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Well, i was going to lighten my wallet abit this weekend, but it seems nikon have been hit hard by the flooding in Thailand. So the 18-200 is on backorder from wex and Jessops.
Having just spoken to my friendly camera shop man, he reckons there won't be many deliveries through until March! :/
Anyone heard any more on this?
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I heard the same when I went to buy a D7000, i managed to get the last one at Jessops Norwich, and they said they were promised some February but normal deliveries wont start until late March or even later.
I posted the link that Mikehit posted above because I found the same problem when looking for a Nikkor 28-300mm lens earlier this week and found one in stock at Park Cameras who delivered within 24 hours.
So you may have to hunt around a bit.
Having said that, when I had a D300 which is a DX camera, I used an 18-200mm as a travel lens. In that case it was the Sigma brand - an 18-200mm OS - which cost less than half the price of the equivalent Nikkor, and I found it first class in every respect. So, if you can't find a Nikkor currently available, do have a look at the Sigma as an alternative.
...one here and free delivery and no quibble return if you're not happy.
Try Grays of Westminster
Currently they have five "18-200" in their second hand list. Their grading is that "Mint" is usually indistinguishable from brand new. I think they come with a six month warranty and they are a trusted company, not just an e-mail address and mobile 'phone number.
If its this lens your after send an email to email@example.com and she will reply first thing tomorrow on stock availability
No 18-200 at Castle Cameras I'm afraid but the Nikon rep is due to see them today - lets see if he has anything positive to say....
It seems to be currently in stock at £570 at Wilkinson cameras http://www.wilkinson.co.uk/lenses/af-lenses-autofocus/nikon.html?p=4
Nikon's main Japan web site says full production of Thailand lenses and camera bodies should be back to normal by the end of March.
Thanks alot gents! Have decided to get the other lens I was after and will get this one another day 300 f4 pleeease, going to have a play with one at the weekend.
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