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Deal of the day: get 6% back in rewards when you purchase Nikon D4, D800 body or D600 kit from Amazon


The Nikon deals get better and better every day. Amazon is currently offering 6% back in rewards when you purchase Nikon D4, D800/D800E body or the D600 kit which translate to $360 in rewards for the D4 ($167 for the D800). This savings comes on top of the already existing $200 off for the D800 body/D600 kit. Check this Amazon page for all details. This offer will be valid till April 13, 2013. The latest Nikon deals/rebates/savings can be found here.

Update: B&H now also offers 6% in rewards on selected Nikon cameras.

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  • Eric Calabos

    with $360 D4 buyer can add a 64GB Sony XQD card
    good for him

  • CJ

    The fixed pricing policy failed !

    I don’t know which business school their CEO went, but, his education failed !!!!

    • NikonExecReview

      He tried to position Nikon as a luxury good, and it does not have the historical marketing of Leica….Little did Nikon realize that the difference in costs (after Price Fixing went in effect) to the consumer meant that switching brands (or NOT upgrading) became a much more viable option. Nikon is not like a super-luxury good, thanks to the extremely low-end Nikon CoolPix, Nikon is as common as anything found at a yard sale.

      Nikon can have high MSRPs, but it needs to allow competition in the market, so that sales work efficiently. Otherwise, they need to HOLD their MSRP much tighter, while dramatically increasing Quality Control. Nikon execs FAILED (shamefully) on both accounts. They FAILED to keep Quality Control high, while increasing prices (illegal Price Fixing) and they FAILED to keep prices high consistently, while make super sales (thus making their illegal Price Fixing seem like a punishment to their consumers).

      I don’t care about the D400, but if Nikon wants to be a high-end manufacturer, it needs to produce a better 35/1.4G than Sigma. It needs to have better Quality Control. And it needs to let competition in the market work, so that I can afford their lenses. They can do all of that with the HUGE markup/margins that they take (much more than any third-party). But Nikon execs are failing to do any of it.

      The new Sigma exec deserves a promotion. The Nikon execs should be REPLACED with the new Sigma exec.

      • saywhatuwill

        I agree wholeheartedly about the 35mm f/1.4G. I was going to buy it then realized, why in the world would I want a lens that is not much better than their f/2 offering?

        • thosh

          go for the sigma… I swear is a stunning lens. best one optically on the market at an unberatable price point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.chea1 John Chea

    Good deals for people who don’t already have Nikon equipment, but for people like myself who have been loyal at the early stages, it feels like we’ve been screwed and still screwed with the terrible customer support.

    • Global

      Seriously, they should offer “1 free body/sensor cleaning” with every body. And “1 free lens-body alignment” with every $1000 dollars of lenses purchased. Would this really be bad for Nikon? I think it would make them amazing and people would buy more.

      • Nikon Fanboy

        I have an old Minolta SRT camera (kind of like the 1967 Mustang of film cameras) and I recall that (I believe it was in the mid-1970s) they used to have a crew of “Minolta Men” who would make appearances at various photography shows and camera shops. They would clean, inspect the shutter speeds of your camera, etc., for free. It was a great service and even better public relations.

        • Global

          That. Is awesome. I wish. Seriously, they already have “Grey” vs. real market lenses/bodies. Why don’t they have “Service Coupon” lenses/bodies. If it costs $10 bucks more per lens, but you get a free cleaning/alignment out of it, it would be worth it. Most people would NEVER use it (just like Mail-in Rebates, because its a hassle or they lose their receipt or coupon,etc). So itd only cost a fraction of what they take in — and their customers with problems would be taken care of. Honestly, this is what a US Warranty (or Local Warranty) service SHOULD be. Otherwise, why aren’t we all buying grey market. In the age of Social Media, manufacturing needs to get more Social.

  • Nikon Fanboy

    So ready to buy a D600, but just can’t do it until they fix those oil/debris issues. I want it to be a fun addition to my hobby, not a hassle, and I just don’t trust yet that I will get one that is trouble free. Why doesn’t Nikon take this (well, and me) seriously?

