B&H offers free perks if you buy the Nikon D600 or D800 cameras

Since Nikon introduced their new pricing policy in October 2011, it is really hard to find any good deals on Nikon gear since all retailers are now forced to sell equipment at the same price point. One exception from the rule is that stores can offer bundles valued up to 10% of the price of the product for free and this is exactly what B&H did with the D600 and D800 cameras - scroll down for the details:

The Nikon D600 body only bundle includes ($134.71 total value):

The Nikon D800 body only bundle includes ($168.71 total value):

The current Nikon instant rebate program is set to expire on 10/27/2012.

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  • Jabs

    Nice little gifts to inspire new sales.

    • karl

      Well, it looks like if someone cut off your right arm and gave you a voucher for a free meal at mcdonalds as a compensation.

      And it’s not even Nikon giving away that stuff.

      • i love the included noname battery. nikon have to be happy about them lol

        • Not to mention if your no name battery leaks or explodes on in your camera your up the proverbial creak with out a paddle as far as warrantee goes…

          On the other hand, once when I did use a no name one it gave me about 25% more shots per charge. However now-a-days I’d rather not take any risks like that…

          • i had a noname battery to burn D200 and they tend to die earlier then original so i dont buy them anymore.

            Though i use some duracell replacement batteries in my small cameras and video lights and they work fine.

        • Sylar75

          Lol indeed! I buy noname batteries as backups. Why throw a 40$ battery in your backpack since I rarely use them. When I do have to pop one in, first thing I do when I get back home is recharge the original one and put it back in.

          When I use my battery pack, I prefer to lug AA’s around. They come in handy for flashes and remotes and all kind of things.

    • Smudger


      How about:

      Place an order, get a camera!

      (Instead of a place in the queue.)

      Too simple?

      • LeadWrist

        @Smudger, not sure what you saying here. I preordered the D600, and it shipped soon as BHPhoto opened, I subsequently returned it as the Nikon lens rebate came out, BHPhoto accepted the return even though I was over 200 shutter releases. I then turned around and rebought the D600 + 24-70 and 70-200 and these too shipped the next day. I have had nothing but awesome experience with BHPhoto, including their customer service that I just don’t get this comment. I bought a D90 and D7000 when these came out via BHPhoto, plus NEX 5, numerous other lenses. Even the Ooma I bought shipped right away. So again. maybe you had a bad time once with them but from my experience over the last 6 years, nothing but excellent service.

        • preston

          @LeadWrist, I don’t think Smudger was getting down on B&H. I read it as “place an order, get a camera” at B&H rather than put your name in a queue at a small local dealer because I think some local dealers still haven’t been able to get enough D800’s to fill all their orders.

          I have had nothing but positive experiences with B&H as well.

          • Some Bad Experience

            B&H has been great with new stuff, but not so with used. I once bought a used lens case from them, rated EX. Whenever I bought anything used from KEH that was rated EX, it looked almost like new. This EX lens case from B&H would be rated UG — ugly by KEH, no doubt about it. So from now on I’ll never ever buy anything used from B&H, and don’t recommend to anyone.

            • Jason

              Fully agree!

              b&H new – outstanding experience

              B&H used – bad experience. last 3 orders were wrong product or missing part. But, they took returns without issue, they deserve full credit for this aspect.

            • LeadWrist

              Makes sense, I haven’t dealt with them on used side so it’s good to know. I guess for the queue part, D800 or D4 would be a good example but true everywhere. 🙁

      • Point Lost?

        I think the guy has his (or her) tongue firmly in the cheek!

        Humour and idiom often don’t cross the water sucessfully.

  • Sweet! Good excuse to get on it and buy it….

  • ZinZun

    nice – however, I wouldn’t stuck this battery in my D600 even if I get it for free…
    still some added value in this offer for some.

  • LesM

    Retail price fixing should not be permitted.

    Under Australian law, the retail price is determined by the retailer. Any attempt by the manufacturer or wholesaler to dictate the retail price is an offence and can be severely punished.

    It leads to genuine competition in the retail market and significant benefits for the consumer.

    • George

      It USED to be that way here. We haven’t been a “free market” country in many years and it was only briefly then (after Fair Trade laws, another set of laws that ALLOWED price fixing, were struck down).

