OK Everyone, After reading the 70-200mm VR II thread it got me to thinking. When do we all as consumers, and end users stand up for ourselves and say "ENOUGH!!!"
Putting everything in perspective, and going over the view points of the 70-200 VR II discussion it hit me. We Nikon users, or Fanatics, (put yourself in which ever catagory you see fit), stand up and say this Lense/Camera is not what you said it would be and we want you to admit your mistake and provide us with what was orignally promised or advertised.
Not one of us would accept this with other large purchases. For example, you go and buy a new car(big ticket item) but you drive it off the lot and you find out its fantastic at 100MPH, but driving in the city at slower speeds it absolutely sucks. It handles like crap, sucks more gas than a Mac Truck, and doen't perform as advertised.
Another example, you buy a nice new TV and component system at your favorite electronics store. You get the whole thing set up and to your amazment, the picture sucks, the sound is horrilbe, and your AV receiver just isn't cutting it.
How long do you think it will take you to either turn the car around or box up the entertainment package and return to the place you bought it and say "hey this is a piece of crap and I want my money back, or I want it fixed".
Believe me not long.
So my question is this, Why should we tolerate this from Nikon??? or for that matter anyone else!!! Perspective is a wonderful thing, and there is a ton of it in the 70-200mm VR II thread. I can see both sides of the argument, but what it all really comes down to is, perspective and Money. But just like a car or entertainment system, we have forked out a large sum of money for a product that simply put, isn't what it was advertised to be. So why would we sit and say "OH well I'll use it even though its not what was advertised, even if I need to add a 1.4 or 1.7 just so I get good results"
To me thats just another form of accepting a sub-par product. Again the corporate company wins!!! and we as consumers pay the price. When do you stand up and tell them, Keep your losey product, or fix it and we'll fork out the $2600 dollars then.
Why do we accept this kind of behavior? What happened to making them accountable!!!
If they read this Forum, then why aren't we as Nikon Owners beating at their doors and making them stand behind the products?