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The Nikon lens only rebates will expire this week and will not be extended

Nikon-lens-rebates-March-2014The current Nikon US instant lens only rebates are set to expire on March 29th and they will not be extended again (the lens only rebates are available for only two months to boost sales before the end of Nikon's financial year).

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The regular Nikon DSLR body + lens rebates will also expire on March 29th. I believe those savings will be extended.

Few other recent price drops (not sure if they will be extended next month):

Adorama offers the same Nikon lens rebates. Amazon also updated their prices to reflect the new lens rebates.

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  • NFan

    Any chance or news when they will give any discount on Nikon D800E? Its priced at the max level now.

  • NFan

    Any chance or news when they will give any discount on Nikon D800E? Its priced at the max level now.

  • Steve

    I couldn’t resist and I got the 24-120VR F/4 even as I am still a DX user, gone are the kit lenses from my bag, only keeping the 12-24.

    • Aldo

      nice.. congratz on the lens and savings.

    • Eric Duminil

      18-55 is actually a great lens : sharp, small, cheap and good macro.

    • mikeswitz

      Congrats, its the lens that is most often on my D800.

  • AM I Am

    I ordered a micro 105mm vr few weeks ago but it’s still backordered.
    I wonder if the rebate price will be honored if the rebate expires and it’s still not available.

    • nsbancroft

      Is there any possibility of canceling? Amazon has them in stock.

      • AM I Am

        I’m using some rewards at another seller, so I’ll wait until the last minute to decide what to do.

      • Larrry

        I had no problem cancelling with Adorama, except is not online – you have to speak with a live person. After being on the 16-35 backorder list for a month, wasn’t impressed when I walked into the local camera store and saw 3 in stock. Stalled a few days until had a had a paid gig I wanted to use that and my new D610 that arrived a week prior. Even checked in the parking lot to make sure hadn’t been shipped, then cancelled and made the purchase. Had another paid gig before Adorama finally got them in stock.

  • nsbancroft

    Amazon still has the 105mm in stock. I just ordered one!

    • Jeff Hunter

      I bought the 105mm micro from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Have fun with it!

      • Khruschev

        I did too. Did yours come with the rear cap loose and about to fall off like mine?

    • lorenzo

      Quite funny at B&H:
      the Imported version of it costs more than the US version.

  • lorenzo

    Controversial dilemma on the 80-400 mm: good or bad, buy or not?
    Before the deadline expires this Saturday, I would like to get feedback from whom has bought this lens as there are several negative remarks on B&H reviews. Thanks!
    P.S. I know that the 400mm f/2.8 is better but I can’t afford it :-(

    • Jeff Hunter

      I don’t have any experience with this lens, but there are quite a few reviews on Amazon.

      • lorenzo

        Unfortunately they can’t be sorted (most negative first).
        I read few of them and saw people giving “Excellent lens” and at the same time only 3 stars out of 5.
        Mansurovs review has mixed feelings: he returned the first lens and found focus chattering after 300 mm and softness at 400 mm.
        Ken Rockwell likes better the 70-300.
        I don’t know if I want to buy it or not.
        I have the old one and it is really garbage. Putting a TC-20E III (which I should buy as I have the old 20E II that is also garbage) on the 70-200 f/2.8 won’t be great.
        I would have trusted more someone here, hope some will reply.

        • Jeff Hunter

          You can in fact sort by star ratings. Go to the horizontal bar graph at the top of the review list. On the far left, click on the blue; one, two, three, four, or five star column description words and you will get only the reviews corresponding to those particular ratings.

          I think it’s pretty easy to return or exchange Amazon orders within the first 30 days. I’ve ordered several lenses from them in recent years and so far no problems. There’s always going to be some unlucky customer that gets a faulty unit once in a rare while.

          • lorenzo

            I see only 2 choices there on the blue bar:
            Most Helpful First | Newest First

            • Jeff Hunter

              The graph is above the very first customer review on the left edge.

            • lorenzo

              I found it thank you.
              The Amazon bad reviews aren’t so many and surely there will always be someone that is disappointed. For the unlucky customers I think to be at the top of them. If Nikon makes the most defective lens (or camera)… I get it!
              Some say bad also of the 200-400mm f/4 and they really suggest the 400 f/2.8 but the difference in price is over $6,700 and as B&H suggested: “I don’t need that lens for a professional activity or for a safari”. B&H is my preferred store, they also do exchanges and returns within 30 days.

              I think I will get this 80-400…
              Thanks Jeff.

