Nikon’s “lens only” rebates are back

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Update: in addition to the Nikon lens rebates, Adorama also offers a free accessory for each lens.

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As previously reported, the Nikon "lens only" rebates are back in the US for the month of March - they are coming on top of the lens price drop we already got few months ago. All new prices should now be updated at:

The new lens rebates are valid till April 2nd and most likely will not be extended.

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The regular Nikon "combo" rebates for March can be found here.

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There is also a new $200 price drop on the Nikon D610 camera and kits - see the details at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.

New price drops on Nikon gear were spotted also in Canada, for example: $50 off the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens (check amazon.ca for more info).

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  • Eric Calabros

    18-35 for $650 is the best deal, not even third party brands has a thing this good at a price this reasonable.

    • TylerChappell

      Back in October, I got the 16-35mm f4 VR from Best Buy of all places…BRAND NEW….for…wait for it………$630. 50% off. It was never advertised online or in the ads. I got lucky when I walked in the store and saw it and it lasted for several days.

      • fanboy fagz

        sounds fishy at $630. refurb or grey but even then its very low. at least someone got a good deal from nikon.

        • TylerChappell

          It wasn’t though. They had it sitting in their lens display case. I walked by and saw “$630” and thought “well that’s really odd, I don’t know of any Nikon lenses priced at $630….” No way I could pass it up, I wish I would have bought 3 or 4. It was October 20th.
          They had to order it and have it shipped to the store. Full US warranty, not refurbed or grey at all!

        • TylerChappell

          It wasn’t though. They had it sitting in their lens display case. I walked by and saw “$630” and thought “well that’s really odd, I don’t know of any Nikon lenses priced at $630….” No way I could pass it up, I wish I would have bought 3 or 4. It was October 20th.

          They had to order it and have it shipped to the store. Full US warranty, not refurbed or grey at all!

          • fanboy fagz

            good. at least someone got a good price from nikons ripoff prices. bad
            revenues every quarter, the yen is weak and these clowns raise prices. nice.

            I couldnt be happier for you.

            • Eric Calabros

              Without trying to disagree, this comment seems Hilariously similar to Donald’s tweets.

            • fanboy fagz

              I dont like trump, but his fat mouth gets him headlines all the time. fattie o’donell the pope and even apple. non stop controversy, and truth be told, he has a good chance to win. wait and see..he will be AT LEAST in the finals.

          • purenupe1

            They were….i got one as well. There is a NR article about it. Some folks got a D800 for $800

        • Adam Brown

          Best Buy was clearing out a lot of their high end inventory. There was a time when there were lots of reports of deeply discounted Nikon, Sony and Canon gear at Best Buy. Seems they were realigning their in store camera strategy and clearing out their inventory.
          My local Best Buys — which used to carry some FX bodies and lenses — is now only carrying the most basic dx kits.

          • TylerChappell

            Ah very interesting. The particular store I got mine at always had the most basic DSLR’s and lenses as well, but tons of point and shoots. The Greenwood Best Buy had more cameras than any other Best Buy store in Indiana, but it wasn’t until they did a huge remodel in June 2015 that they actually started carrying a bunch of FX bodies and tons more lenses as well as more pro-level lenses.

    • blp

      Agree^. i would take this lens over the 16-35 f4 vr any day. surely it does not have the fancy treatments that the 16-35mm have or vr, but the lens is so light, sharp and fairly constructed. For 650, it’s really a steal.
      P.S. Picked this lens up almost brand new (just a few weeks old) from a guy from craigslist for 400 CAD. best deal of my life 🙂

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I have the 18-35 and it is a good lens but I wish I had the 16-35 every time I go into a dark space where tripods aren’t allowed.

  • Politics_Nerd

    Really tempted by the 20mm 1.8. I’ve been saving up for the Sigma 20mm 1.4, but hmmm…..

    • TylerChappell

      $50 isn’t a huge discount but it basically covers the tax. I love my 20mm f1.8G. You should probably just go for it! I don’t think you’ll regret it.

      • Politics_Nerd

        Upon reflection, I think I’ll just keep saving for the Sigma. I’d have to stretch to get the Nikon by the sale end date anyway. Ultimately I’ll have a brighter, sharper, better built lens. Maybe Sigma will have a sale on it eventually….

    • fanboy fagz

      $150 difference. 1.4 aperture. better build. 4 years warranty.

      • Shutterbug

        Better build? Take the moisture-resistance of the Nikkor in account. That’s what kept me from buying a Art-lens. Plastic is also perfectly well, if you ever used a lens in the cold.

      • chkchkboom

        And almost 3x the weight.

        • fanboy fagz

          more glass and metal build. and better IQ . weight is not a concern for me. go hit the gym.

          • chkchkboom

            It’s sharper but worse colour rendition; AF accuracy and no filter thread. Bit more light for 600g penalty.
            Most people don’t waste time on mirror muscles like you so it is a factor.

