Killer Camera and Lens Rebates from Nikon

Looks like Nikon is already pushing some killer rebates on its cameras and lenses. The new rebate program that B&H calls “The More You Buy The More You Save” is a camera + lens rebate program, which allows you to buy one camera and as many lenses as you want, stacking up savings with more lenses. While this means that you have to purchase at least one camera to qualify for additional lens rebates, some lens rebates are significant and were not part of any rebates in the past (like the new Nikon 70-200mm f/4G VR lens that I reviewed earlier this year). So this will be a great program for those that want to buy a new DSLR or want a backup camera. Most Nikon DSLRs take part in this program, including the D7100, D800 and D4. Existing savings on the D7100 and D800 cameras are retained, so these discounts apply on top of those.

Nikon More Buy More Save Rebate

Here is a list of all cameras and lenses offered in the rebate, along with the savings:

  1. Nikon D3100 ($100 off)
  2. Nikon D3200 ($100 off)
  3. Nikon D5100 ($100 off)
  4. Nikon D5200
  5. Nikon D7000 ($100 off)
  6. Nikon D7100 ($100 off kit)
  7. Nikon D600 ($100 off)
  8. Nikon D800 ($200 off)
  9. Nikon D4

And here are the lenses with speedlights:

  1. Nikon 28mm f/1.8G ($100 off)
  2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G ($20 off)
  3. Nikon 85mm f/3.5G DX ($100 off)
  4. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX ($250 off)
  5. Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX ($300 off)
  6. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ($200 off)
  7. Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR ($100 off)
  8. Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR ($300 off)
  9. Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR ($150 off)
  10. Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR DX ($150 off)
  11. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II ($300 off)
  12. Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ($300 off)
  13. Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ($200 off)
  14. Nikon SB-700 ($30 off)
  15. Nikon SB-910 ($50 off)

So if you buy the Nikon D800 for $2796 ($200 off, regularly priced at $2996) and add the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G for $1096 ($300 off, regularly priced $1396) with the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G for $596 ($100 off, regularly priced $696), you are looking at a total of $600 of savings from this bundle. The nice thing is, you can stack up as many lenses as offered in the rebate and you can even stack the same lens multiple times! So if a friend of yours wants to buy a lens and does not want a camera body, you can buy one camera and multiple lenses, which will all be discounted as shown above. There is no limit on the number of lenses you can buy.

Just like before, here is a quick summary of what I think about the above lenses:

  1. Nikon 28mm f/1.8G: a good lens with a couple of weaknesses such as focus shift and field curvature (normal for a wide angle zoom). Good buy at $600, considering that the wider/faster 24mm f/1.4G is more than 3x times more expensive. See my review here.
  2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G: the best 50mm AF prime from Nikon today. See my review here and wedding photography sample images.
  3. Nikon 85mm f/3.5G DX: a great macro lens for DX, good buy at $426 for those that like to shoot macro. Used it in the past, but have not had a chance to review it yet.
  4. Nikon 18-200mm VR: never been a fan of superzoom lenses, but people love these and they will love them more at $546.
  5. Nikon 18-300mm VR: another superzoom that is a little more expensive than the 18-200mm at $696. Too massive for DX, not something I would recommend. If you need a superzoom for DX, get the 18-200mm instead. See my review here.
  6. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G: a superb lens for working pros. I have two of them now, since I use the 24-70mm a lot for landscape photography. See my review here.
  7. Nikon 24-85mm VR: a good wide to mid-range zoom for the D600. See my review here.
  8. Nikon 24-120mm VR: once you read my review, you will realize why I love this lens. If you do not need the durability of the 24-70mm, this is the lens you want. And with the $300 discount, this is a really sweet deal!
  9. Nikon 28-300mm VR: yet another superzoom for FX, with a $150 discount. See my review here.
  10. Nikon 55-300mm VR: an average DX telephoto lens. A good price, but I would rather get the 70-300mm VR below. See my review here.
  11. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II: killer lens if you don’t mind its weight. Love mine, but I wish I waited for this $300 off deal, since I bought it as soon as it was announced. See my review from a while ago here.
  12. Nikon 70-200mm f/4G: first time this lens goes on a great sale like this. The announced MSRP price was $1399 and now there is a $300 discount, bringing the price down to $1099. Now we are talking! I love this lens for its superb performance and light weight construction – see my review where I rave about it here.
  13. Nikon 70-300mm VR: if you can’t afford the 70-200mm lenses and need the reach, get this telephoto lens. It usually sells for $600 and this rebate brings it down to mere $400, which is a steal! See my review here.
  14. Nikon SB-700 and SB-910: $30 and $50 off are pretty bad rebates. You could have gotten a much better discount if you bought it earlier. If you want a speedlight, wait till the end of the year for better incentives.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Sridip Nag
    June 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    #5 on the lens list (18-300)… that’a a DX lens.

