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Hawaii Built Jun 13, 2006 8:43 PM

So, I've been pouring over pages and pages of stuff on this and other forums. I have also made countless trips to CC to "play" with all the cameras there to get a feel for them. I am planning on my D-50 purchase in the next day or two (YIPEE). Instead of asking the standard what kinda lens should i get (this is probably a question I need to find out myself), I'd really like to know when the Nikon 18-200 VR will be readily available. Ritz has it advertised at 750.... If that price is true, then I could pick up a D-50 ($549 with quantaray lens) and VR ($750, as stated above) for just afew scripts above the price of the D-70 kit....As an added bonus, I could probably get 20 or 30 dollars for the quantaray on e-bay, and get a $50 gift card from Ritz.I am aware of their not so stellar rating, butI'll buy from thestore they have here. Anyhow, I'd really like to know how long I'd have to wait if I went this route... weeks, months, years? Any input would be appreciated.

rjseeney Jun 13, 2006 9:38 PM

The truth is no one knows when the lens will be readily available. Demand has been incredible for this lens, and the few places that have it are charging over $1000. Your best bet is to try to get on a waiting list, but again, when you might get the lens is anyones guess.

Hawaii Built Jun 13, 2006 10:11 PM

ah... i guess it's down to the whole "how much is thetime without a camera worth" question. go ahead and try and figure out another possible combination (18-55mm kit + 70-300mm sigma.... 18-200mm sigma.... blah blah blah), or wait it out for the 18-200 mm nikon?.... hmm....

i like the advice that many experienced posters have given to us newbies here.... starting with good glass may cost $ up front, but will more than likely save $ in the long run. with this one lens, i'd pretty much be set. maybean sb600 and the 50mm f1.8 down the road, but at least those purchases would not be negating my upcoming purchase. ah well...

mahalos for the quick reply to the post.

rey Jun 13, 2006 11:14 PM

I've read wait time of 6 weeks to six months. On the other hand, I also read a couple of people who saw that B&H have them on stock last week on their website and grabbed them.

Hawaii Built Jun 14, 2006 1:10 AM

6 weeks to 6 months huh? i think that's a little too long for me to wait. then again, maybe it'll take that long for me to finally decide on what to buy :lol:!!

hee hee... thats the first time i've ever used an emoticon!

splatt Jun 15, 2006 9:35 PM

I bought the D50 Kit (18-55mm lens)a couple of months ago and love it. I recently (almost a month now) put myself on the Ritz waiting list for the 18-200 VR. They email me every week but still no lens. I have never seen a photographic product in such high demand. It's driving me nuts not to be able to get my hands on this lens. According to everyone that has been lucky enough to get one, the lens is worth the wait.

I wish I knew how long the wait would be. I would rather know how long than to wait without an estimated time of arrival. None of the major sites would even attempt to give me any type of estimate. At approximately $800, I never would have expected to be waiting this long but I guess people wait even longer for $300,000 cars.

I wonder how most 18-200mm lens owners are protecting their lens. I'm thinking 81B Skylight but there are so many choices. I guess I have I'll have plenty of time to investigate since the lens is on a slow boat from Japan.

Hawaii Built Jun 16, 2006 3:42 PM

I share your frustration. I was actually just going to go ahead and make a purchase on the sigma 18-200 but was not able to pull the trigger... I'm still very much contemplating waiting for the Nikon - although i gotta admit, I don't think I can wait that long.... summer is here, and I'll be on vacation from this afternoon!

JimC Jun 16, 2006 7:30 PM

Larger brick and mortar stores have it in stock (Circuit City, etc.). Of course, they're not going to diiscont it from suggested list. But, at least they're not going to try and jack up the price too much either.

splatt Jun 16, 2006 9:29 PM

I came very close to purchasing the Sigma but thought I would be much happier in the long run if I waited for the Nikon. I have the Nikon 70-300 so I can wait. I just hate reading how good the lens is without being able to get one. I also don't like having to change the lens so often. Hopefully, my lens will be here before the 4th of July.

The Sigma shots posted on this site were pretty tempting but I just know that if I bought anything other than the Nikon 18-200 I would regret it. Good luck if you go with the Sigma but I am going to wait.

splatt Jun 16, 2006 9:43 PM

I haven't been able to locate one in the Houston, Texas area. I've called at least 20 different Best Buys, RitzCameras, Circuit City etc... with no luck. About two months ago when I first learned of the Nikon 18-200 there were a few available but I thought I would be able to get a better price online but now I can't find one anywhere at a reasonable price. Nikon and the glowing reviews are killing me.

JimC Jun 17, 2006 7:16 AM

You're right. I checked a while back and Circuit City had them (at $899) when everyone else was out (and some people managed to get them at 10% off of that price when they were running a sale on any accessories you bought with a DSLR).

But, It looks like CC is out of stock everywhere now, too.

Hawaii Built Jun 17, 2006 12:45 PM

CC, Best Buy, Comp USA.... all out of stock here too. I was seriously wishing one of'um had it in stock - not sure if they do price matching, but I was planning on printing out Ritz's advertised price and seeing if they'd match it - Ritz has a couple of stores here, so it could be said that it is a locally advertised price (and not an internet price).... ah well....

vIZnquest Jun 18, 2006 6:59 PM

Sorry to hear how difficult it is to get this lens.

My dumb luck kicked in this past Monday when I went in to my local camera shop dealerand lo and behold he got four Nikon D200's and one was a kit with the 18mm-200mm VR lens. I only went in to have my ink cartridge refilled but I decided that it was now or never since summer is in gear and I have been waiting for this camera since it was announced. I did not even consider the lens until I started to read about it and well I have to say it is worth the wait.

splatt Jun 18, 2006 9:10 PM

Good for you!!! Well at least it's good to hear that they are still producing the lens. I was starting to wonder if Nikon was having problems with the lens. I have been hearing all kinds of rumors. Hopefully, this will be my week. I thought I would be okay ordering from one of the big buys in the industry but it looks like Nikon is only sending a few to each distributor per week (just my guess). Enjoy your new kit.

I see that Sony/Minolta has put "image stabilzation" into the camera body instead of the lens. I hope Nikon is doing the same with the new models. I hope to graduate to a newer model soon.

Hawaii Built Jun 19, 2006 6:36 PM

Congrats on your purchase! That's a whole lot of camera, and a whole lot of lens. Enjoy!

I guess the rest of us will continue to hunt down this unicorn of a lens. The only real way I know this Lens even exists is by second and third hand accounts of 18-200 VRII sightings.... kinda like Bigfoot, or Loch Ness....


splatt Jun 19, 2006 7:15 PM

LOL, ditto.

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