Nikon warns again of “fraudulently modified” D610, D800E and D4s DSLR cameras

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Nikon D4s / Nikon D4

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Nikon D610 / Nikon D7100

In addition to the 2014 service notice regarding "fake" D800E cameras, Nikon issued an update today and also included the D610 and D4s to the list of "fraudulently modified" DSLRs:

Nikon has confirmed that fraudulently modified and imitation products have been received by Nikon Service Centres for repair.

It seems that these fraudulently modified and imitation products are in circulation via Internet auctions and the like. As the Nikon warranty does not apply to fraudulently modified or imitation products, Nikon will not inspect or repair such products. In addition, Nikon cannot be held responsible in any way regarding the use of fraudulently modified products. Please take all necessary precautions to ensure the authenticity of a product before purchasing it.

Examples of the fraudulently modified products that have been brought to Nikon Service Centres:

a) D800 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D800E cameras
These are D800 cameras with which the outer cover has been fraudulently replaced with a D800E cover. When the “overview” display option is enabled in full-frame playback mode, the name of the camera used to capture the image is displayed in the top right corner of the monitor, allowing users to confirm the true name of their camera. If "NIKON D800E" is displayed, your camera is an authentic D800E. If any other name is displayed, your camera is a fraudulent D800E.

Fake Nikon D800E DSLR cameras

b) D7100 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D610 cameras
These are D7100 cameras with which the name plate, and/or other identifying feature, has been fraudulently replaced with that of a D610. This can be checked using the same “overview” display option as described above. If "NIKON D610" is displayed, your camera is an authentic D610. If any other name is displayed, your camera is a fraudulent D610.

c) D4 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D4S cameras

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  • Debankur Mukherjee

    The main reason for such fakes are the look and design of all the bodies which are almost the same……………

    • Familiarity is a good thing between bodies.

      • Debankur Mukherjee

        yes without any doubt………….

  • Hagbard Celine

    Perhaps an engraved model name is order. Like they do for the brand name.

  • I mean in fairness, it’s an easy mistake to make.

  • spicynujac

    Weird that people are taking the time to do this. I guess to sell on ebay? But isn’t there buyer protection on there now?

    • MRomine

      How much more can you get for a D800E vs a D800 or a D4 vs a D4s especially without the boxes?

      • Brett A. Wheeler

        D4s vs D4 can be another $1500-$2000.

  • ZoetMB

    If you cheap out, prepare to get burned. Not that all dealers are honest, but there’s a reason why used equipment dealers with physical businesses have always existed. It’s amazing how much energy people put into defrauding other people just to make a few extra bucks.

    I don’t know if it still exists or is kept up-to-date, but there used to be a site where you could see ranges of Nikon serial numbers to confirm what model it was. If buying on eBay or other sites and the seller provided the serial number, you could check it against such a list, if it existed.

    Unfortunately, these scammers make it tougher for individuals to sell their used equipment on these sites because how does a buyer know who to trust?

    • bob smith

      in all fairness, there are a lot of students and amateurs trying to get into photography that just don’t have the resources to buy new equipment from reputable vendors. this is fraud and i have no sympathy for the perpetrators but at the same point i would like to see Nikon do a little more to support these newcomers. i understand they cannot replace a d7100 with a d610 but if the camera needs repair they could at least do the repair even if they charge for it.

      • ZoetMB

        They can buy used equipment from reputable dealers or they can take a chance. I’ve sold equipment on eBay and in the end, people have gotten incredible bargains buying from me (IMO). They need to make sure they’re buying from someone reputable – that’s why I suggested the serial # check.

        It’s most certainly not Nikon’s responsibility to help anyone who has bought an “illegally” modified camera. If the case is modified, something else might be modified and it’s opening a can of worms. I think Nikon certainly needs to improve their customer service and be more flexible especially in regards to grey market imports, but if I were Nikon, I wouldn’t fix these cameras either.

        Newcomers and students can buy a new D3200 with kit lens for $447 or they can buy a new Nikon 1 J4 for $375. At the end of its life, the J2 with lens went for only $149 if you were willing to take a red one. Or, if they want to learn by shooting film, they can buy an FM10 with kit zoom for $320.

      • Andrew

        There are authorized Nikon dealers who sell used cameras that have been factory refurbished. That is one way to save money. Anyone that buys used items that have not been factory serviced is taking a risk. Nikon cameras have dropped in price quite significantly. The fact that you can buy the full-frame D610 for only $1,499 is amazing. You can buy a gray market D610 for $1,250 which to me is not enough of a difference to take a risk though I never buy used!