      • Ron

        Actually, the idea that a company can set rules and dictate prices for their product is PRECISELY the definition of a free market. If a company says that in order to sell their product, the reseller must abide by certain rules or agreements, then it is the reseller’s choice to either A) agree to such commitments, or B) choose not to do business with that company. Government regulation restricting companies from selling their product any way they see fit is antithetical to the true concept of Liberty and free markets.

        • ZoetMB

          I completely disagree. IMO, it’s essentially price-fixing even though the traditional definition of price fixing is two competitors fixing prices so neither one has an advantage or disadvantage. I think the Supreme Court blew this one when they ruled that manufacturers could set actual selling prices, not just advertised prices, as used to be the case.

          By your definition, a consumer could never negotiate with any dealer and there could never be a sale on any product unless the manufacturer approved it. That is most certainly not a free market. If I own a store, I can’t set my own prices based on how efficiently I run my own business?

          And yet the Justice Department has taken the complete opposite stand with the publishing industry and gone after Apple and publishers over the model where the publishers set the retail price for eBooks and Apple pays the publisher a percentage of that price, which was a reaction to Amazon selling below cost in order to gain market share of its readers. That also used to be illegal – it was called predatory pricing. And we accuse the Chinese of it all the time.

          However, it’s a moot point because Nikon, Apple and companies like them have raised their wholesale prices so high, there’s virtually no room for discounting anyway. A $3000 Nikon camera costs the dealer $2700. Just as movie theatres are actually concession stands that happen to show movies, camera stores are actually accessory stores that happen to sell cameras.

        • George

          You don’t understand FREE market concepts at all. Any company is free to set its own prices but may NOT dictate how other businesses are run. After they sell an item, no control…a sale is a sale.

          • rayovac 2.0

            Thom says:
            It (controlling retail price) was illegal until a Supreme Court decision last decade. Now, I happen to have read that decision very, very carefully, and it doesn’t quite say what everyone thinks it does—it was very specific to a particular company/industry/practice. But it’s been used by lawyers across the tech world to essentially create something called MAP (minimum advertised price). Under this, dealers contractually agree to be bound by MAP in return for something else (usually only access to product, but sometimes more, and COOP advertising is one of the “mores” that really binds Nikon dealers).

            To my knowledge, MAP hasn’t been challenged in the courts yet, at least not at an appeals level.

            It’s actually interesting what’s happening right now. Nikon RELEASED dealers from MAP on the Nikon V1. Basically, anything goes on a V1 right now, it’s up to the dealer. First time I’ve seen Nikon do that, which means that V1 stock must be just sitting in the warehouse not selling.

    • So?!

      I don’t see any problem here. I won’t complain if I’m American because now, it seems that American got the cheapest pricing.

      • Jason

        yup – USA is “deal” nation.

        we love to buy because its a deal. then don’t use it. and put it in a garage sale – for a deal. another person takes the “deal”. sits on his table. then on to his garage sale. next deal

        chasing the “deal”

      • Aldo

        this only reflects that the US has still the strongest economy… but it gets harder and harder to justify it… I just hope other nations don’t get pissed off and start throwing missiles.

  • Dyun27

    WHT B&H???!!!! How come I didn’t get any of that stuff when I bought the D600? This is BS. 🙁

  • cj

    That means they have more in stock inventories than they like to. Which means there are less buyers than they anticipated. Market saturation problem is showing its sign now.

    • JS


    • Larry

      And their overstock inventory applies to accessories, like batteries, SD cards, and camera bags too small to hold a typically equipped full frame camera.

  • Michel

    Erm, doesn’t using a non orginal battery in the camera invalidate any warranty provided by the manufacturer???

    • preston

      yea, I would keep that bit to yourself 🙂

  • Tran

    Lame, I just bought a D600 from them two days ago. Did this just started today?

    • Aldo

      You should be able to get the deal if your purchase is within 30 days. Check with them. If it comes to returning and re buying, go for it, but only if you want the extra items bad.

      • Tran

        I don’t really need any of the items but free is free…lol. Getting a free SD card would be nice.

  • Think we’ll see any pricing adjustments to the D800/E from Thanksgiving and forward, or will that have to wait until after the holidays?

    When exactly does the OMFG-I-need-this-new-thing-pricing end?

  • BC

    Awww man.. Nice deal on the Sandisk Extreme Pro and the little Lowepro.

    I got $15 off a second battery when I bought my D600 from Gary Camera but I’d rather have a free Extreme Pro and bag!

