Made in Japan vs Made in Thailand vs Made in China

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Made in Japan vs Made in Thailand vs Made in China
Jul 7, 2011

How much does it matter? Why are the sexiest and more expensive Nikons made in Japan while all others are made in Thailand or China?

I know a lot of Nikon fans will defend Nikon QC regardless of country of origin. But given the choice between two similar Nikon products one made in Japan and the other Thailand or China which one would you buy? How much more will you pay for something that says "Made in Japan"? Does it really matter?

Lets take cars..VW is perfect. A Volkswagen made in Germany or one made south of the boarder. Both made to Volkswagen specs. Made by Volkswagen trained labourers. Both engineered in Germany. Which one would you purchase?

So when I am looking at my 50mm f/1.4G and see "Made in China" on the bottom and see "Made in Japan" on the 85mm...should I feel that the China one is just simply not as well made as the Japanese one?

In the used market will a made in Japan lens fetch more $?

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