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The new Nikon “lens only” rebates are now live *UPDATED*

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The new Nikon "lens only" rebates are now live - a total of 15 lenses are now up to $400 off and you don't have to buy a DSLR body in order to qualify. The best deals are:

Update: Amazon also updated their prices to reflect the new lens rebates.

Adorama has the same Nikon rebates, but they also offer some additional free accessories (filters, etc.). Here are the details:

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Nikon USA brings the "lens-only" rebates only once a year to boost their sales before the end of their financial year (March 31st). Last year 18 lenses were included and the savings were up to $350. The "regular" bundle rebates are still active. All current rebates are set to expire on March 1st, 2014.

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  • Huan Yang

    Huuuuuuuuuuge disappointment! Look at the lens rebates that Canon offered at the end of year 2013!

    • lorenzo

      So, why don’t you switch to THEM?

      • Young

        That will be a really expensive switch, since I need to sell all my nikon stuffs.

        • lorenzo

          maybe that rebate will cover your loss :-)
          I am Nikon and don’t care what Canon does.

          • nuts

            you sound like a teenage brand queen…

          • Mansgame

            fanboyism is lame.

      • Joven

        Stop being bitter, it’s a valid point. Just b/c someone is invested into a system, it doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to have wants. You act like it was yet another D300s/D700 replacement comment.

        Nikon is pretty crap about rebates. They force you to buy a camera to get a decent rebate on a lens all year long, and then they finally do a lens only rebate and it’s a bunch of kit lenses.

        • mikeswitz

          Nikon doesn’t force you to do anything

          • Joven

            Way to take it literally, jack. Let me guess, “Actually, my name is mike.” With Nikon’s usual lens rebates, it is mandatory that you buy a camera. Oh, and in case you’re curious, here’s part of the definition of the word “force” on m-w.com:

            strength or power that is not physical.

            Considering Nikon hold the power to dictate to retailers how they can set their prices, if you want a rebate on a NEW lens, then you’re forced to buy a camera with it.

            • mikeswitz

              Not to extend a silly arguement, but how more literal can you get than quoting Merriam Webster. My point really was no matter what Nikon puts up for sale half (not literally) the posts will be “i hate this sale, I’m switching to Canon”… “Lookit all the crap they are selling…”. By the way, most of the lenses are not from kits. the 80-400 is a very good deal.
              May the Force be with you.

              Someone had to say it.

            • Joven

              +1 for the Star Wars reference.

              I never said that switching was rational, but to act as if people aren’t allowed to be frustrated with an aspect of their current ecosystem is ridiculous. While the term “kit” might have been a little bit of a stretch, it wasn’t much of a stretch.

              I’m allowed to live in Fla and hate the bugs, live in Cal and hate earthquakes, or live in Ohio and hate icy roads.

            • mikeswitz

              agreed

        • zoetmb

          You’re wrong.

          The 16-35, 24-85, 24-120, 28-300, 80-400 ($2297 w/rebate), 28 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 10-24DX, 16-85DX, 18-200DX, 40micro, 85DX micro and 105micro are kit lenses?

          Which bodies do they come with? The only ones that were ever kit lenses were the 18-200DX (w/ the D7000) the 28-300VR (D610) and the 24-85mm (D600), but those weren’t “kit lenses” in the sense of the word where it’s a cheap giveaway lens. Those were packages that happened to include decent lenses.

          NONE of the true kit lenses are on rebate. Kit lenses are generally $400 or less, usually a lot less.

          • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

            I think it’s fair to describe the 24-85mm VR as a kit lens — it’s the D6x0 kit lens. The 28-300 and 18-200 have been bundled with bodies by vendors, but I don’t think were ever treated as kit lenses by Nikon. The rest are definitely not kit lenses (105mm f2.8 micro? Funny kit).

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              What camera do I have to buy to get an 85 kit lens?

            • Joven

              Wow, some of you are too sensitive. Of course they’re not all “kit” lenses. My point is that last offered a better variety of lenses, while this year consists of lenses that people have probably already purchased (the 50s, plusthe 24-85 is used as a FF kit for the D600), or are slower and variable lenses.

              the 85mm 3.5 Macro isn’t worth buying, and if you’re on DX, you’re better off buying the 60mm Macro instead of 40mm.

