110 Shades of Grey
October 23, 2012 9:46 PM Subscribe
Is it a good idea to buy a grey-market SLR lens?
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm going to buy a new lens for my camera, a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G
. The cheapest I can get it for in Canada is about $575 once taxes are factored in. B&H has a grey-market version that will come to $465 all told. That's a pretty big price difference (20%) and while I am willing to pay "Canadian price" for it, there are a lot of things I could do with an extra $110.
The Canadian lens will have a 5-year warranty, and the grey-market lens will not have any (B&H will warrant it for 1 year but I'd have to pay for shipping it there and back so I'm not counting on it) so in essence I'd be paying $110 for the warranty. I'm an optimist and am inclined to go without the warranty. Is this a wise thing to do?
What else could go wrong with getting the grey-market lens?