Nikon USA enforces its trademarks strictly. It's unlikely, but possible that US customs won't let your lens back in the country if you bought a gray-market version in the USA, carried it overseas, and try to bring it back in.
Well I never take receipts with me when traveling and most of my stuff is grey. How can they take my property off me ? Anybody any comments?
In general he isn't real consistent in his position on gray market stuff. Sometimes he says to avoid it like the plague. Other times he says its worth it if you save enough. And he buys gray market stuff from time to time.
Almost all of my stuff is gray market. Nikon USA just wants too much of a premium. I understand it's a risk, although I'm not sure how much of a risk it is exactly.
To illustrate my point: when I was in jr high, I climbed into an empty airliner on the tarmac while it was being refueled. While I was in the pilot’s seat, someone in a uniform walked up to the cockpit curtain (I don’t think there was an actual door), pointed out certain controls I shouldn't touch, chatted for 30 seconds, and then left me there alone.
This was either a DC7 or Super Constellation — both had 4 radial piston engines, and I think those engines were turbocharged.
Oh, I gotta add that I loved Kodachrome, but often used Anscochrome with included processing because it was so much cheaper
I cleaned out my freezer a while back and found a half dozen unexposed rolls of Kodachrome 64. I have no idea when I bought them.
Cool it was... I may even be able to find a photo of the event.
Back before 911 I'd fly myself to a airport to catch a bigger plane when traveling. The FBO where I'd park the plane would give me a ride on the tarmac over to the commercial side of the airport and I would enter through the back of the bagage claim area where the bags would come out.