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D3 Determining US Nikon vs. Grey Market


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alanortho Registered since 02nd Nov 2006
Thu 14-Aug-08 01:56 PM

I thought someone might find this information helpful. As I am in the market for a used D3 I contacted Nikon, this is their reply:

Dear Alan,

There are a couple ways to confirm you have a US D3:

1. On the side of the box, there should be a bar code with the model # on it, and then a letter in brackets. For example, yours would say: D3 (U). The 'U' indicates that it is a USA camera. If you do not have a (U), then you may have a non-US camera. Since you purchased the camera in the US, that would make it a 'gray market camera'.

2. You should have received a Nikon USA one year warranty card with the camera

3. You should have received an original manual and CD (Not Photocopied)

4. Most Nikon USA serial #'s come with a 7-8 digital serial number that begin with the number '3'.

If you indeed have a gray-market camera, then:

1. Gray Market cameras do not have a US warranty
2. Should anything happen to the camera, gray market cameras will not be repaired by Nikon factory service center (even for a charge).
3. You will not be able to download software/firmware updates via the www.nikonusa.com website