The new Nikon rebates now include 18 lenses, teleconverters and Speedlights

As previously reported the new Nikon US instant rebates for June now include 18 lenses, 2 teleconverters and 2 Speedlights. This offer is valid till June 28th. The D800 rebates are now gone and the camera is selling for full price.

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  • Lots of great stuff on that list…hm…

    • Kynikos

      Not sure about “lots”… were you being sarcastic?
      28, 85/1.8, 105 micro certainly look good.
      Those who like 24-120 and 16-35 like them a lot but I would likely go third party.
      The rest, meh.

      No long primes, no 14-24, 24-70, no 70-200 (either), no D-glass, and you have to buy a camera besides.

      • MyrddinWilt

        The only decent discount on the list is the 24-120 f/4 and that lens is really overpriced at regular whack. $1K should be the regular price for it.

        • You’re right.
          I prefer the 24-85. My 24-120/4 is gone.

          • Is the newer 24-85 (the VR that is) as hideous as the old one in terms of vignetting @24mm?

            • 2.05 EV vs. 1.92 EV
              Virtually identical. Virtually identically, bad that is.

              Check out and compare the two.

              Corner sharpness much better on the 24-120/4, but when I’m worried about corner sharpness, I’m on a tripod at f/11.

            • mikeswitz

              You’ve said this before, and I’m not doubting you but what is it you find so disappointing about the 24-120. I’ve found it to be a great walk around lens for the D800, although a bit heavy. The only problem I’ve had occurred after about 18 months of pretty hard use. Slight back-focus issues. I took it into Nikon sevice in LA. Got it back in about 10 days, sharper than it ever was. No back-focus problems and they fixed it for free, even though they said it had “impact damage”.

            • Well, one thing is that I have a 24-70 and a couple of primes for when I really want to shoot as sharp as I can.

              I guess what disappoints me is that the price and weight difference don’t justify the difference in performance.

              Like you, I need a “walk around lens” and the 24-85 is so wonderfully portable.

              My first impressions with the various lenses were:
              – 24-70: Wow, that’s awesome!
              – 28-300: Actually not that bad. Does everything
              – 24-120: Yep, pretty good
              – 24-85: Light! And also pretty good. So what need does the 24-120/4 fulfill?

            • mikeswitz

              thanks, I’ll have to try the 24-85. How you liking the Df?

            • Love it. It’s my every-day camera.

              Great compact size (fits well with the 24-85) full frame and great ISO performance.

              The smallish focusing area bugs me, tho, at that price.

              Also, a few niggling ergonomic details need to be worked out if they ever make a Df2: locking dials on the exposure compensation dial that you can’t leave unlocked. Front dial for aperture isn’t comfortable.

          • MyrddinWilt

            The only real advantage of the 24-120 is that it does make an excellent all round lens, especially on my D800 as I can shoot in DX mode and get the effect of a 24-180 superzoom but without the weight or distortion.

            At $1000 which is what I paid, it is an OK but not stunning value. I would not have bought it at $1300 as the 24-70 is only a few more $. Its only the weight and lack of VR that put me off. At the other end, the 24-85 is half the price at $600.

      • No, I was serious. Nearly every superzoom and macro and 1.8G family, and speedlights.

        I just totally don’t need a camera.

        • Pat Mann

          I need a D400, but they’re not offering the lens discounts with that. I checked.

  • Eric Duminil

    Maybe they could just offer lower prices directly instead of proposing rebates almost all year long. Europeans almost never see any rebate.

    • Harv.!

      The UK rebates are never as good as these US ones, I wonder what type of rebates they get in Japan ?
      I was about to swear and throw a few things at the screen, as I just bought a 85mm f/1.8G a few days ago, then I realised it was a US promotion.

      • Aldo

        that 85mm 1.8g is probably one of the best lenses out there for the money.

    • crystal balling

      D800 back to full price. They are either confident of high-price or only low stock to clear before D800s

      • Pat Mann

        The D800 is still a deal at full price. I’m constantly amazed at what that camera is capable of. Right up there with the F2AS and FA as Nikon triumphs I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to use. It’s almost enough to make me stop whining about the lack of a worthy D300s replacement.

  • doge

    These rebates only apply when buying a camera too? Are lens only rebates going to start again?

