Ever since it was announced, I have been thinking about getting a Nikon D200 digital SLR camera. Yesterday, I made the purchase.
Unfortunately, the lens was in such high demand that it was almost impossible to come by. Even if I could have found a store with the lens in stock, the typical asking prices have been about 100-250 USD more than the street price when the lens was first introduced. Finally, I head from one of the retailers that there were some manufacturing problems with the lens that affected the focusing mechanism; and that Nikon was retooling its production of the lens, with plans to resume shipments in four to five weeks.
The tight supply and concerns about manufacturing defects led me to consider other options. I ended up spending a lot more than I had originally intended to, but I got a kit that I think will be very versatile.
- 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
- 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
- 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
- Lexar 4 GB Professional Series 133x CF card
- Extra EN-EL3e rechargeable battery
- Bogen/Manfrotto 3001BN tripod with 3030 pan/tilt head
- LowePro Stealth Reporter 100AW camera bag
I bought the camera, 18-70 zoom lens, memory card and battery from Wolf Camera. The other items I picked up at B&H Photo-Video. Several of the Nikon items have mail-in rebates, so I'll be able to save a little bit of money if I can remember to send in the paperwork. I also got a free HP PhotoSmart 335 printer with my purchase because of a Memorial Day sale Wolf Camera is having this week!
Once I learn how to use my new camera, I look forward to posting more some photographs taken with the camera.