New Nikon D600 grey market cameras available for $1,359.99

New grey market Nikon D600 cameras (no US warranty) are currently listed on eBay for $1,359.99.

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  • I am curious if Nikon US will replace the shutter of a grey market D600 cameras.

    They said they will do it even if the camera is out of warranty.

    Is out of warranty = grey market?

    • Eric Calabros

      They should. But if they dont, nobody can sue them

    • Captain Megaton

      One would imagine so, since it is a global policy and not tied to a camera warranty.

    • Joseph Li

      I am wondering about the exact same thing. But I am guessing it’s no. Despite Nikon is accepting the service advisory for D600 worldwide, they shouldnt be responsible for any gray market models….just all the US models whether or not they’re within warranty

      • Sleeper

        No. They should be responsible for all camera. It came out of their fucking factory and we bought it fair and square. local retailer not being able to squeeze a big fat margin is not my fucking problem.

        • AM

          I’m pretty sure that Nikon will honor the service in the country where those cameras were supposed to be sold. That’s fair and square.
          People try to cheat the system and take risks, well, that’s the negative side of taking the risk of buying grey products.

      • Hang on. Nikon is selling faulty products to the grey market, and is refusing to repair the cameras because it’s not under warranty. This is a SCAM, how the hell is Nikon allowed to sell faulty cameras (that they know if faulty) and refuse to repair them. Does that mean if I ran a company and I knew I had a faulty product, I’ll just sell them off to the grey market and refuse to repair it. That is morally and ethically wrong. And that is why I’ve moved to Fuji.

        Nikon not only makes boring cameras (unless you want to shoot sports in the dark) but their attitude is messed up!

        • Maji

          Good to know that you are using Fuji. Please enjoy Fuji Rumors 🙂

          • ? why would it matter if I read on Fuji or Nikon rumors? Please elaborate.

        • NikNik

          I agree with you: Nikon is selling (dumping?) faulty cameras into the grey market (which btw, is not counterfeit, stolen, or anything like that),

          They know they are selling faulty products.

          They should therefore repair all cameras.

          • AM

            Get the facts right.
            Nikon doesn’t sell in the grey market. Distributors do.

        • morcheeba

          You don’t seem to know what grey market items are. There is no “grey market” to sell to. In fact, my NikonUSA camera would be grey market if sold in another country. The warranty is still good, but it will only be honored in the country it was originally sold in – USA.

          Nothing morally or ethically wrong; now that you understand your mistake, feel free to sell your Fuji stuff and rebuy Nikon. Or, more likely, you’re trolling and would be happier on FujiRumors.

          • I understand grey market. Do you understand consumer rights?

            Nikon knows who the grey market dealers are, they know who buys their cameras (they’re the ones selling it), so if they know their product is faulty and they still sell it, is this good business practice.

            What does that have to do grey market? Does that mean the grey market dealer can therefore get a refund from Nikon for selling them defective products?

            Open your minds and not your ass, cause companies will ride it. This has nothing to do with trolling you fan boy.

            • Maji

              WOW… so much anger over a camera… You don’t need to use foul language to convey your logic. Admin, I hope you delete the post with the foul language.

    • E.J. Peiker

      Their history with gray market items would indicate no! But Nikon Japan would likely do the service.

      Grey market does not equal out of warranty in the USA, gray market means you never had a valid USA warranty to begin with. The difference is subtle but it is different.

      • Maji

        I believe Nikon USA sometimes refuses to touch Grey market items even if one wanted to pay for the repairs.

        • E.J. Peiker

          Not sometimes! Always! Nikon USA will not repair a gray market item for any price.

    • Lubos

      No. it is two different issues. warranty is nothing to do with gray market. I just called Nikon Canada service department and it is really mess. As far as the “warranty”, if I purchase D600 in Canada and go to Europe (or anywhere else), it will nit be fixed. Would I be in middle of a photo trip, and something went wrong, I have two options. Go back to Canada and have it fixed “under warranty” here, or mail it to Nikon Canada for fix.
      As per “gray market”, I would have to go to the country of origin (according to serial number) and “perhaps” to have it fixed there (still under warranty). Outside of warranty? Out of luck all together. Nikon simply doesn’t stay behind their product world wide. International warranty doesn’t exist. It is very sad story. I don’t know if Canon have similar policies?

