Do take note if you are shooting at 500mm at f/6.3. Unless your camera shutter speed is at least a focal length or faster (like 1/550sec or more) & aperture use too.
At f/6.3, you really need a sunny day to shoot with this lens or use a tripod to aid your picture quality.
Anyway, hope you find this lens soon & happy shooting.
Alternatively you can wait around for a 2nd hand one. They go for about 1.1k-1.2k+ depending on the age and condition so you save quite abit. Got my 2yr old one for about that price and it's still going strong.
I had checked the price 1 month back while looking for the same.
Maybe you wanna equote MS color or call TK Foto & LORDS to check the price.
Think still got non-DG version selling cheaper around $1.7K either TK, LORDS
or TCW, forgotten liao.
Cos usually to me, equote price will be lower than walk in or call in quote..
Unless you really know them well enough that they already quoted you the best price
thru phone or walk in.
That apply same to other shops like CP or AP.
My last quote I gotten from MS around 1 mth ago was $1800 after GST but must
order the lens, no stock on hand.
BTW, equote only payment by Nets or cash, so one of the reason it is lower.
So what do you think?