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Nikon lens rebates extended, new D610 price drop and other deals

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→ The Nikon instant lens rebates in the US were extend and are now valid till March 29th. I doubt that they will be extended again.

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The regular Nikon DSLR body + lens rebates were also extended.

Nikon-D7100-sale
Up to $500 off Nikon D7100 kits.

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→ The Nikon D610 received a new $100 price drop and now sells for $1,896.95 (incl. free shipping, accessories and 4% rewards). The D610 currently sells for $1,716.79 on eBay (grey market).

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→ The price of the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G lens also dropped to $1,899.

Nikon-1-J1-lens-kit-sale
→ Nikon 1 J1 camera with two lenses on sale for $229.

Nikon-Coolpix-A-camera-sale
→ New Nikon Coolpix A camera for $659 (grey market).

Nikon-SB-910-flash-sale
New Nikon SB-910 for $455 (reg. $546.95).

→ There is also a new Spring Cashback promotions in the UK and Ireland:

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  • Jeff Hunter

    Smart decision regarding income tax refund time in the U.S. I have my eye on the 105 f2.8 micro!

    • Rock Kenwell

      Nikon shoudda priced the D600/610 at $1699 since release. All these lens shouldda priced at these prices ALL THE TIME! No wonder their sales are dropping the entire year!

    • Rameses the 2nd

      Samy’s Camera (Nikon Authorized Reseller) is selling 105 f 2.8 micro for $734. Calumet Camera has 105 listed for $714. Both of them are currently on backorder, but so are Adorama and B&H. Mine shipped this morning and I am looking forward to play with my new toy.

      • AM

        Those seem to be grey market prices.

        • Rameses the 2nd

          I called Samy’s and confirmed. They don’t sell grey market lenses at all and they are authorized Nikon reseller. Calumet is as good as B&H, so I am sure they are selling the legit US version too. You can always call them and confirm.

          B&H, Adorama, and Amazon just jacked their prices to &985 before providing that so called “$185″ rebate.

          • Jeff Hunter

            Calumet is the Chicago version of B&H. They’ve been around a very long time and are top-notch!

      • Jeff Hunter

        Thanks for the info. Last night I ordered mine from Amazon for $796 (12 months no interest). I didn’t want to wait for a backorder to arrive. Spring is just around the corner here in Louisiana (even though it was 26 degrees last night) and the bees will be active as soon as the azaleas start to bloom. The installment payments are a plus since I just bought a Sony 65″ 4K TV to get the most out of my D800 images. And they look spectacular on that thing! I don’t have a computer with a 2160 sized graphics card yet so I have to copy full-sized jpegs to a USB flash drive and plug that into the TV’s USB port. To really see the detail it’s best to pull up a chair and sit about five feet in front of the screen, and wow, just wow, what an image!!!

  • Spy Black

    I wonder if the D610 will achieve Nikon’s original intentions with the D600, which is getting everyone on the full frame bandwagon…

    • Eric Calabros

      It didnt work for Canon as canonits still beg for mark2 of their 7D

      • rt-photography

        not up to date on the 7D issue, fill me in..

        • Michiel953

          Same endless pining as for the D400 I guess.

      • Spy Black

        Didn’t quite get that, beer, wine, or rum?…

        • AM

          Or weed?

    • Mansgame

      It will eventually but take a few more years. All it takes is try full frame and there is no going back.

      • D800-fan

        I use a D800 and a D7100 together. Yes the Full frame has

        a shed load of advantages but the image output from the D7100 is not that far behind the FF body. Photographing some Steam Engines yesterday the difference was only obvious when I’m shooting towards the light. Underexposing the D7100 to -2.7EV solved that problem.

        • Wilhelm Klink

          “Shed load.” Good one. I’ve not heard that expression before.

        • Morris

          send me your d800 and good luck!

        • umeshrw

          Use the 7100 in low light. You will know the difference. Where 7100 quits the 800 starts. And I use 800 and 7100 together too. Then again 7100 has the advantage of more reach and being able to use all my 1.8 lenses at full open aperture where as for 800 I have to compulsorily use those lenses at not less than 2.8. Optimally 3.5 for required DOF.

