Traveling in Japan this week on business and made my mandatory visit to YODOBASHI Camera, Osaka to play with the Nikon toys as always. Well I couldn't leave without the D2Xs. Really, they were giving an extra 5% YODOBASHI points (total 15%) on Saturday to find homes for their Nikon Cameras. Anyway the price was right, saved $600 over the B&H price.
I spent the next day in Nara and Kyoto shooting the cherry blossoms. My D70 and D200 are good cameras, but this D2Xs is a GREAT CAMERA.
The wife will kill me when I get back to the states.
You are getting the best Nikon Camera ever made, if its any consolation for your wife. I'm 3 years into a d2x and its performed great since day 1, congrats on your purchase, I hope it gives you many years of photos.
>David, > >Since you bought this in Japan from an authorized Nikon >Dealer, will the camera be covered by the Nikon USA warranty >and be repaired here in the US if needed? > >Norm
Good question, I registered the serial number on line with at the Nikon USA website and it was accepted. I have also done this with other Japan purchased Nikon equipment in the past.
It does have a worldwide warranty.
From my prospective it really doesn't matter as I go to Japan several times a year and have friends there that I can send it to if need be. I have purchased several lens and accessories in Japan and never had a problem. I took my D200 USA (15 months old) into the Nikon Service Center Ginza (Tokyo) yesterday to have dust removed from the viewer and they made some minor adjustments they claimed were needed and charge me nothing. And it was back to me within one hour. Both the NIKON Service Centers in Osaka and Tokyo Ginza provide fantastic service no matter where you have purchased your Nikon equipment.
>I registered the serial number on line with at the Nikon USA >website and it was accepted.
I understand that Nikon USA's online registration is simply to gain names and addresses for marketing. Nikon USA accepts most anything through that portal, but does not provide warranty access, or any other service, as a consequence of the registration.
In fact, a few years ago, Nikon USA had a batch of new D1x cameras stolen. Some were sold, complete with USA warranties, on eBay to innocent buyers, who registered them on the Nikon USA website. Nikon USA did not promptly inform the registering owners that they should immediately stop payment on checks, reverse the credit card transaction, or seek refunds from the unscrupulous seller. Instead, Nikon USA waited for the innocent owners to send the cameras in for service, and then Nikon USA confiscated them.
Apparently, Nikon USA reserves the right to be spiteful to those who do not buy from their "Authorized Dealers". To be fair, I have heard that some people who bought Nikon gear overseas were treated decently by Nikon USA. But, others who sought service from Nikon USA reported a surreal sense of threat, as if they might be roughed up by the New York mafia if they could not furnish documents to prove that they were actually overseas at the time they acquired a "Non-USA" item. It would be great if the politeness and commitment to excellence that characterizes Nikon Tokyo were always in stock at Nikon USA.
Of course, for those whose travels frequently take them to Japan, this is not an issue!