The Nikon “lens-only” rebates are coming back this weekend

As I already reported, this weekend Nikon will bring back the popular "lens only" rebates for a new set of Nikkor lenses (rebates will go live tomorrow, Saturday, at midnight):

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED:

Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED:

Nikon AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G:

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G:

The new rebates will expire on July 29th.

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  • nwcs

    That’s not a wide variety of lenses. Maybe others are being sent to the refurbished line?

    • T.I.M

      I just realized that your icon is a little kid head, so far I always thought it was a cat!
      I guess I need new glasses (not lenses, eye glasses)

      • nwcs

        Lol! It’s my son being funny. Although it’s almost a year old pic now. I should update it…

        • TwoStrayCats

          He’s all Twittered-out.

      • Wade Marks

        I thought the same thing…that it was a cat! So you’re not the only one!

  • T.I.M

    I tried the 28mm f/1.8G few years ago, I was not very impress and returned it.
    The 20mm f/1.8G is great (after adjusting AF fine tune)

    • SteveWithAnS

      What do you use the lens for shooting?

      • T.I.M

        The 20mm lens ? mainly for landscapes.
        I have 14 primes lenses and one 24-120mm f/4 zoom lens so I use the lenses for different subjects.
        The 5 lenses I use the most are:
        24mm PC-E f/3.5
        58mm f/1.4G
        105mm f/2.8G micro VR
        300mm f/4G E PF
        400mm f/2.8 AF-i

        • SteveWithAnS

          Whoa, didn’t ask for your life story…jk. Do you think the 20mm f/1.8 would be good paired with the D500 for astrophotography? Is that wide enough on a D500 and is it even worth bothering trying to shoot astro with a DX body?

          • T.I.M

            It will look like a 30mm on a DX camera.
            I don’t do much about astro photography (beside sun/moon pictures) so I don’t know if the D500 is the best choice.
            Nikon have a special D810A camera for asto photography.

            • SteveWithAnS

              I get crop factor, my 11-16mm tokina is not so wide shooting 4K video at 2.2x crop… I’ve heard of the D810A, but no way am I buying a camera specifically for astro. Thanks anyway.

          • nwcs

            When it comes to astro you have to be clear on what type: astrolandscapes, wide field astro, deep sky astro. Each have different levels of equipment and skill required. Deep sky is by far the hardest and most technically challenging. is the best place to research and learn.

            If you’re ok with a 30mm equivalent focal length then the D500 is fine. Although it’s actually no better than a D5300 for that. What matters is sensor characteristics and good use of skill and post processing.

            • SteveWithAnS

              Astrolandscapes then. Using my 35mm f1.8g DX did not seem to be wide enough. Wouldn’t deep sky astro require attaching a telescope to a camera body or not? I’ll check out that website, thanks. I bet finding dark skies on clear nights is the most challenging part of astrophotography.

            • T.I.M

              You need to keep the shutter speed under 30 seconds to avoid earth rotation effect (or you need a special computer mount).
              So wider the lens is and less you will see the stars (earth) moving.
              I use my 20mm f/1.8 FX for astro landscapes.

            • nwcs

              The general formula for time is 500/focal length being the max time to not show obvious star trails. Even then lens choice is important for coma, CA, and sharpness.

            • T.I.M

              So that give 25 seconds for a 20mm, good to know.

            • nwcs

              Telescope is the most common but many people will use photo lenses between 90-300mm often with a platform such as an iOptron SkyTracker or a Celestron AVX.

              Dark skies are best but with enough integration time and processing you can get good results even in terrible light pollution. And if you work with nebulas the light pollution doesn’t really factor in. However dslrs are suboptimal for that.

    • Mehdi R

      20mm 1.8 is Nikon’s sharpest wide prime lens, perfect lens design with stellar performance. My favorite prime lens.

      • eric

        Yes, I agree. The 20mm is one of the best lenses I’ve ever used. I am constantly amazed at the sharpness of landscape photos I take with it. Never lets me down.

      • Unrest

        24mm 1.8 is a touch sharper actually.

    • decisivemoment

      I tried one sample of the 28/1.8 about a year after it came out, which had mediocre sharpness wide open, and terrible focus shift. I sent it back. A year later, I tried another. This one has proven to be fine. Good sharpness, great when stopped down, and no focus shift.

      • T.I.M

        made in China or Japan ?

  • Unrest

    Anyone know how long these lens only rebates usually last?

    • T.I.M

      call B&H

      • Aldo


        • T.I.M

          I’m dead serious, B&H have a great customer service and they probably know when sales start/ends.

      • SteveWithAnS

        Aren’t they closed for shabbos yet? You can order at 9:45pm Saturday though.

    • Till the end of the month.

      • Unrest


    • TwoStrayCats

      The last time I saw the $200 off on the 14-24, it went from early December until about New Years.

  • TwoStrayCats

    Okay, now I have the 14-24 where I want her. B&H hasn’t reflected the lower price yet, though.

    • The rebates will be active on a Saturday night.

  • Eric Calabros

    35mm DX can’t go cheaper.. buy it before they make a replacement with 2x the price.

  • FountainHead

    Why is it so hard to give 10-15% off the 200/2?

    • T.I.M

      maybe it will get a refresh soon, so Nikon is not in a hurry to sell the little stock they have left (just my 5 cents…)

  • A $200 discount on the $2,799 70-200 doesn’t seem very generous to me … maybe that lens is selling relatively well.

  • TwoStrayCats

    I have the 14-24 in the cart; waiting for B&H to post the new price.

    • tonight at midnIght EST, I will do a post once the rebates are live

    • North Polar

      Mine got here from Amazon on Wednesday. I’m calling their CS tomorrow or returning and reordering it if I won’t get the difference refunded. 🙁

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