I just bought the 24-120 f/4 at just under $1000. I scrolled down to find the kit at the same price as the lens alone. I really wanted the 70-200 f/4. I have the 70-300 VR. Good to know my 24-85mm VR is worth even less now than after it was included free with the D600 for a while. What Nikon seems to be saying is never pay a non-rebate price for a lens unless you have to have it for some specific purpose. I will wait until summer to buy the 70-200mm f/4 as I will not actually need it until then.