    • 3
      ) Stefan
      June 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Nasim didn’t say it is FX.

      • 10
        ) Norman Silva
        June 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

        Stefan,

        I think Sridip Nag got confused when Nasim said it was “too massive for DX”. One could read that Nasim was saying it was OK for FX. I know – confusing:)

  2. 2
    ) Stefan
    June 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the info, Nasim!
    There are some great deals again.
    We had that conversation ago, but tell me – do you still go 100% for 24-70mm vs. 24-120mm (I have the second one, but those rebates always make me rethink my arsenal), although the nice review you had for 24-120mm?
    I love the VR, I love the reach, f/4 is bugging me a little, because of the bokeh, but you don’t have great bokeh with 24-70mm either, and it lacks VR.

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Stefan, I personally chose the 24-70mm over the 24-120mm purely because of its metal construction. I do a lot of field / commercial photography, where lenses take a lot of beating. If you shoot for yourself and take a good care of your gear, then get the 24-120mm. Otherwise, the 24-70mm has better build/construction.

      • 30
        ) Stefan
        June 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        Thanks, Nasim!
        I occasionally shoot some sessions with it, but I do take care of the lenses and they don’t have any serious beating, as I don’t shoot that extensively every day.
        May be when/if 24-70VR come some day I’ll switch to it.
        :-)
        Thanks again!

        • June 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          If Nikon releases the 24-70mm f/2.8G VR, I will be the first in line to buy it :) This lens needs an update ASAP – it is too soft wide open in the corners! The 24-120mm is much better in that regard, but lacks the build.

          • 32
            ) Stefan
            June 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

            Exactly. And I don’t like that it extends externally. 24-70 also extends, but minimal.
            the other day I bought the new 18-35 to test, as people say it’s very sharp even in the corners.
            I tested against the 14-24, 24 f/1.4 and 24-120 (at 24mm)
            14-24 beats them all in the center, but in the corners – 24-120 looked the best of all. With 18-35 second.
            That all at f/5.6, so I don’t torture each lens, as they have different apertures.

  3. 4
    ) Richard D
    June 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Just really wonder what’s happening at Nikon!

    Well, I bought the D600 with the “kit” 24 – 85 mm lens back in December for the same price as the body alone. Last month, I bought the 70 – 200 f/4 at the original price. So it looks as if I spent maybe $300 more back in December for a body and 2 lenses than I would have spent for a body and the 70 – 200 mm f/4 alone, and then used that $300 saving to buy perhaps a faster lens than the kit lens.

    Oh, well…..gets confusing after awhile, and you just never know what their next deal is! I just hope my D600 gets back soon from the Nikon factory….sent it in a week ago for the sensor dust problem. It looks as if they are awaiting a part. So far, I see no charge for this….it should be under warranty. But just really curious what part they’re waiting on to fix a spot problem on the sensor….the sensor itself? Maybe the shutter window? Be really curious to see what they replace.

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Richard, if you bought something recently (within the last 30 days), you can call B&H and they will either give you a credit, or you can return what you purchased and repurchase it. Can’t speak for something older than 30 days though… But you are right, you never know when to expect these rebates :(

      • 33
        ) Richard D
        June 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        Hi, Nasim.

        I bought that D600 last December. I bought the 70 – 200 f/4 about a month ago…can’t remember exactly when. So I wouldn’t be able to get a “refund” that way since I wouldn’t be repurchasing the body.

        My D600 is still at Nikon for the sensor dust problem….it got in their system quick enough, but now they’re waiting for a part…as mentioned, I’m really curious what that part is for a sensor dust problem. Don’t know how long this will take.

        In the meantime, I’m using my D200. I have a race to shoot this weekend and will be using my 70 – 200 f/4. Even if I could return it and repurchase to get a better price, practically, that’s not very good for me.

        Thanks, anyway.

      • 35
        ) Richard D
        June 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Hi, Nasim.

        Thought I’d give you an update about my D600.

        I had sent it in about 2 weeks ago to Nikon for the dust/spot problem on the sensor. It came back today.

        I have so far taken a few shots at f/22, attempting to see if I can see any spots. So far, I fortunately have not seen any.

        In addition to cleaning the front body, the mirror box, and the low pass filter, it looks as if Nikon did indeed replace the shutter mechanism. That looks like, at least in my case, that there was indeed a hardware problem with that shutter mechanism which possibly was causing the dust/spot problems.

        Anyway, I’m quite happy that the turn around from Nikon was a lot faster than I had originally thought it would be. I will be using my camera a lot in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be watching to see if I notice any more out of the ordinary spot problems.

