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MEMcD

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"RE: Gray/imported lenses"

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 13-Jan-13 07:46 PM

Hi Norman,

>I see - Nikon doesn't have a dual assembly line - just a
>single line and products are sold to Nikon USA and other
>companies in the country of manufacture who sell directly to
>companies in the USA. Is this correct?

Yes!

>If these items are identical, why is there some reluctance to
>buy top dollar gray products? The warranty is reduced for the
>gray products but companies like Adorama will give the same
>guarantee as the manufacturer.

The Warrantys are not the same.
Most Retailers selling Gray Market lenses will provide a One Year Warranty. For Service you will have to send the gear back to the Retailer.
Nikon USA provides a One Year International Warranty + a 4 Year Extended Warranty. For service you can send the gear directly to Nikon USA Service or one of the Authorized Repair Stations.

I have noticed that according to the Nikon USA website, only Nikon Service is authorized to repair high end lenses like the 24-70mm and 70-200mm. That may make it more difficult to get a Gray Market Lens repaired since Nikon USA Service will Not service Gray Market Gear even for a fee.
This contributes to the lower value of used Gray Market gear.

>Should I go with gray products or stick with Nikon USA?

Personally when I buy new camera bodies or lenses I buy Nikon USA.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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