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Reminder: Nikon’s “lens only” rebates are set to expire this weekend

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The current Nikon "lens only" rebates are set to expire this weekend (March 1st). There is a good chance that they will get extended in March without adding any other lenses. The current offer includes 15 Nikkors that are up to $400 off and you don't have to buy a DSLR body in order to qualify. The best deals are:

Amazon has also updated their prices to reflect the new lens rebates. Adorama offers also some additional free accessories (filters, etc.):

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  • drpeters

    Hopefully the 105mm f/2.8 VR will get an update and the rebate is to get rid of stock.

    • Kynikos

      Nothing wrong with the current version.

      • drpeters

        I’m not satisfied with how the lens transitions from focus to non-focused areas. On a person’s face, it can look like scar tissue. I’m hanging on to my older 105mm f/2.8D with a dinky 7 bladed aperture in the hopes that Nikon makes some adjustments in the next model of this lens, whenever that comes out.

        • lord eels

          it’s not a portrait lens, knucklehead.

          • AM

            “It’s medium-telephoto angle-of-view even creates beautiful portraits.” (Copied from Nikon’s site even with the grammar snafu: It’s vs Its).

            It seems that this lens is also marketed as a portrait lens. So now, who’s the knucklehead?

            • lord eels

              the view might but it’s not a portrait lens, it’s might be a poor man’s portrait lens, but it’s not a portrait lens. it has that “macro lens” bokeh, i.e. it is designed to be stopped down a lot

            • AM

              Poor man’s portrait lens? The last time I checked the Micro 105mm VR is more expensive than dedicated portrait lenses such as the 85mm f/1.8G.
              This just shows how disconnected from reality you are.

            • lord eels

              the 85/1.8g is not a portrait lens either. it’s a clinical reproduction lens with horrid bokeh. yes, the focal length means it can also be used as a poor mans portrait lens. you need experience, and should shut your mouth until you earn it.

            • D700guy

              Its more expensive than any of the 50mm lenses too. It’s an expensive portrait lens comparatively, and I think it has taken some of my best portraits. That telephoto compression it gives is gorgeous, better than a 70-200mm f2.8

            • lord eels

              you didn’t even know macro lenses are variable aperature depending on magnification. I don’t need tips from you.

            • drpeters

              I wouldn’t compare the 105mm f/2.8 VR with an f/1.8 lens. A fair comparison would be with an f/1.4 lens. The 105mm is not a hobby lens, as the f/1.8 lenses are.

          • DuncanM

            I use it all the time for portraits. This, the 135mm DC and Zeiss 135 Apo are three of the best portrait lenses ever.

            • lord eels

              it’s not a portrait lens, you might use it as one, because you are cheap, but that doesn’t make it a portrait lens.

            • DuncanM

              You’re an idiot. I have no idea why youre still allowed to post here.

            • lord eels

              I’d rather be thought an idiot, by the disgustingly cheap, than to use a Chinese macro from my portraits.

            • DuncanM

              Go back to /p/, no one here is interested in hearing you insult others on a daily basis.

          • D700guy

            I have taken some incredible portraits with it

          • drpeters

            It is a great lens, but flawed. Yes, it does portraits as well as macro. I’m not talking about portraits coming out with scar tissue, but macros.

    • lord eels

      not going to happen.

    • AM

      Well if that was the case, they already got rid of stock. It’s not available anywhere.
      However, I called Adorama and they assured me that they will be available shortly, so it seems that it’s still on production.

    • D700guy

      The 105mm f2.8 is a great lens. It does have some sort of aperture problem where it automatically adjusts to f3 when you want it to stay at f2.8, but other than that it has performed well.

      • DuncanM

        That’s the nature of the macro beast. To keep 1:1 reproduction without the barrel telescoping the lens focuses internally. When the lens groupings move their relationship with the aperture changes too. At 1:1 this lens is actually a f4.8 I believe.

  • lorenzo

    I hope that Nikon is quite desperate and it will extend the rebate to April.
    If so and get some tax refund will consider replace my old 80-400 with the new one. Admin, any more news about a new 16mm fisheye?

  • DuncanM

    Was hoping to see the 24-70 and/or the 70-200 on the list. The only real nice addition imo is the 105/2.8, which I did pick up. Nikon must not want my money badly enough.

    • D700guy

      exactly

    • Mansgame

      The 80-400 is no slouch but then they knew $2700 was too high.

    • Mansgame

      The 80-400 is no slouch but then they knew $2700 was too high.

  • Mansgame

    judging by a lot of the back-orders on certain lenses (one of which I already bought), this is a very popular rebate.

    • AM

      Sure it is as it’s not conditioned to buying a body to get the rebate.

  • Kynikos

    I don’t know why they don’t put D-glass on rebate to clear it out once and for all… some nice lenses there and I’m sure Nikon doesn’t really want 85 1.4D on the market cannibalizing the 1.4G sales.

  • JKP

    I wonder of rebate on D800E is coming back….Missed on that last time.

  • D700guy

    Let them expire. Maybe they’ll run a decent rebate with some lenses that someone actually needs.

  • Larrry

    Now if the just had the in stock. So many have been backordered since day 1, like the 105 f2.8 vr and the 16-35 f4. Not even available on Nikon’s store as the ‘where to buy’ directs you out to other vendors where backordered. What a way to have a sale.

  • Michael

    Amazon rebates are gone? (at least on 85)

  • AlphaTed

    Let it end now, I got the 85/1.8 already. Don’t tempt me with the 80-400. Gheeesh.

  • Aldo

    85 1.8g… despite the heavy chromatic aberration… it’s my fav lens as it is super sharp at 1.8… where most lenses are get soft.

    • lord eels

      only new photographers value sharpness above all else. the 85/1.8g is a landscape telephoto, IMO, the bokeh is THAT awful and cheap looking.

      • D700guy

        Sharpness is valued by any photographer who values detail in their photos,

        I regard a sharp image as one of the number one criteria for its saleability and I am not new at this at all.

        • Aldo

          That’s because you can correct almost everything from a raw file… exept sharpness… I guess you are a new photographer too according to eels =]

      • D700guy

        Wait, you think that an 85mm is a landscape lens?
        ……bwhahahhahahaha.
        I concur with a post above, you are an idiot.
        Have a nice day.

      • Exm3racer

        While I think you are kind of a d*ck, I agree with what you are saying about the quality of lenses. I wish I could buy the 85 1.8g but I won’t as the bokeh is ugly. Same thing for the 50 1.8g. Same thing for most Zeiss glass. Too much weighting is put on sharpness above all else. My problem is I can’t afford the 1.4 versions so I am kind of stuck.

        • DuncanM

          __ Zeiss
          __ Ugly bokeh

          Pick one.

        • Aldo

          Contrast…. distortion… color rendition… and sharpness… those are the qualities you want on a portrait lens… bokeh is only ugly depending on your own personal preference. The 1.8g excells at all of the above… the 1.4 is simply better… although it is a tad soft fully opened.

      • Aldo

        You can correct CA… you can’t correct sharpness… unlees you want your picture looking cheap and crispy… all new photographers know this… exept you. 85mm is a landscape lens… 105 isn’t for portraits? I expected you to be better informed… you are making the posers look bad.

  • zenji

    I’ve asked the mods to move this thread to Huffington Post. Better fit.

  • koenshaku

    the 24-120mm was tempting

    • DuncanM

      Its really meh to be honest, especially at $1300. This thing should be $750 on sale.

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