D3 Determining US Nikon vs. Grey Market
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:
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
#1. "RE: D3 Determining US Nikon vs. Grey Market" | In response to Reply # 0zoomer Registered since 22nd Aug 2006Thu 14-Aug-08 11:00 PM
If your buying a second hand D3, the warranty probably wouldn't be valid anyway. I doubt their transferable.
I've had some work done on Nikon Grey equipment at Nikon Authorized Repair Stations (NARS) - no problem - just had to pay for the repair.
My D2x was grey and I was able to download firmware updates.
Since I've had very few problems with Nikon gear, my guess is Nikon wouldn't fix grey market gear at The New York and California Factory service centers.