              So I’ll try this again without ruffling anyone’s feathers by calling them “kit lenses”. This rebate feels more like a purge with a couple of gems sprinkled in than an actual “end-of-year” rebate.

            • fred

              No trinity discounted here.

    • One More Thought

      No matter what the discounts, it seems some people will complain. Nikon could reduce the price to a penny and people would complain the lens is not free.

      These are very reasonable rebates, good deals for those looking to acquire some of these lenses. And these lenses are all very good to great lenses.

    • Aldo

      Will the rebates end March 1st for sure? I have an 85mm 1.8g I need to sell I wanna get top dollars :P

    • Joseph Land

      I think 300$ off the 16-35 is a great deal! That lens is going to be over 1200$ again after the first of march! So, you can buy it now and and payed less than the value of the product

  • Chris Cheek

    Sweet

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    Bummer – no 35mm F/1.8 FX… :(

    • C.J.

      I don’t think it would be, just came out a couple of days ago. It would have been awesome though.

      • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

        Yeah, mine comes Monday – I just thought it would be nice ;)

    • lorenzo

      But you can get a huge $20 rebate on the 50mm f/1.8 – lol

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        Because 200 bucks is too damn high…

  • nwdcrob

    Can someone please call Amazon.com to wake them up so they can adjust the prices on the lenses!

    • AM

      If you really wanted to buy, you could buy from somewhere else.

      • guest

        Everyone talks about quality but they act about price. It’s like eating your young.

        • AM

          ???
          Please, do yourself a favor and stop smoking that sh!t.

          • nwdcrob

            jt you need to stop acting like a SOB!

    • jt

      and why dont you call them by yourself !?
      expecting people to do the work for you isnt nice at all

  • tim sims

    no luck here in Australia, would love to pick the 24-120mm and or 50mm up but there not eligible for shipping to Australia,

    ah well ill just buy something for my olympus instead

    • Gly

      Bummer… no love for Canada either…

    • Groosome

      Could try hopshopgo.com or similar forwarding service, but you’d have to look out for import duty and try to see if the shipping overall will still be worth it.

    • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

      Can’t you just order from bhphotovideo? Obviously you’ll need to pay shipping and possibly GST. I note that when calculating shipping costs, there’s a “country” popup menu containing Australia. When I lived in Australia, bhphoto used to send me catalogs in the mail (I remember drooling over the prices).

      • Kynikos

        B&H won’t ship USA models outside USA.

        • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

          Ah so you really do need a US address then. There’s a business opportunity there.

      • tim sims

        i buy from bandy in Australia all the time but they won’t ship nikon usa items

    • Fred Flintstone

      Yep, ripped again for living in Aus. On top of that, USA get 5 year warranty – we get 2 years and it’s presented like it’s oh so generous

  • lorenzo

    As I said on the previous thread:
    …never a rebate on lenses above $5k..
    and on those also no 4% reward from B&H

  • Mansgame

    None of the holly trinity lenses, but the 80-400 is a nice price break. I guess Nikon agreed that the original price was too high too.

    • lorenzo

      Agreed with you. I think the 16-35 is also a good lens and a good deal, all the others are just glass…

    • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

      What do you all think about replacing my 14-24? I only ever shoot landscape with wide angle and then at f8 and above using filters. 16-35 my best way out?

      • lorenzo

        I do have both lenses and considering to buy the Fotodiox filter adapter for the 14-24 – have you thought of it?
        http://nikonrumors.com/2013/09/07/fotodiox-wonderpana-145-adapter-kit-for-the-nikon-14-24mm-f2-8-lens-review.aspx/

        • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

          Yeah, it’s just so huge, and I already have a nice Lee system for 77mm.

          Usually I’m travelling by backpack.

          • rt-photography

            I would never get an F4 lens but thats just me. personally, id buy the Tokina 16-28mm 2.8. reviews show it as a stellar performer. $700 built like a tank, fast AF. very nice IQ.

            • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

              I don’t think that’ll help me.

            • desmo

              So,you’ll go with a poorer quality lens,
              just so you can say it’s one stop faster?