        When did PhotographyLife start using Disqus? I don’t like Disqus, so I’m hoping to just post this as a guest….hoping this message actually goes through!

        • June 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

          Richard, thank you for the update. Glad to hear your unit is now in full working order. Mine also had some dust in the beginning, but after I cleaned it a couple of times, it does not produce any dust anymore. So far I have about 10K clicks on it.

          As for Disqus, I just switched to it, still trying to clean it up – comment import was not very smooth and it took me about 10 tries with code modifications to get it to work…wasted like 2 days on it. I just got tired of comment spam and slow response times…

  4. June 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Hello Nasim,

    I absolutely love your blog. It has been an incredible resource for me as I learn about and pursue my dream of becoming a pro photographer. I have been planning on a big gear upgrade for awhile, but wasn’t planning on doing so for about another year. I am thinking of getting the D800, the 24-70 f/2.8 lens, and either the 70-200 f/4 or f/2.8. My question for you is do you think that Nikon will offer another great rebate program like this again within the next year?

    Thanks again for your great blog!

    Kate Minor

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Kate, at this point, I do not know whether there will be another rebate like this for lenses like 70-200mm f/4G. The f/2.8 version is often on sale, especially towards the end of the year (Christmas timeframe).

  5. 6
    ) peter2
    June 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this valuable information.

    Just got over there and was surprised that B&H lists the D5200 with a kit lens 18-155 (?) Hmm… maybe 18-55, or maybe someone in B&H loves to spread rumors? ;-)

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Peter, that’s an error, as there is no such lens :)

  6. 7
    ) Neill
    June 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Hey

    What really sucks we never have luxury option like this done in South Africa ( ZA ) no matter the product
    and lets not talk about the exchange rate :(

    • 8
      ) NESTOR
      June 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Hi Neill

      I really understand you, but you are not alone. It happens all over the world if you have a representative. To add insult to injury I can still buy an old and discontinued body at launch price. This what I call benefits of living in a third world country.

      • 9
        ) Neill
        June 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

        yeah I hear yeah

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Neill, unfortunately, rebates are rarely done overseas :(

  7. 11
    ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    June 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I would be glad to take advantage of this rebate and give Photography Life some business, but once again I can’t. For the most part, Nikon continues to give the best deals to those who are changing from another system or need a new body, and are able to time their purchase with a rebate program. Then the generous lens and flash discounts apply, assuming you can afford to buy several items at once. If you are just looking to get just a lens you want for less, such Nikon rebates happen far less often.

    In my case, I missed on the D600+24-85VR promotion, costing me $600 over the lucky ones, and now the 70-200/4G is $300 less than I paid a month ago. Along with the SB-910 I bought at full price, that’s $950 I didn’t save since September of 2012. This would have paid for the wonderful Sigma 35/1.4 lens that is my favorite.

    I am considering an 18-35G, but absolutely won’t buy one now until Nikon gives a minimum $100 rebate. This lens lacks VR and shouldn’t cost more than $600 anyway.

    Meanwhile, I want Sigma to hit more home runs like they did with the 35/1.4 and release a wide FX zoom, fast 24mm prime and a great 24-70/2.8 with VR. Then I can skip most future Nikon lenses, which would suit me fine because they aren’t making me a loyal customer with their lack of QC and pricing games.

    Due to Nikon’s crappy QC, I’m still wiping dust off my D600 sensor 6000 frames later. Oh well. I’ve learned how to quickly clean a sensor because of this.

    • 17
      ) Richard D
      June 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      I don’t know if you saw my comment above, but I have sent my D600 in for Nikon to look at the dust issue. I bought the D600 last December (with the 24-85 VR lens deal). I meant to look at it right away for the dust problem, but I was just too busy with the holidays and also with moving.

      However, after about 530+- shots, I did take a shot at a white wall at f/22. I saw those spots, primarily in the upper left hand corner of the frame, but also in other places.

      I kind of let it go for awhile, partially because I was busy and also because I knew had some events coming up that I really wanted to use that D600 to shoot with.

      Last month, I ran into a Nikon rep at a local camera shop. I asked him if he knew anything more about the dust problem. He asked me if I had cleaned the sensor. I told him that I used the internal cleaning of the D600; I also had used the blower to try to blow out any dust. But, I had not yet tried my Arctic Butterfly which I am quite familiar using on my D200. I just did not want to try it on my D600, yet, because I still wanted to find time to send it to Nikon to check on something I believed came straight from the factory that way.

      He took my information, and about a week later, I got an email from someone at Nikon’s offices in L.A. She asked me to send a couple of shots that showed the problem. I sent her 4 of them, including that one I took in very late December, early on in my ownership of the camera. I also had sent one I had taken the day before…..about my 9800th shot so far.

