Fake Pentax and Canon-branded lenses were among a stash of £1/2m counterfeit camera bags that were seized in a raid in Manchester, Amateur Photographer (AP) has learned.

Earlier today we reported that a man has been arrested after 20,000 fake camera cases were seized in a sting operation following an investigation by Canon.

The counterfeits were discovered at a house in Bowdon, Greater Manchester on 22 June.

AP now understands that the counterfeit camera bags were being sold through eBay.

However, Trading Standards only has evidence that the camera bags were being sold on to consumers, so they plan to prosecute on that basis, and not over lenses they also recovered.

At the time of writing, it was unclear how many fake lenses were seized by Trading Standards officers.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Trafford Trading Standards issued this advice to consumers: ?People may be able to tell if they?ve been sold a fake case because they are poor in quality, all look the same with varying branding and were sold in clear plastic bags via an online auction site which Canon and its registered suppliers do not sell through.?

She added: ?The low price they were being sold at was also a telling factor.?

A 40-year-old man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the matter.


20,000 fake camera cases seized in raid