Current Nikon rebates ending 10/02/2010

If you are planning to buy a pro-level DSLR camera with lenses or want to upgrade your current gear, you should take advantage of the current rebates that are still being offered by Nikon until 10/02/2010:

NOTE: All of the below rebates have expired.

Lens Combos with Nikon D700

  1. Nikon D700 with Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens ($200 Off)
  2. Nikon D700 with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens ($300 Off)
  3. Nikon D700 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lens ($300 Off)
  4. Nikon D700 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens ($400 Off)
  5. Nikon D700 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II & Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lenses ($700 Off)
  6. Nikon D700 with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G & Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lenses ($700 Off)
  7. Nikon D700 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G & Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lenses ($1000 Off)

Lens Combos with Nikon D300s

  1. Nikon D300s with Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G Lens ($200 Off)
  2. Nikon D300s with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens ($250 Off)
  3. Nikon D300s with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lens ($300 Off)
  4. Nikon D300s with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens ($400 Off)
  5. Nikon D300s with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II & Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lenses ($450 Off)
  6. Nikon D300s with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lenses ($700 Off)
  7. Nikon D300s with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G & Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G Lenses ($700 Off)
  8. Nikon D300s with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G & Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR ($1100 Off)

The above are all instant rebates, so you do not need to fill out any forms or wait – just add the items to the cart to get the full discount.

The most attractive of the above are obviously the last links to the Nikon trinity: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G – the top Nikon lenses for most photography needs.

I know that many readers are wondering if the D300s is still worth looking at, since the Nikon D7000 has a lower price tag and offers many more features that Nikon D300s does not. As you can see, I posted the links to Nikon D700 above Nikon D300s, because I think that D300s is not worth investing in at this point. However, if you need good lenses and have the money to spend, the last link with the three lens combo will save you $1,100, which is almost as much as the D7000 costs by itself. If you get D7000 with the three lenses, you will not be able to get the $1,100 combo discount. So, you could get a D300s and D7000 with 3 lenses at almost the same price as the D7000 body only + three lenses, which is an awesome deal!

What about D700? I was hoping for Nikon to release an update to D700 this year, but you can rest assured that it won’t happen. We won’t see an update to D700 this year and we might see a new generation camera like D800 with brand new features next year (probably 6-9 months after D400 is announced), so the D700 is safe to buy at this point.

I am in the process of writing reviews for the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lenses, which will take me some time to write. Let me know if you have any questions.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Pasquier
    September 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Nasim
    I succumb to NAS yesterday and bought the new Nikkor 28-300mm. It seems like an ideal lens for hiking etc.
    Keen to see your take on it. Am still waiting for my 24-120 f4.0 …..
    The new 85mm f1.4 looks spectacular – will be on next years shopping list.
    Best, P:)

    • September 29, 2010 at 12:14 am

      Pasquier, I thought I cured my NAS, but now I want the 85mm f/1.4G and the 35mm f/1.4G…my wife is gonna kill me!

  2. 2
    ) Pasquier
    September 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Hi Nasim,
    just posted my first impressions of the new AFS 28-300 mm:
    http://pasquierphoto.blogspot.com/2010/09/nikkor-afs-28-300mm-vrii-first-test-run.html
    Keen to see our appraisal.
    Best, P

    • September 29, 2010 at 12:14 am

      Nice review Pasquier! I will be posting mine very soon, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G review is taking some time to write!

      • 7
        ) Pasquier
        September 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

        The new AFS 85mm f1.4 is a beauty…… as much as I love my old version, this one is on the books for next year! Keen to see your review.

  3. 3
    ) sm
    September 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    hi Nasim,

    Given that the rebates expire soon, I am sorely tempted to grab the D700 with one of the lenses. I currently own a D90 and am quite satisfied with it. I know I will eventually end up upgrading to a full frame, although at this time, it may be an overkill. How much is the improvement in terms of jump in image quality of D700 over D90 ( FX over DX)? Is the low light performance ( higher ISO) that good? I do have the 50 1.4 and the 20 2.8 primes in addition to my DX lenses. I feel that the D7000 is going to turn out to be a great camera. On the other hand, if I move up, I might as well go full frame.

