In case you hadn't noticed (although people who've been waiting won't see how that's possible), the Nikon D300 is now in stock at major vendors and is shipping to customers, at prices ranging from $1800 to $2000 in the U.S.
Nikon has also announced this new VR lens for delivery beginning next month, for a price of just $200. It's a VR version of the kit lens first introduced with the D50.
This seems like a significant product, if an unglamorous one. Canon has had a similar inexpensive all-purpose "kit" zoom with IS for a couple of months now, and Nikon's lineup was considerably more bereft of standard lenses with VR than Canon's was. The new lens weighs 9.3 oz. (265g) and takes Nikon-standard 52mm filters. It's a bit fatter and longer than Canon's version, but not by much. It goes a long way toward addressing the continuing, and regrettable, lack of sensor IS/VR in Nikon bodies.
In general, the newest "kit" lenses—meaning, the economy standard zooms—in a number of makers' lineups are surprisingly good lenses, with top honors probably being tipped in Olympus's direction (but, again, not by much). This VR all-rounder will be the must-have lens on a D40 or D40x and for those looking for a lens of moderate weight for a D80, and it will certainly serve nicely for walk-around duty on many a larger Nikon DSLR.