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How to tell Nikon grey market from USA
Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 1:29 PM on 09.02.16
->> We bought a used lens at the paper years ago, and it's in need of repair.

I don't want to waste a couple of weeks waiting for an estimate only to have Nikon send it back because it's grey market. This has happened in the past with a different piece of equipment.

Does anyone know if there is a way to tell if the lens is a USA model?
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Lance King, Photographer
Raleigh | NC | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 09.02.16
->> Bob, to my knowledge, there's not a way to tell by markings and/or the serial numbers on lenses. The only way to be 100% certain is to call Nikon support and ask. They'll be glad to tell you (1-800-645-6687).
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 12:30 PM on 09.03.16
->> Some lenses (not all) have "US" in the serial number.
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Simon Wheeler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 7:46 PM on 09.03.16
->> If you go through the Nikon consumer repair interface it will ask you to put the serial number in and i think it will tell you then. It won't commit you in any way.
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 1:50 PM on 09.10.16
->> I believe with the advent of AF-S lenses, the serial # always includes US, if it is USA. Short of that, try midstatecamerarepair.com might repair a lens regardless. I've been building a list of repair facilities from various forums, too if you need more suggestions..
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 2:13 AM on 09.11.16
->> +1 Midstate Camera

But also these guys are Nikon specialists...

http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com

Authorized Photo Service
8125 N River Drive, Suite 100
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Phone: 800-406-2046, 847-966-4091

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 1:58 PM on 09.13.16
->> Thanks everyone.
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