          • Spy Black

            The 800 doesn’t look that great in low light. The 600 is much better. I wonder if the 7000 would have better low light than the 7100 because it has larger photosites, although I believe the 7100 has a newer processing engine. Dunno.

      • Rob

        If someone gave me a new D610 I would swap it for a D3300 plus a couple of lenses.

        • Spy Black

          That’s an awesome setup for cat videos. ;-)

          Seriously, a D5200-5300 and some lenses wouldn’t be such a bad alternative.

        • Aldo

          I would get a d7100 (refurbished), 35mm 1.8g , 50mm 1.8g … 18-55mm VR and take my wife out for steak dinner and pay the baby sitter.

    • bond

      full frame at 399 will achieve that goal

      no oil. and discounted FX lens will also help.

      • Spy Black

        Actually, I think FF under $1000 may achieve that goal. D610 has no oil issues, so that’s no longer relevant. Reasonably priced FX glass would certainly help.

  • rt-photography

    just clicked a few and all of those I did are out of stock or backordered. does this mean that if the sale is over they would still honor the sale price as a rain check?

    • AM

      Adorama will do. I ordered the micro 105mm yesterday as I thought the rebate was going to expire. I spoke with somebody at Adorama a couple of days back and she told me that even though the lens is backordered, they will honor the rebate price if I pre-ordered.

  • Andrew

    The D610 is an exceptional pro camera, but does it make you want to buy it if you do not have the need? I guess not. The D7000 was a real stunner when first unveiled with its magnesium alloy body at half the price of what would have been expected in a prosumer camera with such features. The D610′s current shutter speed should have be faster by a factor of 2 and its focus points should have matched that of the D7100 and D800. And its video features/performance should have been on a par with the D800. These are the possible reasons why it is not a hot selling item, though I am sure it is a good seller. But lacking these features, if in contrast the D610 was priced at $1,599, then it would definitely have been a stunner.

    But at $1,899, the D610 not only lacks some of the key features of the D7100 and D800 as outlined above, it does not even seem to take advantage of the EXPEED 4 image processor by giving us 1080p at 60 fps (frames per second) video performance. But understandably, Nikon released the D610 before its normal release cycle to take care of a well know issue with the D600, so we will not complain.

    But when the next version, the D620 is released, if it addresses all of the shortcomings in the existing model – the D610, then at $1,899, it will be an awesome value. So in conclusion, the D610 being an exceptional pro camera makes it a recommended buy. But the D620, which may be released next year needs to be an awesome camera for one to be induced to abandon their perfectly good camera to buy it. And that is how Nikon would expand its market share. Nikon needs to be more aggressive and once more it needs to exceed our expectation as it did with the D7000 and also the D800 with its 36MP sensor and $3,000 price – which replaced that ridiculously expensive $8,000 24MP D3x camera.

    • ShaoLynx

      Good POV. Nikon seems to be going rather slowly of late.
      And when they have the opportunity to shine, QC fails.
      Concerning you final statement: I agree, but watch out for the bomb shells the D3X guy are going to drop on ya!
      Must be the fortune they spent on the camera…

    • Mansgame

      Maybe you don’t work for Nikon after all. Everybody who follows Nikon knows that the D610 is really the D600. There is no advancement in it at all and is the technology Nikon had out a year and a half ago with the D600.

    • Vin

      I agree with your logical conclusion and evolution, lets throw in 7.5 fps, built-in Wi-Fi, and Android and iPhone remote control. I personally would like a newer compact prime update to the 20mm 2.8D. Last and well not quite least, a D400 so we can get on with it. Yes Nikon seems to be moving rather slow. Definitely not ahead of the game.

    • codeNsnap

      Agreed. This is why I’m just hanging on to my D7000. If they address even just the AF points I will jump on it.

