SB800 - Are there Grey Market Versions to Watch Out For?
I am getting ready to buy the SB800 to go with my D80. I've looked on Amazon.com, B&H, Adorama, etc. and see they are running around $320. I also see there are new ones listed on eBay. Are there gray market flashes that I should watch out for?
I know there are for lenses and supposedly the quality is less than the non-Gray market. Just want to know if the same applies towards flash units.
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Wayne Registered since 05th Nov 2005Thu 05-Jun-08 10:01 PM | edited Thu 05-Jun-08 10:10 PM by Wayne
Yes, there are gray market versions of the SB-800. For example see
http://tinyurl.com/52t3tx (B&H search for Nikon SB-800)
In this case, gray market is only $5 less. There is no difference in the quality. The only difference is in the warranty and serial number.
Because, Nikon USA provides the warranty in the USA, and if you do not buy a version imported by them and giving them their share of the price, then they will not honor the gray market warranty.
There can still be a warranty on gray market, from the retailer perhaps, but it is not from Nikon USA. Here is what B&H says about it:
Says B&H provides any warranty.
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gkaiseril Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Thu 05-Jun-08 10:06 PM | edited Thu 05-Jun-08 10:08 PM by gkaiseril
If they are "Gray" market they are still made by Nikon and to Nikon's standard but not meant for importation to your locality, the U.S. for you. This should only affect service in that you can not get it serviced in the U.S. You will have to ship it back to Nikon Japan for service.
B&H Video clearly identifies the Imported and USA versions. And they provide information about the differences:
"What are the differences as far as a customer is concerned?
"In most cases the difference between a USA import and a gray Market, or imported product, is the cost of the item and the terms of the items warranty coverage. The products themselves are otherwise identical in every way. Occasionally the manufacturer might change a product name of model number to differentiate between products targeted for US distribution and products targeted for distribution elsewhere.
"As a rule, gray Market items cost less than their USA counterparts. The warranty of gray Market items are often, but not always, the same as their USA counterparts. Specific details of product warranties vary by product and manufacturer.
"If you should experience a problem with a product sold with a USA warranty, it can be sent to any of the manufacturers worldwide authorized service facilities for servicing. A "direct import" or gray market item would have to be returned to B&H Photo-Video if it required in-warranty attention.
"A resident of the USA may wish to make the buying decision based on price since the cost of shipping to a US service center or to B&H should be about equal.
"A non-USA resident should consider the cost of returning a product to B&H in New York for servicing as opposed to the cost of taking the product to a local warranty service center.
"What kind of warranty is available?
"Any "gray market" item B&H Photo-Video sells includes a B&H warranty, which covers the same particulars the USA warranty would cover for a period of one year. The only difference is that you would ship the item to B&H for service. Your original B&H Photo-Video product invoice is all that is required.
"Why offer "Direct Import"?
"Direct Import, or gray market items often cost less than comparable US imports. There are also items sold at B&H that are not brought into the US through normal distribution channels."
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From eBay there can be knock offs which are not Nikon manufactured products and can be of inferior quality.
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There are 2 different battery power supply connections depending on electrical regulations in the territory sold - that is why there are an SK6 - and SK6a with different plugs.
The paper work is also slightly different as the product has to pass local electrical certification - there is no international standard.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.