    • You have to buy a camera. The lens only rebates are now gone.

      • Skippy

        That’s a shame. I guess I’ll have to wait for a new camera worth buying or buy a third party lens. 🙁

        • nwcs

          Or it’ll be a good backup camera or something to sell or give to a relative…

        • Mirko Pazi-Metak

          Skyppy..why don’t you just skip off already…

          • Global

            He said he was going to wait for a new camera that he wants to buy. Nothing wrong with that.

            • callibrator

              No he didn’t. He said “camera worth buying”.

              There’s a difference, as his comment is borderline trollish.

            • Skippy

              My point is, what in this rebate program helps me switch to full frame? It would be nice if I could pick up a 16-35 (FX) while I wait for the newer D800s or the next D610 line. Why so sensitive? I didn’t bring up dust/oil spots or Sony A7R.

  • rt-photography

    with the non stop, one after the other rebate deals they have and the stock being at the lowest in 3 years, the picture is very clear.

    • mikeswitz

      What bad economy? In the US? Where?

      • rt-photography

        no no, I meant everywhere excluding US. US is fine 🙂

        • Thom Hogan

          I wouldn’t agree. The US economy stalled in the first quarter. Now whether that was due to outside factors, such as weather, or whether it is a more fundamental problem is debatable, but until we see more evidence that things are actually moving the right direction again, I’d say that we’ve at best hit a plateau.

          • rt-photography

            Thom, I respect you for what you do and did for the photography world. I like your honesty and your reviews are always spot on.

            but let me ask you. do you feel the prices of the current lenses are high, or fair? not comparing to other MFR.

            for instance looking back to the version before the current ones, the prices for todays lenses are just not in proportion to what they sold a few years ago, even if we add inflation.

            how a lens that is 10 yo sells for more today than ever before. $1800 for the 17-35 AFS when it sold for $1400 when released. and the 28-70 to the new one and the other overpriced lenses like the $800 price jump to the 70-200VR2 and another grand for the new 80-400.

            and flashes. the SB28 sold for $280 new, then the SB800 sold for $350, then the SB900 for $500 and now $550 for the 910. how the hell is proportional to anything, even if inflation is added in.

            the ripoff lens of the century must be the 58 1.4 AFS. cheap feeling plastic body and hood with plastic thread, slow AF and IQ that isnt significantly sharper than the 50’s 1.4 1.8G

            I just think nikon has gone nuts. crap QZ crap CS and they have the balls to ask so much for this gear.

            • Thom Hogan

              Let’s first get something out of the way. Businesses want to maximize ROI (return on investment). It’s the only way they stay alive, long term. So their goals in pricing (keep it high, increase it when you can) are different than consumers (want it low, like sales). It’s the dissonance between those two positions that keeps the marketing and bean counters (and economists) awake at night. Neither side gets what they want.

              Second, what cost US$1400 in 2003 would cost US$1765 in 2013 due to inflation. Nikon isn’t very far from that, despite having to deal with yen/dollar currency fluctuations.

              However, to your question my answer would be yes, but in a different sense than you might guess.

              The reason is that Nikon is targeting new customers strategically. These are not folk that would buy a US$1000+ lens. As you’ll see in an article I post later this week, I think they have to tackle this problem differently. They sort of tried with the Nikon 1, but it was a totally botched try, especially when someone panicked and priced a product that cost them almost nothing to produce higher than the DSLRs that were their main profit engine.

              Anyone that reads my site knows that I believe that Nikon has completely lost themselves. They keep targeting new customers that aren’t there (declining market) with products that don’t make any pricing and sometimes logical sense. They iterate the same things that already sell over and over to the point of absurdity. They have made a mishmash of a lineup that was actually fairly refined and rational. They haven’t the foggiest notion of what DX needs in terms of lenses, and even in FX they’re doing the same thing. And don’t get me started on customer support/service and QA.

              Even by their own predictions they will essentially be flat in sales for several years. Without changing their ways, I’d argue they’re going to have declining sales.

              But the problem is far less about price as it is about value. It’s important to understand that difference. Iterating the same 18-xx zooms over and over again, even if you find ways to drop the price as they have with the 18-300mm, isn’t adding value. What products have they introduced lately that really add value to the systems?

