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#1 opticchase

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:20 AM

I am thinking about purchasing a 18x70 Nikon Prostar on Ebay but concerned about dropping this much cash sight unseen.  Most have good feedback.  Do any readers here have experience with dealing with the Japanese sellers at this auction sight?  Most are listed as new items.  Are they grey market?  Any delivery  or warrantee issues?

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#2 Rich V.

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:51 AM

Where are you located?  That makes a big difference.  In the USA, only Nikon binos sold through the Nikon USA distribution carry the Nikon warranties.

 

I'd expect if the Ebay description says "from Japan" or "international version" you can assume they are grey market.  Nikon USA will not support them.

 

Though on "temporary backorder", Adorama in NYC offers the USA version for $1499.95 if that's any help to you.

 

BTW, these binoculars are known as the 18x70 Astroluxe in the USA, not Prostar.  They are also known as 18x70IF WP WF.  Some of the Ebay descriptions are confusing.

 

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:59 AM

I've ordered Nikon binoculars from Japan via eBay and have had no problems. The used 7x50 Prostar I ordered was actually a really good deal.


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 11:08 AM

I don't even know if Nikon services Binoculars anymore, more of a replacement with some of the new models. Regarding the Nikon porro models, they can be serviced by a few competent optical repair houses in the US, that number however is shrinking.

 

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 11:12 AM

Yes indeed, a confusing alphabet stew.  I see WP, WF, T, T1, one on Adorama at 3 degree and all others at 4 degree.  I should have identified my quest as the Astroluxe version.  I am still gathering inputs, thanks to all.



#6 Rich V.

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 11:19 AM

The 3° FOV spec on the Adorama site is a typo; these are 4° binos.

 

https://www.nikonspo...ctTabs-Overview

 

https://imaging.niko...wf_x70/spec.htm


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 07:55 PM

I am thinking about purchasing a 18x70 Nikon Prostar on Ebay but concerned about dropping this much cash sight unseen.  Most have good feedback.  Do any readers here have experience with dealing with the Japanese sellers at this auction sight?  Most are listed as new items.  Are they grey market?  Any delivery  or warrantee issues?

Regards

 

I bought a new Nikon 18x70 from Japan ebay store last November. "Nyankichi Select Shop" and it looks like they have 1 left in stock. Also, search ebay.com for 18x70 and "located in Japan". Mine arrived in under 24 hours shipped by DHL (you need to ask that they ship by DHL if you want that speed). I highly recommend this ebay shop! waytogo.gif 


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#8 opticchase

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:36 PM

Will take Luke's suggestion and look into Nyankiichi Select.  Thanks for the tip.  Will report on he outcome.



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 06:23 PM

if in the US, why order from Japan instead of Adorama?

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 07:53 PM

if in the US, why order from Japan instead of Adorama?

 

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True, I recall Adorama did have several 18x70 didn't they?



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 07:59 PM

Did they?

https://www.cloudyni...a/?fromsearch=1

True, I recall Adorama did have several 18x70 didn't they?



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:08 PM

$1307 from Nyankichi shop in Japan VS Nikon 18 x 70 Astroluxe-XL $1499 at Adorama  



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:20 PM

Also check Rakuten.co.jp

 

Tricky to navigate at times, but lots of Japanese gear there, which can go for cheaper than ebay sellers.

 

edit: Nevermind, it's not much cheaper.  $1244


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 10:05 PM

Why Japan and not Adorama?  Well a saving of $150 if you are careful and watch the shipping price adder.  Used ones even better but seem to all have a Japanese source. Good savings if you can tolerate the risk.  I appreciate all the inputs.  



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Posted 23 June 2019 - 04:41 PM

I bought mine from Amazon Japan (.co.jp) a couple years ago. I just looked and they are currently going for ¥114,254 (about $1070 USD?). Arrived a couple of days later - packing seemed a bit minimalist as I remember, but otherwise a simple experience. You can change the site settings to display at least part in English, and also limit to those products they ship internationally.



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:18 AM

Please make shure you include  ALL taxes, shipping and handling costs if you buy internationallly. These  Nikon 18x70’s are very robust, but if you need warranty, only products bought locally are supported by Nikon.




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