Had my copy for 10 days now (UK). The lens feels nicely made and very light. It's all plastic including the mount, like the 55-200. But curiously, the supplied lens hood is metal.
USA release isn't for another few days, but I suspect I'll get mine shipped early since I was an early pre-order.
Samples? Give me something at least to droll over while I wait, and I know there are a few folks that aren't completely sold on the idea of this lens being worth the investment.
What'd be really cool, find something you need to use the macro-light on, and upload? That's a selling point, I'd think anyways.
Perhaps they are re-using another similar thread hood? That's my only guess.
How's the uh, climate there?