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    Thumbs up Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    Owning a Nikon D7100 already, I was often tempted to jump to an FX camera. When the Nikon D810 was revealed, I decided that’s the camera for me. The only problem was cost. Being in the UK, the D810 was only available in a handful of places with price tags of around £2500. I have purchased grey market gear before and had no problems doing so for the D810. After looking around the Internet, and reading reviews, I narrowed things down to two websites. HDEWcameras and Cotswold Cameras.

    I emailed HDEW who offered me the D810 for £1865 but they don't sell Tamron lenses unfortunately. Cotswold Cameras had a slightly higher price tag for the D810, but their lenses were very well priced. I was impressed with the communication I received via email from David at Cotswold Cameras. They didn’t sell all the lenses I wanted but they were willing to acquire these lenses and gave me a price for each. Apart from the D810 body, everything else was the cheapest I could find (ignoring SLRHut due to some poor comments on forums). I mentioned on email that HDEW sells the D810 cheaper and wondered if they would price match. They agreed so I ended up buying the following:

    Nikon D810 body = £1865
    Nikon 24-120mm lens = £755
    Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC lens = £740
    Tamron 150-600mm lens = £799

    At the time, they offered a free Hoya Pro1 D UV filter for each lens purchased. Before paying, I asked since I am buying so much gear, could they discount me on anything. They said they couldn’t due to tight margins, so I asked if they would throw in a free second battery which they agreed to do. I get 3 year UK warranty on the body and all the lenses too. Half a week later, my gear arrived from Hong Kong (in 2 packages). One Hoya filter was missing, and also the hotshoe cover for the D810 was not there. I emailed Cotswold Cameras to ask them about the two missing items, and they refunded me £40. Everything else has been great, very happy and I can’t really praise them enough.

    I’m not working for Cotswold Cameras, I am just a happy customer who wants to share his experience with other photographers here.


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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    Congratulations nice purchase,i think both of those suppliers have a good reputation for back up.
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    That's a nice haul of gear, congratulations!
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    I had the Tamron 24-70 2.8 on the list too but decided in the end that I've already spent enough so I removed it.
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    Those price differences are insane. If I compare the D810 body with here, I'd pay almost 1/3th less for the grey market.

    That's worth considering next time I buy gear.
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    I must have saved over £1000 from buying grey market but I haven't really lost anything. I get the warranty from Cotswold Cameras directly and all dealt with in the UK so it's a no brainer to me.

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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    What about the Import Duty is that covered or will you be getting a bill?
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    I didn't receive import duty. I believe Cotswold Cameras said if any tax is added, they will pay it.
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    The D810 doesn't get a hotshoe cover.

    Sell the Hoya UV filters & buy Hoya HD protector filters.
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    Re: Purchased a D810 and lenses (Grey Imports)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorf View Post
    The D810 doesn't get a hotshoe cover.

    Sell the Hoya UV filters & buy Hoya HD protector filters.
    Oh why is that? I've purchased one anyway on eBay. All my other cameras had one, I don't see why this should be different.





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