Sometimes things just work out. The Beast (my new 28-70/2.8 ) is due to arrive on Wednesday, but my d70 has been stuck in the Nikon Torrance repair facility for 10 days with a status of "inshop". I've been fretting about how I can test the lens, because the seller, Alkit, only offers a 48 hour return privilege. So I called Nikon a few minutes ago to see if I could beg or bribe them into getting to work on my camera, and found out that it's already repaired and in shipping :lol: :lol:. If things go according to plan, both the camera and The Beast will arrive on Wednesday. Hallelujah!