            • MyrddinWilt

              Thom, I don’t think the Nikon-1 cost Nikon ‘almost nothing to produce’. It has a huge number of screws for a start and it required a whole new factory to be set up.

              Getting the costs down seems to have been the main thrust of the manufacturing changes since but I think their original problem was a very high build price.

              Same thing for the other product changes. If the company is making a million copies of a lens each year, saving $0.50 on each is worth doing. And a lot of the changes have to do with going to hybrid optics that are saving a lot more than pennies.

            • Thom Hogan

              You would be wrong. The original Nikon one models had fewer than 300 parts, screws included. Current Nikon DSLRs have more screws than the Nikon 1 had parts.

              Nikon’s problem with the 1 was that they had unrealistic expectations. They missed creating a target user due to design, they overbuilt (which required a factory nearly dedicated to the product) to actual demand, they tried to recover development costs too aggressively, they made decisions that protected the DSLR line throughout.

              If you’re in the high tech business you look for ways to drive costs out of your product every day. My sense of the DSLR line is that Nikon has NOT done enough of this. You only have to take apart a Sony A7 to see how simple you can make a sophisticated camera. Even adding the mirror and its associated components into an A7 you would be better off than Nikon is with even the D3300 from a parts and manufacturing cost.

              This was actually one of my main contributions in the hardware groups I ran. We were ruthless in driving out parts and costs. No one thought we could make the original Quickcam for under US$100, let alone sell many or make a profit doing so. But my total burdened costs were under US$15, and a healthy portion of that was manufacturing, as there was one hand-soldering job that had to be done on that original model.

            • rt-photography

              I agree that companies are about making a profit. and I wanted nikon to continue to grow. not today. I want to see them fall where they have no choice but to change their ways or fail. either way its fine for me.

              but ask people what they think about nikon today, compared to just 5 years back and many will say bad reputation, low quality and bad CS and overpriced. they feel betrayed. there is a bitter taste with nikon. when years back I never had the sense that nikon was ONLY baout money, today its very clear.

              I think theyve cut corners and you clearly see this today. when I paid $2500 for my F5’s way back when, I didnt feel they were overpriced because I felt I got my moneys worth. I felt that it was a quality product. I feel today they are skimping on quality, which im certain is because of the loss with the flood at the factory.

              I always felt that what I bought was a quality product. today, nikons greed clearly shows. I never saw that with them before. I did think the prices were high but I was happy to pay it, because I got worth for it. I never got the feeling that it was only about the money. you can see how desperate and pathetic the situation with them is.they are no longer true to what they stood for. dont tell me “times change” as its not relevant. quality has nothing to do with times. people will pay for quality. theyre simply cutting corners.

              I can list quite a few items that I think are just ripoff products.
              the new 85 1.8g is better in IQ but at what cost? slower AF, bad plastic and hood (compared to AFD metal) build, plastic thread. so why should I upgrade. I upgrade with better IQ from the AFD (but not by much) but suffers from everything else.

              lets not mention the 58 1.4G which is a joke at $1700, although I just did. the apthetically slow 50 1.4g the crippled overpriced DF. and so on and so on.

              but as long as nikon keeps pumping out crap overpriced nikon 1, 18-XXX, br straps, and coolpix and always has a solution with defective poroducts buy making another and just adding a 10 to the model number I see good things in their future.

            • Thom Hogan

              Funny you should mention the F5: it shipped with a clear defect. The battery cutoff point was set so high that it was tough to get even a handful of film rolls on a single set of 8 AA batteries.

              Nikon has had a long history of QA and quality issues. D2h meter failures, D70 complete failures (BGLOD), the initial D1x needed to have a part replaced. The difference between the past and the present seems to be mostly in how fast they respond to those problems, and how they deal with people with those problems. They never were great at handling a problem, but they’ve gotten quite a bit worse.

              Lenses are still Quixotic at best in Nikon’s product distribution. Basically we get two types of lenses: (1) mass market lenses; and (2) someone’s idea of an interesting project to work on. Meanwhile we end up with very distorted lens sets with gaps or better update needs.

              Personally, I feel that they’ve lost the pulse of the serious photographer and have been frantically searching for new customers to replace that person. So they lose the most loyal customers that helped build the brand reputation. That just sets off a downward spiral. Your comment is just another I’d add to a very large pile I’ve collected of people who were formerly happy with Nikon gear, still use it, but are increasingly dissatisfied and will eventually jump ship.

