I have to ask..what did the 70-200 set ya back? Reason I am asking is that since yesterday, B&H's price for that lens jumped by $40 ( 2159.00 to 2199.00) and Beach had 4 on eBay at 2159.00 that at lunch ( eastern time) were 2189.00 and are now 2199.00 ( matches their website price now) I had planned on the 70-200 being an "after tax refund" purchase, but now I am thinking I need to grab one before they go up even higher...or just take my chances and see how long it takes Nikon to bounce back? decisions decisions
I got mine for $1999.00 USD. But that was with a instant rebate because I got a D7000 at the same time.
FYI - Because of the situation in Japan, The dealers are all worried about prices going up and availability going down. The shop I got my stuff from (had the same prices as online retailers) said that they heard that production in Japan may not begin again until sometime in April. And anything that was due for release could be set back 6 months or a year.
I suspect your dealer is just speculating. He may well be right, but until Nikon themselves know what the situation is, no-one else can say anything for certain about future production and announcements.
>I suspect your dealer is just speculating. He may well be >right, but until Nikon themselves know what the situation is, >no-one else can say anything for certain about future >production and announcements.
You are correct. The story and reality are still unfolding as we chat. The conversation was between the Camera Dealer and their Nikon Rep. I over heard it and then they shared what was said.
Specifically the dealer was worried about a large order that was only going to be partially filled and that Nikon did not know what to expect as far as shipping the rest of the order(so they said).
But I have to believe this tragic event will have an impact. Although someone waiting on a camera or lens is nothing compared the tragedy that is unfolding for the affected areas of Japan and it's people.
Hi Martin, How do you like that combination? I just ordered exactly the same camera, lens and grip from McBains Camera in Edmonton. I pick it up tomorrow (can't wait). I was a bit worried about the weigth of the heavy lens on a lighter body. Liz
Hey Martin, Picked up my D7000 and new lens Friday. I have to agree with you, the 70-200 combo is great. I can't believe how fast the camera focuses, even in low light. The camera is a real upgrade from my old D90. I'm having a blast using it. Liz
Hi Martin, hope this is not "off-topic", but my next lens will be a BIF/wildlife lens used in combination with an excellent teleconverter (if I can find one...haha).
I am considering the two Sigmas. How do you like the 150-500mm, and how do you use yours? TIA
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MY SETUP Nikon D7000 with zoomNIKKOR AF-S DX 10-24mm f3.5, Tamron AF 18-270mm Macro f3.5 Di II VC LD and Tamron AF 180mm f/3.5 Di SP A/M FEC LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System, ZacutoEVF Pro Two SanDisk 32GB EXTREME PRO SDHC-UHS-1 (45MB/S) viewNX2 captureNX2 NIKCompleteCollection Ultimate Photo Mechanic 4.6.6 Annotate Pro Vegas Movio Studio 10 Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 14
>Hi Martin, hope this is not "off-topic", but my >next lens will be a BIF/wildlife lens used in combination with >an excellent teleconverter (if I can find one...haha). > >I am considering the two Sigmas. How do you like the >150-500mm, and how do you use yours? >TIA
Actually I am a bit dissatisfied with the sharpness of my Sigma 150-500. I have some great images but now that I am shooting more wildlife, I am often disappointed at the lack of tack sharpness about the images.
Up close meaning up to 100 - 150 ft it is great. But outside of that range the clarity and sharpness fall off. Even with F Stops in the maximum DOF range F22+.
It is a great lens, I just find myself needing more and more will cost me. For a lens that costs a portion of what a Prime 400mm or 500mm F4 or F2.8, you really can't beat it.
But if you are not happy anything but pin point sharpness, save your pennies! or you could buy mine!
I just purchased the Sigma 150-500. I tested the lens at my local camera store and took the images home and did some substantial blowups and was amazed at the sharpness. I don't know if there is any consistency issues with this lens, but i am so pleased with it. I was shooting it wide open across the lake in front of my house, about 500 feet, handheld, and the image was very sharp even when magnifying it in my D90 screen up to the last magnification.
I think this points to the advantage of supporting local camera stores where you can get your hands on a lens and try it out before buying.
I read somewhere that a lot of Nikon production will be moved from Japan to Malaysia given the current situation. Not sure if this is fact.
I've been recently diagnosed with NAS by my girlfriend. I have no problem with this!
Also Mholka, how does the 70-200 f2.8 VII go on the D7000? I have a D7000 also and was considering buying the VRI version. I've come across a second hand one for $1750 AUS or near offer. I have read that VRII is has much better optics. Really not sure on what to do!