>I went shopping on line today for the 300 D AFS. Everyone is >back-ordered right now.
Have you considered renting one to make sure that it fits your requirements?
The reason is Nikon builds all of their top tier lenses in batches. When they get into the supply pipeline the Dealers fill the back orders first and then fill their shelves with the remaining units.
>Only Adorama has grey market lenses @ >$1,169. The best that I can tell about the difference between >grey and regular is that regular comes with a 5 year warranty, >grey comes only with Adorama's own 1 year warranty. Although >Adorama sells an additional 7 years for $34.95 under >"Mack".
There are a few things to keep in mind: 1. USA lenses and gear are imported by Nikon USA the Official Nikon Distributor in the USA. 2. "Gray" Market or "Imported" lenses ang gear are imported though sources other than Nikon USA. 3. The Gear is identicle. 4. Nikon USA will not service Gray Market or Imported lenses or gear Ever. Not Even for a Fee. 5. Nikon Authorized Repair Centers will service Gray Market and Imported lenses and gear for a fee. 6. As you correctly wrote above, for the first year if you need warranty work you will have to return the lens back to the Dealer for service. 7. The resale value of Gray Market gear is a little lower than gear imported by Nikon USA.
>Unless you strongly advise me otherwise, I will buy the grey >in a day or two. Not to save the money, but because I'm >afraid I'll miss a chunk of bird season before the regular >lenses hit the stores.
I have never purchased or used a Mack Warranty. I have read both negitive and positive feed back about Mack Warranties so I leave the research to you or someone else that has experience with them to chime in.
The Ring Motors in AF-S lenses are not inexpensive to replace if they ever go bad. That said, my oldest AF-S lenses were purchased in 1999 and are still going strong. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!