            • Jeff Hunter

              Glad you found it. I like B&H too. I’ve been taking advantage of Amazon’s interest free terms via their credit card. Depending on how much you spend you can get a 6 or 12 month term. You would qualify for 12 months on the lens you’re looking at. Occasionally they offer 24 months, like they did on the 14-24mm zoom I bought last year. I just became active again in photography a couple of years ago. I took a long hiatus since the film days, so I needed to buy a lot of digital gear in a short amount of time. The D800 reignited my enthusiasm big time two years ago. Spreading out the payments allowed me to build my kit pretty quickly. Enjoy your lens!

            • lorenzo

              Good for you Jeff!
              I keep buying stuff and put it in the closet, instead. I was active until 2011 then broke up with my photographer girlfriend and stopped going out for pictures… have to do something about this!

    • Jeffnky

      I have had this lens for a few months and it is my favorite, replacing my sigma 120-300 2.8. It focuses just as well as my nikor vr 1 80-200 2.8 with the added reach of 400. I bought it right before the rebate and when it was announced I was not upset at all because I am so happy with the lens.

      • lorenzo

        Thank you for the photos Jeffnky.

        I am not sure but are they completely on focus? They appear quite soft and that would confirm what some people say. I don’t know how to see the Exif data here, what camera did you use, set the fine focus tuning?

        I still would buy the lens and if it is bad return it.

    • m35g35

      I bought the lens last summer for my D800E. I can say it is tack sharp, edge to edge. Is it fast, no, however, I knew that when I bought it. I use it for landscape and does a wonderful job. The AF is fast and accurate as I tired it on some wild life. I highly recommend the lens, plus the savings go for it. You will not be disappointed.

    • Brent Nora

      I have bought this lens the minute the rebates went live.
      I must say that it is plenty better than expected.
      Auto focus is fast and correct every time.
      I came from using the 28-300mm to using full time 80-400mm Gold Ring G not D lens

  • LarryC

    My 16-35 arrived a couple of weeks ago and while I’ve only had the chance to play around with it a bit, so far it seems like a very likable lens.

    • nsbancroft

      I love mine on my d610. Proof is in the pudding. http://500px.com/photo/58163774

    • decisivemoment

      Absolutely lovely lens, and a bit different from what I expected. 35 better, 24 not quite as good (only slightly better than 35), 16 MUCH better than expected. Use at any aperture 16-22, and at f5.6 or below for most purposes thereafter.

  • Geo

    Got 85mm 1.8G lens from Best Buy. Paid $315 for it (had a few certificates worth $110 in total). Very happy!

  • Mansgame

    I like these rebates. Except for the 14-24mm and used 50mm, all my current lenses had some sort of rebate. It’s the only way I can mentally justifying spending thousands of dollars on a lens.

  • JohnT

    The only thing holding me back from buying a 24-120 f/4, is waiting on more Sigma 24-105 reviews.

    • Larrry

      One the last day of the sale, order both, do your own review, return one before the credit card bill is due. Also, perhaps during that 30 days time the professional reviews might be posted.

    • AM I Am

      People normally tend to see only the retail price and some short term variables to make a purchase decision.
      I recommend you look at the expected value of each lens before deciding what to buy. Bottom line, with Sigma product you have better chances of getting a defective product just out of the box, or a product that will break in the short term.

  • bert dol

    Can somebody tell Nikon that not every customer lives in the US? Getting pretty tired of seeing those US rebates…

    • Naval Gunfire

      Not sure where you live but they do plenty of rebates across Europe.

  • decisivemoment

    No surprise there. End of their US financial year is March 31. I’d say check the financial reporting year of your local subsidiary and you can pretty much get a handle on when the best rebates are going to be.

    Also, whatever happened to the 300/4 VR? Vaporware? Kidnapped by accounting? Marketing and engineering mud-wrestling for who gets the credit?

  • Dan

    Bodies on sale next??

  • MyrddinWilt

    The price drop on the 24-120 f/4 and 80-400 had better be permanent if they want them to sell.

    The 24-120 f/4 is listed at $1300 which isn’t a lot less than the 24-70 f/2.8 at $1850. And it weighs only a little less. It does have VR though. $1300 is however a lot more than the $350 that the 24-120 f/3.5-5.6 goes for. I think $1000 should be the normal price on that lens.

    The 80-400 was priced high on introduction and there is nothing wrong with Nikon using price to thin out the early demand for a lens people have been waiting a decade for. But it is really too high.

    That said, I am going to pull the trigger on a 24-120 from B&H as soon as shabbat is over. They have the same price as Amazon with two filters and no tax.

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