      • Lubos

        and I forget to include another element in this equation, and that is “authorized dealer”. Ebay and many others are not. So no warranty either.

    • NPS?

      Out of warranty means, it had warranty and now its past the one year period.

      Grey – never had warranty.

      Am not touching a D600. No thanks! Unless grey at $500 : )

  • metsatsu

    I actually asked the same question before in the earlier posts. But no one seems to know the answer

    • Morris

      everybody’s uncertainness is ‘defensive-grip’ for the other side (nikon), a lot of uncertainness a lot of grip.

  • syd

    I have a D600 purchased from DWI (grey). Andersons (an authorized Nikon repairer) indicated they won’t replace the shutter as in-warranty and out-of-warranty indicate local warranty, not international warranty. I argued till the spots on the sensor got tired and left.
    This is just my story, the moral of which is…..don’t buy grey.

    • Wow Nikon’s service is so crap. But maybe I should be thankful…

      I’m about to sell my D700 for $1500 tomorrow with 19 000 shutter actuations, it’s because of Nikon’s selective warranty that I am able to sell my D700 at such a high price even though the D600 (grey) sells for about the same brand new. Thank you Nikon for your crap service, you’ve kept the price of my D700 up.

      • Naval Gunfire

        It isn’t really crap service, everybody should know by now that Nikon refuses to service grey market gear. If you buy grey market you know the risks you are taking with regards to servicing and repair, all to save some cash.

        US Nikon users get totally shafted in terms of warranty repair outside of the US but that is another matter entirely.

        • The OP indicated he has international warranty. So how would one get this repaired under international warranty. Surely Nikon is still responsible for making a faulty camera, grey import or not. It was already broken on arrival. They even admitted it themselves (after a class action). So who’s at fault, the consumer who buys a faulty grey market camera, or the manufacturer for making a faulty camera straight from the factory.

          Surely it’ll be the latter, otherwise it does not make sense; manufacturers would then have an excuse to have short cuts in quality control (or worse they sell defective products on purpose) and sell it as grey market and make a fortune. Consumers still have rights in regards to manufacturer faults.

          • Naval Gunfire

            The thing with Nikon is when they say international warranty they really mean a warranty in a collection of different countries that they have chosen. So called international warranties aren’t valid in the US for instance. Grey market products often have a valid warranty in another country if you can find out which country it is and are prepared to ship it there.

            Nikon is run as a load of smaller subsidiaries that all have costs relating to the stock that they have taken on. They aren’t getting extra money from the parent company to fix cameras from outside of their little fiefdom so they will refuse to fix them because they are having to pay to fix something that wasn’t bought from them in the first place.

            In terms of rights surrounding manufacturing faults, short of being forced to repair grey market products by a court I can’t see Nikon subsidiaries doing it!

    • So where do you get international warranty repairs from if you can’t get it repaired at a authorized Nikon repair center… Not much of an international warranty.

      • Maji

        Buy your Nikon products from Nikon USA authorized dealers when you are in the USA otherwise just shut up and use Fuji like you are doing 🙂

        • here’s a double post to what I wrote above since you’re too stupid to understand the concept of consumer rights: Hang on. Nikon is selling faulty products to the grey market, and is refusing to repair the cameras because it’s not under warranty. This is a SCAM, how the hell is Nikon allowed to sell faulty cameras (that they know if faulty) and refuse to repair them. Does that mean if I ran a company and I knew I had a faulty product, I’ll just sell them off to the grey market and refuse to repair it. That is morally and ethically wrong. And that is why I’ve moved to Fuji.

          Nikon not only makes boring cameras (unless you want to shoot sports in the dark) but their attitude is messed up!

          Tell me Maji is it OK to sell faulty products? That’s the question is boils down to, not warranties, it’s about selling faulty products.

          I bought a second hand x100 with a sticky aperture blade, Fuji fixed it no questions asked. Nikon on the other hand had to get a class action against them for them to admit to manufacturing problems with the D600.

          So yes I will enjoy my Fuji, but in the mean time please explain to me why selling faulty products OK?

