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Sole Shooter
08-17-2007, 09:18 AM
Iíve noticed the price on Nikonís 18-200VR lens has really come down in the last few weeks. Seems like everywhere you turn, youíll find it for around 700USD. At first I thought maybe Nikon was finally producing enough to catch up with demand. But, as I read the Sept. issue of Popular Photograph, I saw how Sigma is releasing their own 18-200 with optical stabilization to get some of that business that Nikon had enjoyed being the only producer of an 18-200VR lens. So I guess whatís really going on is that Nikonís last ditch effort is to sell as many 18-200VR lenses as they can before Sigma (or anyone else for that matter) releases their own 18-200VR equivalent. In the meantime, anyone looking to buy an 18-200VR lens thatís reasonably priced, hereís your chance.

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3324&navigator=6

Last week Silvioís Camera in Los Angeles (B&M only) had it for $700. This week they have it for $720.

Ritz Camera $750 http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541530721.htm?bct=t1134

Robertsimaging.com $700 http://robertsimaging.com/cmItemDetail.jsp?pid=7754

XaiLo
08-17-2007, 10:45 AM
Let the wars begin, I'll like to see how the sigma preforms :)

Stoller
08-17-2007, 11:17 AM
Supply and demand are catching up to each other. Retailers are just selling the lens for amounts closer to Nikons original recommend retail price. I don't think what other companys are producing has much to do with it. :rolleyes:

K1W1
08-18-2007, 12:05 AM
When the 18-200VR was released it was the lens to have, large range and relatively (under US$1000) cheap with VR! The hype on sites like this and at a certain "buy from here" site grossly overrated the ability of the lens but the price and range was always attractive.
Since then the 55-200VR and 70-300VR have both been released at lesser prices and I guess anybody who really wanted an 18-200 will have purchased one by now. I bet there are many newer buyers who are going for the 18-55 kit lens plus the 55-200VR as a less expensive kit in lieu of the 18-200VR as a one only lens. Whilst the 18-200VR is a good lens it does have well known flaws and foibles and there are now other options available so as others have said I think it's just the market settling down at long last

Rooz
08-18-2007, 12:37 AM
Supply and demand are catching up to each other. Retailers are just selling the lens for amounts closer to Nikons original recommend retail price. I don't think what other companys are producing has much to do with it. :rolleyes:

yepp, thats exactly whats happening.

r3g
08-18-2007, 01:05 PM
The only way I see either 18-200 lens being worth the buy is if you buy a body only. Anyone who has the kitlens will save a lot lot of money just getting the 55-200VR or even the 70-300 VR. I guess some people justd ont like to carry around extra glass.

tcadwall
08-20-2007, 01:02 PM
When I bought my (body only) D70s over a year ago, I paid right at $700 for the 18-200mm and ironically I had the lens before the camera!!! But I was very fortunate. I bought my whole setup from a local shop that doesn't price gouge. So even though there was a back-order list, they didn't up their pricing. I got mine first because I was the only one to put money down on it. It took me less than 2 weeks. So I am agreeing with the supply and demand and pricing wars having more to do with the retailers than Nikon. Also, agreeing that the lens is a great lens, and makes more sense if you purchase it with a body-only arrangement. I think it cost me a couple hundred more than if I would have bought the 18-70 kit.

I haven't had to clean my sensor once yet (almost a year and a half) since the lens stays on most of the time (except when using the 50mm or testing out a lens).

XaiLo
08-20-2007, 05:49 PM
The Sigma 18-200 MSRP is $120 more than Nikkor variant I'm curious as to the reasoning behind the price difference. On the surface it would seem that Sigma is taking full advantage of this market segment.