            • rt-photography

              didnt know about the defect in F5’s. mine were fine. it even fell off a moving car and had a crack at the bottom but kept going.

              what you said in your last paragraph was perfect. its only a matter of time. bravo Thom

      • Carleton Foxx

        The US economy is fine as long as you’re in the upper middle class. But all the profits now go to the stockholders and top execs. When I started my career, it was considered sound and ethical business practice to share a percentage of the profits with workers. That practice is now seen as an embarrassing relic of more innocent times. And hence, regular working class Americans probably have a better shot at earning a living by jumping the border into Mexico and looking for work.

        • Eric Calabros

          Ok lets start a global financial debate under a Lens Rebate post

          • Matthew Saville Baldon

            Sounds like a good idea to me. When else are we ever going to discuss it? 😛

            • decisivemoment

              Exactly. And it’s relevant here too — Nikon is a mid-market brand whose travails reflect that of the middle class (ditto Canon etc); Leica a premium brand that has more than doubled their prices in the past decade even after accounting for inflation and has a bigger waiting list than ever on its top products. Leica customers are doing great. Nikon, not so good. And you end up with a one year waiting list for an M240 body, and 18 low-to-mid-range Nikon lenses on the block for a June promotion more typical of Christmas or New Year’s. Today’s economy in a nutshell.

            • One More Thought

              You are absolutely right…there has been a hallowing out of US middle class since the 1980’s…when the conservatives started to exert their influence. Unfettered capitalism became a religion, and now progress is halted by a far right group of politicians and media personalities.

              This is the same group that denies the science of climate change, many believe the earth is only about 6000 years old…they believe that massive tax cuts for the wealthy will not balloon the deficit…in short, when you have one major political party that literally denies reality, and is wedded to rigid ideology…that produces some severe problems.

              As you mention, that is one reason why middle class brands like Nikon and Canon are hurting while Leica does very well serving the very wealthy.

            • I guess

              I guess that explains the problems today; what with the most conservative president in recent history, Democrats in the senate being marginalized, and every facet of government being controlled by the radical right.
              Oh wait…

            • mikeswitz

              I’m confused by you’re reasoning. Are you saying that if Nikon would just triple their prices, lower the quality of their sensors and put them in nicer boxes they would be doing fine?

        • Aldo

          the US economy is fine… for now.

        • mikeswitz


          Agreed, but my question was asked of rt-photography who stated: “they should just lower the prices to reflect the bad economy. too many overpriced lenses. and the $550 910 flash can be considered that as well.”


      • Aldo

        I still can’t afford a corvette stingray… so the economy must be bad…

        • Tina

          Thats what she said… no coach handbag, just flying coach… ‘coz economy is in poach

  • Merv S

    Not listed above, but in Canada, the 10-24 DX was about $150 lower than the regular price. Though this may have been in response to Canon announcing a 10-18 kit lens for about $500.

    • Kynikos

      A few deals floating about in Canada according to photoprice.
      D800E $2800
      Df with hipster lens $2550
      Various deals on dx camera kits
      Good prices on 85/1.8 (which implies it is in stock), 105 micro, 58/1.4 etc.
      Photoprice is doing an in-house deal on D4s $6500.
      Given the exchange rate of 1.09-ish, not bad.

      • decisivemoment

        Heck, Nikon Canada must be swimming in D800E bodies.

        • itsmyname


  • Spy Black

    Damn! The 800mm f/5.6 isn’t on there. I was hoping to get $100 off…

    • saywhatuwill

      It’s possible you may have had $260 off on that lens.

    • Aldo

      I’m also waiting on 100 dollars off this lens to pull the trigger.

    • lorenzo

      You might get such discount if with that lens you also buy a D4s.

  • kcufdlo

    Seems B&H is out of stock on the D7100. B&H Chat says that they won’t have more for 2 or 3 weeks.

  • Dave Ingraham

    I find it funny that the 85/1.8g is on this list. My order at Adorama has been back-ordered for over 2 months. The last time I checked, neither Adorama nor Nikon had any idea when it would be available.

    • Harv.!

      The 85mm f/1.8G has been out of stock in the UK for months too, but a shipment came in last week. Although they didn’t stay stay in stock for very long at places like WEX.