      • umeshrw

        They have more than addressed the AF points with 7100. Now the buffer and FPS is another story. But it may not be a dealbreaker for many.

    • said it

      Need D4s ISO, 24mp, new 75 AF points system… in D900.

      • rt-photography

        youre right, but I think the D800s will be released first. specs above is perfect. even D3s low iso is great.

    • Spy Black

      I don’t think you’ll see a faster shutter, but it may see Expeed 4 and possibly a slightly faster FPS.. Nikon seems to want to nickle & dime on items like Wi-Fi and GPS on DSLRs, so it’s hard to say if we’ll see that on a body like this. You’ll probably get more video options. There may be more focus points, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. This is the low end FF model in the FF line, so I wouldn’t place a wishlist like that on this camera.

      • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

        I think Nikon has settled on dials, FPS, buffer, and (to a lesser extent) AF as the key differentiators for “pros”. The D4s also has small RAW which may or may not be treated as a pro differentiator. They clearly don’t think video, GPS, WiFi, et al matter much to pros because they put those on entry-level cameras.

    • Michiel953

      Why do you think the D600/610 is a pro camera?

      • Aldo

        Because you can use it professionally in your profession to take professional photos in a professional environment.

        • umeshrw

          So can one use a 3xxxx camera. That doesn’t make it a pro cam. What makes a pro cam is the ability to be used in variety of shooting conditions and situations.

          • Aldo

            The d610 has the “ability to be used in a variety of shooting conditions and situations”.d3k d5k series lack dedicated buttons.. weather sealing.. double memory card slots… auto focus fine tuning and optional battery grip (which are becoming essential not so much for comfort, but for extended shooting in a professional environment).

            • umeshrw

              What I meant to say was – Ability to use fast and reliably in most conditions (adverse or easy) and in most no. of situations (sports/wildlife/weddings/macro etc) with equal ease that too without doubt that it may not fail. – In those respects amateur bodies fall short. One may use them ( I would ) but it wouldn’t be the same. The AF unit quality, sensor and other such tech may be time dependent but generally the companies include the cutting edge tech in them in latest iterations like as that of D4s. Whereas bodies like 6xx may get intentionally crippled in that respect inspite of having fantastic sensor and IQ. These are the same reasons people are clamouring for D300s replacement inspite of having 7100 at hand.

            • Aldo

              I get what you are saying… and your point of view… however that’s all it is. Each photographer has his/her definition of what a pro body is. To some it’s speed (fps).. others built quality (full metal body)… The truth is that times have changed since the d700, d3s, d3x, d300s. The way cameras are made and marketed have also changed. Cameras come out every 1-2 years now and photographers buy a particular brand/model for their specific needs. I think sometimes we fail to see these changes,hold on to our older gear and wait for a d400 that may never come.

            • umeshrw

              I agree with you.After all I did say ” I would use amateur bodies” but then again I do not work in adverse conditions or need FPS or very quick AF speed in my type of work.

        • guest

          There is no such thing as a “professional” photographer.

          There is not a governing body and requisite exams or anything of the sort.

          Stop perpetuating this myth of a “professional” photographer.

        • Michiel953

          That’s some pretty convincing answers…

          And I was thinking in my endless naievity that there still was a difference between professional and non-professional cameras. But now I understand that anything a professional photographer uses for a camera is a professional camera.

          Problem solved!

      • Mansgame

        NPS lists it as a pro camera.

    • umeshrw

      What makes you say that 600/610 is a PRO camera?

      • Mansgame

        NPS.

        • umeshrw

          Nikon has listed it as consumer camera. Also NPS india doesn’t recognize it and 7xxx series as pro bodies.

      • conan

        pro body has

        + flash sync terminal – for strobes
        + 91K exposure meter – like D4 and D4s
        + dials – relevant for quick setting change… instead of a knob with portrait mode, scene mode, etc
        + feels bigger and stronger

    • Aldo

      Actually if the d600 had the 51 pt focusing system and no oil issue… It would have been an absolute success at 2k dollars. A used one would probably still be worth around 1.7k at least, instead of being priced like a used d700.