    • patto01

      I bought a D600 last December and I can tell you, yes, it did have the oil/dust problem but if nobody had mentioned it, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it. This is evidenced by the relative difficulty most people had seeing the problem, even when looking for it. It might be more obvious for some, depending on the kinds of photos they take.
      Secondly, it’s really easy to clean your sensor to get rid of the problem. If you’re not willing to invest the small amount of time and money to clean your sensor, you probably aren’t going to invest the time and money required to get the most of a full-frame dSLR.
      And lastly, I am sick and tired of people whining about that, and every other aspect of life that they see as unfair. Either buy it and deal with the issue, if you even have it, or shut the f…er, front door.

      • Calibrator

        And I’m sick of asshats defending Nikon’s sucking quality control (or management decisions like “Get the crap out of the door even if it isn’t perfect – and don’t admit to anything!”).

        • patto01

          I’m not defending Nikon. It was more of a ‘pragmatic approach to life in general,’ kind of attitude. As for Nikon’s management decisions, I’ve spent a lot of time in Japan and dealing with all facets of Japanese culture (my wife is Japanese); you can like or dislike Nikon’s decisions but it is very representative of Japanese Corporate thinking, going back several hundreds of years. You can’t really blame a person, animal, or thing for being what it is. Either accept it and deal with it or walk away.

          • Calibrator

            I agree with you on Japanese culture – but we still talk about a company that is selling its products on foreign markets.
            Your last sentence is also true – and you should honor it in this forum, too. Peace! 😉

            • David

              Japanese Culture was also what allowed them to provide excellent quality products in the first place, like the D700 or the D3x (for the most part), so I don’t see why that same culture is now an excuse for poor quality control.

            • patto01

              I’m not excusing poor quality control and neither would any Japanese that I know. I guarantee you that somebody, and probably a lot of somebodies, got chewed out or fired over that, along with the D800 focus issues. However, they (Japanese) don’t, have never, and will never air their dirty laundry in public.

            • Global

              This is only barely-true. Its high prices which allow this, because margin goes to QC. Some industries start in the US, Europe, Japan, China, South America or elsewhere. Just because cameras really got going in Japan, doesn’t mean that Japanese culture was the cause of good cameras. LOW prices + HIGH quality control + RE-INVESTMENT in innovation + Vision/luck allows for this. Its a coincidence of history (and Japan as a CHEAP place to get electronics in the 80s, early 90s) that allowed Japan to pull ahead. Korea & Taiwan, in the 2000s, had virtually replaced Japan for this sort of thing. Now technology jumps around from country to country (Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, Europe, US, S. America). Japan was lucky the way that China was lucky in the 2000s. It wasn’t culture. Simply, the other industrialized nations were too expensive. If Japanese companies don’t compete on price or, in other words, stop taking so much profit and instead put it back into QC and innovation, they will die. And they are dying. Korea is beating the hell out of Japan in most electronics these days. And Japan is starting to outsource itself to Thailand and China. Not a good sign. NOT a matter of culture; its business formulae. Nikon needs to do better, or get replaced by Sony someday. And Sony needs to realize that Samsung is ALWAYS right around the corner. And Samsung needs to know that China is licking its chops to have everything of its own within 20 years…..

            • patto01

              Dangit! I hate it when my own words are used against me!!

        • Spy Black

          I’m curious, can I see a picture of an asshat?

          I understand and agree that Nikon needs to address the issue with the D600, but the reality of it is that it wasn’t as big an issue as it was made out to be. It just wasn’t that much more than normal. People just went out of their way to look for it, and of course found it.

          However, unless you regularly clean your sensor, I guarantee you there’s junk on your sensor right now that you probably didn’t know was there. If it weren’t for Lens Rentals making a blog post of it, chances are pretty good no one would have ever even known about the D600 “issue”.

          • Calibrator

            You should know by now that is more than regular (=unavoidable) dust that is plagueing D600 owners right now.

            Perhaps you only know the normal kind of dust and are used to it. Perhaps you have several cameras to use if you have to send in one for cleaning so you consider this a trifle.

            However, all people complaining about this are to some extent disappointed by a company that is able to design and produce great products. The performance of the cameras isn’t really in question here, it’s the manufacturing or QC process – and on top of that the company polititics regarding support and public information.

