I'm just wondering if there is a difference in the two? I have always tried my best to make sure I am getting a USA product but are the images noticeably different from one camera to the next? I just started wondering about this because I just bought a used D700 and it's supposed to be a USA model but anyone could lie...
Good deal. I was just wondering if there would be any internal parts difference.... If they are built exactly the same I think I would have taken my chances on a new grey market D700. Heck you could pick one up for next to nothing.... I'm not going to have the warranty with a used example anyway. I guess the fear is that if something happens even out of warranty Nikon USA won't even work on a grey market product?
>Good deal. I was just wondering if there would be any >internal parts difference.... If they are built exactly the >same I think I would have taken my chances on a new grey >market D700. Heck you could pick one up for next to >nothing.... I'm not going to have the warranty with a used >example anyway. I guess the fear is that if something happens >even out of warranty Nikon USA won't even work on a grey >market product?
I am pretty sure that is the case. So you are taking a chance with this electronic wonder with no warranty...... But as you say once the warranty is expired, we all sit in the same boat.
Of course any good camera shop will work on it, but then again you want someone who knows a D700, not some hack. Therein lies the challenge, finding the qualified repair person. Perry
Years ago while I was in the Navy, I first visited Japan several times and later was stationd there for two years. I bought several Nikons and Nikkor lenses there -- so on return to the US, they were all "grey market" items. There is absolutely no difference in the items. But then as today, Nikon USA would not only not honor the warranty, they would not even work on the equipment to repair it, although they did "AI" two lenses for me at the regular cost. That said, one of the reasons we buy Nikon is for the quality that is inherent in all Nikon products. If you buy grey market and have problems during the warranty period, you can and must ship it back to Japan for repairs. It's conveneince for price. I agree though -- a grey market D700 might be a super back up!
If you purchased the gear overseas and imported it yourself and have the recipts to prove it. Nikon USA will service the gear including warranty work. The warranty provided in the market that the lens was purchased will apply. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
There is no difference between a gray market or imported camera, or lens and a Nikon USA camera or lens. They are made in the same factory on the same assembly line. Using the same parts. The only difference is Nikon USA is the official importer into the United States and they will not service gray market gear even for a fee. Nikon Authorized Repair Centers will service gray market gear.
Have you considered an official Nikon re-manufactured (refurbished) D700? I bought mine as re-manufactured for a lot less than new ($1,900) and it came with a 90-day warranty from Nikon. I cannot distinguish it from a brand new one and it only had about 500 clicks on it. I've had it for about a year and a half now and it performs great. The great thing about re-manufactured is that the cameras are full inspected and tested during the process, probably more rigorously than when they were originally manufactured.
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