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Weekly Nikon news flash #267

Sigma 10-20mm f:4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens
→ You can get the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens for $385 at Adorama with coupon code 1SIGMASALE at checkout.

Photographer's-Guide-to-the-Nikon-Coolpix-P600-book
→ New book: Photographer's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P600.

Nikon lens fixed with a beer canNikon lens fixed with a beer can 2
This Nikon lens got fixed with a piece of aluminum from a beer can.

→ I received a report that Nikon Netherlands raised the prices of lenses by 4% since last week. For example, the 24-120mm f/4 lens now costs €1,029, compared to the €989 price from last week.

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  • nwcs

    That lens both tastes great and is less filling.

    • mikeswitz

      I think I’m seeing some oil spots.

      • silmasan

        Sweet.

  • broxibear

    Who says full frame DSLRs are too heavy and big for small hands ?…

    http://vimeo.com/98212302

    • Spy Black

      That’s like hearing fingernails scraping down a blackboard…

      • silmasan

        I was frowning at the relevance of your comment when I … OUCH!!!

        • fred

          She drives the D4…like a D9 (bulldozer). :-)

  • Kynikos

    That price hike example is 4%.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      4% it is

      • Tim Buschar

        I see that 42nd Street Photo has the 14-24mm on sale for $1,729 and the 24-70mm for $1,549. That sound too good to be true, do you think these are gray market?

        • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

          42nd Street Photo is a rip off shop. Always has been. Always will be. You as a good consumer should always research an online retailer before purchasing from there.

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          Most likely. Nikon enforces their prices and if you see a deal, there is something wrong.

  • Spy Black

    One thing to take away from the beer can article is exactly how poorly made one of the most expensive lenes in Nikon’s line truly is. I wonder if those lenses lasts even five years.

    • Global

      Well, the repaired lens is at least 7 years old — and up to 16 years old (as this lens was introduced in 1998). Considering the lens was “covered in dirt”, we can’t speculate how it was treated.

      Although the article focuses on a beer can replacement only he baseboard for the electronics for replaced (something stiff for the flexible electronics to sit on) — the electronics were fine.

      More concerning to me is that there were missing screws.

      • Spy Black

        True about the age, but the broken bearing is not a good sign.

        • Carleton Foxx

          A more ominous trend is that thanks to Nikon’s parts policies independent shops now have to improvise Mad Max type repairs on expensive and delicate equipment. But when the repairs don’t stand up, Nikon’s reputation will be further tarnished. I just don’t understand their logic. If Porsche and Ferrari sell repair parts, why can’t Nikon?

  • http://www.jonathandlopez.com Jonathan D. Lopez

    Wonder what caused the Netherlands Nikon prices to jump. The value of their money seems to be decently stable.

    • ShaoLynx

      LOL, you silly, that would be the Euro.
      Of course it’s stable. It’s the same currency as where I live…
      …wait a minute: prices going up?! Dang!
      OK, so maybe not so funny ;-)

      • http://www.jonathandlopez.com Jonathan D. Lopez

        Which is why I was asking. So weird, eh? Legislative changes I wonder? New taxes perhaps…

      • http://www.jonathandlopez.com Jonathan D. Lopez

        What’s interesting is that Amazon UK has the D800 for $500 less than the United States. That’s quite the difference, especially since I remember people talking about how expensive electronics are there.

        • broxibear

          That’s not right Johnathon.
          The Amazon UK D800 price is £2000 ($3400 US)
          The B&H D800 US price is $3000 (£1767 UK)

          • http://www.jonathandlopez.com Jonathan D. Lopez

            Shoot, I always forget that it’s British POUNDS, not Euros in the UK. Ever since I stopped buying on eBay, hahaha.

  • lorenzo

    Unless I am wrong the 24-70 is NOT VR… yet.
    When did Nikon make an announcement for it?
    The ad above in that store doesn’t say VR.

  • Hans

    Ouch, even the 50 1.8G is now 189 euro as the lowest price (~256 dollar)… They must want even lower salesnumbers for this year.

    I bought a 70-300 a few years ago, at 349. That price is now 559 in most online stores! Great if you want to sell your gear second hand, not so great if you were in the market for some new gear.

    • broxibear

      I haven’t seen any price changes, up or down, in the UK with lenses. The Df has dropped in price by £400 (Body with 50mm), apart from that the prices seem pretty stable.

  • decisivemoment

    The real story of the beer can repair isn’t the quality of the product, it’s Nikon’s refusal to sell parts to independent shops. A circuit board repair is not an unusual thing in an older AF lens; having to cobble one together with a slice of beer can is an unusual thing when things like the Moss-Magnussen Act make Nikon USA’s refusal to provide parts practically an invitation for a lawsuit.

  • Mani

    Well i cannot find any Special Check out for Sigma 10-20mm which make to 385$ , i called the adorama and they have no such deal,

    • http://www.gradyphoto.com/ Pete Grady

      It’s still a good value at $429…I use one of these for architectural work and it does a great job after correction in LR5.

      • Mani

        Thanks Yeah i bought the lens , its a sweet deal already at $429

      • shawn

        You think? When I tried it and the Tamron at the start of the year they were terrilby soft. I bought the Tokina 11-16 which true it does not have as big a range and is about 2 times the price but it is very sharp even at 2.8.

        • Guest

          Mine is more than sharp enough. This is 16mm at f/5 at 1/50 handheld

        • http://www.gradyphoto.com/ Pete Grady

          Seems sharp enough. This is 16mm @ f/5 at 1/50 hand held.

    • Madhu

      Just purchased this for at Adroma $385, and you need to enter the coupon code after entering your address and before entering the card details.

  • nrb

    Still waiting for my merchandise from Adorama that Nikon Rumors listed as a deal.

    Three weeks and they still haven’t shipped. They are willing to sell me a lesser item at a higher price.

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