As a lot you are aware, Nikon has started shipping the new 200-500mm/f5.6 E lens in Europe and North America, although shipment in Asia was about a week and half earlier: Nikon 200-500mm/f5.6 E Shipping in Taiwan I would like to thank Chris H and Mary Doo for their comments on the earlier thread. As people are receiving this new lens, I encourage everybody to contribute their impressions and comments to this new lens. Personally, I have used it for about an hour, mostly on a D7200 and also a bit on a D750. Therefore, obviously my experience with it is quite limited and will evolve. So far everything looks great. Before this lens was officially announced, photo.net had a conference call with Nikon about new lenses. When they told me that (at the time) while the price for the new 200-500mm wasn't finalized, it would definitely be below $1500. My first reaction was that "do you mean $15,000?" Clearly Nikon wants to compete against the Tamron and Sigma 150-600mm/f6.3 lenses and prices this lens low. However, IMO they could have easily sold it at $3000 with plenty of takers. Another side effect is that the new 200-500mm would put price pressure on the excellent but expensive 80-400mm AF-S VR as well as various used 200-400mm/f4 and 500mm/f4 lenses and of course those Sigma and Tamron lenses. There is little doubt that the 200-500mm/f5.6 is a hot lens, at least for those who are into wildlife and bird photography, probably less so for sports. It is probably too long for general use. And keep in mind that any f5.6 lens is going to be mainly an outdoor lens when there is plenty of light. At maximum f5.6, AF speed and accuracy will suffer under heavy overcast or dawn/dusk situations. Those 500mm/f4 and 600mm/f4 lenses, while heavy and super expensive, still have their advantages. As far as I can tell, those large mail-order stores have received a large initial shipment so that the early orders are fulfilled. There maybe some short waits, but on going supply shouldn't be too tight. Nikon provides a large 95mm lens cap and a huge lens hood for the new lens. A lot of us are familiar with the 77mm lens cap. See how much larger the 95mm cap is. A side-by-side size comparison against the 80-400mm/f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR, which uses a 77mm lens cap.