On Wednesday, I put my name in the hat with Eugene and cancelled my NPS "expedite request" with B&H. Thanks for the tip.Thumbs up for Competitive Cameras in Dallas (800-688-0211 www.competitivecameras.com) I called Eugene on June 28th and he called me back Friday (7/19) with a 500 PF for me.
Less than a month and I had been on a list with three other dealers since April. He did say that one of the dealers I had been waiting on was "not in good graces" with Nikon so he doubted I would see one from them in the near future. I'll have it tomorrow. Shipped free 2nd day UPS and no sales tax. $3599.99
Since you have the 500PF as I, have you used a variable CP filter on the lens? I have but have to use the filter without the front shade as I cannot find an easy way to turn the filter with the shade installed. I am still looking for a solution.I did like Randy suggested.. signed up for NPS, ordered the 500Pf and 2 weeks later picked it up from my Nikon Authorized store...and I love this lens.. so small, so light, and super fast.. perfect for what I will use it for... hiking in the mountains for wild life.. cannot carry large or heavy glass.