Gray Market ... Wouldn't give up the warranty and firmware support for $200http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-D7200-Digital-SLR-Camera-DSLR-Body-only-Black-BRAND-NEW/271849172209?hash=item3f4b792cf1
Great price from a top rated seller.
I like to save money too so I'm always trying to educate myself. I understand there are indendant repair shops to repair in the event there is a need. What I don't get is when you enter your serial number to get a firmware update for a digital camera (as I understand it) you can't get the update. So how do you get. Updates on grey market? I don't think the risk is worth 10-15% but if you start saving 20-25% and there are ways to keep it up to date and get repairs them I'm all ears.For the last many years I have purchased all of my photo & tech gear from top rated ebay sellers buying only Nikon USA warranty gear but lots of other stuff from overseas and saving a fortune.
This year I decided to test the grey market waters and saved several hundred dollars purchasing a D7200 from China with a 1yr warranty but not USA. Since like many others I've had problems with Nikon USA service I use a local camera repair that does work near Atlanta. On the occasional issue I just ship to them and they repair and return. I called them before purchasing grey market (same camera no USA warranty) to confirm they could repair in the off chance there is a problem to which they confirmed.
I then saved several hundred more dollars by purchasing my Tamron 150-600mm lens from a China seller. I live in north GA and it arrived in 2 days! Guess who the seller was? none other than Amazon next door in TN.
Of course its the same gear w/o USA warranty.
So if you want to save a lot of $$$ try "grey" market. If you have the rare problem send it to the nearest quality repair center. It well get fixed correctly and sent back in no time.
5 years on lenses but 1 year on camera body. I've read that some have not been able to get firmware .... That would be a huge concern ... I agree on the lens for sure 5 years on Nikon and 7 years on Tamron ... That has value for sure.i don't recall entering a serial# to get a firmware upgrade
USA version's 5 year warranty is IMO easily worth the money
I made myself feel better for decades convincing myself it was "worth it" to overpay the USA rate, not anymore. There is not one difference. These are not defects from a cut rate dealer. USA overpays for most things.
Just thought I'd share my positive experience.
but if you pay for insurance/extended warranty then you pretty much give back any savings. With the exchange rate right now a Canadian purchase isn't a bad deal. Granted if an issue comes up it has to be shipped back to Canada but Nikon Canad has a 2 year warranty instead of a 1 year ... So shipping may be slower but you get double the coverage as far as warranty and still have Nikon support.it sounds like you didn't have any problems and didn't have to use the insurance
and I think we all agree the gear is identical. made in the same place
so it's buy the insurance or not
And it costs to $125.00 to insure and ship to the US. So the total is more than the current sale price of $1096 and free shipping from the big photo stores here.Just as an FYI many reputable B&M stores in Canada are selling the D7200 for $1300.00 CDN out the door after taxes.
That translates to $990.00 US for a D7200 body with a 2 year Nikon warrantee.