          • CSIROC

            BH Photo ~ “Simply put, “grey market” means that the item is not covered by the
            manufacturer’s warranty, because the manufacturer’s *licensed or
            authorized* agent or representative did not import that item into the USA
            and did not sell it to the retailer to sell it to you. We import the
            product directly from the overseas manufacturer or distributor,
            bypassing additional distribution levels. Many manufacturers and
            distributors therefore coined the negative sounding term, “grey market”,
            for this perfectly legal money-saving activity, namely “direct

            Memphis Audio –

            “Products purchased on the Internet or through any other *unauthorized*
            seller voids the consumer’s product warranty.Memphis Car Audio’s
            products are sold only through authorized independent 12-volt retailers.”


            “This warranty applies only to Fujifilm brand products imported to the U.S.A. by Fujifilm
            U.S.A. and sold by Fujifilm U.S.A. to authorized dealers. This warranty does not apply to
            Fujifilm U.S.A. brand products *imported* and sold in the U.S.A. by *unauthorized* dealers,
            distributors, or other sellers.”

            It is explicit in many companies’ warranty language. You took the gamble – you need to be prepared to lose. Otherwise, buy it from authorized channels.

            • OOOOHHHHHH thanks for the clarification! Makes sense now.

              So does that mean it’s OK for Nikon to sell defective products to grey market dealers? Because surely Nikon knows who the grey market dealers are.

              And Nikon would surely know the grey market dealers would then try and resell that camera to unassuming customers who never heard of the oil problem. So is that your stance on selling defective products? Just sell it to the grey market dealers and forget about repairing them even though you know it’s your own fault they are defective.

              Here’s an interesting read for you

            • CSIROC

              Nikon has no control over what a dealer decides to do with their inventory. They have no way of knowing who is reselling product overseas. They have EXPLICITLY stated that they will not warranty product sold outside of its original market. Since they have no control over those distribution networks, it is a perfectly reasonable stance – and one that many manufacturers take (including, as I pointed out, Fuji).

              Your link literally says:

              “Consumer protection

              There is help available to protect yourself from scams, unsafe products, and unfair treatment from businesses.”

              Not sure why you thought that was interesting, but I personally have higher standards for entertainment.

              There is absolutely nothing there that has anything to do with the policy Nikon (and others) have set forth. Indeed the site itself plainly states:

              “What is a warranty?

              A warranty is a *voluntary* promise offered by the person or business who sold the product or service to you. Once you buy the product or service, the promise becomes a right that can be enforced under the ACL.”

              Nikon does VOLUNTARILY offer warranties for products that are bought through the proper channels and they do HAVE to honor that warranty once the product has been sold. Nikon has EXPLICITLY stated that it will NOT VOLUNTARILY warranty product that has been sold outside of its distribution network and therefore does NOT have to honor anything, as no warranty was ever given.

              Try again.

            • A warranty in not a *voluntary* promise of good are you put it. A warranty is there on whatever item you buy brand new.

              Definition of warranty on wiki:

              ‘In contract law, a warranty has various meanings but generally means a guarantee or promise[1] which provides assurance by one party to the other party that specific facts or conditions are true or will happen. This factual guarantee may be enforced regardless of materiality[2] which allows for a legal remedy if that promise is not true or followed.’

              Where does it say that it is voluntary? If warranty is voluntary then companies would just get away with selling faulty and dangerous goods because they’ll have a choice whether they include warranty or not.

              I sure hope you’re not a lawyer.

              The problem is Nikon knows there’s a problem yet they are still selective on what they repair, which means they are selling a faulty good which is illegal. It’s one thing to sell something grey market that has no known or foreseeable faults, but Nikon knows about the oil problem, they are in breach of consumer rights regardless if it is grey import or not.

            • CSIROC

              Again, your “article” said exactly what I listed:

              “Consumer protection

              There is help available to protect yourself from scams, unsafe products, and unfair treatment from businesses.”

              THATS IT!!!

              I am not going to read through an entire website to find the one little clip you want to stretch to match your narrative.

              And for the last time, Nikon sells nothing on the grey market – over seas dealers do. Take your issue up with them.

          • Naval Gunfire

            Nikon still hasn’t admitted to having manufacturing problems with the D600 and my guess is that they never will.