              In the mist , if you, can’t see the 16-35f4 go with the 14 f2.8 prime.

              I like my 16-35 and it travels well.

            • rt-photography

              youre needs are different then mine. I prefer 2.8 lenses, 1 brighter VF, 2 gives me the option for more light should I need it (although I never shoot completely open as a stop down always produces better IQ for me) 3, regarding the 16-35VR. VR isnt helpful for me for weddings. VR doesnt help with moving objects and so I rule out the 16-35. the other 2 lenses are the 17-35AFS (old tech, overpriced at $1800 and underperforms at 2.8 compared to the tokina) and the 14-28 AFS which is too expensive as well. if between the 17-35 and the 14-24, it would definitely be the 14-24, but since I hate using WA focal lengths(prefer 85-180mm) and I dont plan to use it to often in weddings, then the Tokina is the logical solution. add to the fact, its built like a tank, fast AF motor, lowish distortion/CA , very sharp, 2.8 and the best part, $700. you cant beat that.

              the 16-35 is a fine lens by reviews I read, but not rellevant to me. 14mm prime is not my thing. for me the tokina 16-28 is the logical chopice. IQ, build, and price wise.

        • Jeff Hunter

          I have the 14-24 and the Fotodiox filter adapter. It’s not as cumbersome as I thought it would be. It doesn’t stay attached to the lens, but it doesn’t take up that much room in the storage area of my backpack bag. I like it. I only use it for the polarizer for landscapes.

      • take my word

        I was in the same boat recently. Looked at all the third-party offerings as well. They all had their shortcomings (the Tokina mentioned in the thread has some major decentering QC issues btw.)

        14-24 is an amazing lens on paper, but for landscape work and traveling the 16-35 is a much more practical lens. Get it while the deal is live- you can always sell it at a profit later. At f8 you won’t see any difference in IQ while the 16-35 may actually be better at times because the 14-24 is a flare-magnet.

      • umeshrw

        If you can live with a horrible distortion (which cannot be corrected decently in post – reviews notwithstanding) and bad corners……

      • Mansgame

        The 14-24 is a special lens, but if you don’t need 14mm and it’s not getting use, why not? I wouldn’t do it myself…

    • MyrddinWilt

      The offer makes the 80-400 roughly the same price as the 70-200 which is the same weight which is a pretty good proxy for price.

      Seems that the initial price of that lens was just to make sure that it didn’t end up unavailable for months on introduction.

  • vc

    Wow, this sucks, I just prepared my money to get the 35mm f1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8

    • Kynikos

      I can get you an $800 rebate on the 35/1.4. It’s called “Sigma”.

    • Mansgame

      Just get a used 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D from ebay and be done with it. VR is nice but not $1300 more nice for many people.

      • Andrew

        I wouldn’t “just” get that older design 80-200 lens unless you know the pros and cons of each. Personally I have one and would love the newer VR copy for many legit reasons.

        • Mansgame

          After checking, it’s more like $1500 cheaper. For people who just want great optics and f/2.8 without the need for VR or ultra fast focusing, the 80-200 is a gem of a lens.

          • Andrew

            Yeah I just encourage looking at the pros and cons and potential failure points of either lens. The 80-200 is notorious for deveolping cracks in the af/mf selector ring, and developing a problem where it cannot manually focus because of the little plastic part inside that breaks. Easy enough to fix, but I’ve just listed two GIVEN design flaws in a lens that’s still sold. I feel Nikon should have fixed the two issues and I like to share with people what they are so if they’re too inexperienced to pull back the grip and fix it themselves they’ll be sending it to nikon for repair.

            Not to mention the 80-200 has an inherent focusing incompatibility with the D90 and other digital cameras due to “updates in Nikon’s AF systems” since the film days. Nikon actually

            All the above are issues I ran into with my copy and confirmed online, just sharing so others can research before jumping in. I still recommend it as a great lens on a budget, but if you can afford a newer design, and don’t want to have repairs or DIY fixes in your future (OR you have a D90 or other incompatible DSLR) I recommend the newer one.
            Different recommendations for different situations is all.

