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  1. #1
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    About grey market items...

    Reading <http://www.bythom.com/warranty.htm>, Thom says one thing Nikon looks for is the NikonUSA sticker.

    The first thing I did before mounting my new lens was to peel that ugly sticker off. Serious, are they going to care?
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    Last edited by Mr. Magoo; 05-02-2011 at 04:24 PM.

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Magoo View Post
    Reading <http://www.bythom.com/warranty.htm>, Thom says one thing Nikon looks for is the NikonUSA sticker.

    The first thing I did before mounting my new lens was to peel that ugly sticker off. Serious, are they going to care?
    The sticker is there as an easy way for the consumer to tell it is not a gray market version. Nikon doesn't need the sticker to tell if the lens is a US market lens. They can tell from the serial number.
    Eric Lund
    Nikon D200
    Nikkors: 17-55mm f2.8, 18-200mm f3.5-f4.5 VR, 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.8, 55mm f2.8 AI-S micro, 105mm f2.8 VR micro
    Other Lenses: Tokina 12-24 f4, Tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6 LD macro
    Stuff: Nikon SB800, Nikon MBD200, Gitzo 1327 Tripod w/RRS BH-55LR Ballhead, Sekonic L-358 meter

  3. #3
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    I was extremely close to buying from a grey market dealer then at the least second decided it would be ridiculous to try and save a couple hundred dollars on a $2k camera only to have to deal with lack of warranty later.
    No thanks.
    Nikon D80
    Nikkor 70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichlund View Post
    The sticker is there as an easy way for the consumer to tell it is not a gray market version.
    this is not correct. grey items can also come with the sticker. my 70-200VR came with the sticker and was purchased HK Suppies on ebay. i peeled it straight off. as you said, the serial number is important, not the sticker.
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  5. #5
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    yes you don't need the sticker. But if you buy grey market from places like B&H, I do believe they provide a year warranty from them on all grey market lenses/cameras.

    I'd do it if I could get my hands on a grey/white 70-200 f/2.8
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

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