            I do find it a little bit funny that you moved to Fuji when Fuji do exactly the same thing with regards to refusing to fix grey market products.

            • Bought a second hand Fuji with sticky aperture blades, sent it in, no receipt, they fixed it no questions asked… This is Fuji Australia. So I would say Fuji is a lot better than most companies.

              Also a friend of mine took his Ricoh GR 4 in for service, when he got it back, there were issues with it, So Ricoh took the GR 4 and sent him a GR V. And this is from a company that makes no where near as much as Nikon.

              But if you’re happy to settle for less while paying for a premium go ahead. Expect less and pay more, that’s how it is now days.

            • Naval

              Not comparing like for like here. Send in a grey market product to Fuji and ask them to fix it. You’ll get told to foxtrot oscar pretty quickly. Been there, done that, got the Fuji t-shirt.

          • Maji

            Who said it is okay to sell faulty products? However, warranties are a part of doing business and that is why we sometimes buy extended warranties when we want peace of mind. Nikon specifically says that they won’t touch grey market items. So when one buys a grey market item, he/she is taking a chance. Nikon is replacing D600 shutter mechanisms, but if one bypassed the system and bought grey market, then I see no reason why Nikon USA should repair that one. The buyer took a risk.

            By the way, I am glad that you bought a very interesting Fuji camera. More power to you. You just replied to so many posts here criticizing Nikon, so I thought you are better off reading about interesting Fuji products instead of foaming around your mouth here. You seem to have a grudge and some anger issues about Nikon and that too over a camera. Please try to enjoy your Fuji and forget about Nikon. Good luck.

            • So it’s not OK to sell faulty products. Glad to agree on one point.

              I understand why they would not want to repair grey market products. But the point is they KNOW they have a faulty product that they are still selling.

              If you look up warranty the definition of warranty it is a promise that the goods received are in good working condition with no known faults. The problem is Nikon knows there’s a problem yet they are still selective on what they repair, which means they are selling a faulty good which is illegal. It’s one thing to sell something grey market that has no known or foreseeable faults, but Nikon knows about the oil problem, they are in breach of consumer rights regardless if it is grey import or not.

  • Aldo

    Considering that there are some used ones running around below this price with remaining warranty, I would stay away from this deal. And even if the warranty is expired, as long as the d600 is from a nikon usa authorized dealer, you can have that shutter replaced.

    • E.J. Peiker

      There’s no such thing as remaining warranty with Nikon USA when you buy a used camera. Nikon USA’s warranty is only in effect to the original owner and is not transferable to a new owner.

      • Aldo

        Meh, all you need is the original proof of purchase… which is nameless.

        • T53

          I have done this several times with used cameras and lenses

        • E.J. Peiker

          Professionals under US tax law need to retain their original proof of purchase if they made it as a business purchase and used depreciation on the camera. Not doing that is nuts as a business owner. For individuals that would work but not pros.

          • Aldo

            Im a pro to my customers and an amateur to uncle sam… but i do pay taxes. Just found a way to legally balance taxes and write offs…otherwise youd be paying for obamacare just by yourself. Most camera owners dont write them off though.

  • Larrry

    Why does NR even bother giving the time of day to these gray market ‘deals’. The Nikon USA warranty is on their web site (link in page footer) and they clearly will not work on them. It is flat out written policy, and it is NOT unique worldwide, Nikon HQ works on a country/regional distribution center world wide who provide support to the products they imported as part of their investment as none invest in the total factory output. For that reason, Nikon USA DOES honor the warranty for products purchased in foreign countries and sold through a foreign authorized distribution center, just as a valid Nikon USA warranty will be honored in foreign locations.

    That is all in the Q&A related to the warranty. Here is the specific Q&A Gray Market.

    Essentially, neither they, nor their foreign counterparts, have any investment in the initial sales which generates their profits, so why should they apply one of their cost centers – service – to reduce their profits where free warranty repair was calculated into the initial cost. Like it or not, that is just basic business 101. Nikon USA does take it a step further by 1) refusing to repair at any cost a gray market item. and worse 2) refusing to release key parts they import making 3rd party warranties useless.

    • Aeroengineer

      So if I buy nikon gear from an authorized dealer in, say, Germany, nikon USA will honor the warranty? I would be greatful if you could point me to the where nikon USA officially states this.