          • umeshrw

            Gem of a lens indeed. I have recently bought it due to monetary constraints. Nice IQ. But any recent camera owners have to check their copy for severe backfocus or front focus issues as this lens either needs af tune in excess of the available +/- 20 or it is dead accurate. If in need of AF tune then you are in a mess as it cannot be calibrated in nikon service center due to its old design. Also it has heavy corner issues wide open. It starts giving somewhat ok (corner) results from 3.5 onwards and is good at 4. Fantastic beyond that. I am going to use this lens for some time, collect enough money and buy 70-200 vr2. Till then using this lens

            • Andrew

              same here, I bought mine for 500 or 550ish, and it’s performed admirably.

              If you didn’t read my post above watch your af/mf ring for a hairline crack (so you dont loose a piece if it breaks off you can tape it early) and if you loose manual focus there’s plenty of info online on how to fix it with a little glue and 30 minutes of time.

            • umeshrw

              Thanks a ton. Will take care.

            • mikeswitz

              It was a great lens for my N90s, D100, D300.
              when I bought the D800 Nikon could no longer calibrate it so I sold it on ebay for about $550 after buying the VRII. On the D800 there was just no comparison between the two. Buyer was happy and so was I although I have no idea what camera he was going to use it on.

            • umeshrw

              I discussed the AF tune problem with my local nikon service center and the fellow over there told me that he would be able to do something about it. If he actually could then I would be most happy as I have bought mine just 20 days ago and it is giving me approx -26 or 28 AF tune value. Even after -20 tuning I am getting backfocus enough that if I focus on front eye then behind eye is sharp and front goes out. I am taking it there in a weeks time. Will let you people know what happens then.

    • Global

      Buy the Sigma 35/1.4 & a Nikon 70-200f/2.8 and you’ll feel like you got an even bigger discount than Nikon would have offered — plus the Sigma is a is a better lens.

  • Chet Williams

    what a bunch of boring lens…

    • Bob

      From the standpoint of boosting revenue, they’re perfect. Even with a rebate, how many people are going to buy interesting (specialty) lenses?

      • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

        Exactly, pros don’t buy lenses because they’re on sale. They buy them because they’re a necessity.

    • Chet Atkins

      … said no inspiring photographers.

      • Joven

        Inspiring or aspiring? There is a difference.

      • Chet Williams

        Couldn’t care less about being inspiring. I care about making a living. If you are happy with a bunch of f3.5 and f4 lenses good on ya!

  • Joe

    16-35 and the 80-400 are the only ones I would care about. Too bad I don’t need either.

  • lorenzo

    Admin, for some lenses (I saw for 24-120) even B&H offers [cheap] UV and polarizer filters. However, those $30 filters fit better in another place: the trash.

  • rt-photography

    sale doesnt seem like a sale. like they raised the prices before the sale then took off the amount. ripoff artists at bh. selling it for more than others.

    the 501.4G sells for $440 on amazon. so its basically only $40. and its selling for $381 on amazon without any sale. those greedy fucking people at bh.

    the 105VR sells for $800 on amazon without any sale.

    the 16-35 sells for $957 vs bh for $1000

    80-400 sells for the same price on both bh and amazon

    the 85mm 1.8g is selling for the same price on amazon as bh.

    28mm 1.8G is selling for the same price on amazon as bh

    WHERE THE FUCK IS THIS MYTHICAL SO CALLED SALE EXACTLY?

    • Joven

      You clearly don’t shop on Amazon very often. Amazon just updated their prices to reflect the Nikon rebate.

      This isn’t a B&H only sale, genius.

      • rt-photography

        I know the prices, but im saying that BH post it as if its a huge sale when they arent really cheaper than others.

        dont assume about others, because then youre just an ass of yourself.

        • lorenzo

          I think that the prices are fixed by Nikon for ALL their authorized dealers.

          • rt-photography

            yes, my point is bh advertise as if their sale is so great and with amazon it doesnt even note it and the prices are lower. the gear is by cameta and dont have an issue buying from them. win for me. Thanks Lorenzo!

