As I understand it, Nikon must honor that warranty to the original purchaser. That has been my experience, too, as long as I produce ample evidence of purchase and date.
Yes, that mustang owner walked away. In fact, he kicked the RF wheel a good swift one before he climbed into the truck! I can't imagine doing a similar thing in an mg. it's hard enough to watch the now-common in-car video...
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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