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#1 Leaviathan

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 04:47 PM

I found a good deal on the Tamron AF 70-300 and was curious if there's issues besides potential warranty issues?


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:37 PM

Have to be honest not sure on getting the lens serviced but I'm sure then lens itself will be top quality like officially imported Tamrons.

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 06:16 PM

Tamron don't make lenses in the US so they are all "International Versions"


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 06:19 PM

BP here they listed US models or officially imported or international or grey market it's the lingo they us. Many Nikon lens have a USA sticker for US models but that just means they are officially imported.

Sometimes grey market are missing items like lens hoods dealers of grey market can be shifty. Plus with cameras you can get plugs that are not compatible in the us like getting plugs for Japan etc.

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Nikon P900 Nikon P330

F100 w MB-15, N80, FM3a, FE2(Black and Silver) and EM.

Nikkor 24-85G ED AF-S VR, 70-300G ED AF-S VR, 28-105 3.5-4.5 AF-D, 50 1.8 AF-D

Nikon Series E lens, 28mm, 100mm, 135mm, 75-150mm, 70-210 f4.

MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

MF Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AE UMC(Ai-P)

MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

 



Pro Manfrotto 055XV with Markins M10 ,Sirui P-326 6-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod with Markins Q3 Emille, Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01M with Combo Head, 3Pod PTT1H Table Top Tripod with Giottos MH1304 Ballhead.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 07:38 PM

For the small difference in price, go with the U.S. models or a good used one.  



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Posted 18 June 2016 - 08:09 PM

For the small difference in price, go with the U.S. models or a good used one.  


Agree 100%

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Nikon P900 Nikon P330

F100 w MB-15, N80, FM3a, FE2(Black and Silver) and EM.

Nikkor 24-85G ED AF-S VR, 70-300G ED AF-S VR, 28-105 3.5-4.5 AF-D, 50 1.8 AF-D

Nikon Series E lens, 28mm, 100mm, 135mm, 75-150mm, 70-210 f4.

MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

MF Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AE UMC(Ai-P)

MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

 



Pro Manfrotto 055XV with Markins M10 ,Sirui P-326 6-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod with Markins Q3 Emille, Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01M with Combo Head, 3Pod PTT1H Table Top Tripod with Giottos MH1304 Ballhead.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:55 PM

I'm going to pick it up, then I'll be able to compare it with a U.S. model later on.


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 02:17 AM

BP here they listed US models or officially imported or international or grey market it's the lingo they us. Many Nikon lens have a USA sticker for US models but that just means they are officially imported.

Sometimes grey market are missing items like lens hoods dealers of grey market can be shifty. Plus with cameras you can get plugs that are not compatible in the us like getting plugs for Japan etc.

Jim

 

Stickers, warranties and plugs are additional items but the equipment is the same - there is no such thing as an international version or a US model. Even the products that are renamed to sell in the US (never understood that) are the same items.

 

An officially imported D500 might have a US serial number but that doesn't make it different, it doesn't make it a US model and it certainly doesn't mean its a US product - same goes for a Tamron lens.


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 02:39 AM

 

Stickers, warranties and plugs are additional items but the equipment is the same - there is no such thing as an international version or a US model. Even the products that are renamed to sell in the US (never understood that) are the same items.

 

An officially imported D500 might have a US serial number but that doesn't make it different, it doesn't make it a US model and it certainly doesn't mean its a US product - same goes for a Tamron lens.

 

Yes the so called 'grey market items'(international)  is just a con-job, created by the so called legal/official importers, to protect their import businesses.. it is an 'anti-competitive business practice' which is quite illegal in most countries of the world... obviously not in the good old USA... it is time that the manufacturers of these items took on the warranties of these items themselves. As the world goes more to on line commerce this may become mandatory.... the sooner the better..... rant over :)


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:15 AM

The info I found is they were intended for sale in other countries, I'm saving some $$ so I'm giving it a try.


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:31 AM

Don't be distracted by so-called "grey market models".  Manufacturers will do anything to protect their markets.
I've done many purchases via Hong Kong and have thus far never had an issue and as a bonus have managed to gain considerable savings.

 

That includes my Tamron SP 24~70 f/2.8 Di VC USD lens

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Edited by Herman, 19 June 2016 - 08:35 AM.

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:52 AM

 
Stickers, warranties and plugs are additional items but the equipment is the same - there is no such thing as an international version or a US model. Even the products that are renamed to sell in the US (never understood that) are the same items.
 
