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I'm seriously considering getting a 50mm f1.8 AF-D for my Nikon. Second hand, these go for up to 70. You can buy a brand new ...

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    I'm seriously considering getting a 50mm f1.8 AF-D for my Nikon. Second hand, these go for up to 70. You can buy a brand new imported one for 80. Nikon UK ones go for about 110.

    Against the price of a UK one, the 70 looks reasonable. However, against the price of an import, it looks stupid. Would you go for the import one? You'd get more support from the importer (if a reputable one) than second hand, and you'd know it was new. Thoughts?

    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D Lens 50 f1.8 for D7000 D800 D600 D4 ~ Ship from UK 0018208014361 | eBay

    Of course, checking that the stock was in the UK and shipped to me from the UK. I don't want to be stung for import duties and VAT, and not particularly keen to be seen evading them because the seller puts 'gift' on the package or lies about the value.
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    The warranty would probably be invalid outside it's original country, but for a pretty standard prime lens I would be tempted by the import.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_Two View Post
    The warranty would probably be invalid outside it's original country, but for a pretty standard prime lens I would be tempted by the import.
    Yep, warranty would be void, but the seller provides a 12 months 'warranty'.
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    Normally the warranties are international. I've only bought from HK when buying new I think, bodies and lenses. No problems at all.
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    I always think back to when Canon released their 5dmk2. Lots of folk got the cheaper import ahead of UK launch. Soon after it was discovered that many of the sensors were faulty. Whilst I had superb service, same day turn around for the replacement body, a lot of other people were left with expensive bookends.

    Lenses tend to be for life and very reliable however I would much rather spend my cash on an official lens so that I know I haven't g ot a "moody" copy or substandard lens and if anything is wrong I don't get messed around. Still, the 1.8 is so cheap I'd just get the 70 quid second hand and write it off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slenver View Post
    Normally the warranties are international. I've only bought from HK when buying new I think, bodies and lenses. No problems at all.
    then you will find that the warranties are territorial and you will get no support if you raise the call locally.
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