      • E.J. Peiker

        If you are in Germany and you decide you need to purchase something there and then later return to the USA with the gear and the receipt Nikon will work on it but it will likely be a fight. They may make you prove that you were there in person with travel docs or some other way to prove you were there. Expect the process to take several weeks before they will approve the repair and expect to make many calls. Nikon’s customer service when it comes to things like this absolutely sucks. You will be much better off boxing it up and sending it to Germany for repair. If you are an NPS member your chances are higher because you have a Nikon employee’s name at NPS that you can call and they can grease the skids.

        • Aeroengineer

          Thanks, that is helpful input. This is indeed a stupid policy. You would think Nikon corporate would want to encourage me to make an “impulse” decision while on holiday somewhere and buy something expensive.

          • E.J. Peiker

            Nikon Japan will service anything bought in any country and sometimes that is a good last resort. it’s the independent entities in various countries that make up their own rule and Nikon USA is probably the among the most restrictive. It’s the single biggest recurring complaint about Nikon in the USA in my 20 years or so of using their products. BTW, Canon USA has the same policy but they waive the policy making it in effect no policy at all but they still reserve the right to refuse service.

      • Naval Gunfire

        Funny thing is if you are a German on holiday in the US and make an impulse purchase of Nikon US stock Nikon Europe will likely fix it for you without too much hassle (but you will have to pay). Nikon Europe is, in my experience, much more willing to fix things bought from outside of their little fiefdom than Nikon USA is.

    • Randy B

      The reason why the admin posts these deals is because the world does not revolve around the USA. There are some Nikon subsidiaries across the world that will repair grey market Nikon products if you just pay the cash. Thus, there are some people in the world that can take advantage of these wonderful deals and do not have to worry about the hassles from Nikon USA.

  • outkasted

    I will never buy gray EVER!

    • manhattanboy

      Says the person wearing a gray sweater 😉

  • Guest

    Hang on. Nikon is selling faulty products to the grey market, and is refusing to repair the cameras because it’s not under warranty. This is a SCAM, how the hell is Nikon allowed to sell faulty cameras (that they know if faulty) and refuse to repair them. Does that mean if I ran a company and I knew I had a faulty product, I’ll just sell them off to the grey market and refuse to repair it. That is morally and ethically wrong. And that is why I’ve moved to Fuji.

    Nikon not only makes boring cameras (unless you want to shoot sports in the dark) but their attitude is messed up.

    • Ian Dangerzone

      Read the thread before posting. “Grey Market” simply means an out of country distributor. ie: the seller is from say, Hong Kong, which means if I buy it, it is not protected under warranty by Nikon Canada (where I live). Clear as mud?

  • Refusing to work on grey market cameras is one of the few ways Nikon can discourage purchasing outside the official system it supports here in the US. I know nothing about how they sell cameras in other countries. Dealers make very little margin on camera sales when you start to figure in the amount of time they have to carry the asset on their books and so on. Nikon needs dealers and thus wants to protect them. Many here complain that, by not servicing grey market cameras, Nikon service is crap. I don’t think Nikon cares about crap customers, so we’ll call the game even.

    • So it’s OK to sell defective products and refuse to repair them just because they’re grey market? What if Nikon intentionally made defective products to save on costs and sell it to the grey market. Is that OK too?

      What does ‘protecting local dealers’ have to do with anything? We’re talking about the oil issue and nothing else. This has nothing to do with the dealers, it’s at Nikon’s cost to repair the faulty cameras they made.

      • AM

        Do you understand that grey market products don’t have any warranty at all, even if they’re faulty?
        Nikon USA didn’t import those cameras, they don’t know the condition those cameras came into the U.S. or how they were transported and handled, therefore they are not obliged to provide service for them.
        That’s the risk of buying grey market products. If somebody doesn’t understand that, it’s their own stupidity. Period.

      • Naval Gunfire

        Nikon doesn’t sell to the grey market themselves. They sell to dealers in countries that then sell them on the grey market. Nikon has no control over what these dealers chose to do. I don’t think you actually understand what is going on.

      • Open a camera store and you will quickly see what “protecting local dealers” means.

