Okay call me naive. I bought my Nikon D70s in 2005 from Butterfly Photo in NY for $1,308 (not cheap in my book). It has worked well until a couple of months ago. The camera no longer shows up when I plug its USB cable into a computer. I have been downloading photos by putting the memory chip into my old Nikon Coolpix.
Okay, so I bring it to the Nikon repair center in El Segundo and get the bad news that not only is it not under any warranty but they won’t fix it at all because it is “gray market.” A little internet research and I learn that shopping for the best price – used to be called being thrifty- is really, buy a Nikon without getting any Nikon support. The fact that the camera is manufactured in the same factories as NikonUSA cameras has no significance. In fact, even if I want to take it to an independent repair shop, it probably can’t be fixed since Nikon won’t sell parts for repair of non-NikonUSA cameras in the USA. So if you want to purchase a Nikon: Buyer beware. If it isn’t NikonUSA, you may not be able to service it. If you are thinking of purchasing a used Nikon: Buyer Beware!
I have used Nikons since my first Nikkormat in 1973. That is loyalty! I’m in the market for a new DSLR and won’t buy a Nikon. Any suggestions?