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]