After months of checking various online sites at least twice a day, I finally saw that B&H had the USA version in stock on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, B&H doesn't accept orders until 6:30PM ET, so I had to wait all day until trying to get one. When 4:30PM (my time) came around, I was ready -- with the item in the cart -- and when I hit refresh and saw the button to order, I quickly clicked it and entered my info. I got the order confirmation, went back to the site, hit refresh, and they were all already gone -- TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE it said. Total time was probably less than a minute. I wasn't even sure I had actually gotten one until a got an email saying that the item had shipped this morning.
It's due to arrive Thursday and I hope it's as good with the 70-200 VR II as the reviews I've read seem to indicate...
Thanks! I'm really excited and can't wait for it to get here... Now if only the temperature would climb out of the single digits and the wind would stop blowing 40 MPH. It's not supposed to be like this in New Mexico, is it?
I have one coming too. Unfortunately, UPS has it sitting in their depot in Hodgkins, IL just outside of Chicago. It has been stuck there since before the big blizzard began. Now the delivery date has been pushed back to Feb 8th.....
At about 7PM (we're on the tail-end of the route apparently because we always seem to get UPS deliveries in the 6 - 7PM timeframe), my wife said that she heard the UPS truck. After a couple of minutes, I looked outside and when I didn't see the truck, I figured she must have heard something else.
At 7:30PM, I checked the status of the package again (figuring that they pushed delivery to Friday) and the status said "Delivered." I checked outside the front door, in the bushes, etc. and there was no package. Uh-oh... I went up and down the street with my trusty Fenix flashlight thinking that it must have been delivered to a different address -- and the people must not have been home because my neighbors would have ensured it got to me.
When I didn't see any packages on doorsteps, I came home and immediately called UPS. After being on hold for 15 minutes, I got a hold of one of their customer service reps who said that it had been delivered to my address and that it must be outside. I told him, "don't you think I looked before calling you?" He said that if it indeed wasn't there, I needed to call B&H and they would initiate an investigation with UPS. Neato -- except I'd been waiting months to even get the chance to order this item and simply ordering another one probably wasn't going to happen quickly.
Unbeknownst to me, my wonderful wife had gotten her coat on, taken my flashlight, and had initiated a more extensive search -- in 5 degree weather -- while I was on the phone. She found the package on a doostep two streets down from ours! She rang the doorbell and when a person answered, she showed them the package with our name and address on it and explained that it had been delivered to the wrong address. Awesome! I owe her a couple! I was still on the phone when she got home with it, so I told the UPS CS rep that the driver delivered it to the wrong house and said said he'd look into it (sure).
Today, it's bright and sunny out and the temp has already risen to 16 degrees -- which is way better than the -8 yesterday morning (in New Mexico?). Time to go try the new teleconverter out...
I had a similar experience with UPS a couple of years ago. I had ordered a Gitzo tripod from B&H. It was after dark and I saw the UPS truck go by. I had been tracking it so I knew delivery was that day. I looked outside and found nothing. I checked the tracking and the status was "delivered". I called around to my neighbors and no one had seen it. I called UPS and they said it was delivered and must be here. I said no, I checked everywhere. I also notified B&H. Long story short it had been delivered to my next door neighbor and left in his garage which is in the basement so I got it the next morning.
It s a shame to say that I also have had less than ideal experiences with UPS. I waited for my new Gitzo tripod to be delivered in December. I heard the truck pull up outside of my house on the deliver date, and started to head to the front door when my phone rang. It was my neighbor next door calling to say that UPS had delivered my package. Our den is no more than 15 feet from my front door and I neverr heard them knock or ring a bell. Then, in January, they dropped off a package at 8:30 in the evening. They did not ring the bell or knock on the door. Instead, they pounded on the door loudly and left. As we live in an urban area, the loud pounding gave my wife a good scare. Its a shame, but UPS has been rapidly losing goodwill with me these past few months. In the mean time, enjoy your new TC. I've had mine for about a month, and the weather and my schedule have only allowed me to use it twice.
I'm supposedly on the B&H email notification for this as well, but I didn't hear a peep from them last Saturday when it was in stock. I just happened to get lucky and see it in stock on a Saturday when they don't take orders until the evening.
As for UPS, I generally don't have issues with them either...
>I'm supposedly on the B&H email notification for this as >well, but I didn't hear a peep from them last Saturday when it >was in stock. I just happened to get lucky and see it in >stock on a Saturday when they don't take orders until the >evening. > >As for UPS, I generally don't have issues with them either...
Way to scout it out. Maybe I will get lucky. Let me know how you like it.
Incredibly I just had another UPS experience today. I ordered a color laser printer from Newegg and it was supposed to be delivered Tuesday. We had a bit of weather here Tuesday and Wednesday and they finally delivered it today...to the wrong address. I have no idea where it is. Temperature will be in the teens tonight so if the recipient doesn't see it until morning it will sit outside all night. I have no idea what effect this would have.