    Is the DX to FX upgrade WORTH it?

    • September 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

      SM, yes, the FX does make a huge difference. Take a look at my FX vs DX article, where I show the difference in high ISO. But it is not just high ISO that makes the difference. The shallower depth of field of FX and superior image quality do stand out when compared against DX. Once you see an image from an FX sensor, it is certainly hard to go back to DX…it is a huge difference. Another annoyance with DX, is that you get noise even at the base ISO levels, which does not happen on FX.

      Sure D7000 is a great camera, but it is still DX…for me, the FX sensor is certainly worth the upgrade. After FX, I’m not going back to DX, period.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • 8
        ) Pasquier
        September 29, 2010 at 1:46 am

        I have to agree with Nasim on this, after years of using full frame Nikons (F3, FM series, F90), it was a joy to step up from the D70 to the D700. The full frame viewfinder is a joy to behold, as is the ability to use old familiar lenses (20mm f2.8 AIS etc). Even though I dabbled with the D90 for a while, it was soon passed on to a friend and a 2nd D700 took its place.
        While the D7000 is a terrific camera, I’m sure the FX version will be even better…… and am anxiously awaiting it.

      • 9
        ) sm
        September 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks both of you. Thats very helpful.

        Couple of additional questions. How big or heavier it feels as compared to a D90. I know the FX lenses are going to add weight. My main worry is, as I will probably keep a single camera, ( sell the d90, need to finance the full frame upgrade), does a D700 make a decent travel camera in addition to being a fantastic overall camera? Whats your suggestion regarding the combo of D700 and the new 28- 300 lens? I am looking at the 16-35, 28-300 in addition to the 50 1.4 prime which I already have. What do you think?

        Thanks again for all your help. This will be a huge investment.

        • October 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

          SM, the D700 weighs about the same as D300s, so it is certainly heavier than the D90. Don’t forget that it is also weather-sealed and has a magnesium alloy body, versus a plastic body of D90.

          The D700 is a fantastic camera. I will use mine until it dies, even if a D800 comes out next year. I love that camera and it just creates exceptionally beautiful images. Stay tuned for some of my shots from Yellowstone and South Colorado that I will be posting this week – they are mostly taken with the D700.

          D700 with the 28-300mm should work great, but I’m not a big fan of single lens solutions. The three lens combo you listed seems to be a good choice of lenses though. 16-35mm for ultra-wide angles, 28-300mm for everyday photography and 50mm for portraits…

          • 12
            ) sm
            October 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

            Thanks Nasim. I did buy the D700. I will get the 16-35 later. I did want to try out the 28-300 but its just a big lens. I did a survey of the focal lengths I typically shoot at in LR and realized I rarely do much tele shots. I am interested in the 24-120. Scott Bourne had a nice review of this lens. Did you get hold of this lens?

            • October 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

              SM, it is kind of late, but I will be testing the new 24-120mm during the next two weeks, so stay tuned!

  4. 11
    ) DenMas
    October 6, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Hi,

    I have D90+D700 with the three lens (24-70,70-200,14-24mm) + 70-300mm, now i red about 28-300mm. i need your comment should i take this lens or not. Basically the point that i take those (3) lens every time and if only for simple, in my opinion it is not worthy to buy 28-300mm.

    So what is the correct and right justification about his lens (28-300mm).

    Thank you in advance.

    • October 22, 2010 at 12:03 am

      DenMas, I hope you had a change to read my detailed Nikon 28-300mm VR Review. If I were you, I would not bother getting the 28-300mm, since you will find it slow and less sharp compared to your current pro lenses.

  5. 15
    ) Alaina
    September 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hi there,

    I have a 18-200 lens and am thinking about a 70-300. Would that lens be a huge difference in terms of getting shots at sporting events, concerts, etc? I am struggling on what to get for a great versatile telephoto lens? Thoughts are appreciated. ;) Thanks!

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