        It is because of incidents like this that I do not trust all reports I hear about a company doing a consumer wrong unless there is sufficient evidence. There are folks out there that would falsify information or attempt to defraud others. Nikon, like many other companies void their warranty if a product has been physically altered. It is not Nikon’s responsibility to deal with a situation that involves fraud and I agree with the other comment that they might expose themselves to undue risks. The most important thing here is that the public is made aware of such activities.

  • MB

    For people buying this fraudulent Nikons on fleebay it really does not matter … it is cheap and looks “right” …

  • RX78

    D7100 modified to D610 ??? huh ……..

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Exactly, you’d think most buyers who want an FX body would notice a smaller sensor/mirror when they exchange lenses.

      • jstevez

        Typical reader of this site yes, most people not.

  • jstevez

    What else can you expect from eBay?

  • Captain Megaton

    I just got my new D610! Funny thing is though, the sensor seems rather small…

  • Carleton Foxx

    Why can we always count on Nikon to make a bad situation worse. Instead of having compassion for people who got swindled, they refuse to service the cameras. No one is asking them to replace the cameras, just repair them like a normal company would. How does this craziness help their public image?

    • neversink

      No company will fix fake, or illegally altered products. Nor should they. Nikon is not being crazy, as you say, but protecting itself. Further, if they fixed these imitation products they would be legitimizing criminals and their criminal activities. Now what would that do to their public image?

  • Mel Foto

    Nikon themselves are fraudulently modifying the facts
    in order to squeeze money out of unsuspecting victims,
    their customers. They visibly give no damn for their
    public image, which is nil today, as opposed to the
    renown of Nikon gear.

    Years ago I tried the official Nikon Service in Berlin
    for the first and last time, because my well loved FG
    wouldn’t start anymore. Nikon through their service
    told me (in effect) that someone using such a little
    shit camera cannot expect it to work for eternity, it
    is gone, such is life, and if I want to continue with
    a Nikon, there are more reliable alternatives like
    e.g. the F5.

    I then took a train to Poland, gave my FG to the only
    camera repair shop I knew there (Prysmat) – and they
    fixed my Nikon FG for 75 zlotych (ca $20 Euro today)
    including half a year of guarantee. and it worked until
    … we both fell victim to the digital revolution
    where Nikon still spits their customers into their
    faces at every occasion, but using other camera models.
    E.g. they don’t let you use their old lenses (no AF
    motor, no AE), but also refuse to deliver new DX
    lenses (fast WA), and then – spit! spit! – tell you
    via DPR that “there are no less DX lenses than FX lenses”
    in their lineup.

    Early this year I bought two items for the Nikon1
    system (still on the FG-/Leica-/Henri Cartier Bresson
    trip that if one can’t do it with a small camera one
    shouldn’t photograph it at all), and got a smashing
    super hyper cash back of 80E, for which I had to fill
    out an application as if I wished to become a fully
    paid staff member of the CIA. Next thing that happened
    (while I was on a travel with my two tank-like Nikon1V1s
    which couldn’t possibly break down like my FG did –
    or could they?) was that when I changed the EN-EL15
    battery, Nikon told me through the V1 “help” that “this
    battery (#1, bought with the first N1V1 a year ago)
    has now reached the end of its life cycle and cannot
    be used any more”. Both N1V1s refused to cooperate
    with such shit I dared to offer them… I thought
    that this must be my punishment for robbing poor
    old Nikon of 80E cash back, and that they obviously
    try to get it back this way. Fortunately the country
    I was in produces original Nikon gear and sells such
    a battery for 20E instead of 60E or 80E or whatever
    in Nikonland. Back home in Berlin I put the “gone
    forever decrepit battery” into my Nikon 7000, and –
    it works normally there. Nikon simply did again what they
    know best: to cheat, i.e. rob their long time customers.

    When now “fraudulently modified” Nikons turn up, the style
    of work of these perpetrators reminds me of the Nikon ways:
    can they not sell unsellable 800s by fraudulently rephrasing
    the facts, calling them “800E”, cash in, and then, as an extra
    bonus, refuse to deliver the due service, playing “OUTRAGED”
    because “this shit is – Oh My God! – fraudulently modified!
    Who in this world could do THIS to YOU?!”

    Nikon has no credibility anymore… yes I know they still
    have some engineers who know their trade, so that their
    products mostly work well. But their management and their
    service are what they tell us their other-then-brand-new
    products are: SH*$%T.

  • Peter

    D4s battery door is different. That’s one quick way to tell. Also it has group AF. 🙂

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