Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma
That is very surprising that they are made in Japan, as they have made all there units in Mexico for the last few years. I wonder if that was only temporary for them to be made in Japan, as the Mexician plant was not ready yet for production.
Chris, apparently not untypical for some Japanese companies that still have manufacturing facilities in Japan.
I have noticed Nikon seems to stratify their onshore vs off-shore production. Usually the high-end stays in Japan and the low-end is always offshore. The mid-range a few times will start in Japan and within a few months goes off-shore. And usually something unique about it that makes you wonder if they want to have "close hands" on it for a while before turning on the mass production spigot. I have noticed the same for Canon too, but own a lot more Nikon, so watch it more.
THe 3D VT would seem to match this pattern. And all the G20/25s I have seen are assembled in Mexico. I would guess the BB's VT20 (all five sets, since they sold out production already per PR) were the 'guinea pigs" sets. And would explain why nothing is showing up for the VT25 set yet. The VT25 series will likely be assembled in Mexico. If some VT25 are made in Japan that will rapidly change. And later VT20s all in Mexico. I doubt BB would get the cream of the crop for long.