      If stock came to Europe then I’m sure there’s also some on the way to the US.

    • Neopulse

      Really? Did not know the 85mm 1.8G was that in demand. Good to know

  • Carleton Foxx

    Why never the 135DC? Why? Why?

    • Matthew Saville Baldon

      To be quite honest, if you’re looking for the best deal on a D800, it’s going to be for under $2K on Ebay. I’m just sayin’! Even if it’s a worn-out camera, 99% of DSLR body repairs are in the $300 range, and you still come out way ahead of paying full price. Especially if you consider that the majority of things that usually go wrong with a camera are the types of things that void a warranty, LOL.

      If I were you, I’d just buy a used D800 now, and wait until the “sans-lens” rebates come back later this year. Or buy a beginner Nikon DSLR with the lens you want, and then sell off the body at-cost. I did that when I wanted my 85 1.8 G, I got a D5200 with it and then sold off the D5200.


    • Pat Mann

      If you get one each of all the lenses, flashes and converters, + two extra 24-120s, you’ll get enough back to get the D800 and some change. Is that so complicated? Since the D800 works in DX mode, you’ll have a pretty nice DX D800 system once you’re done. Of course, you don’t have much in the ultrawide range. Note that it’s the DX version of the 16-35 f/4 that’s discounted, so you can’t just flip the D800 into FX mode to go wide with that one. I guess if you want the FX version, you need to pay full price. The DX version is rumored to have better corner performance at 16mm than the FX version, of course.

      I’d recommend getting the eyepiece magnifier, though, if you want to use your D800 as a DX camera. No discount on that.

      • I am

        I think that’s a typo. AFAIK, Nikon doesn’t make a DX 16-35.

      • I am

        I think that’s a typo. AFAIK, Nikon doesn’t make a DX 16-35.


    humm except for the 85 g and two 50 g’s..nothing to see here.. oh yeah Great stuff for DX fan boys.

  • Pat Mann

    Sadly, they don’t make the camera I’m interested in purchasing, so I can’t get the lens discounts.
    Since they don’t even make the DX lenses I’d like to have to complete my system, not much point in the discounts they do have.

  • lorenzo

    Except for the gold ring 16-35 and the 24-120 that could be a deal, it seems that Nikon wants to get rid of their cheap, old or bad glass.
    Never a discount on the super-telephoto, for instance.

  • Nikon DF2

    What a waste…..unload the storage….gainign free capaciites for upcoming new lens and products cmaeras etc. at photokina 2014 in fall…..

    Hurry up guys buy buy buy. get the old stuff…….i am happy and excited about the new upcoming things….

    nevertheless / anyway overall …pretty much the same problems….

    1. problem of all camera companies the leaders and managers/management
    dont use their own products and cameras, no idea of customer
    wishes…..why? less time? should have time for playing with your own
    and products of your competitiors…you would learn a lot of
    deficiencies, lack of features ….

    2. the decision makers/ leaders/ management in every company/ camera comapanies as well only
    focused on short term results/short cycle assessment and money not on
    long temr success, customer retention/satisfaction, long term positive
    image….you could save money and it could be a much more profit and
    benefit with more forcusing on long term success even if you gain less
    money on the short term but you could earn more on the long temr view
    through customer satisfication/retention, less advertisement marketing
    is needed (due to the well known brand and quality high products like
    porsche, leica etc.)

    3. engineers/product developers (lenses,
    flashes, cameras etc.) have no or less power in the decision making
    process of releasing products or nobody of these people sittign in the
    leading (and finally decision-making) management…..

    the head of the company and the decision makers are full of: marketing gurus, accounters, bankers, business administration, lawyers….etc.

    sadly and wrongly no engineer, product devoloper etc….who could tell them insome cases please wait one month the product will be much better (less bugs etc.)…..

    Sustainability/long term thinking/long time cycle
    assessment can be more worth than you might think…..even for your
    balance sheets………..

    The (economy is the) world will probably never change,……

    Sorry for typos….i apologize too fast too lazy to correct 😉

  • LarryC

    Is the rebate only through B&H? I don’t see anything on the Adorama site – where I happen to have a $40 rewards coupon.

  • Steve

    They should offer $200 of the 80-400mm. That would cover the cost of a decent 3rd party tripod collar.

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