I feel very lucky to have found the new e mount 55-210 in stock. After finding every online retailer in the UK 'out of stock' I had just about given up. While Tilly and I were enteraining ourselves in town on Saturday (while my wife did the 'serious' Christmas shopping) we thought we'd drop in to Worcester's bricks and mortar camera Stores.
First the Sony Centre. They had A65, Nex C3 and 5N. A few A mount lenses. They had not heard about 55-210, but the sales assistant enthused about the Nex line as an avid user (very good for skiing apparently
). He checked his computer for the 55-210 and was confident that Sony had no UK stock at all. "Try again in January" was his only suggestion. He did give me his card (when did this start happening?).
Second was Jessops. Very busy, but found an assistant. They had A65, C3 and 5N, along with A55 and A35. Handn't heard of the lens but checked their Nex stock on the shelf. Only the 16mm. No idea of any stock coming.
Last hope, London Camera Exchange (LCE). This particular store goes up and down regarding Sony products. I found the Sony cabinet and scanned the available products. They had the A77 (what a beast - resisted holding it again!), A65, C3 and 5N in stock. Low and behold, what lens was that sat at the end of the shelf, the Nex 55-210! After some bargaining with Santa, and decisions on trading in some minor items including my T500 P&S, went back today and got one.
They have two left
. I would hurry. £299.99 with the £30 Sony cash-back. This is a bit expensive but then can charge a premium due to rarity I think. The guy in the shop says that he has frequent requests from other LCE stores but he is keeping them to sell himself. Doesn't expect more stock of this lens until February. Confirmed Thailand as the issue. Chatted about the Nex line. He has the Nex 3. He has handled the Nex 7 with 24/1.8 at a trade event and is smitten. May be end of January he hopes.
My copy of the 55-210 is now waiting under the tree
Nex 5, Nex 6 (IR), A7M2, A99 and a bunch of lenses.