  • Time to Grow Up Crybabies

    No free lunch. That’s the cost of a USA warranty and USA service, which I’m sure isn’t cheap to maintain with inventory, parts, employees, etc. Presumably the whiners here don’t work for free, and neither should NIkon USA. If you don’t like it, buy something else.

    • But Nikon is making faulty products and selling them. So why are they even allowed to sell their faulty D600’s as grey market in the first place.

      • Dave Ingram

        I don’t know the ins and outs of grey market cameras so I’m just guessing here – I’m assuming that Nikon isn’t directly selling the grey market cameras in US, some importer is buying them legitimately (or illegitimately) in another country, and then shipping them to the US (or wherever) and selling them at a profit. Can Nikon control what the buyer does with the camera after it’s sold – I’m thinking probably not. And defective/faulty or not, someone’s going to buy it if the price is right.

      • CSIROC

        Nikon isn’t selling to “the grey market”. There is no “grey market.” It is a term for products brought in through unauthorized (by the manufacturer) distribution channels.

        Nikon is selling products to specific countries and regions with full warranties. People from those countries are then taking those products overseas and selling them here (or elsewhere)…bypassing Nikon distribution channels. There is nothing illegal about doing so. However, bypassing Nikon’s distribution channels cuts out their employees and partners. Why would they encourage people to do that? They wouldn’t – so they make it so that the warranty only applies in the country (or region) it was originally sold.

        It isn’t rocket science. The manufacturer has no incentive to help you out for circumventing their processes.

        • Lubos

          It is not just that. Like I mentioned before, would you purchase a Nikon camera, let see in US, or Canada or wherever, and it is inside the warranty and you have invoice with you, they should fix this camera regardless where you are. I am in photo trip in Europe, and Nikon will not touch this camera because it was not purchased in that country. And that is TRULY RIDICULES.

          • CSIROC

            That is a different issue from buying a grey market item. You can still get your camera serviced…you just have to send it back to the country of origin. Does it suck? Yes…but you are still covered by a warranty.

  • Mansgame

    Danger Will Robinson! It’s always a bad idea to buy grey market Nikon, but on a camera that has 3 lawsuits on its hands and famous for problems, it’s very dangerous.

  • Spy Black

    I think some people here are thinking Nikon is selling these gray market to get out of servicing them. This is not Nikon’s doing, this is old hat by a number of camera sellers like B&H, Adorama, and guys like this, which I believe were once known as 6th Ave Electronics. This isn’t a ploy on Nikon’s part, this is just business as usual.

    • It is a Global World!

      “I think some people here are thinking Nikon is selling these gray market to get out of servicing them.”

      That’s not the point. The point is that those “some people here”, and I’m one of them, think that Nikon should service its own products everywhere where they offer service, regardless of the country these products were purchased in!

      I travel a lot, both for business and leisure, and I do expect not only for the gear with me to function everywhere, but also to get a proper service for it if the need arise, and that regardless of my current geographic position in this global world. This used to be a no brainer in the past. Funny that today in the
      consumerized age some of the brain-washed consumers even defend the practice of region-locked items 🙂

      • Spy Black

        I’m not defending anything of the sort. I’m just pointing out that gray market sales are made by independent sellers. You’re discussing an entirely different ball of wax.

        I personally don’t understand why any manufacturer has “region-locked items”. I’ll have to assume that there may be reasons regarding the methods by which different countries deal with consumer goods. It may have more to do with international sales that the companies themselves.

        While you’re correct that if you’re a registered owner of any product you should be able to get servicing anywhere in the world, there may be international laws that may dictate why that isn’t the case. I personally would not know, this is merely my own speculation.

        • It is a Global World!

          “You’re discussing an entirely different ball of wax”

          In this case sorry for wasting your time!

      • Naval Gunfire

        Nikon has always had issues when it comes to servicing things abroad, even back in the 80s. This isn’t a particularly new thing.

        NPS members can usually get things serviced abroad without issue so if that is something you qualify for I’d make sure you get onto the scheme. It has saved my bacon more than once!

        • It is a Global World!

          “Nikon has always had issues when it comes to servicing things abroad,
          even back in the 80s. This isn’t a particularly new thing.”

          Issues? I’d call that policy!