            I for one are thankful for Lens Rentals because they get more publicity than Joe Sixpack. In the past it was only users like myself that wrote that their D7000 got dirty more than usual and we were greeted by people in denial like you:
            “What an asshat!” they told me. 😉
            “You are just unlucky!” etc.
            But now the D600 has the same problem and, perhaps because it’s more expensive, it gets more attention in the public. Rightly so!

            It’s not like we were searching for a problem – the problem is there for all to see if you dial in a higher F-number and take a picture of the sky (or a white background if you are doing macro work).
            Of course not all users do this:
            Many D7000 users are probably relying on Auto mode and don’t really analyze their JPGs closely 😉
            Many users also keep the F-number deliberately low to avoid diffraction.
            And many do lots of work at F1.4 to 2.8 and won’t likely see the problem there.
            But the problem will still apply on many bodies and wait for discovery. Of course then nobody honors warranty anymore and the owner can pay up for cleaning himself…

            What is personally angering me the most is that Nikon fully well knews why the sensors are getting dirty with sticky stuff (I had to resort to a solvent for removing oil stains, not the regular cleaning fluid to get rid of them) because they already had this problem with the D7000! And you know what: After two years the problem has nearly completely gone away. Now I mostly get the regular dust which I can remove with an air blower.

            But what information have we gotten on this from Nikon?
            “The sensor can get dirty, clean it yourself!”
            Read up on this topic on this site and elsewhere to fully understand what is wrong here. It *is* a scandal!

            • Spy Black

              I understand your point, although I don’t think it’s so much a “scandal” as a corporation trying to avoid a massive recall. Their silence on the issue made it louder, so to speak. This symptom on the D600 is greater than most, but again it’s not as much as it has made out to be. I don’t know if you’ve tried to replicate the images Lens Rentals made to show the residue, but it’s not exactly your regular image processing. And yes, I’ve seen the examples shown up in with certain types of images, but it still wasn’t as bad as the processed images.

              You’re correct that Nikon should have done something about this at production. They should also have acknowledged that there was an issue. This is probaly a bit of Japanese pride culture seeping in there for their denial. Hopefully from here on in Nikon will be on the ball about this issue in subsequent production of all their bodies, including of course the D600.

          • bob2

            +1. Measurebators aka drama queens with nothing better to do than to complain. Same with EVERY camera company and every camera made–there’s always gonna be some kind of problem or defect–dust in sensor, defective AF (nikon and canon), white orbs (olympus), UV/IR pollution/SD card corruption (Leica M8/M9). I could go on, but it is unending. Of course, the internet fora being an echo chamber of self-validation, any defect becomes magnified to the point that it would appear radioactive and fatal! Like a teenager thinking his or her life is over because of a pimple.

      • Nikon Fanboy

        Yup. I chose to shut the front door. I’m taking photos with my other camera instead of becoming a photo janitor. I understand your point of view, but I just wanted to make clear why a discount is not moving me to make this purchase, even though I already have the money set aside to do so. I just don’t need another little thing to worry about in my life.

        So, sorry for adding one more whine to the pile. I realize it is the one that broke your camel’s back. I know in the past, after Nikon realized their customer community was displeased (see the F100 rewind fork — you can google it), they made corrections and achieved greater success with their products. I just logged in an posted my comment as a way to raise my hand and say that I too am a displeased very potential buyer.

        So, sorry if my note became another little thing for you to worry about in your life. Please ignore my comment and let’s both go out and capture some memories. (Nikon, though, if you are reading this, please fix the camera and find some way to let us know when it is safe to buy one without worrying about this problem.)

        • Spy Black

          I’ve been a photo janitor all my life with my Nikon gear. Film bodies got dirt too, and I had to clean then out. Lenses need to be kept clean. Even if another body doesn’t suffer from the apparent issues of the D600, it’s sensor as well as the mirror chamber will still need to be periodically cleaned. If you haven’t cleaned your sensor at all, I bet you’ll find junk on your own camera’s sensor, whether you ever changed a lens or not.

        • patto01

          People have a right, and obligation, to inform companies of the practices which disincline them to buy their products or regret purchases they’ve already made. However, there’s an obvious difference between that and whining. Actually, your comment was somewhere in the middle, I overreacted and am sorry for that. On the other hand, Spy Black finished the thought I was formulating and I would urge anyone to not use the oil/dust issue to prevent them from buying the D600 or any other camera, Nikon, Canon, etc.. It is a minor and easily correctible issue.

