Actually if you buy a new US version and register it right away, I think it's within 15 days of invoice date, you get a 5 year warranty with it. Now to some that is worth the extra money. I'm sure many have bought refurb lenses and have good luck with them. But to me with a lens of this price range, I would pay the little extra for the longer warranty.... But that's just me....
As stated above, New lenses imported by Nikon USA include a one year international warranty and a four year Nikon USA extended warranty for a total of five years of warranty coverage. As you know, refurbished lenses include a 90 day warranty.
You have to decide is the $300.00 difference in price worth the peace of mind of having 57 additional months of warranty coverage.
While Nikkor Pro lenses are extremely reliable, when ring motors fail, they are expensive to repair.
There are many here that have purchased refubished lenses and or cameras and never had a problem. Others have had problems. That said, on very rare occasions there have been issues with new lenses.
Again, only you can decide if the savings is worth the added risk. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
The 5 year warranty was the deal for me when I got m7 70-200 f/2.8. Those SWMotors can require repairs even in the first 5 years of use. My 17-35 f/2.8 SWM is squeaking now (about 4 years old) and will require repair soon.
The correct answer is that it depends on your personality. If you dont like to gamble stick with a new US lens. I had a 24mm F1.4 with focus problems right out of the box and a 24-70 F2.8 with a failed helocoid cam after 6 months.these type of things shouldnt happen especially with pro glass .
On less expensive lens I am willing to gamble.For more expensive zooms I suck it up and pay a premium for the warranty.
Mark - ... and? If they do, and this lens isn't that old, the lens you buy tioday will not suddenly deterioriate and start to send back fuzzy photos. I hear this argument all the time. Waiting until the next iteration of any lens, simply means that you will be missing photos in the meantime. Do the photos of the death of the Spanish soldier, or the burning of the Hindenberg suffer any today due to improvements in equipment over the decades? I think not. It is because they were taken by photographers clearly more focused on events and things aroud them, and focused on their own perception abilities and technique than the future technology. Buy what you can afford and want NOW -- shoot pictures -- enjoy. And BTW, the 70-200mm f2.8 VR II is an astoundign performer. Enjoy!