            • lorenzo

              rt-photography, Mansgame is right. For the 16-35 f/4 B&H and Amazon have both the same price…

            • rt-photography

              I buy from amazon all he time. problem is when buying, one needs to note who the seller is. but cameta have been around for year. they are very reputable.

            • Michiel953

              If boring is what you want, you won’t be disappointed with that 50.

            • rt-photography

              I agree 100% 50 is a boring focal length and uinspriring.

            • zoetmb

              Every dealer advertises a Nikon rebate sale as if it’s their own and Nikon encourages that. Why wouldn’t they? They want you to buy from them.

              t don’t know if they did it this time, but in the Sunday newspaper supplements, they frequently print a color brochure with the Nikon lenses and it has the name of one dealer on it – whoever decided to go co-op advertising with Nikon. So that’s par for the course.

              BH did raise some prices on 4 of the 15 lenses before the rebates, but that’s probably due to Nikon’s strict enforcement over the last few years of minimum selling prices. And if it’s cheaper somewhere else, fine…buy it somewhere else, but make sure it’s not gray market.

              The 50 1.4 went from $439 to $484. The 10-24 went from $809 to $899. The 16-85 went from $629 to $699. The 105macro went from $899 to $984. (All prices BEFORE the rebate is added back in. All other prices are the same as they were on 12/23/13).

            • tomoyubu

              Amazon is selling 50mm 1.4G for $339.

            • John

              So does B&H

            • rt-photography

              “BH did raise some prices on 4 of the 15 lenses before the rebates, but
              that’s probably due to Nikon’s strict enforcement over the last few
              years of minimum selling prices. And if it’s cheaper somewhere else,
              fine…buy it somewhere else, but make sure it’s not gray market.”

              Exactly what irks me. their prices arent in line with others. cameta is a nikon dealer so wouldnt have an issue buying through amazon. BH has enough sales. I would go adorama before BH. bought from them for YEARS when I got into photography. very happy with their service. but today I need the lowest price.

        • Mansgame

          Nikon has very tight price controls over their dealers. As soon as midnight hit, all their dealers offered this sale.

      • Joseph Land

        Jeez, Mr. Poopy pants. Take it down a notch. There is more to life than being aware of lens sales. Get a life.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      it is a sale and they did not increase the pieces before the rebates

      • zoetmb

        Actually, they did on 4 of the lenses…see my posting above.

        • tomoyubu

          Yes BH did increase their price for 50mm 1.4G a few days prior to this rebate. BH was selling it for $439 then increase it to $489. I know, because I have been planning to buy the lens and noticed the increase of the price a few days ago. Amazon is selling it now for $339 and it is “G” version and not “D”!!!

          • John

            Stop being a troll. B&H sells it for $339 also.

    • nrreader

      Sale might not be interesting, but a sale is a sale.

      You are full of wrong info, 105mm vr is never sold below $825 for the last three years by amazon. See amazon’s price history:
      http://camelcamelcamel.com/Nikon-105mm-2-8G-ED-IF-Micro-Nikkor/product/B000EOSHGQ?context=browse

    • Mansgame

      These rebates are legit. I keep an eye on prices all the time and this is what they were 3 months ago.

    • John

      Save your vitriol for something that is actually happening, not just in your imagination.

      • Mansgame

        I was the first to jump on Nikon for their handling of the D600, but when they do something right, you gotta give them props.

  • Joven

    I was ready to spend money on the 85mm 1.4G, but now I can wait. $100 off the 1.8G isn’t really much to make me fork over my money, and the 105 2.8G frequently sells for $850-880 on Amazon anyway.

    ZZzzzz….

    • Groosome

      I thought that one was OK – 25% off with a filter at least for people in the US anyway. Lucky for me I’m not really shopping as I’ve carefully bought most of my gear 2nd hand from eBay

  • King

    Nikon’s wend of year/quarter sale is a burst before it even started !!!!!!

  • Marty

    It has been asked before, but why again is Europe always being shafted and missing out on any rebate? Like prices were already lower than the USA, NOT.

    • bert dol

      x1000. And if you buy an objective in the US to get some kind of rebate, you cant get it serviced in your own country.
      Guess Europe is considered the place to keep up the profit margins for Nikon. Higher prices, no rebates.

