Yesterday I posted a question in the Speedlight forum but did not receive a response for part of my query. Maybe someone here can help me out. Due to unavailability of the SB-80DX USA version, I am considering the option of purchasing the import market unit from B&H. I have a couple of concerns and will be grateful if anyone can comment on known problems/issues with a gray unit compared to the USA version:
1. Does it deviate in functionality, features, physical appearance or included accessories?
2. Is the printed info. on the back of the unit/LCD display in English or some foreign language?
3. Does the LCD display distances in feet or meters?
4. Does it come with an English instruction manual?
5. Any compatibility issues, specifically with the D100?
6. Is there anything whatsoever to be concerned about (besides absence of Nikon, Inc. warranty) when buying this gray?
#1. "RE: Gray SB-80DX on a D100" | In response to Reply # 0bobj Charter MemberThu 06-Mar-03 08:01 PM
2. English, but mostly it's just symbols on both US and International versions.
3. Both can do either.
4. Yes, but it may be a xeroxed English manual (mine was). Depends on the source of the original manual.
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#2. "RE: Gray SB-80DX on a D100" | In response to Reply # 0cadman Registered since 28th Feb 2002Thu 06-Mar-03 08:20 PM
In most cases Gray Market is the same except some of the accessories are not included and of course the USA Warrantee is not included. If the equipment breaks after the normal period Nikon will not repair it
if it was gray to begin with. I confirmed this with Nikon when I was learning the ropes after being scammed by the NEW York Houses. Most of the sellers will provide in store warrantee or a Limited MACK Warantee.
I don't think you would have a problem with B&H but the others, who knows.
Hope this helps.
Oh by the way some times the missing accessories will and up to the difference in price.