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I've just purchased a new, gray market Nikon 50 1.4 for my D70. I've read mixed reviews about this lens, especially those that are made in China. My lens has a sticker on it saying "Nikon Japan" and I can't find "China" stamped or stickered on it anywhere. Have I lucked into a "Made in Japan" version? Thanks, Old Dad...

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    Default Nikon 50 1.4

    I've just purchased a new, gray market Nikon 50 1.4 for my D70. I've read
    mixed reviews about this lens, especially those that are made in China. My
    lens has a sticker on it saying "Nikon Japan" and I can't find "China" stamped
    or stickered on it anywhere. Have I lucked into a "Made in Japan" version?

    Thanks,
    Old Dad


    Old Guest

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    Default Re: Nikon 50 1.4

    On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 03:13:06 GMT, "Old Dad" <net>
    wrote:
     

    What "mixed" reviews? It's a most excellent lens, regardless of
    origin.

    Anyway, all of my other Nikkor lenses specifically state "Made in
    Japan" somewhere on the lens itself, except for my 50mm f/1.4, and
    that states "Nikon Japan".

    So yes, I believe it is in fact assembled in China.

    -Astro

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    AstroPax Guest

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    Default Re: Nikon 50 1.4

    On Sat, 12 Feb 2005 20:30:04 -0700, AstroPax <com>
    wrote:
     
    >
    >What "mixed" reviews? It's a most excellent lens, regardless of
    >origin.
    >
    >Anyway, all of my other Nikkor lenses specifically state "Made in
    >Japan" somewhere on the lens itself, except for my 50mm f/1.4, and
    >that states "Nikon Japan".
    >
    >So yes, I believe it is in fact assembled in China.
    >[/ref]

    The lenses could also be made in China. When the Japanese run short
    on production, they contract out to three or four Chinese mfgs to make
    lens sets.
    -Rich 

    RichA Guest

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    Default Re: Nikon 50 1.4

    "Old Dad" <net> writes:
     

    Well, every product sold in the U.S. since 1890, as I recall, must be
    labeled with the country of origin. Even accepting the possibility
    that your improter might be violating the law, this labeling is very
    common even on products that the manufacturer has no plans to ship
    here. I'm not sure if the "Nikon Japan" sticker meets the requirement,
    but it seems to me that it's quite possible that your lens was made in
    Japan.

    --
    -Stephen H. Westin
    Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not
    represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.
    westin@graphics.cornell.nospam.edu Guest

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