    • AM

      Because you guys are familiar with paying 50% on taxes anyway, so are very used with being bent over and ripped off left and right.

      • orpickaname

        ouch.

    • Naval Gunfire

      Just got my 70-200 f2.8 VRII during the last rebate here in the UK, Nikon run rebates in the UK quite often.

      • broxibear

        Hi Naval Gunfire,
        How much did it cost after the rebate ?

        • Naval Gunfire

          £1440

          • broxibear

            Around a £135 saving over the listed price ?…better than nothing.
            I’d love to know how much profit is made on the higher end lenses like the 70mm-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

            • Naval Gunfire

              Was a £160 rebate and it will be a business expense for me so you can subtract VAT from the £1440.

          • broxibear

            Around a £135 saving over the listed price ?…better than nothing.
            I’d love to know how much profit is made on the higher end lenses like the 70mm-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

  • Spy Black

    Aint’z cuttin’ you no slack on the 24-70mm f/2.8…

    • Mansgame

      They might offer that with a camera bundle at some point. They were doing that a few years ago.

  • JHP

    This smells. Until now B&H, Adorama, and Amazon had the DX 10-24 for 810 (90 below the list price). Now they offer a 150 rebate, but first have brought the price back to the list price, so now sell it for 750 (900-150). Is this Nikon or the 3 retailers doing? At any rate, while it is still 60 below the normal street price, it isn’t 150 cheaper than the normal prices. Nice try but no thanks.

    • rt-photography

      So basically $60, Not $150.
      A deceiving sale.

      • mikeswitz

        So what! If you need the lens buy it. If you don’t, who cares.

    • whisky

      in some countries this might be called price fixing.

      • zoetmb

        No. Price fixing is when two competing companies agree to sell something for the same price or agree to split markets.

        It used to be illegal in the U.S. for a manufacturer to set minimum selling prices (as opposed to minimum advertised prices), but the Supreme Court ruled a few years ago that manufacturers could indeed set minimum selling prices and Nikon (and Sony, as well as some others) do just that. Personally, I consider this price fixing, but this is the same Supreme Court that considers corporations to be people.

        There are some countries that don’t permit discounting at all (unless the laws have changed in the last few years, most products can’t be discounted in Germany, for example) but I don’t think there’s any country that permits discounting where dealers aren’t free to change prices at will.

    • mikeswitz

      If you need the lens 40 or 50 ollars really doesn’t make much difference. If it’s just cosime jewelry don’t buy it.

  • Neopulse

    Damn, I really needed that $200 rebate for the 85mm 1.4G :-( will there possibly be an update of sorts to this sale?

    • pokercoach

      If you can’t afford this expensive lens now because of the $200 difference, then I think you should just get the new 85mm 1.8 and not even worry about it. Get the 1.4 when you’re rolling in dough.

      • Neopulse

        Well actually the lens isn’t for me, is for a client (amongst many others) that I have that pays me to travel and get camera gear to then bring it back and sell it here. The $200 was going to help his wallet a bit more since the economy got worse just recently down here. Also other stuff I wanted to bring back next trip like the D4s to sell and make money off of it.

        • pokercoach

          I see…

          With that 1.4 money you should just get 10 first generation iPads and sell them at a profit in the country of your origin. Don’t put all of the eggs in one basket ;)

          • Neopulse

            Nah, I usually do special request sales. Never really sell anything unless it’s the latest and near impossible to get here kind of stuff. If it’s the latest, people want it and would charge it to their credit card and be in debt in order to have it. Just yesterday sold a D5300 body only for $1600+ dollars since it was the latest even though there were D5200s for sale for far less.

            • pokercoach

              In what part of the world is such curious place? I never realized that the 5000 line had such a following.

            • Neopulse

              It’s not that there’s a following. Just that in parts of the world people can’t get ahold of modern electronics such as digital camera, iPhones, etc. So people like myself help them and make a profit from it for personal needs.

            • Justice Pete

              Sound less like you’re “helping” them and more like you’re being an opportunistic scumbag. Helping people usually doesn’t mean price gouging them. Generally people “help” others out of kindness. In any case what you’re doing isn’t exactly legal and I hope you get screwed in the end. Actually I hope one of your clients robs you for screwing them over.

