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Nikon’s lens-only instant rebates are back *UPDATED*

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Update: the rebates were extended for March.

As previously reported, the once-a-year Nikon lens-only instant rebates are now live at Adorama, B&H and Amazon - check all the listings, different retailers offers various freebies (filters, etc.) with many of the lenses.

Adorama also offers a free "1 year drops & spills warranty" on almost all lenses - look for the button shown above in the product listing to add the warranty to your cart for free.

Nikon DSLR cameras

Nikkor lenses

FX prime lenses:

DX prime lenses:

FX zoom lenses:

DX zoom lenses:

Here are the details:
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Weekly Nikon news flash #302

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→ For a limited time TopazLabs ReStyle is $20 off with coupon code febrestyle. More info is available here.

→ New: Sea&Sea MDX-D810 underwater housing for the Nikon D810 camera.

Nikon DF-CP1 optical viewfinder for Coolpix A camera for $149 with free expedited shipping (reg $399)
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens for $1,469 (grey market)
Nikon D4s for $4,769.99 (grey market)

→ VR issues reported with the new Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF lens: some could not get sharp images with shutter speeds in the range of 1/200s and 1/160s when VR is on. This could be an isolated incident or a defective batch. More information available here and here.

Nikon Cinema Blog: shooting "Family Ingredients" TV series with DSLR cameras.

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Nikon at the 2015 CP+ show

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Nikon booth 2015 CP+ show Japan 3
Some pictures from the Nikon booth at the 2015 CP+ show in Japan:

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High magnification macro photography

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This article on high magnification macro photography is written by Junaed Rahman (websiteflickr):

Quite sometime ago I wrote an article on macro photography, which explained how to modify a regular short zoom lens for macro photography. This time I'll explain how do I achieve high magnification. For most of my close-up work I use AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens. To me the benefits of using a 60mm instead of 105mm macro lens are:

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The Nikon D810a camera is not recommended for general photography

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I have to make a separate post on this topic because I am still receiving questions from readers: the Nikon D810a is not recommended for general photography. From the press release:

"The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers."

"While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes."

The D810a would likely give normal day-time exposures (including sunset/sunrise) a red cast because of the modified IR-cut filter. This was also confirmed by a reader who asked Nikon support:

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Nikon D750 back in stock

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After the "silent recall" for the reflection/flare issue, the Nikon D750 is back in stock again at B&H (body only and lens kit available, both with some freebies). The new shipments should already have the fix applied to the camera.

Uopdate: Adorama and Amazon already also update their in stock status.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens price: $849, available for pre-order

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The price of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is $849 and is currently available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama.

Shipping will start on March 20th, 2015.

Additional information on the lens, including MTF charts and detailed specifications, can be found on here.

Quick price check: the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 costs $2,000, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is $950, the 35mm f/1.4 Art is $900.

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