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18-200 In stock at B&H

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by barriosa, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Just got this email from B&H

  2. Funny...now they even have a used one!

  3. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    They've been in stock since Thursday or Friday. They're still in stock because Ken Rockwell hasn't specifically mentioned it on his site, LOL!

    Edit: I was wrong, he DID mention they were in stock, and they're STILL there! :eek:  They hype must be dying down for sure then. Sweet! Won't be long till I can get one new for $6xx US as they were when they first came out. :biggrin:
  4. While you've been waiting, I have made $6000 with mine.

    Just kidding,

    Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR
    1/200s f/8.0 at 18.0mm iso100
  5. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    my 18-55 would have made the same exact shot. :cool: 
  6. They put it up late Friday afternoon. USA model at $749 is better than most.
  7. Yes, but then again I could not have done this without a tripode a little later.....

    Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR
    1/10s f/6.3 at 48.0mm iso100

    espercially from the window of my car.

    and I have tested the new 18-55 against the 18-200VR, and the 18-200VR is a little sharper, and the bokeh is a little nicer.

    The 18-200VR is just a very convenient and flexable lens.......


    Nikon D2Xs ,Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR
    1/60s f/5.6 at 135.0mm iso640
    View attachment 107126
  8. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    1/15s @ iso1600 while moving on top of a tour bus, with the cheapy $100 18-55.


    In the Notre Dame, 1/10s handheld (ok I was leaning against a column, lol)


    VR what? :biggrin:
  9. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    now out of stock til the next truck at least...
  10. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    When they get them in, I wonder how many they actually get at a time? Anybody know?
  11. trublu


    Jul 23, 2007
    In stock at ritzcamera but probably not for long. grabbed one yesterday. no tax and free shipping was a plus
  12. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    If yer losing six grand a shot, there are gray market lenses available now. :Crunk:
  13. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    ohh, ok, I just checked the link above in the original post. It's sort of a game, how long will they be in this time! Not sure it's ever went over 2 days. Usually not 1 day.
  14. Cope


    Apr 5, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Cameta Camera had them yesterday.
  15. :biggrin:Sounds like a container ship arrived!

    Seriously the shortage of lenses and accessories is causing concern...feelings that Nikon may be phasing it out. But it may also be that they are simply trying to keep US inventories as low as possible given that the dollar is in free-fall. My guess is that when/if it stabilizes, we will see a lot more inventory showing up (and a lot higher prices).
  16. two slow

    two slow

    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
  17. stefan_elf


    Jul 18, 2007
    I was smitten by the first 'wave' of lust for the 18-200 VR... It was only after shooting with it that I regretted getting it. It was weigh too soft! My D200 needed more sharpness! On a D40/D50 I'd imagine its sharpness would have been enough... But it doesn't have the 'bite' and clarity of the more specialised lenses - if you want sharpness and resolution, don't just trust Ken Rockwell like I did! OTOH, you might get hold of an exceptional copy with incredible sharpness - sample variation for this lens is legendary!
  18. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    i have the 18-70mm and am thinking of upgrading to this 18-200mm, but in all the sample shots i've seen the 18-70mm is sharper and more contrasty, so i have some reservations. even with the D50, people say they notice a difference.
  19. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    LOL, that's what I've heard too as far as sample variation. And there's a lot of inconsistencies in Ken's review too. He said that his 18-55 kit lens is sharper from 18-55 mm than the 18-200 VR is, but only in a review of the Sigma 30/1.4 a year+ later! He doesn't mention that in the 18-200 VR review. Then he says there's "no sharpness penalty" for all of the flexibility in the 18-200 VR review, yet in his snippet for the 55-200 VR he says the 55-200 blows his 18-200 out of the water at 200mm??? And now I can't find where he said that... :rolleyes:  Like I've said elsewhere, I'm a big KR fan and have learned a ton from his site and especially love the technical articles, but he's definitely a fanboy for the 18-200 VR and not exactly being objective or fully critical of it. It definitely suits HIS personal style of photography, but not everybody will have the same style and hence it won't suit everybody.

    I picked up on the biasing and fanboy/bandwagon effect before I actually got mine (was on the wait list at Ritz) and cancelled. Got a 35/2 instead and was planning on a Tokina 12-24 for the same $800 street price as the 18-200, but the 12-24 is getting pushed back to Christmas now. Getting something else in front of that one. :smile:
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