            • Neopulse

              What are you talking about? I AM helping a lot of people get things that they can’t normally get in a country where importation is banned. I don’t price gouge at all. The competition here actually charges around 10-15% more (if they actually have in stock) and I sell it at a fair price. Do you even travel? Do you know how much it costs to do so? I pay over $1200-$1400 dollars to go to the states including customs taxes and taxes for selling them online. Just because I’m selling something that people are demanding for and that the government DENIES them that freedom then you know what, I’m glad I’m a scumbag then. You’re probably someone who has the luxury of buying whatever they want because it’s at arms length. Not EVERYONE is lucky as you are in the world prick.

      • Joven

        I doubt that anyone is thinking, “oh, the 85mm is $200 cheaper, I can finally afford it!” Especially considering that the 85mm 1.8G is $500.

        It’s just nice to save money when you can. Even professionals like to save money where they can.

  • AM

    The most disappointing thing is that the 50mm with the silver ring is not included.

    • Mansgame

      I’m surprised they’re not including a free Df with every lens purchase.

  • TR_T-Rex

    As far as I remember, this instant rebate does not include many lenses that were included in last year’s instant rebate program. But I vaguely remember the scope of that program was not initially comprehensive, but by March they had added new lenses.

  • AM

    I guess the new 80-400mm is not selling well after all.
    I don’t know about you guys, but I think that anything with variable aperture or that is not at least f/2.8 shouldn’t be priced over $1500.

    • Pat Mann

      I’ll take the 500 f/4.

    • Mansgame

      I would agree with you and it’s tempting to compare it with the 70-300mm VR, but all indications are that it’s much sharper and better built.

    • whisky

      i wouldn’t read too much into this. nikon took a big chance on packing their top-shelf technology into a small package. once the “pent up” surge for the 80-400mm replacement fizzled … this lens became the relatively low volume seller it always was.

      Tamron’s strategic pre-announcement of the half-priced 150-600mm also had to hurt seasonal sales. this end of year discount reflects Nikon USA’s attempts to scale supply back to post surge demand. JMO.

  • Pat Mann

    Yay! The camera + lens rebates are still here. With the D800e, you can get $150 off on the 55-300 DX. There’s a stellar combo!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Has anyone tried to combine both rebate programs and get double savings?

    • Kynikos

      Oh for sure. Only a halfwit would pay more and restrict himself to 70-200 when the 55-300 brings out more focal range on the D/800/E.

      Oh.

      • AM

        Damn Nikon. Why doesn’t the D800 have a Nikon 1 mode so we can use Nikon 1 glass and have even longer reach?

    • Mansgame

      I was hoping they would include a bigger savings for a bundled deal for these lenses.

  • D700guy

    So, last time there were some pretty good choices. Two of my wish list lenses were there (85mm 1.4G, 70-200mm f2,8),
    This time it just seems like they’re trying to purge all the crappy lenses from inventory.. Only one decent lens in the bunch.

    • Maji

      So you think at least two of the following are crappy? 85/1.8, 28/1.8, 80-400 AF-S, 105 VR?

      • rt-photography

        I dont think the 80-400 should be in that list. why? cause its a big lens? I think its just meh.

        50’s are excellent lenses. boring, but excellent.
        28, yea, you need one of those. and the 85 1.8G is great but all have crap build/hood and slow AF. IQ is stellar.

      • Morris

        many are low end, then there are macro (which have a restricted market), and then the newest criticized for the high price 80-400

        but in most cases it looks like d700 guy says…

      • D700guy

        The 80-400 is definitely a crappy lens. I owned one once. I feel lucky to have pawned it off to some unlucky sole on ebay. I already have a 105mm 2.8, and every 50mm known to man. I am not at all interested in the 85mm 1.8 and I feel all the rest are just DX or kit lenses. If anyone needs these lenses then great, but there was nothing in that line up that interested me in the least. I’ve been waiting for a sale or rebate to pick up a 70-200, and an 85 1.4G, but I guess this wont be it.

        • VikingAesir

          Did you have the old $1,500 VR1 version or the new $2,400 VR2 version?