            • fanboy fagz

              im far from a mirror muscle guy. I dont even goto the beach or polls. im discrete with my BB. color quality is personal preference. whats good for u isnt for me and vice versa. but you get 1.4 glass for all the elements and its metal in and out. thats something that important to me. weight and heft is not an issue for me. but amateurs and hobbyists may prefer a small light lens like the nikon. and you are correct, no filter threading. but for wedding pro’s, its not relevant. I shoot indoors and the brighter VF helps a lot. astro photogs would benefit from a 1.4 lens. to each his own. the pluses for the ART may be few but they critical for certain photogs. for the me the nikons has too many minuses for my needs.

          • Aldo

            Weight wasn’t an issue for me either… til I tore most of the ligaments connecting my clavicle to my shoulder.

            • fanboy fagz

              yea sucks ass to break that bone. there is no cast to place and you can feel and hear the cluck of the bone moving. I broke mine and 4 ribs in a motorcycle accident. sucks ass.

            • Aldo

              Must have been quite an accident… I always keep an eye for riders but some think the road is just for them… they come out of nowhere and I’ve come close to hitting them. Hope you don’t run into more of those accidents.

              As for my clavicle.. it seems I would have been better off breaking it.. bones reattach and patch themselves…. but ligaments don’t. There is really no way for fix that… all this tech and we still have no way of reproducing ligament tissue. I have no pain most of the time but once in a while I feel being poked with a needle when I use force in certain angles.

    • Nikoniser

      You might want to check DXO Mark, although the Sigma is announced as a 1.4, its actually an f1.7 and the Nikon is an f2.1 .. there is actually much less difference between them in real life than the numbers would suggest, and the Nikon is sharper, with less distortion and less CA wide open.

      • chkchkboom

        The Sigma is sharper.

      • Politics_Nerd

        Distortion is a non-issue, as is CA (so easily fixed its not even funny). And you’re wrong about the sharpness. Anyone who has actually compared them side by side on DXO could tell you that at a glance. The Sigma is on sale at B&H for $800 at the moment…

  • TylerChappell

    I think Amazon jumped the gun a few days ago with the 70-200 f/4, as it was also priced at $1,300 just last week for like a day or two. But it also has been $1,200 in the past.

  • Spy Black

    Every time I see the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G show up I’m sale, I’m reminded about when traces of Ebola show up in yet some other small African village…

    • fanboy fagz

      people cant get rid of that crap lens.

      that 16-80 PE is too enticing though at ONLY 1000 bucks.

      • Aldo

        I picked one on CL for 200 dollars… while a encourage myself to spend more on a better lens. I like my primes

        • fanboy fagz

          u had the 24-120, you prefer the 24-85 over that?

          • nwcs

            The 24-85 VR is much nicer than the G. It’s very similar to the 24-120 VR overall. Not the absolute best but quite good.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I think Spy Black et. al. are referring to the VR version. While it is quite good, they are far too professional for such an amateurish lens. 😉

            • Spy Black

              The problem is the insane amount of optical distortion especially pincushion from 50mm on-wards. By the time you’re the long end it’s simply unbelievable. This lens has no business being called a lens, and is one of Nikon’s greatest embarrassments.

              I suppose it may actually have a use in portrait work when you have an overweight subject, shoot at 85mm and it will easily remove at least 50 pounds off them without the need for Photoshop.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I would never use it, or recommend its use, for work. It is, however, “quite good” for everyday use.

            • Spy Black

              I suppose it could work in landscape work, where the distortion wouldn’t be noticeable. Anywhere within civilization it will be a different story.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I wouldn’t say “anywhere with civilization,” but certainly some places.

            • nwcs

              LOL, I look forward to Spy Black designed Nikon-Compatible lenses! No distortions, professional grade, cheap prices. You’ll be uber rich!

            • Spy Black

              Yes, all lenses have distortion, but I have yet to see a lens with more distortion than this one. It’s just unbelievable that Nikon actually concluded that this was a perfectly viable lens to put their name on.

            • nwcs

              Thom Hogan seems to think the 24-85 VR is quite good. Now everyone seems to agree that the old version, the 24-85 non-VR wasn’t very good. I’ve used the VR one and it was quite good.

            • Aldo

              my kind of lens… I photograph plenty of people who could use favors from a lens.

          • Aldo

            I just found myself taking care of the front barrel too much. (it extends so much) I didnt wanna bang it around… and I use the shoulder straps so you know how that is… I just couldnt relax with it and the vr made my pictures smudgy. Since this one only cost me 200 I dont care if it swings around… its also less heavy. As far as image quality I found they are about the same except of course for the reach and the fixed aperture of the 120… but I stay on the wider end for most pictures so the 85 could be even faster. So far the one thing I detest about both of them actually is the dark viewfinder. I hate it. Just yesterday I was using it in an outdoor event at night and I couldnt see crap.