          • David

            If it is a minor and easily correctible issue, more the reason Nikon, not us, should have taken care of it in the first place. We absolutely have the right to complain.

            • patto01

              I’m pretty sure Nikon corrected the problem as soon as was possible. For those cameras that already shipped, the cost for Nikon to recall, repair, and send back that many cameras would have been far more burdensome to them than the cost to their owners to clean the sensor a couple of times, until the problem corrects itself. And, as every (d)SLR photographer should know, you’re going to have to clean your sensor eventually, anyway.
              If, however, Nikon does it, it’ll eat into their profits (which is the only reason any company exists) and force them to charge more for future products. Believe it or not, companies are not evil for wanting to make a profit. I’m pretty sure you would quit your job if your salary only covered your expenses related to maintaining your employment (transportation, clothing, etc.). And when you get a raise, nobody accuses you of being a greedy bass turd.
              In the end, justice is worthless. Well…with the exception of the policeman who just gave you a ticket, walking back to his cruiser, only to discover he drove over a nail! (smile)

            • David

              If Nikon made every decision based on short-term cash-flow math, then Nikon’s goodwill will go down the drain. Although goodwill is an intangible asset and does not get counted as a part of any cash flow calculations, not even Nikon is ignorant of the business 101 fundamental that a good product and a strong goodwill behind it is what creates and demand, and demand is what allows for pricing power — the cost of production or repair of the same has absolutely nothing do to with pricing power. Cost cutting figures into a profit margin without recourse only if all else is equal. If cost cutting results in lower goodwill or quality, then profits will not increase, but will decrease accordingly.

            • patto01

              All things in balance. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hate Microsoft at least a little but they still sell more OS’s and Office products than anyone. Goodwill is great but rarely informs people’s buying decisions. You don’t have to look any further than this blog; consider all the people here who regularly bash Nikon and yet they’re still here because they shoot, and buy (drum roll please…..) Nikon.

            • David

              comparing Nikon to Microsoft is misplaced . . . Microsoft has an effective monopoly on the major product line. To not use Windows or Office, you basically have to not use a PC. Nikon does not have a monopoly on the DSLR market, and people do have choices, and goodwill is a major factor. Granted there are friction costs to switching from one to another, such as Canon, and some years Nikon is better while some years Canon is better. But to say that goodwill is irrelevant, when there is no monopoly, is a formula for disaster. It is not a coicinence that despite having introduced a flagship DSLR, Nikon’s profits dropped YTY.

            • patto01

              I’m not saying goodwill is irrelevent, just it’s not a major factor. I don’t know where you live but in my neck of the woods, people are always complaining about China but if you look at the products they own, well…
              Price, convenience, and a good cost/performance ratio always win. They don’t get every customer but they get the lion’s share.
              Oh, I may be wrong but isn’t the choice between Nikon and Canon, and the cost of switching, very similar to the choice between Microsoft and Apple? Not exact but close enough for comparision.
              I feel like I’m being tarred and feathered for pointing out truth in the face of people’s idealism. I’m not interested in
              creating a perfect world, I’m waiting for God.

            • umeshrw

              If you don’t complain directly to nikon, it is not at all useful.

    • 5DollarFootlong

      I can tell you that less than 10% of D600 are effected.

      • One More Thought

        How do you know that less than 10% of D600 are effected?

        Is that a fact you know, or is that your assumption?

        I’m not trying to be a jerk, but just find out if you have any knowledge that most of us do not.

    • One More Thought

      I would also add that one reason why the dust/oil spot issue on the D600 causes many to hold off on purchase is because Nikon has never identified the source of the problem.

      First, there is a problem. This is not normal dust/oil accumulation on the sensor as with other DSLRs, including Nikon. There are too many reports from too many reputable sources, and even Nikon acknowledges the problem. However, Nikon offers no explanation or fix for the problem.

      Therefore one is left to wonder if the source of the problem is some internal mechanical defect, which may one day create bigger problems. This too is a legitimate concern.

      I agree that the D600 otherwise is a fantastic camera…but Nikon should do better.

