18-200 vr Washington DC?

Jan 7, 2007
Huntingdon, UK
You know how it is, you ponder and contemplate the purchase of the next lens, you make the decision - then find that your plans fall away?

Decided that I was going to get a 18-200vr on an upcoming trip to Washington DC - thought that I'd get one delivered to the hotel. Seems that because I live in UK, that sort of transaction is far too risky. Then I find out that there are none to be had anyway.

Anyone any ideas? I could possibly find someone to take a parcel in, but as I'm going on a business trip that could look a bit tacky - and I'd still have the same billing not the same as the shipping address. Anyone know of a store in the DC area that has stock?

Thanks for looking (and hopefully help!).
Feb 11, 2007
Sanford, FL
Real Name
William Beem
I had the same idea last December because I wanted it for a business trip to D.C. It's very easy to get wrapped up in the "I want it now" fever of a new lens.

This one seems to be out of stock very frequently. Some places will sell you an over-priced grey market copy, but that generally means dealing with disreputable online dealers.

This is probably going to be tough for you. I wouldn't want to risk my business with a transatlantic purchase that may or may not show up at the hotel in time to use. You could try checking the local stores in D.C., including Best Buy & Circuit City. I've occasionally found this lens in those stores for retail price.

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