund on a return, you will appreciate Amazon’s A-to-z Guarantee.


Product 
Availability

Amazon is the largest retailer on the planet. No matter what brand or product you are looking for, chances are they will have it, and offer a number of options as well.

You can find any Tokina lens there, like a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor), or a Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens for Canon EOS Digital and Film Cameras, or even a Tokina ATXAF247FXC 24-70mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon EF, etc.


Ease of Use

Let’s face it – we all use Amazon. We’re familiar with the site, how to use it, how to check out – everything is where it should be, and everything works every time. It’s comfortable. And it’s fast!

On other websites, that’s not exactly the case. If you want to sort by brand, and then by price, it doesn’t work sometimes it doesn’t work as smoothly as you’d like. You’re left sorting through a bunch of results. Different brands, different categories, etc.

And if you try searching for a specific product, sometimes they load, other times they don’t. You’re left wanting much more functionality than they are able to deliver.


Amazon Authority

Feedback History3rd party sellers who sell on Amazon, want to remain in good standing with Amazon. As a seller, you have to meet very strict selling guidelines. You have to maintain a minimum performance rate in order to keep selling on Amazon. On top of that, you also want to receive positive feedback for all transactions.

In other words, you have to ship by the guaranteed ship by date, you have to deliver the item as described, and you have to process timely refunds (if they are initiated). You can’t take any liberties that you might on your own website.

You are pretty much guaranteed a consistently positive purchase every time you order something on Amazon. You can’t say the same about other websites or merchants.

Final Thoughts

We all want to find the best price available. For something on the expensive side, like a Tokina camera lens, it pays to shop around. Check the Amazon Discount Finder tool above to find the best deals, and to find out what is currently on sale.

Normally, you have to click a few options to find what is currently discounted. And it’s not such an easy option to locate. The discount finder tool does all the hard work for you.

A note about Tokina cameras:

Tokina lenses are a step up from brands like Rokinon, Samyang, etc. They are better built, with sharper imaging capabilities. They are on the same level as Sigma, or Tamron lenses.

They aren’t quite on the level of something like Nikon or Canon, but they are definitely solid, both in workmanship, and optical quality. 

Tokina Authorized Amazon Dealer List

Sellers authorized to sell the Tokina brand of camera lenses and accessories

Tokina camera lenses and accessories are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Tokina. Authorized Tokina Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand. Tokina provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers on Amazon.

Not authorized to sellIf you purchase a Tokina product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the Tokina warranty coverage, or tech support, even if the seller claims that you are. The Tokina 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 camera lens that was meant for the Japanese market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the Tokina warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that camera lens that was meant to be sold in Japan, will only be warrantied in Japan. 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 Tokina warranty, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic, and meets your expectations for quality, function, and design. 

With that said, the following is a list of Tokina authorized dealers who sell on Amazon. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller.

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 Tokina to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from Tokina. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by Tokina. 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. (A listing of original Tokina warranties is below).

On the other hand, if you are looking at a Tokina camera lens from one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with Tokina USA to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.

Authorized Dealer

For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for Tokina products:

  • Lenses – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens caps – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens hoods – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens collars – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Tokina refurbished products – 90 days from date of purchase

This list updated as of 8/25/2017.

Tokina Authorized eBay Dealer List

Sellers authorized to sell the Tokina brand of camera lenses and accessories

Tokina camera lenses and accessories are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Tokina. Authorized Tokina Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand. Tokina provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers on eBay.

Not authorized to sellIf you purchase a Tokina product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the Tokina warranty coverage, or tech support, even if the seller claims that you are. The Tokina 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 camera lens that was meant for the UK market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the Tokina warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that camera lens that was meant to be sold in the UK, will only be warrantied in the UK. 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 Tokina warranty, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic, and meets your expectations for quality, function, and design. 

With that said, the following is a list of Tokina authorized dealers who sell on eBay. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller.

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 Tokina to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from Tokina. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by Tokina. 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. (A listing of original Tokina warranties is below).

On the other hand, if you are looking at a Tokina camera lens from one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with Tokina USA to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.

Authorized Dealer

For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for Tokina products:

  • Lenses – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens caps – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens hoods – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Lens collars – 2 years from date of purchase
  • Tokina refurbished products – 90 days from date of purchase

This list updated as of 8/25/2017.