Anyone seen any Nikon 500mm f/4 VR lenses?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dave, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Nikon have the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR lens on their web site.

    Are there many of these around? I doubt I can afford to buy one, but I
    reckon that when they become available, the used price of the non-VR
    version of the lens will fall.

    The problem is, nobody seems to have this lens. Plenty of places are
    still selling the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED II

    but I can find few places that sell the VR version. One that does is
    "Simply Electronics" who must be one of the most doggy sellers around,
    so I doubt they actually have them.

    Much the same thing applies to the 600mm equivalent
    Dave, Sep 8, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Yes, that was what I was finding. The only people that claim to have
    them in stock is the doggy dealers on eBay which claim to have
    everything in stock, but you know they order them once an order is
    placed (if they order them at all).

    Are these long telephoto VR lenses from Nikon vaporware?

    Perhaps Nikon are having problems making them.
    Dave, Sep 8, 2008
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    me Guest

    Instead you might consider the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 G-AFS ED-IF VR Lens +
    TC-14EII. for a fair bit less $$$.*&bhs=t&Go.x=19&Go.y=9&Go=submit
    me, Sep 8, 2008
  6. Perhaps Nikon are having problems making them.

    Perhaps the Olympics depleted the worldwide supply.
    Andrew Koenig, Sep 9, 2008
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    Rich Guest

    Nikon charging dealers for pre-orders? That is not good. If or if
    not, better hope the dealer is solvent.
    Rich, Sep 9, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I can't really justify buying a new VR model (I'm not a pro), but I am
    beginning to wonder if its worth paying the sort of money used AF-S II
    models are selling for. I reckon buying a used but good condition 500 mm
    one from the USA, paying shipping and duty as it comes into the UK will
    cost me about 65% of the new price of VR model bought in the UK
    (assuming I can find one).

    Whilst 35% extra for a new VR model is not in insignificant sum of
    money, the fact a new one would

    * Have VR
    * Be new and be warrantied
    * Avoid the risks associated with Paypal
    * Be lighter

    starts to make a new one look more attractive. Just hard to justify
    spending that sort of money on a lens, but I am now giving it serious
    Dave, Sep 9, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I don't know what you mean by "flip it". Do you mean you expect to get
    40% back if you sell it? Sorry, I'm not from the USA.

    There appears to be no problem in getting 40% back on any Nikon lens.
    I've got lenses I bought a few years back, such as a 20 mm f/2.8, which
    I am sure I could sell at a 40% profit today. They tend to hold their
    value well.

    There are undoubtedly more lenses in the US than here in the UK, which
    probably makes it easier to find one in the US. Sellers in the US are
    sometimes reluctant to sell to those outside the US. And I'm a bit
    reluctant to send serious money to someone in the US unless I am 100%
    sure they are OK.

    I think the person selling this *used* Nikon 600mm 600/4 F4 AF-S (not
    AF-S II)

    is being more than a little optimistic. Although it is in Europe, it's
    US equivalent is $9,321. Given other sellers are selling the newer AF-S
    II models, brand new for only $200 more, I think the seller is on
    another planet.
    Dave, Sep 10, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    We use the word "flip" to mean to buy something and then resell it at
    a profit. Usually, the word is used to describe buying and reselling
    within a short period of time. It doesn't always work that way.

    What Rita has said is that she expects to make 40% profit (return) on
    the sale. For example, if she buys it for $100 she expects to sell it
    for $140. (Profit is calculated here as a percentage of cost)

    That would be very hard to do with something like a camera lens, but
    Rita feels she can find a good enough deal when buying to be able to
    resell at a profit.
    tony cooper, Sep 10, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Thank you for that explanation.

    I tend to agree with you - I doubt you can make 40% profit easily on a
    camera lens by selling it quickly. Of course, it is always possible
    someone puts a very low buy it now on eBay, but most unlikely. I tend to
    see more extreamly high buy it nows on eBay than I ever do very low
    ones. I know of one dealer on eBay which was trying to sell X1195A CPUs
    for Sun workstations for about $900. At the same time they were selling
    for about $15 on average. I tend to see those sort of things far more
    than someone selling something at 71% of its market value, so I can sell
    it at a 40% profit.

    I do believe I've bought Nikon lenses a few years back which I could
    sell at a reasonable profit. It rather makes me think there is no point
    in hiring lenses except for very short periods, as you might as well buy
    them and sell them, effectively hiring them for nothing.

    Depreciation on Sigma, Tamron and and other 3rd party lenses appears to
    be a lot higher than on Nikons.

    I suspect the second hand value of these non-VR lenses will drop a bit
    if/when the VR's are easy to get.
    Dave, Sep 10, 2008
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