  • C. Norris

    damnit, I just ordered a D600 and it comes with nada 🙁

  • Brad

    What did I get for waiting on their wait list for five months (D800E): NOTHING. It sure pays to be a loyal customer.

  • Larry

    If the bundle was worth $135, why not just give a store credit woucher and let us pick the accessories rather than have their trinkets and trash crammed down our throat. We might actually pick something we could use. What a novel idea.

    • desmo

      i bought my d600 from best buy the sale elevated my reward stus to silver and generated a $65 store coupon , basically $65 discount

      • zeum

        but you paid $300 in tax

    • @Larry,

      You get the BS items that they couldn’t sell, or the were hugely discounted by the respective distributors based on volume pricing. I like the coupon voucher idea myself, it would let you buy the added items you want, when you want. The question is if Nikon would permit such a pricing model, based on the 10% bundle rule they are enforcing. In a sense, the buyer would be bundling options eventually if they decided to defer purchase of the accessories to another day.

  • A Toronto chain, Aden Camera, is selling the D600 body for under $2000 CDN, some are reporting under $1900 even, but in-store only. The larger Canadian chain Henry’s (no relation to me) is also advertising an in-store only sale on the D600, but I haven’t confirmed the sale price. I’m definitely much closer to buying with it coming under $2K CDN pre-tax.

  • Albert

    Anyone know how long this offer lasts? Interested, but not sure if ready to pull trigger…

  • David

    “all retailers are now forced to sell equipment at the same price point”


    Seriously, how the hell is that remotely legal? If a store wants to sell at $1 profit, why can’t they? It shouldn’t be up to Nikon to fix prices that people can sell at. Your country prides “freedom”, but really everybody totally owned like slaves by big business.

    • Cashed up


    • Big J

      I’m pretty sure that selling a $1 dollar screws over the profits for the store greatly. They buy a $1000 camera for lets say, $600 bucks from the producer. Then put it up to $1000 in order to compensate for the workers, transport fees, etc that are involved. It’s the calculated sale value that professionals come up with. There’s always eBay if you wanna pay less at the risk of losing warranty and quality control.

  • rayovac 2.0

    This was a Thom comment:
    MAP (minimum advertised price). Under this, dealers contractually agree to be bound by MAP in return for something else (usually only access to product, but sometimes more, and COOP advertising is one of the “mores” that really binds Nikon dealers).

    It’s actually interesting what’s happening right now. Nikon RELEASED dealers from MAP on the Nikon V1. Basically, anything goes on a V1 right now, it’s up to the dealer. First time I’ve seen Nikon do that, which means that V1 stock must be just sitting in the warehouse not selling.

    • The Nikon 1 V2 is coming next week and they have to clear their existing V1 inventory.

  • pgh nikon

    Thanks for posing this guys. I received my D800 about 3 weeks ago from B&H so I emailed them yesterday with my order number and asked if I had to send everything back to get this free stuff or would they just send it out. I received an email from them today saying they will send it to me and about an hour later received an order confirmation with the prices zero’d out.

    I had already ordered a spare battery and a memory card when I ordered the camera but can always use a spare of each. I’m sure I’ll use the battery only in an emergency being that I’ve read mixed reviews about after market batteries but hey, the price is right.

    • Bentover55times

      B&H did the same for me with my d600. $500 and a monopod being shipped to me. That gives them a lot of goodwill in my book.

  • 102david

    Oh my…Where to begin…? Well, I’m always amazed at the near complete lack of understanding that the general public has of just how the world works.
    On price fixing…those that sell an item always get to set their own price…whether wholesale or retail. While there may be apparent exceptions to this rule, usually this only generates gray or black markets. Having a single maker, such as Nikon, dictate a minimum resale price to a retailer in no way constitutes “price fixing.” You’d need two or more wholesalers in collusion to achieve that, whether you we’re selling cameras, cars, gasoline or cell phones.
    The motivation for setting fixed pricing on mainstream photographic equipment comes from the nearly too-late realization by the manufacturers that they were absolutely killing their own sales network by allowing unrestricted pricing.
    Hey, anybody happen to notice there are about one/tenth the number of extent camera stores today as their were a decade or two ago?
    Exactly why do you think that is? For the unclear-on-the-concept among you, it’s because the big-box retailers and mail-order houses were under-cutting the already slight profit-margin for everyone not a big-box/mail-order retailer. It’s tough to survive when CompUSA or The Good Guys are selling (fill in the blank here) for $20 less than your local retailer does.
    Oh, and by the way, when that $20 is $10 below cost, it usually doesn’t work out so well for CompUSA or The Good Guys either.
    But that’s okay, you can always get whatever you want from Ritz Camera, right?
    Starting to get the picture? (Pun intended)

    • The reality is that local shops shot themselves in the foot by not changing the way they do business. In Houston, I would try to give my business to the local shops but each time I tried, it was obvious they had no intention of providing any service. I won’t name names but we have two big “old fashion” camera stores, and no not Wolf (all they had was Pentax).

