Gray Market?

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Skywalker23
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Gray Market?
Sep 1, 2010

When buying lenses, what does Gray Market mean? All I understand so far is that they're lenses that are sold in a country that aren't meant to be sold in that country.

For example, look here, the "gray" 50 f/1.4D is much cheaper than the USA version

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nikon+50mm+f%2F1.4D&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

What would I be missing if I bought the gray market version, and is this a problem? Has anyone here owned a gray market lens?

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