Nikon no longer offers international warranty for lenses and accessories

Jan 8, 2021

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Nikon no longer offers international warranty for lenses and accessories

Jan 8, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nikon has announced that it will no longer offer an international warranty for its interchangeable lenses and accessories. This goes for both F-mount and Z-mount lenses, as well as mount adapters, speedlights, and other Nikon accessories you may have in your arsenal.

Nikon has issued an official statement saying that, from January 2021, it will only offer “local warranties specific to the country or region of sale, or the shipping destination.” What does this mean? Well, basically if you buy a piece of gear with a regional warranty, you can’t repair it for free in the Nikon repair center in another country.

Here’s the full statement from Nikon:

“Nikon will no longer provide international warranty for NIKKOR interchangeable lenses (F mount and Z mount lenses, mount adapters, etc.) and accessories (Speedlights, etc.), but will provide instead local warranties specific to the country or region of sale, or shipping destination.

Until now, Nikon has attached its international warranty to interchangeable lenses and certain accessories. However, with the differences in regional laws and safety standards, it has become quite difficult to maintain a single international warranty that is effective around the world. We have considered a variety of options, but ultimately decided to begin the gradual transition from international warranties to regional warranties for interchangeable lenses and accessories in January of 2021.

If a product is purchased with an international warranty, that international warranty will remain valid for its full term, regardless of the date of purchase. If the product is purchased with a regional warranty, that warranty will remain valid for its full term. However, if any repairs are performed on that product in a country or region not covered by the warranty, the user is responsible for all repair fees, even if the warranty is still valid.

In addition, some countries and regions may be unable to accept products sold in other countries or regions for repair. Please consult with the repair center, or a retailer or distributor in the applicable country or region.”

From what I understand, this change is not applicable to Nikon cameras. But it’s tricky enough because lenses tend to break too. In fact, I’ve never had a problem with my Nikon cameras, but I had to have the AF motor in lenses repaired.

If you bought the lenses and accessories in your country and that’s the only place you shoot, this change won’t mean much to you. But I assume most of us carry our cameras and lenses when we travel abroad. Some folks also buy gear abroad because of a longer warranty or more affordable prices. So, I believe that the latest change to Nikon’s warranty policy affects most of us. What do you think? Does this affect you in any way?

[via Nikon Rumors]

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9 responses to “Nikon no longer offers international warranty for lenses and accessories”

  1. Philippe Henri Lasfargues Avatar
    Philippe Henri Lasfargues

    F…

  2. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Nope #canon

    1. Mike Avatar
      Mike

      Nikon is matching Canon here. Looks like Panasonic and Samsung are regional as well. Sony has international warranties as an upgrade option.

  3. Youri J. Soloviov Avatar
    Youri J. Soloviov

    Always buy preowned.

  4. Chris Cameron Avatar
    Chris Cameron

    Nikon USA refused to even look at gear I needed repairing while I was there because it hadn’t been bought in the USA. I was expecting to pay for the repairs, but Nope.

  5. Smart Shopper Avatar
    Smart Shopper

    Second-hand gear avoids this problem.

  6. Smart Shopper Avatar
    Smart Shopper

    Second-hand.

  7. James Wallace Avatar
    James Wallace

    It matters little. For me, most everything breaks a day out of warranty. If I buy a lens abroad, it is because I destroyed the one I had with me, or I forgot it. Usually I sell the spare after the fact. I do tend to agree with the general voice here, buy second hand. Most folks never use their gear, they just collect it. You can tell by the latest obsession in # of clicks. Dear god, 99.99% of camera users will never use up 10% of the shutter’s life before they are seduced by the next gimmick of wizardry the latest version of the whatever will have. My skill has not improved nearly as fast as the gear’s inclusion of new features (most of which I will never use).

  8. Tom Jarane Avatar
    Tom Jarane

    no