      I’d go in and there would be a line of people waiting on salesmen behind the counter that looked and sounded like used cars salesmen. I’d ask if they had a particular product and they’d say no, and try to sell me something else entirely. Even in the used lens department they offered me less than 1/3 of the price I was able to sell my things online so they were completely useless really.

      My point is that they can claim to be victims of the big bad online stores, and part of that may be true, but for the most part, they were their own worst enemy.

      What Nikon is doing now IS price fixing because unlike what you said, they can’t charge what they want. I suppose they COULD, but then they’d lose their dealership status. The system was not broken. It added much needed competition.

      • 103david

        You make a very good point that there are many a retail establishment gone to the great beyond due to cluelessness, basic stupidity, bone-headed sales managers…I could likely give you names and addresses of many of them…but that has nothing to do with “price-fixing.”
        Rank idiocy is an entirely different issue, though often manifesting itself as small crimes (like the poorly or untrained salespeople you mention,) medium crimes like actual price-fixing (requiring two or more vendors in collusion,) or major crimes (like the counterintuitive political pursuits that have made Cuba, Vietnam , and North Korea the economic powerhouses that we have today.
        Again, you’re right to resent the poor quality of service you’ve gotten at your local retailers …absolutely. The answer to that problem is…don’t shop there. If enough people don’t shop there, the problem will take care of itself. Remember the references to Comp/USA , GoodGuys, Ritz/Wolf Cameras? Each of these are now history, each them persisted with the “out-of-the-box” thinking while paying insufficient attention to the “Box” itself. Oops.
        But again, corporate stupidity is an entirely different issue from “price-fixing.”
        Best to know the difference before embarking on a jihad.
        And just for the record, two things you REALLY need to know;
        –The retail margin on a DSLR is razor thin. It amounts to about enough to (barely) pay the light bill. The joke in the business is “If you wanted to get rich, selling cameras is not the way to do it.”
        –NEVER pay money for an aftermarket battery. If someone wants to give you one, that’s one thing, and likely it won’t burn your camera up (but maybe will melt your charger and/or leak acid into your very expensive baby.) The return rate (speaking from the “other” side of the counter) is so high as to make them categorically unsaleable. In other words, they’re so unreliable salespeople try to not sell them because no matter how high the commission, they spend too much time taking care of the high return rate. (Insert rude noise here!)
        And finally, there IS such a thing as “too competitive.” Don’t believe me? Google “Lance Armstrong” and see what you think about that concept.
        Another thing to think about is the idea that having too thin a margin on a DSLR may be why you’re having trouble getting good service at your local (soon to be gone) camera shoppe.

  • I’ve always thought that price fixing from the manufacturer is BS. I go online for price and reliability and have no intention of going to a smuggy camera store and wasting a couple of hours. The local shops can offer other services to get customers to buy there without price fixing.

    With the D600 I was waiting for the first price drop – that’s how I bought my D40 and that’s how I bought my D90, but that doesn’t happen anymore thanks to Nikon’s grip. Because of that, as soon as BH offered this deal, I jumped on it. I needed a bigger/faster SD card anyway so that saved me $60 and even though I won’ t use the no-name battery much, it’s nice to have a backup if I am doing an important shoot and things drag on.

    I’m sure Nikon will try to stop this too.

  • kon thol

    noticed yesterday 10/24/2012 that adorama has a similar deal too but with sandisk ultra 32gb sdhc instead of extreme pro series.

    • John

      But Adorama has 2% cash back on ebates!
      which adds up when you’re getting a pair of FX body and FX lens on top of the rebate right?

      Can someone chime in on their 2cents and say that this will probably be the best deal until the rest of this year, and maybe starting 2013 they’ll knock down the price of the D600 body to $1999? That’s my guess at least…

  • Guest

    That’s a pretty nice bag. I use it all the time.

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