|Quoting WingsFan (Reply 4):|
Yes, I think so too..My concern was only because I saw some stories where authentic Nikon USA purchased gear was denied service at repair stations abroad.
I know so.
To quote the Nikon Service Facilities Paper which is titled on one side Nikon Worldwide Service Warranty
Welcome to the worldwide family of proud Nikon owners.
Your Nikon equipment has been manufactured to meet the highest quality standards by NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan, a worldwide leader in the design and production of optical instruments. We urge you to take good care of your equipment and always be sure to follow all instructions carefully. If you do, the equipment will serve you long and well.
Your Nikon equipment is guaranteed against any manufacturing defects for one full year from the date of purchase. During this period, repairs or adjustments will be made free of charge only upon presentation of the Nikon Worldwide Service Warranty Card (Copy "C", customers portion) together with the sales slip or other evidence of purchase to any of the Nikon service facilities listed here. Establishing the original purchase date should be made.
That piece of paper lists all the Nikon service facilities, including this one:
Nikon Inc. 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville NY, 11747-3064.
I would say that based on that, they will HAVE to repair my equipment within the warranty period, should it go wrong, or else what Nikon puts in with its products in terms of "Worldwide Service Warranty" Owners Record card is complete false advertising and not worth the paper it is printed on. If they doctor them for different countries, then that is just shockingly bad business practice. Fortunately, I've never had to use the worldwide service network yet - none of my Nikon equipment (and I've got heaps of it) has ever gone wrong.
If you are still not sure, ask for clarification from Nikon USA, and also the headquarters in Japan. Nikon lenses are not cheap and you have every right to demand proper warranty service worldwide.
Here is another little bit of info:
So lenses should be covered, and, depending on the cameras you use - and if they think you are a valuable customer, cameras might be too if you kick up a stink about it.
[Edited 2011-02-25 02:24:49]