What do you mean by Grey set?


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brandon93

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What do you mean by Grey sets? I'm intending to buy a Sigma 150-500mm, how do i look out if its a grey set or not?
 

zac08

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Grey means without the original warranty.

The warranty may be provided for by the company selling the equipment.
 

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Just look at the warranty card. If it is not issued in Singapore but is, instead, from HK or somewhere else then the chances are it is a grey set.
if it comes with a warranty card and states HK,
does it mean that there is still a chance it is grey? :dunno:
probably is export set right?
i have owned 2 export equipments before: (1) MiJ lens from HK with HK warranty and international warranty papers with serial numbers printed, (2) mint body from Japan with all contents in Japanese only and Japanese warranty.
one interesting thing I noticed is that Japanese warranty card looks completely different from local. :dunno:
 

ortega

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grey set means, that it is parallel imported and thus not from the local distributor and the warranty will not be valid locally.
 

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ic.... thanks for the heads up!
grey = parallel import = export set

my grey D200 body:

warranty slip on top left, really look like an MC! :bsmilie:

but Nikkor lenses have international warranty slip, still considered grey?
 

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Aiyah!

Everyone knows it's cut corners one mah!

Black body or lens the materials chong on black dyes so come out grey.

White lense also chong on white pigments so come out grey.

That's why grey sets all cheaper mah!
 

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what if some shops that are selling grey sets to unassuming customers? for nikon's case, if it comes with the card with "nikon singapore" printed on it, is it counted as local set?
if the shop is selling gray set but claim it is a local set, is consider cheating, I'm sure you will know what to do next.

if in doubt, bring it to Nikon Sg.
 

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Curious... where to find grey sets(beside the BnS in CS) in SG? :think:
Most major camera stores won't sell gray sets..... if a stores tell you a camera or lens has two prices, the lower one is the gray set, or you notice the price is much lower than known price, the shop maybe only offer gray sets.
 

Anson

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Most major camera stores won't sell gray sets..... if a stores tell you a camera or lens has two prices, the lower one is the gray set, or you notice the price is much lower than known price, the shop maybe only offer gray sets.
Thanks for the info.... curious beside the warranty card how do you tell that it is a grey set?
 

CS TAN

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Grey sets are still manufacturered by the original manufacturer so from the look of it, it will be exactly the same. However, for a particular model such as Canon XXXD, if it was imported from Japan, it will be called KISS and if the same is from USA, it will be branded as Rebel XT/XTi/Xsi etc...

When people mentioned grey set, they usually refer to the shop warranty instead of manufacturer local warranty. Cameras from Canon and Nikon come with local warranty so if the warranty card shows Canon HK or Nikon HK, then you can consider these grey sets.

It does not apply to the lenses as Canon and Nikon lenses has international warranty so even with a Canon HK or Nikon HK warranty card, you can still get warranty service from Singapore service centre. For the lens to be consider grey set (Canon and Nikon), they will not come with any warranty card, instead, the shop that sells you the lens will provide shop warranty so if there is a problem, you have to go back to the shop for servicing. The risk is that when you need to claim shop warranty, the shop might not be there to honor their shop warranty.
 

GavinTing

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Grey sets are still manufacturered by the original manufacturer so from the look of it, it will be exactly the same. However, for a particular model such as Canon XXXD, if it was imported from Japan, it will be called KISS and if the same is from USA, it will be branded as Rebel XT/XTi/Xsi etc...

When people mentioned grey set, they usually refer to the shop warranty instead of manufacturer local warranty. Cameras from Canon and Nikon come with local warranty so if the warranty card shows Canon HK or Nikon HK, then you can consider these grey sets.

It does not apply to the lenses as Canon and Nikon lenses has international warranty so even with a Canon HK or Nikon HK warranty card, you can still get warranty service from Singapore service centre. For the lens to be consider grey set (Canon and Nikon), they will not come with any warranty card, instead, the shop that sells you the lens will provide shop warranty so if there is a problem, you have to go back to the shop for servicing. The risk is that when you need to claim shop warranty, the shop might not be there to honor their shop warranty.
Hmm. But you would need the HK receipt for the Canon lens, yes?
 

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I recently bought a grey lens. Quality wise no problem. I think the real crux is that if there's a problem during the warranty period, how was the problem resolved by the shop.

Would anyone be able to share their experiences in owing grey stuff and the ease of getting them fixed?
 

akagi07

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no one had a grey set lense servicing experience?
 

mareth

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So is it true that if we brought a grey lens to NCS for repairs, they will not touch it?
 

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