  • Larrry

    Except this ebay seller providing the “wonderful deal” is located in New Jersey, and specifically stated in the Ebay listing…shipping to USA and Canada ONLY!

    • Randy B

      What happens if the buyer is visiting a friend or a relative in the USA or Canada and he/she happens to live in another country?

      What happens if a resident of the USA or Canada wants to buy a gift for a relative who happens to live in another country?

      I do understand what you are saying though. However, there are always unusual circumstances that make it worthwhile for a few people. Just not me!

  • Infinite Vortex

    Nikon D-SLR cameras, or any Nikon cameras for that matter, do NOT come with an international warranty. There’s no such thing. I think this needs to be made clear. A Nikon D-SLR camera body will only have a valid warranty in the region that the camera originated from. Grey market products do not originate in the USA and hence have no warranty coverage in the USA with Nikon USA… period! Please read…

    … and note the important paragraph. “Please note that the Nikon USA warranty we supply with our sport optics products (binoculars, fieldscopes, spotting scopes, etc.) is valid only in the USA. The same is true of the Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty we supply with digital cameras and film scanners.”

    There will be the same, or similar paragraph on you local regional Nikon web site. Your Nikon D-SLR warranty is ONLY valid in the region from which the camera originated from a Nikon regional office. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY ON D-SLR CAMERAS. Lenses and Speedlights yes, cameras no.

    Any warranty coverage you have with a grey market product will rest solely with the store that you bought it from. If you bought it from B&H then B&H directly covers your warranty as an in-store warranty. This applies from Day 1 of your purchase through to Day 365 (or Day 366 if you bought on a leap year). It has nothing to do with Nikon USA. Nikon USA did not sell the camera, they made $0.00 on the sale of your grey market camera and hence aren’t interested in covering the costs of your warranty. Which I think is fair enough.

    The D600 shutter replacement program is I think an unusual circumstance. From what I understand, grey market seller will actually keep a number of units aside for replacements or to be butchered as spare parts for repairs. It’s all factored into the price they sell the grey market item for. Given the replacement shutter is not the same part as what comes from another D600 it’s not possible for store like B&H to source this replacement part as they would have to turn to regional office that it was sourced from… which is somewhat more difficult as it’s a spare part and not a new finished product. This difficulty in doing the replacement is probably the reason for the big price drop on the grey market D600.

  • TheDudeofDudes

    The longer time goes on, the longer I can’t believe I spent $2k on this camera. I’m not disappointed by it, as much as the circumstances. Good news is I just received my UPS notification that my body is on its way back from the shutter recall replacement. We’ll see how that went.

  • Kristopher Doucet

    I have had 3 consecutive trips to Nikon now (my D600 rather),it all started on February 24th. 1st time B2 service cleaning, no shutter replacement. I received it back on the 24th sorry. The following day, the service advisory comes out from Nikon,i was livid for 2 reasons, my camera was still shooting images with dust and oil spots/artifacts and the day after i get my camera back they go public with an announcement they already knew about and should of been fixing all cameras by then anyway. So off my D600 went again, this time they did replace the shutter and I received it back Mar14 with B2 servicing again shutter replaced etc,but no report of test shots fired. 3 days into me shooting,bang! spots back again. Called & Emailed Nikon LOSING it on them, had it sent it back on the 21st, again for another servicing. I asked them to please replace my camera as its obviously a lemon i even offered to pay a small fee to upgrade or heck i actually even asked them to downgrade it to a D700.. I’m in Canada and apparently Nikon Canada does not do that, unlike Nikon USA or Europe, which is replacing multiple faulty cameras. I dont know if they are using the same old crap shutters from the first run of D600’s or are they actually updated ones? I couldn’t get an answer from them on this. I am really not happy about losing my camera again,for 6 weeks straight now! And by the looks of it this is not going to get any better for me,is it even the shutter? What a shit deal, i am not gonna start taking risk cleaning my shutter with scotch tape (like some D600 owners are doing to remove the oil) and or spending $50 every other day to get it cleaned or buy swabs. And whenever i send it off, i lose it for 2 weeks! I have joined in on the Lieberman Hoffman lawsuit and i hope they win like they have in China by issuing a full recall on all D600’s. I just want a D610 the camera that this should of been.

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