          • D700guy

            I had the old one. Biggest pile of shit I’ve ever bought. You couldnt pay me to take a chance on any newer version of it.

            • Naval Gunfire

              I’ve seen some stunning photos taken with the old 80-400 so either you got a defective lens or you aren’t able to get the best from it.

            • D700guy

              There always has to be some asshat who has to criticize someone’s ability with a camera when that person doesnt like a product. I’m surprised one like yourself waited so long to say something like this. The fact is; the lens had a very slow AF. It hunted and hunted and rarely found the mark. The AF also had some weird mechanical motor. Noisy and slow. The variable aperture isnt for me either. I much prefer constant and fast aperture vs a 4.5-5.6 or what ever it was. I did not like the lens so I got rid of it. I do know that there are many people who enjoy this type of lens otherwise they wouldnt make one. For my telephoto needs these days I use a 300mm f2.8, and when necessary I’ll put either a 1.4x or a 2x teleconverter on it.

        • Jeffnky

          I bought the new version of the 80-400 2 months ago and I am so happy with the lens I am not disappointed about missing the $400 rebate.

        • Mansgame

          The old one had a bad reputation. The new one has fairy dust in it and is better.

          • D700guy

            The bad rep was justified. It was garbage. I’m glad people are happy with the new model.

  • CBonney

    Do anyone know if they usually add others before the rebates end. I’ve been waiting a year for the 18-300.

    • saywhatuwill

      Probably not. This isn’t an all out blitz like it was last year when it was do or die.

  • whisky

    there are still some better deals to be found.

    Adorama sells the refurbished 28mm f1.8 G for another $100 less ($499.00), and the refurbished 24-85mm VR for still another $150 less ($349.00).

    Cameta sells the refurbished 24-85mm VR on eBay for just $319.00

  • aviachar

    Drat! I bought the 85mm 1.8 less than 3 weeks ago from Adorama. Has anybody tried price adjusting for a Nikon rebate?

    • Larrry

      They do have a “30 day, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee”, so you have 1 week left.
      Either return it outright and re-order, or to avoid return shiping, the conversation goes something like this…”Either adjust for the rebate or I return it.”
      Of course, day 31 you are SOL.

      • aviachar

        Thanks. Yeah worst case I would have to return it but that is such a hassle. Hope they are sensible about it.

    • Mansgame

      When it comes to rebates, they’re pretty funny about adjusting prices.

      • aviachar

        That is what I am afraid of! I am going to try anyway.

  • gh

    Some of you guys always worry about the quality of a lens and put down other photographers for not having “expensive” lenses. Does it make some of you guys kind of…you know…. immature?

    • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist
    • Naval Gunfire

      I’ve been a Nikon user for almost 30 years now and the attitude never changes. Some people will always be pissed off that Nikon isn’t giving away their best glass for £100 and will whinge incessantly about how unfair it is that they can’t afford their dream lens.

  • eric

    Well, I’m glad I didn’t wait to get my 70-200 the last time they were on sale. Its odd that none of the “Trinity” are on the list this time around.

    I’m really tempted with the 85 though.

  • Jay G

    Better than nothing, I guess, but none of these move the needle enough for me to take the plunge. Still have never had a problem buying refurbs.

  • Larrry

    Looks like the 16-35 rebate is popular. Now backordered at B&H and Adorama.

  • TrP

    I have a NIkon 24-85mm for sale if anyone if looking for one. Contact Me

    • Mansgame

      This isn’t Craigslist.

  • LevanV

    I just traded my 50mm 1.8D for 50mm 1.4G. overall – paid around $189 and therefore I am happy

  • Joseph Land

    Holy smokes, you have to act FAST when buying these lenses! I work nights and had been checking out the 16-35 for a couple days. Suddenly, 0100 the price dropped 300$ and ordered it, but later canceled. The next day, when I finally decided for good it was sold out in Amazon, B&H and Adorama. I finally had to find one on eBay. It seemed like amazon was selling about 10-15, 16-35s an hour!

  • RBR

    Odd…the 50mm f/1.4 is listed as a $100 rebate, but when you click on the link it is only $50.

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