Got it at 11:30 AM. It was taken inside and I just installed it and it works fine. I'm thankful the guy returned it to me but I wish he had called me to let me know he had it. Ah well all's well that ends well.
>I have one coming too. Unfortunately, UPS has it sitting in >their depot in Hodgkins, IL just outside of Chicago. It has >been stuck there since before the big blizzard began. Now the >delivery date has been pushed back to Feb 8th.....
I didn't mean to attribute the blizzard to UPS....ha, ha....I love my UPS man. I give him bottles of home brew to enjoy when he gets off work....
Sat 05-Feb-11 04:42 PM | edited Sat 05-Feb-11 05:13 PM by Voyager6
UPS is my most hated delivery company. I never knowingly pay for UPS shipping. Sometimes the delivery service isn't specified and I almost always have issues with UPS in some way or another.
I had a UPS delivery that slipped on Friday, but it was due to UPS just not wanting to deliver. Item was sent from only 45 miles away and their tracking info says it took 6.5 hours to travel the 45 miles and arrived at the local UPS depot well after morning delivery trucks had left. They claimed weather as the reason for the delay even though that particular stretch of interstate was clean and dry.
Reality was (and this has happened before) when you are scheduled for a one day delivery but only paid for ground, UPS often holds the package for a day or two, to make sure that paying for next day service has value. I also suspect they were backed up (because of prior weather) and had lots of other packages that were overdue and as a result, they intentionally let my one day ground package sit.
Several years ago, I paid UPS $53 for guaranteed two day international to Montreal for delivery of a last minute Christmas present ($12 box of chocolate). UPS' web site claimed it was delivered on the 2nd day and even listed the signer's name. My friend called me on Jan 10th the next year to tell me she just received it from UPS. So it cost me $53 for a three week delivery of a $12 box of chocolate. UPS wouldn't refund, saying their tracking system showed it was delivered on time. In more recent times, UPS will admit in their tracking info that they use a customs broker to clear Canadian customs and will state that they are not responsible for any delays in clearing customs.
My biggest beef with UPS is when vendors ship restricted mode. UPS will not allow redirection even to the local UPS will call desk. A vendor told me that this was because UPS self-insures and UPS has had so many losses from certain NY dealers, that UPS will only ship high dollar items in restricted mode. Vendors do not tell customers when an item is shipped restricted. You find out after UPS leaves the InfoNotice and you can't change the delivery location. If only UPS would permit redirection to their will call/service desk, then it wouldn't be so bad (implies they have issues with their customer service desks).
Last summer, I won a 70-200mm VRII lens in an auction and I knew no one was going to be home. Trying to get ahead of the game, I put a note on the door, instructing the UPS driver to leave at the will call desk. He did that. The Service Desk person saw it was restricted, did not contact me or the driver and assumed it was to be sent back to the shipper and did so. UPS admitted their mistake and offered to pay the second shipping. It sat at my local UPS depot for three more days before it went back to NY. UPS' system was so inflexible, they admitted fault, but were unable to simply tell the local depot to go ahead and give it to me. It had to go back to the shipper and be sent back to me again at UPS' expense. Fortunately, the two extra trips and 10 day delay did not damage the lense. I still had to take off work a whole day to ensure someone would be home to sign for it. And then I had issues with the shipper wanting to refund my money and reauction the lense (another long story).
Can you tell I don't like UPS?
To keep relevant to the topic, My gallery has a couple of shots using the TC20EIII and the 70-200mm VRII lense that I ranted about above. I love it and plan on taking it and the 70-200mm to Hawaii with me this summer.
>It sounds like you need a new UPS delivery person. Mine >always delivers to the correct address. > >Kevin
I agree. My UPS guy knows me by name and has my cell phone number. He usually gives me a call when he drops something off and has to leave it unattended. He also gave me a book of door tags which I have filled out in advance with my signature. I just leave them in a plastic bag by the door for him to use when a signature is required and I'm not available.
Sun 06-Feb-11 11:18 PM | edited Sun 06-Feb-11 11:28 PM by Voyager6
The stuff I wrote about above were problems with the UPS system or their local Service Counter. I have had issues with the drivers, too.
In November, I was home (took the day off work to be there) and the driver, not seeing a vehicle in my driveway (was in garage), just put the infonotice on the door without ringing or knocking. I heard the truck and by the time I got to the door, he was driving off. I called and made a complaint about the driver for that. I was able to pick up at the service counter later that day, but it cost me time and gas to pick it up.
Another time that I took a vacation day to be home, he just drove by my place. I was at the door, jumping and waiving at him and he just drove by, staring at me. I waited until 7PM and called and they told me the driver had returned for the night. They said he 'forgot' he had the item on his truck. They wanted to deliver the item the next day (which would have then been late). I said no, I wanted it that evening, on time, or they owed me for the delay and the fact that I took off from work to be there for a mistake on their part. They called the driver back to work and he had to drive the 5 miles to my house to deliver it at 9PM. He was not a happy camper.