      • patto01

        I agree with your reasoning that it could be indicative of a larger problem. I don’t think it is but then I could be wrong, I often am. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy mine knowing that, even if it blows up tomorrow, it won’t be the worst thing that happens in my life.
        I could have not married my wife based on her few, minor imperfections that could have been indicative of bigger problems. Tiny and not really imperfections at all (in case this gets back to her…). Life is full of risks and only you can decide which ones aren’t worth taking. I guess I just don’t understand the point of rehashing this thing over and over. If the intent is to notify Nikon why you’re not going to buy a D600, I’m pretty sure they know by now. At this point, It’s just annoying.
        Some posters (I’m not saying you) are just hoping that Nikon and every poster on this blog will suddenly realize how brilliant they are and submit to their infinite wisdom. The fact of the matter is: people who think they’re always right are especially annoying to those of us who are! (grin)
        Um… can someone tell me how to add emoticons here? I feel like my poor attempts at humor just aren’t translating very well :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/BigDaveP David Portass

      I was all set to buy a D600 as I love my D7000 (more than my D300s) but hired one first just to make sure. Didn’t have the oil/dust issue (camera was at 600 frames when received it and shot around 2,000 on it) and when it worked it worked great, unfortunately I had issues with metering over or under exposing unpredictably (tried matrix, centre weighted and spot) and it outright refused to co-operate with my SB-900 or SB-600 on hot shoe, even using the pop up flash to trigger my other flashes in commander mode, everything was massively over exposed. Never had these issues with my D7000 or D300s. Needless to say its put me off the D600 and looking for a used D3s, possibly a D800 (still unhappy at 36mp)

  • saywhatuwill

    That 6% is great, but Amazon charges sales tax for Californians. In my case that’s 8.75%. Thanks, but no thanks.

    • 5DollarFootlong

      I shed a tear for you.

  • dan

    no one will still buy this shitty camera until nikon realize that they need to improve their quality control department.

    • patto01

      I guess I’m the only one then!?

      • dan

        might want to also buy a sensor cleaning kit with that too. :-)

        • patto01

          Actually, I bought it at the same time :-) Really! I figured I would have the problem but, even if I didn’t, I would use it eventually. I cleaned the sensor after a couple thousand actuations and haven’t seen the problem since. I’ll probably check again in a few more months and probably have to clean it again. After that, it’ll be from normal use.

          Maybe I’m just willing to forgive Nikon for, what is to me, a minor issue since they made a camera (D600) which allowed me to get into a full-frame at a price I could afford. And then, only due to the special they ran in December. D600, 24-85 (to replace my 18-55), and 70-300 (to replace my 55-200) for just under $2400. Since then, I’ve replace my 35 1.8 with the 50 1.8 ($220) and am getting ready to replace my Tokina 11-16 with either the Tokina 16-28 or the new Nikon 18-35 ($750 either way). After selling my old camera and lenses, my net outlay will have been less than $3000.

          Anyone who’s actually owned the Tokina 16-28 have any advice?

  • Neopulse

    Nice deal, gonna get my friend a Nikon D4. Glad they added these benefits just before purchasing.

    • Jon McGuffin

      Hey, wanna be friends? :)

      • Neopulse


      • dan

        lol, good one.

      • Aldo

        If he befriends you… can I be your friend?

      • Neopulse

        Only if you both of you fight each other to the death and the victor will get a D4 along with an 85mm 1.4G…..and possibly a prison sentence.

  • Steven Bodo

    Rewards. Such as third party batteries, cheap UV filter, bulky-no good camera bags? Thanks but no thanks!

  • Smudger

    As the products become less attractive, the deals get more attractive.
    C’est la vie.

  • NewD4Owner

    I just bought the Nikon D4 at Amazon 2 weeks ago. Can I still get this deal? Thanks!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I previously had a problem with similar reward program from a different store because their tracking system was activated only when you purchase the item online and I was told that they cannot adjust that. Not sure how Amazon’s system works. In the worst case you may have to return your D4 and buy it again.

  • Aldo

    a lot of people want a perfect product… as means to make up in their lack of perfection.

  • Neopulse

    Got the D4 in the end.

  • Dave

    Did anyone actually get 6%? Amazon just gave me (35 days later) 4% and the text on their page has been changed to 4%, not 4% additional. I asked Amazon and they suggested that I return the camera as they cannot give me an additional 2%.

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