I look at second-hand prices for photography gear and often find they're more expensive than brand new on the grey market. Is grey market a no-brainer or would you be weary of purchasing from the grey market?
I'll never be good enough to make any money from my shots.Where you can run into Grey Market gear can be with the warranty, even though it says it has one, when you try to use that warranty you may be told something different. Same with insurance, though I've not heard of anyone having a problem there. I do know that Canon Professional Services will not service or recognise grey imports, even though they are official Canon products.
PS.... None of the above really matters unless you are working professionally really.
Once upon a time i thought the same .. i got paid this summer for doing some prom photos for a friend and her high school entourage ($175), my first wedding (again a friend $100), some family photos for a co-worker, never say never iu already have more prom photos this year, and a second wedding lined up ! (yes im not a super pro but around here people appreciate having photos with a "decent photographer" (to which thats their opinion not mine) as opposed to the ones that charge $2500 around hereI'll never be good enough to make any money from my shots.
I used to buy much of my gear from 'Grey Market' sources however while (on the whole) I have found it safe to buy a camera body I do not (now) consider it safe to buy lenses. I have had multiple issues with grey lenses from just not sharp to breakdowns. Better to buy a good used lens but be sure the seller is honest about its use and wear and tear. There are sharp operators.I look at second-hand prices for photography gear and often find they're more expensive than brand new on the grey market. Is grey market a no-brainer or would you be weary of purchasing from the grey market?