    • umeshrw

      Maybe they learned their lesson with failure of ridiculously priced D3x ?

  • Gum Grimsom

    This put me over the edge. D610 just ordered; and I think I’ll sell my D7100 in the near future. Most of my glass is FX since, prior to the D7100, I shot with an F100 (and still do from time to time).

    • Mansgame

      If you don’t need a second body, ie. shoot weddings or other events where you can’t afford for one body to fail, sell your D7100 now. It’s a pain to have mixed bodies.

      • Gum Grimsom

        Agreed. My F100 will serve just fine as my backup body ;-)

      • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

        D7x00 uses same battery as D6x0, which actually makes them quite nice pairs.

  • Truth

    D700S (D700 body/D4 sensor) + Nikon grip (optional higher FPS) = Profit!

    D610 + price drop = …

    • AM

      If you need a pro body, with grip, high FPS rate, and the D4 sensor, just buy a D4. Its price is dropping now that the D4s is out.

    • Aldo

      or 39pt (center cluttered) system… carry over bad rep from d600 = price drop

  • Marcel Speta

    Does someone here use D610 for wildlife? I am pretty thinking of this DSLR for this purpose. Actually i am using D3s, D700 and D300 and Nik 300/2.8 VR2 + TC’s. So the 24Mpx with good ISO is welcome. When Nikon produce D5 with 24Mpx sensor that would be mine camera too, but i am not feeling need of D4(s) now as long as i am using great D3s.
    24Mpx i need for crop , resolution and DR (14,4 EV). I have no experience with this class and have no idea what kind of limitations i may be facing to. Ok the burst will be lower, is that everything?

    thanks for advice

    • D800-fan

      I depends what sort of wildlife you are photographing. Birds in flight and I’d go with something like a D700 (faster shutter) or D7100 for the extra reach. For small stuff (birds on a perch and smaller) then the FF body is the perfect match.

      • Marcel Speta

        mostly birds (from big ones to small ones), but i am not only focused on birds. Everything what seems to be interesting. Even sport.
        D3s and D700 i have already as mentioned. I am looking for higher resolution, but great DR and ISO. I am only suspicious about AF system in D610, but the sensor looks very good.

        • Aldo

          “suspicious about the AF system in D610″ I would think wildlife is the one who would benefit the most from having those points cluttered in the middle. I wanna say d800 for you though. It seems that you got other bases covered. If you want more res, why not go all out? Even dx mode will give you around 16mp and boost your fps up to 6. And even at 16mp, you have more res than your other bodies.

          • Marcel Speta

            I’ve tested D800 already, but was not happy with ISO. Ultrahigh res is also very problematic to get really sharp picture. Its weird but true, i didn’t have any problems on D3s but with D800 i was not able to make really sharp picture with tele lens. OK i am talking about sharpness at 1:1 view :) So i was thinking about 24Mpx which could provide more mercy …

            • Jeff Hunter

              I use a D800. Image sharpness essentially depends on shutter speed (and of course focus) given the situation. For hand-held you made need to go as high as 1/1000 or faster (depending on lens choice and subject matter). For tripod mounting (for static subjects) I always use the 3 second delay after pressing the shutter button to let any vibration dissipate. I couldn’t be more happy with my D800. I’ve used it for a wide variety of subject matter. I’ve hand-held a 70-200 with 2x tele-extender with VR on and have gotten tack sharp results, but the shutter speed has to be fast in those situations.

