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42nd Street Photo, Nikon 200-400 f4.0 VR II

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pqtrths Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd May 2007
Fri 31-Jul-20 05:58 PM | edited Sat 01-Aug-20 09:54 AM by pqtrths
Hi:

I've been online for the past year looking for a Nikon 200-400 f4.0 VR or VRII lens new, if available, or used, if 9+ or Mint-. I have looked at the Adorama, B&H Photo, KEH, and Nikon sites. I'm avoiding eBay.

Found the lens on the 42nd Street Photo site, listed as brand new, for $5,800 marked down from $7,000. I have purchased new and used from B&H Photo and used from KEH and Nikon all with stellar results, but have not purchased anything from this outfit.

But I have some concerns:

1. Yelp reviews give 42nd street an 88% approval rating. The narratives talk about "bait and switch" tactics, misrepresentation, etc. Every retail store has its detractors but the number and type of criticisms is concerning.

2. A brand new 200-400 on the shelf after this lens has been discontinued for a year or more. Such things happen but I remain skeptical.

I haven't contacted 42nd Street on this lens.

Any insight that can be shared on the store, the veracity of this lens sale, the wisdom of this purchase, etc., would be helpful. If you chose to email me privately, your comments will be confidential.

Thank you,

Marion

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