            • Spy Black

              Did you ever check out the Tokina? If not I think you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. Also very reasonably priced at $900.

            • Aldo

              I have not… I’ve been checking the used market but none come up. (good sign I guess). I am reluctant to spend so much on a lens that would see little use with my work style. Maybe if I wait a little…. but I’m considering the tokina you suggest or a used 24-70 in the future.

            • fanboy fagz

              maybe theyll be a great sale on the tamron 24-70VC some day.

            • Aldo

              I’ve seen a used Tamron go as low as 550 on CL. I just can’t get around the fuzzy edges… but I may have to compromise since I don’t wanna spend more.

  • Vertex

    rebate or recall?

    • Thom Hogan

      First you get the rebate, then you get the recall. Alphabetical order, after all.

  • nwcs

    I wish the discounts applied to the refurbished lenses as well. That would be very compelling for a few of them.

  • purenupe1

    The Nikon 105mm is not discounted enough given the Sigma 105mm is currently $619 and the tamron 90mm old style is $600 after rebate and the new style is $649

  • TO-DOUG

    So, with these discounts the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G lens is US$200 in the USA, and CDN$200 in Canada. Question: which one is less expensive? Hmmm….

  • Captain Insane-O

    Sigma and tamron are offering rebates too. Tamron 24-70 2.8 is $200 off

    • fanboy fagz

      what about the 15-30 or 70-200?

      • Captain Insane-O

        I didn’t see them on tamron’s page.

    • whisky

      yes … but B&H first snuck in a $25 increase ($1299—>$1324) … so while Tamron still offers a $200 rebate, the net discount pre-price increase is only $175. :-/

  • Photobug

    A couple of surprises but what you would expect for Nikon rebates. I am in the market for the new 200-500mm lens and knew that one was too new to be on the rebate list.

    • Steve Perry

      The new 24-70 VR is on it.

  • More on the Nikon Canada sales event:

    http://en.nikon.ca/nikon-products/sales-event.page

    This doesn’t make any sense because they will be a price increase in Canada on April 1st:

    http://nikonrumors.com/2016/02/20/nikon-price-increase-coming-to-canada-on-april-1st.aspx/

    • blp

      the price is just the same as the price before they decided to do a price increase a while ago.

    • TO-DOUG

      I assume that this makes sense to Nikon Canada. Since Nikon’s year end is March 31, it wants to drive up sales at the end of Q4 so that it maximizes sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. Dealers have current stock that they obtained from Nikon Canada at current wholesale prices, so they can afford to sell those units at a discount now, and possibly are motivated to help Nikon Canada approach its targets. Of course, this means that many purchasers are buying now, rather than in the next fiscal year, due to these current discounts and the announced increases starting in April.

  • fiziks

    I noticed that the D610 WITH a lens is more expensive than buying the D610 with Photoshop alone and the lens alone. Only a few bucks more, but still… And if you want the 70-300mm, the D610 + 2 lens bundle is over $50 more than buying them separately.

  • MichaelSNC

    I just placed an order via your link. Thanks for keeping us informed. I was going to buy a couple of weeks ago.

  • doge

    Really surprised the 80-400 isn’t on the discount list.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Yeah. Now that you mention it, it usually is.

  • JoeFunny30

    Nikon did a pre-emptive recall on D500 and d5 according to peta pixel but this isn’t letting me post the link.

    • Politics_Nerd

      Not seeing that on pp webzite.

      • This is not real.

      • JoeFunny30

        It was a spoof by somebody, looks like they pulled it from the site.

        • yes, it was a stupid joke, not even funny

          • JoeFunny30

            Nope, not funny. Sorry for spreading the disinformation, my bad.

            • No problem, the issue with this type of jokes is that many people believe that is true – I received several emails already asking me what is going on with Nikon…

  • sickheadache

    Dear Nikkor…Please Update Your Lens Line. IT ranges to the good..85mm 1.8G and 70-200VR2…To the poor quality of 58mm 1.4 Plastic Crap to your new over the top not even worth the effort 24-70mm VR. Quality over at Nikon is truly piss poor.35mm 1.4G also a poorly planned lens. Nikkor..please set up a tour of Sigma’s Len’s Manufacturer. Nikon this is 2016. Update is truly needed.

    • nwcs

      You need to lie down. Your sick headache is causing you to imagine things.

  • Jeff Hunter

    Just ordered the 85mm f/1.8. Thanks Peter!

  • Thanks, I will post this online.

  • whisky

    best deal to date. thanks.

  • true

    haha.. the 24-85 vr is 599€ where I live.. no way I pay that much money for one… I’d really love to have one, but nikon are truly fooling themselves if they expect people to pay that much for it

    16-35 f4 a whopping 1400€ , and the 80-400 is doing a great 2899€ …

  • 247th

    Wow, the 14-24 and 70-200 VRII are going for $200 off MSRP? Is that an indication that they are at the end of their cycle and Nikon is looking to finish their professional trinity zoom range?

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