'Non USA' Nikkor lens

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  1. Dexter-1

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    I've been looking on e-bay lately for lenses and noticed that some listers have for example an 85mm F1.8 Nikkor lens that they call a 'non USA' model. Is this one of the so called 'grey market' lenses and if so, how does it differ between the ones make in the USA?
     
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    Warranty, they don't have one.
     
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    the warranty will only be honored in the country where the lens was "suppose" to be sold, which in this case is not the US
     
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    Read your other post... I answered there.

    I have the imported model, I called Nikon Canada here in Montreal, I told them where I bought it from (the USA), how much I paid and that it was the "imported" model. I was told my warranty WOULD be honored 100% if something went wrong.

    I suggest you call and find out yourself as well.

    BTW, do NOT buy from e-bay. I hear horror stories every day about that place. Buy from known reputable sources like the forum sponsors here. I bought mine from B&H.
     
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    Also, if you can find it on KEH, you can save some cash for like-new glass (or so I'm told, haven't tried it yet).
     
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    The Nikon f/1.8 is so cheap as it is, it's not worth risking it for a grey market version. Just pay the very reasonable full price of $150 or less and you're guaranteed a 5-year warranty.
     
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    Are you thinking of the 50mm f/1.8? The 85mm is not under $150 from any remotely reasonable sources.
     
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    If you don't buy from a recognized retailer then you don't have any warranty anyway as the warranty doesn't transfer between customers.






    BTW I think that KEH has started to sell some new equipment.
     
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    Whoops! My bad, I was sure I read 50mm f/1.8. Don't know why...
     
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    The general discussion was about the 85mm F/1.4 and F/1.8 lenses. See post #1. :)
     
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    I don't see anything wrong with buying from eBay. As long as the seller has $2,000 in PayPal protection. Although to be frank, I myself only buy from the seller agrees to allow for some sort of inspection period be it 3 day or 7 day or whatever time so I have a chance to do sharpness tests and make sure the AF and everything works and obviously the feedback has to be decent.
     
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    btw i bought my d40 with a 18-55 'nikkor' lense on ebay and i had NO problems.. just a case where everything worked out.. however my roommate has bought 2 different pairs of pansonic headphones for DJing and got scammed both times (they were copies that were close but he could tell the difference...)
     

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