Best Buy stopped selling a bunch of Nikon lenses

These lenses may be in stock, but they were completely removed online and in no way can they be ordered. The lenses that have been available before January but are no longer available are as follows:

  • AF 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye  SKU was 8638021
  • AF-S 12-24mm f/4  SKU was 7650507
  • AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR  SKU was 8815856
  • AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6  SKU was 8815525
  • AF-S 50mm f/1.4   lost SKU number for this one
  • AF 60mm f/2.8  SKU was 8815614
  • AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR  SKU was 8003634

All Sigma lenses, both Nikon and Canon mounts, are gone as well.

I am not sure what to make out of this report (from someone that works for Best Buy) - maybe they will wait for the price increase, maybe there are new lenses coming, or maybe they will just stop selling Nikon lenses.

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  • Hmmm, all this is not good news for me as I’m about to move back to the U.S. after 6 years in Japan where I live walking distance to three large camera shops.

    • guest

      Jason–don’t worry, you wouldn’t have wanted to buy your lenses @ BestBuy anyway. you’re better off buying from a local vendor, and if you’re moving to NYC, then you’ll have some of the largest US stores within subway distance (if not walking distance).

  • Possibly connected to the rumour that BestBuy may file for chapter 11?

  • overpriced

    best buy lenses were almost always priced at MSRP whenver I saw them at the store.

    If they are pulling them because they didn’t sell well is because you could find them online way way cheaper from reputable retailers.

  • RobJ

    Best Buy has probably realized that no one buys lenses from them. Any why would anyone– their prices have never been competitive with other online retailers, and they carry very few lenses in store.

  • Matthew

    I know from working for Future Shop (owned by Best Buy Canada) that Nikon and Best Buy don’t have the greatest working relationship. It took almost 5 months to negotiate a staff purchase deal through Nikon and we don’t carry nearly as much Nikon gear, consumer or pro, as we do Canon.


  • bigmouth

    Nikon generally don’t sell well in big box stores like Best Buy, Fry’s (do they even still carry Nikon?) or Circuit City. I don’t know why. But these stores sell tons of Canon Rebels and maybe even some 40D/50Ds. They also sell Sony quite well. Of course they sell a lot more POS cameras.

    It’s too bad that Nikon can’t sell through these outlets.


    Maybe no one bought lenses from them because there prices were outrageous. I saw the 70-300 VR for about $680 and the 18-200 VR for about $900.

  • Pablov

    I’m very sad and concerned about what Nikon is doing and offering.
    Besides the raise in prices, and cancelling backorders already placed…

    This week I was told that the Official Nikon service in 5 countries of South America ONLY gives service support for the DSLRs that were purchased within these countries (i.e. purchased to the them)

    So if you bought a DSLR in other country and come here, they won’t accept it for repair (even when it is Not free, they just simply deny the service)

    Considering this ridiculous and Not Professional service politics I contacted Nikon USA, and they confirmed that the official distributor for the region can decide if they give service or not.

    So, I asked what kind of service for a so big and renowned brand is that?…

    I’m seriously reconsidering what I am going to do, what I’m going to invest in.
    Here the cost for a D300 -body only- is USD 2,800, a D700 -body only- is around USD 4,400 (before any raise in price) that’s why so many people can’t buy them. And if the Official (and only one Nikon’s) service refuses to give the service for “foreign” DSLRs, then I don’t think I will invest in this brand anymore.

    Very sad, indeed.

    • rhlpetrus

      The Brazilian official Nikon rep requires that camera be legalized at entry (50% tax over the part of price that exceeds USD500). Then they validate warranty and service your camera. Still much cheaper than buying it here, prices usually are like twice the USD price after exchange conversion.

  • ka

    I think the financial (prices go up/down, rebates on this and that. etc.) and the technical (new camera/lens/tech/software) posts should be separated.
    Both are interesting, and useful for those buying a camera, but the financial ones aren’t true rumors, and they’re regional, too. Like a stock market ticker and a glossy magazine, these don’t mix. Two separate columns, or something shoutbox-like for the price-stuff, this would make reading the blog a lot easier.
    What dou you think?

  • jmh

    Clearly Best Buy has been cutting back on all their SLR offerings. Last few trips to various stores has shown less and less in the wayof lenses and bodies. Seems as if they’re selling off stock and not replacing it. he display space allocated to SLR’s also seems to have been cut.

    GIven what Best Buy charges – WAY more than any other place in my experience – it may just be that they’re not selling much in the way of higher end camera equipment. I also noticed that they seem to be cutting back on the inventory of SLR lens filters as well – another indicator that they may simply be dropping these products.

    No real loss as their prices on this equipment was always high.

    BTW – Costco still has stacks of D90 sets at $1299 (two lens 18-55 and 55-200 – both VR I think) – not exactly a great bargain but better than Best Buy.

    • RThomas

      I worked for Ritz Camera many years ago, and even then (~1996) few customers of this type of store bought more than the kit lens. More recently I completely failed to interest my girlfriend in a second lens for her Canon Rebel, which she bought as a kit at Wal-Mart. I think that most people who buy cameras at big box stores aren’t interested in the “complicated” function of changing lenses. With the economic downturn, Best Buy is just cutting their losses.

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    When it comes to purchasing ProSumer and or Pro Level camera equipment, I have never considered the place to purchase would be “BEST BUY”, I would consider it to be “WORST BUY”

  • rhlpetrus

    BB is in trouble finacially, like many other retailers, they may just be cutting on items that require long-term inventory stays.

  • Peter Simpson

    the 105 is still for sale in Fl

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