FastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
Earlier in the year Nikon promised that this lens would be available for purchase in the summer, then the fall, then later in the year. I know I would like to play with one, and probably buy one, but there are none in sight. Maybe they are, in NYC.
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3100 times:
Actually the official release date of this lens was Nov. 2000. Here in HKG, the camera store where I usually bought my stuff from had a couple of them that came in last week and they were snapped up immediately. Cost slightly less than the AF-S 80-200 f/2.8 at around US$1360.
Still waiting for one of the major photography magazines to do an evaluation, although I know some magazines in Japan have already done that (if only I can read Japanese!!) The one thing I want to find out the most is whether the VR function will still work when coupled to an AF tele-converter. Imagine....an 800mm with 3-stop VR compensation!!
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3095 times:
$1360 is not bad, at all. And the heck with the reviews. I'd like to get my hands on one to try out for 7 days (I believe that's B&H's return policy - I could be wrong) Shoot everything and anything I can think of, get the slides back and examine them closely. If they are sharp and the lens is built solid, I'll take it.