Real vs. Counterfeit Nikon Accessories

One sad truth about the photo industry is that there’s a ton of counterfeit products floating around, and unless you buy directly from a reputable source, it can be difficult to know for sure whether you’re getting the real thing. Last month we posted on how up to 1/3 of memory cards labeled “SanDisk” are actually counterfeit. Over on Nikon’s website, there’s a support page that shows photographs of counterfeit Nikon accessories next to genuine ones, with many of them almost indistinguishable from each other. Some of the counterfeit products are so real-looking that the only difference is a slightly different screw, or a slightly brighter logo.

For example, check out these two chargers:

The one on the left (with the brighter lettering) is counterfeit.

While a photographer may not be very affected by using certain counterfeit accessories (e.g. a remote shutter release), others, such as batteries or chargers, can actually be dangerous to use:

Counterfeit accessories may not be equipped with safety mechanisms such as the protection device. When these counterfeit products are used or charged, the cameras performance may be sacrificed, or the products may be the cause of fire or explosion due to the generation of extreme heat or leakage. In the worst case, the camera may be damaged or people could be burned or otherwise injured. Therefore, from both a performance standpoint and a safety standpoint, only the use of genuine Nikon accessories, equipped with safety mechanisms including the protection device, with your Nikon digital camera is recommended. [#]

Needless to say, when buying gear from iffy sources (e.g. eBay), be sure to be extra cautious!

Counterfeit Nikon Accessories (via Nikon Rumors)

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    one word in three

  • Dan Wolfgang

    I wouldn’t know to tell the difference by the lighter/darker logo on the charger. But “LITHIUM IOM BATTERY CHARGER” is a dead giveaway! (“m” in “iom”.)

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Or just buy 3rd party and you know for sure it’s not the original. :) Some things ain’t just worth the extra that the original brand charge for it. (I wouldn’t get a fake or 3rd party charger for my original battery tho)

  • Henry Posner

    Tatyana – Thank you. Much appreciated.

    Henry Posner
    B&H PHoto-Video

  • Henry Posner

    Tatyana – Thank you.

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    Hey, you guys are delivering my gitzo baby today (:
    can’t wait!!

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    Delivery successful. 2.56 lbs 13.78 in (collapsed)Quality product. Quality service.Many thanks!!

  • Nikon

    very detailed information about real and fake product .

  • netwrok

    Hahah, good eye!

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