      After a couple of days, she got back to me and told me that I should send my body in, and I now have done so. They have marked the repair as being under warranty; so far, there is no charge showing up when I look at the tracking site. But there also is a hold on my repair because now it seems as if they are waiting for a part. I’m just really, really curious as to what that part might be…..is it a new sensor? Is it the shutter window? I’ve seen some reports that this problem might be paint chipping off of it.

      In any case, you might try to contact Nikon and see about getting yours in so you can at least not have to clean your sensor so often. I know dust on the sensor does happen with digital cameras….I’ve had a D70, a D200, and now a D600, and it’s happened on all. But, if there really is an underlying problem, it might be good to have it checked out.

      So far, I’ve been happy with the response Nikon has given me….it doesn’t look as if it has taken very long for them to get the camera into their system and to check it. But, it remains to be seen how much longer it will take for that part to arrive and replace the old one.

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      I am sorry to hear about your D600 issues. I cleaned mine several times and now it does not produce dust anymore. As for the rebates, you never know when Nikon decides to do it, unfortunately :( If you bought your lens within the last 30 days, give a call to B&H and see if they will give you the $300 credit. If not, you can return it and get the new one shipped to you with the discount, since you are still within the 30 day timeframe.

      Nikon only had 1 lens rebate program so far within the last few years. I don’t know if they will do it again – seems like the idea is to push camera + lens sales…

  8. 12
    ) Chad M
    June 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Does anyone know why it will not discount the 24-120 and the 70-200 f/4 in the same cart?

    • 13
      ) Chad M
      June 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Nevermind. I figured it out. Nikon will only allow you to purchase 1 lens that is discounted $300 per order. So, for example, you cannot get the $300 discount on the 24-120 and the 70-200 f/4 or f/2.8 in the same order. This is a bummer. I was going to buy the D600 + 24-120 + 70-200 f/4.

      • June 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        That should not be the case. All lens discounts are stackable. Wait till tomorrow, I will report this issue to B@H…

        • 15
          ) Chad M
          June 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

          Thank you Nasim. I do have a question though. If I do only get one of those lenses (24-120 or 70-200 f/4), which would you recommend? I realize they are two completely different lenses, but my primary focus is family pictures/portraits which include trips to the park, zoo, vacations, etc. I already own the 50 1.8G. Thank you for your response.

          • 16
            ) Clarence
            June 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

            Chad, I also have a D600 with a 24-120mm lens. It is a great combo for vacations and family outings. The 24-70 range is much more useful than 120-200.

          • June 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

            Just got a reply back from B&H – the stacking issue has been fixed, so you can get discounts for each individual lens now…

            As for which lens to start with, if you don’t have a wide angle lens now, start with the 24-120mm.

  9. 18
    ) AM
    June 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Nikon should stop the nonsense of body and lens bundles in order to take advantage of rebates. Lens rebates should be available whether you buy a body or not.
    Nikon is not showing any love to current Nikon users.

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Agreed. As far as I remember, Nikon only did a lens rebate once during the last 3-4 years. It is very rare…

      I believe the idea is to push for more market share for DSLR cameras, which is why these rebates are tied to camera bodies specifically.

  10. 19
    ) Mark
    June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve got two pretty decent Nikon bodies. I don’t need any more, although there are a couple lenses I would be interested in if I could get a little knocked off the price. I guess Nikon is not interested in my business, nor the business of anybody else in my situation (i.e. current Nikon users).

  11. 21
    ) Matt
    June 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the head’s up Nasim! Looks like it’s finally time to upgrade my gear.

    I did have a question: I was wondering if you (or anyone else) could provide any advice/experience regarding Nikon’s refurbished cameras and lenses? I was planning to get a new D800 with a 24-70 lens, when I saw I could get a refurb D800, a refurb 14-24mm, and a new 50mm f/1.8 for $166 less. I’m assuming at least some of the refurbished D800’s are ones that had focus issues. Other than making sure to test for that is there anything else I should be aware of?

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Matt, refurbished stuff works great typically. The warranty is not the same (I believe only 30 days), but the product works perfectly fine, since it is tested by Nikon. Definitely test for focusing issues and make sure that the lenses do not require extensive calibration – see my articles on how to calibrate lenses, check focus, etc.

    • 34
      ) nestor
      June 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

      Hi Matt

      my experience with refurbished lenses was very good indeed, but as I bought few of them I can’t tell for sure it is alwas so. I never bought a refurb body, then I don’t know how new or used they are. As a rule of thumb you could think that a refurb underwent complete testing to verify it is at specs, but it is what logic says, I don’t know if it is so. In the other hand if you can return the item it seems it is ok, you are going to lost only shipping charges. Good luck,

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