            • Marcel Speta

              … and that’s the problem… i am photographing wildlife mostly birds…. then using mirror up is not really useful, otherwise you are right.
              Shutter speed and ISO, this is something what is connected and i have problems to go over ISO 2000 with D800. Its too noisy already especially in dim environment… D4/D3s is still great here, but the resolution is lower. My mostly used lens is Nikkor 300/2.8 VR2 + eventualy TC’s, so this is a enough sharp lens. As said, with D3s there is no problem, but i would like to have sometimes more resolution to make a crop and still having enough good picture. I am convinced that 24Mpx sensor perfectly matches my needs (compromise between res and ISO capability and DR), but they provide it only in low-end DSLR and my wories are focused to AF and buffer/burst rate that’s all. I would be really hapy to have something like this but in D800 body and slightly bigger buffer (30 RAW shots is OK)
              If someone could confirm that D610 is useful even for wildlife with some marginal limitations then i am going to buy fourth body ;-)

            • Jeff Hunter

              I only use mirror-up on static subjects. I hand-hold for bird shots using a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. I’ve never used the 300mm f/2.8. That’s a heavy lens. I’m guessing it’s probably too heavy to hand hold and get consistently sharp results. Are you using a mono-pod with the lens? All the sports photographers I see standing on the sidelines of NFL games (American football) are using mono-pods for 300mm and larger lenses.

            • Marcel Speta

              ha ha ha … yes of course. I am using sturdy tripod with Gimbal Head on the top. This is one of the heaviest carbon fiber tripod. I am also using TC

              20E-III (=600mm) and this focal lenght without tripod would be insane act :-)
              Anyway using the tripod there is still some microshaking which is already visible on D800. As said on D3s its fine. But i am not willing to carry concrete piedestal to be absolute stable….
              Guys let it be. I have to find the way :-)

            • Jeff Hunter

              Good luck and happy photography!

            • Aldo

              I hear yah… well the 24mp sensor will give you a little bit more mercy… but not a lot. I have to deal with that motion blurness myself. ISO wise I think it’s about 2/3 of a stop better than the d800.

      • Mansgame

        The “extra” reach is fool’s gold and comes at a price. I’d much rather use full frame and crop it if need be and get the bigger pixels when I don’t.

        • Jeff Hunter

          I’ve had excellent results photographing birds in flight with my D800. With the 70-200 zoom focus tracking is fast and on the mark every time. And the extra pixels are invaluable when it comes to cropping!

  • Alex

    Inkley’s in Salt Lake was offering the D610 at $1899 months ago. Don’t think they advertised it at that price though, I think you had to ask them what the price was.

  • koenshaku

    I really wish they would release something above the D610 and slightly below the D800 in terms of megapixels.

    • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

      Seriously?

      • broxibear

        No…What I want is a sensor slot just like the CF/SD card slot. So I could I choose which type of sensor I want to use in a body, I could carry around several just like CF/Sd cards, a high iso D4s 16mp type sensor card when I need that, and a D800 36mp type when I need more MP.
        No need for another body with different sensors…just sensors you can switch as easily as changing memory cards.
        C’mon Nikon…how hard could it be ? lol.

        • Rock Kenwell

          Better yet, how about they adopt this idea but with disposable sensors? They could be sold in packs of 24 or 36. Oh, wait..

  • Richard Hopkins

    Bugger, I just picked up a D610 two weeks ago.

  • Larrry

    The D610 was effectively discounted last month as I was comparing D610 vs D800 with the 24-85 lens. Didn’t want fast glass as already have primes. While the 24-85 is one on the lens offered in the lens only special at $499, in combo $2799 D800 with lens became $3299, or $500 more and equal to the lens special. However, the D610 effectively had an unadvertised discount as the $1999 D610 with lens became $2299, or only $300 more which effectively gave it a $200 unadvertised discount equal to the $200 advertised discount on the D800.
    Sadly, this month the combo price remains $2299, unchanged.

  • broxibear
    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Nice!

  • Jeff Hunter

    Thanks Nikon Rumors for the heads up on the lens rebate extension. I just ordered a 105mm micro from Amazon. Their 12 month no interest financing rocks! To anyone interested in ordering from Amazon, there aren’t many left. Happy photography everyone!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      You are welcome!

  • ronin

    Sales way down. Prices too high. Must lower prices to meet the market for more sales.
    Plan to raise prices again in a month once the ‘promotion’ is over? Fine, watch sales drop again.
    Ultimately, the market determines the pricing, not the vendor.

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