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  1. #1
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    Grey Imports

    Well my lens has turned up from Amazon and it is a Grey Import, The "Nikon Worldwidwide Service Warranty" doesn't resemble the Nikon Europe one that came with my camera it's just a flimsy bit of paper in a asian text it works fine but the foamy bag the lens was in has worn through but I have started up the returns process I think I would rather pay the extra 70 euros in a bricks and mortar store.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Grey Imports

    Grey is always risky,i bought a lens and every thing was spot on,its a gamble
    Mike

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  3. #3
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    Re: Grey Imports

    The only difference in a grey market product is the warranty from what I understand. Same product, same quality. Which lens did you buy? $70 is a good savings IMO.
    Joe

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  4. #4
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    Re: Grey Imports

    I would stick with EU or US warrantied items. The tiny savings you may receive up front from a grey market purchase will quickly disappear if you ever find a need to send that item back to Nikon.

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  5. #5
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    Re: Grey Imports

    Sounds like he is in Europe, not the US.
    Joe

    D7100 | 35/50/85 1.8G | Tamron 17-50 2.8 & 70-200 2.8 VC | Tokina 11-16 2.8 DX II | Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL
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  6. #6
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    Re: Grey Imports

    Not to go sideways...but can anybody tell when they last sent a Nikon lens in for warranty repair during the warranty period?
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  7. #7
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    Re: Grey Imports

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Not to go sideways...but can anybody tell when they last sent a Nikon lens in for warranty repair during the warranty period?
    Good question but there is always the possibility
    Mike

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  8. #8
    The Dude
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    Re: Grey Imports

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Not to go sideways...but can anybody tell when they last sent a Nikon lens in for warranty repair during the warranty period?
    I sent my 14-24mm around a year after I bought it. They replaced the barrel as well as several internal parts.

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    i could be happy
    the rest of my life
    with a Cinnamon girl...."

    AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED; AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G; AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G; AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII;

  9. #9
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    Re: Grey Imports

    I'm looking at a shelf with about 20+ Nikon lenses... none have ever been in for any service, none are "in warranty".

    I could buy a new D750 if I had the money I'd have saved by buying Grey...

    I have a BMW... they make a big deal about the "free" oil changes and service during the warranty period... The car has a computer that calculates the needed service intervals based on driving performance using synthetic oil...It doesn't trigger an oil change for 20,000 miles if you drive easy... That "free" oil change marketing costs them 2-3 oil changes during the warranty period. Listen to them, and you'd think you were saving a million dollars...
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  10. #10
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    Re: Grey Imports

    I'd probably be worried spending $2,000 for a lens.





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