Another time, he delivered an item (with a perfectly addressed shipping label) to a rental house two doors down. This was another case where I was there and saw the mis-delivery and yelled and waived at the driver and he again ignored me and drove off. Tracking status said delivered as soon as they drove off. UPS wanted me to go get it myself from people I did not know. I made them come back and get it and deliver it properly that same day.
All I ask is that they do what they have been paid to do: their job. They charge extra for a residential delivery and act like they are doing a favor to do so. For me, 50 percent of the time, they get it wrong. I have had zero problems with the USPS or FedEx.
I have been on the e-mail notification list at B&H Photo for the TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter since September 2010. They still have not sent me an e-mail telling me they are in stock. What is the trick on getting one of these teleconverters? Does anyone konw why they have been in such short supply? I really want to try it out on my 70-200 f2.8.
>I have been on the e-mail notification list at B&H Photo >for the >TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter since September 2010. >They still have not sent me an e-mail telling me they are in >stock. >What is the trick on getting one of these teleconverters? >Does anyone konw why they have been in such short supply? >I really want to try it out on my 70-200 f2.8.
There is not much of a trick other than to find a store that has one in stock. Nikon has limited production capacity, and produces its lenses and converters in batches. They must have not accounted for this TC being so popular when they ran the initial batch(es). Combine that with back orders on other popular lenses, and it may be a while before they can produce more TC's. My advice is to keep looking.
While you wait for the B&H email, try small, local shops. They don't have the same demand, so when an item comes in, it sometimes ends up on the shelf. Last summer I walked into shop in Milford, CT and three TC20E-III's were just sitting there.
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> >I have to ask......what is so special about this >teleconverter? Is >this like the only one they make or something?
The last version of the TC-20 was not exactly loved by many. The current version, which was released last year, IIRC, is much better optically, and Nikon even lowered the price by just a bit. Those that have used the TC-14 and TC-17, two TC's with better reputations, are now giving some consideration to the new TC-20 (if it fits with their lenses and needs). If you own a 70-200 VR, this TC allows you to have a "poor man's" 400 f/5.6. Its s till a TC, and that means certain trade-offs, but the new version bends that curve a bit in the shooter's favor.
> >I have to ask......what is so special about this >teleconverter? Is >this like the only one they make or something?
If you had used the previous version TC20EII you would have your answer. The latest version works well with some of the newer lens like the 70-200mm VRII, 200mm/2, 300mm/2.8, etc. Sharpness is better, AF is more responsive, etc. But it is still a teleconverter and takes up 2 f-stops of light. Some who have a D700 or D3 can make up the loss of the 2 f-stops with increased ISO. I suspect that Nikon did not anticipate the popularity that this version would have so supply has been limited initially and new allotments are selling quickly. Nothing special. Just a popular teleconverter.
"I'm supposedly on the B&H email notification for this as well, but I didn't hear a peep from them last Saturday when it was in stock."
Same here, been on the list for a long long time. And I know they had them cause a friend bought one. So I called B&H, they were all gone.. I said why didn't I or other people get notified since we were on a call/notification list. The salesman told me, it's first come , I said what about the people on the call list, he said "It depends on if anyone is looking at the list". That fried my cookies.
Wed 16-Feb-11 02:52 AM | edited Wed 16-Feb-11 02:21 PM by Replytoken
>I said why didn't I or other people get >notified since we were on a call/notification list. The >salesman told me, it's first come , I said what about the >people on the call list, he said "It depends on if anyone >is looking at the list". That fried my cookies.
You may want to post in the Shops Forum. Henry Posner from B&H visits there, and perhaps he may be able to offer some comments on it. They move a lot of Nikon gear, and for the most part, are concerned about the reputation they have built up over the years.
A pic using the 70-200mm/2.8 VRII with the newly acquired TC20E-III. Handheld using D700: 400mm, f/6.3, ISO 1000, 1/4000s. After taking this combo to the zoo for a practice run I have to say the TC20E III is as good as advertised.
Mon 07-Mar-11 01:23 AM | edited Mon 07-Mar-11 09:47 PM by TundraNut
I must say I'm digging the 70-200mm VRII with the TC-20E III... We went to the zoo today and I was finally able to test the combo out in an environment other than just around the house. Here are a couple of photos from today. I've posted more from today in my gallery. These shots were all handheld, so next time I'll need to take the tripod and see what this rig is capable of.
>I must say I'm digging the 70-200mm VRII with the TC-20E >III... We went to the zoo today and I was finally able to >test the combo out in an environment other than just around >the house. Here a a couple of photos from today. I've posted >more from today in my gallery. These shots were all handheld, >so next time I'll need to take the tripod and see what this >rig is capable of. > >
Dave, Nice shots. Looks similar to the results I am getting too. I use the lens foot to hand hold with my elbow tucked into my side. Works very well. If I can ever get enough saved up I may have to get the 300mm/2.8 and try this combo. So far, it exceeds my expectations.