Telling if a Lens is USA or Gray Market?

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Off The Mark Contributing Member • Posts: 891
Telling if a Lens is USA or Gray Market?

I am looking to buy an 18-35 G lens off of craigslist and just trying to check in advance whether it is a USA model or a gray market import.

Yes, I called Nikon and they said the only way to tell is to send the lens to a service center and they would have to inspect it.

The lens serial number is a six-digit number that starts with the numbers 23

Also, how much of a benefit would it be to have a USA version over a gray market considering this lens MIGHT already be three or four years old (I think the 18-35 G series lenses were first released around March of 2013???)

The seller is the second owner (at least). Doesn't have paperwork.

Thanks in advance.

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