Just gave the Mastercard a jolt for a new Tamron SP AF 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD.
After being highly impressed with the Tamron SP 70-200 f2.8 VC, I decided to get their SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD as well, and thank you to the folk on here who helped me make that decision. It overlaps two Nikon lens that I already have, the 50mm f1.8, sharp, but a bit too 'wavy' for my liking, and the 28mm f1.8 that I love, and will keep. Geez, I think it will be a great 'walk around lens' with the lighter weight and the VC.
After a bit of negotiation with Ted's 'Chat' folk, they came up with a price of $1020.00 plus $9.95 registered Auspost delivery. That's only between about $70.00 and $100 more than 'Grey' market price, and for the sake of a local manufacturer's warranty, and buying from an Oz 'bricks 'n' mortar' store', I'm more than happy to pay the extra. In actual fact, I'm delighted.
Can't wait to get it and post some shots from it.