An officially imported D500 might have a US serial number but that doesn't make it different, it doesn't make it a US model and it certainly doesn't mean its a US product - same goes for a Tamron lens.

BP that's what I said with the exception that some grey market are missing items like lens hoods or even batteries since some grey market sellers in the US are very shady look up NY camera store con artist and I'm not talking about BH or Adorama they clearly list grey market plus in the case of a D500 you might not get the right plug since you are getting an item intended for another market or no English manual which today means less due to the Internet. But service and warranty are the big issues here in the US grey market items for the most part will be harder to service since Nikon USA will not even fix them never mind warranty service you will have to try and find a third party option or ship them back to the country they were intended for importation or in the case of BH or Adorama you can ship it back to them.

Again read what I wrote officially imported is what we call US model because it come with a Nikon USA warranty. Yes it's the same lens or camera just not brought in thru official Nikon USA channels

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Nikon P900 Nikon P330

F100 w MB-15, N80, FM3a, FE2(Black and Silver) and EM.

Nikkor 24-85G ED AF-S VR, 70-300G ED AF-S VR, 28-105 3.5-4.5 AF-D, 50 1.8 AF-D

Nikon Series E lens, 28mm, 100mm, 135mm, 75-150mm, 70-210 f4.

MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

MF Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AE UMC(Ai-P)

MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

 



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Posted 19 June 2016 - 08:35 AM

Excellent explanation !

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 08:40 AM

I think it comes down to price, if it's a $150 lens, most won't worry about warranties, but if it's a $800-$2000 lens I wouldn't buy a grey market product with no warranty, or if it's difficult to find someone to service it.


Edited by Leaviathan, 19 June 2016 - 08:41 AM.

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 12:44 PM

I'm going to steer clear of the "gray market vs US" issue because I generally buy new camera gear from local dealers or used gear through my camera club.  I may not always get the "best" deal, but at least I know the folks I deal with.  Supporting my local economy is an added benefit.  :)

 

Without knowing what specific lens Leviathan is looking at, I'm not going to go beyond generalities.  Herman and I have the same Tammy 24-70 and I have been quite pleased with it.  When it comes to IQ and build quality, Tamron is giving Nikon a serious run for their money, and us consumers are the ultimate winners.  :D


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 01:32 PM

I'm going to steer clear of the "gray market vs US" issue because I generally buy new camera gear from local dealers or used gear through my camera club.  I may not always get the "best" deal, but at least I know the folks I deal with.  Supporting my local economy is an added benefit.  :)
 
Without knowing what specific lens Leviathan is looking at, I'm not going to go beyond generalities.  Herman and I have the same Tammy 24-70 and I have been quite pleased with it.  When it comes to IQ and build quality, Tamron is giving Nikon a serious run for their money, and us consumers are the ultimate winners.  :D


Agree Tamron has really upped its game. Plus I've never bought a grey market item but I've been tempted.🤔

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Nikon P900 Nikon P330

F100 w MB-15, N80, FM3a, FE2(Black and Silver) and EM.

Nikkor 24-85G ED AF-S VR, 70-300G ED AF-S VR, 28-105 3.5-4.5 AF-D, 50 1.8 AF-D

Nikon Series E lens, 28mm, 100mm, 135mm, 75-150mm, 70-210 f4.

MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

MF Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED AE UMC(Ai-P)

MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

 



Pro Manfrotto 055XV with Markins M10 ,Sirui P-326 6-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod with Markins Q3 Emille, Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01M with Combo Head, 3Pod PTT1H Table Top Tripod with Giottos MH1304 Ballhead.


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:05 AM

For a lens, GO FOR IT!  I will not re-state what has been stated, but aside from warranty, as you say, there is nothing else.

 

I have bought grey market with impunity.  I could care less.  In Canada, typically it means it came from the USA instead of Nikon Canada (or the like).  BIG DEAL.  

 

We have the same current, so plugs are not an issue.  Warranty is technically not an issue for me either as I live close enough to the border if I have to get something serviced, I can drive it to a store in Buffalo or thereabouts.   Has never happened.  My most expensive item purchased grey market, 50" Panasonic Plasma.  No issues, no problem.  I have also purchased some glass from the USA and one of my Nikon 1's, again, no issues.

 

If it is a good deal on a brand name, buy it Grey Market without worry (other than warranty, which is pure rubbish on manufacturers part as they should stand by their product, regardless).

 

Good luck, post it when you get it! :)


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