…is a big disappointment.
I have been pleasantly distracted these past several days with the notion that it is time for me to upgrade my camera: FROM the current Nikon D70 since April 2004 TO the Nikon D200. And although I initially considered lesser lenses, I had at last resolved to spend extra for this lens:
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR II
What a lens! What a combination! Do it!
But then, my camera-lust relented as my frugal nature regained control, and I arrived at a middle position: hold off on the camera body and stick with the D70 until the price drops some more on the D200. Just get the lens. You can sell your 18-80mm and your 80-200mm and recoup some of the high price for the 18-200 and carry just the single lens! Perfect compromise solution! Yes, I’ll do it. I’ll order the lens this morning.
No you won’t. They seem to be backordered (at acceptable prices) until the third quarter of 2007. Sigh.
NOW THIS! Since posting the above at 5:00 as a draft, I caved. The lens is available WITH the camera body. B&H has them in stock. I ordered the combo at 6 this morning. Oy. Now, I’ll be looking to sell some Nikon lenses and a D70 body. More about that soon enough. (Fred doing happy dance–quietly: wife still sleeping.)