Nikon Lens Savings – Up to $350 Off

Nikon has been promoting its lenses with rebate programs for a while now, but all of those rebates required purchasing a DSLR to qualify. Since many of us already own DSLR cameras, those incentives were not very useful, as we could not take advantage of those offers (myself included). Starting from midnight tonight, February 17, Nikon is launching a lens rebate program that does not require purchasing of a camera body. This lens rebate is one of the largest I have seen, with savings up to $350 on select Nikkor lenses. Participating lenses include everything from the budget 50mm f/1.8G lens to professional glass like 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II. The rebate program ends on March 2, 2013.

Nikon Lens Rebate Program

At first, I thought that there would not be anything exciting about this lens rebate program, but after I looked at the first four lenses and saw $300 off the Nikon 24-120mm VR lens, I realized that the savings are significant and the offer is very attractive. Let’s go over each lens, one by one.

  1. Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED – $350 Off. I am personally not a fan of this lens due to its slow AF motor. Plus, it is long overdue for a refresh. Nikon is probably pushing this one off the shelves, because a replacement version will most likely be introduced later this year (a patent for a new version was filed a while ago).
  2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – $300 Off. Another lens on the list that I don’t particularly care about. For one, it is a DX lens and I shoot FX, and second, it is a superzoom with a huge range and you know what that means optically. See my review of the lens.
  3. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom – $300 Off. I am shocked to see this killer lens on the list at $300 off. I can understand when Nikon wants to shave $300 off an expensive professional lens like the 70-200mm below, but at $1,296 retail price minus $300, it leaves it for less than a grand! Grab this one while you can, because it won’t last. Do not expect this one to be replaced anytime soon. See my review to understand why I love it so much.
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II – $300 Off. One of the best professional portrait zoom lenses on the market. It has always been an expensive lens, but at $2,099, it sure makes it very appealing. There will be no replacement for this lens in the nearest future. See my review for details.
  5. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II – $250 Off. For a DX shooter, this lens is pretty attractive at just $600. Again, I am not a big fan of superzooms, but this is the only one I would consider if I needed an all-in-one lens for a DX body.
  6. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED – $200 Off. An absolute killer lens, one of the sharpest lenses in Nikon’s arsenal. Unfortunately, the lens is not cheap at its current price of $1,999, so a $200 off rebate brings it back to $1,799, which is a great price for this class of a lens. See my review of the 24mm f/1.4G for details.
  7. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G – $200 Off. Another killer lens that gets $200 off. At $1,419 after the rebate, it is now getting closer to the superb Sigma 35mm f/1.4 that I am testing right now. I think Nikon very well knows that once people find out how good the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is, this lens simply won’t sell anymore. Personally, I would not recommend to buy it – the Sigma is clearly a better choice at just $899. See my Nikon 35mm f/1.4G review for details on the lens.
  8. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G – $200 Off. I loved my Nikon 85mm f/1.4G until the f/1.8G version came out. If you want a pro build and extra low light capabilities, this one is a no-brainer for portraiture. I really wish Nikon updated it with VR, but I don’t think we will see one anytime soon. See my review of the 85mm f/1.4G lens.
  9. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED – $200 Off. If you are a working pro and need the best quality build and a fully weather resistant body, then this is the lens to get. By far, the 24-70mm remains my most used and most favorite lens for landscape photography. With Canon’s new 24-70mm f/2.8L II that came out last year, the Nikon 24-70mm is no longer the sharpness king. I really hope Nikon updates this one with a better optical formula to make those corners look sharp even at f/2.8 and adds VR to it. My recommendation – unless you need the pro build and weather sealing, go for the 24-120mm f/4G instead. See my review of the lens
  10. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – $200 Off. Another superzoom? You betcha! I personally stay away from this one, while many others rave about it. If you are a “one lens” type of a person, then go for it. See my detailed review for details.
  11. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G – $100 Off. A very good lens for those that cannot afford the 24mm f/1.4G. And at $599 after the rebate it sounds even better. See my Nikon 28mm f/1.8G review.
  12. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G – $100 Off. How can you resist this lens at less than four hundred bucks? The rest of the world will hate us Americans even more when they see this price. Do not expect this lens to last at this price, go grab it while you can. Looks like I will be purchasing one for myself. See my review to understand why I rave so much about it. This one pretty much just came out, so do not expect it to be updated within the next 5+ years.
  13. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR – $100 Off. People were getting this lens for free with the D600 at the end of 2012. By now, it is probably worth nothing in the used lens market. See my review of the lens that I posted last year.
  14. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G – $100 Off. Unless you really need that f/1.4 aperture, don’t waste your money and get the 50mm f/1.8G instead – that one is better optically. See my review of the 50mm f/1.4G. I hope Nikon updates this lens soon with a Nano-coated version, or perhaps a 50mm f/1.2. VR would be icing on the cake.
  15. Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED – $100 Off. A great macro lens at a great price. Personally, I like the 105mm VR better, but it is much more expensive than this one.
  16. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – $100 Off. One of the best zoom lenses for DX cameras you can buy. Nikon might release an updated version with the upcoming D7100 camera later this year.
  17. Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR – $100 Off. If you are looking for an inexpensive macro lens for a DX body, the 85mm f/3.5G is a great choice.
  18. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G ED – $20 Off. Even more savings on the best Nikon 50mm lens? Oh yeah! See my review and my Nikon 50mm f/1.4G vs f/1.8G comparison to understand why I love it so much.

Click here to access the lens rebate page at B&H Photo Video.

Unfortunately, the new Nikon 70-200mm f/4G VR is not included in the above rebate program.

Happy shopping!

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Clarence
    February 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Nasim,
    I currently have the 28 1.8, 50 1.8, and 85 1.4, should I get the 24-120 or 70-200 f4 next. I mainly shoot events and portraits. I appreciate your advise.

    • February 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Clarence, excellent lenses you got there! If I were you, I would first get the 24-120mm, especially at its killer price. The next one would be 70-200mm f/4, perhaps they will have it on a rebate later this year…

      • 24
        ) Clarence
        February 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Thank you Nasim! I just ordered the 24-120.

  2. 2
    ) Charles Abraham
    February 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you! Most helpful, the timely information & the succinct commentary!

  3. 3
    ) Miki
    February 17, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Just one question. Is the rebate program just for the US or do we europeans also have a chance to get it?

    • February 17, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Miki, unfortunately, I believe this particular rebate program is only for the US :(

  4. 4
    ) Stefan
    February 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Nasim,
    I have a question for you. Hope you can answer. I saw you don’t like too much the 35mm 1.4.
    I do have 24mm 1.4. How the 35mm compares with the 24mm – sharpness, distortion, bokeh, etc.?
    35mm is my favorite focal length on FX, but I don’t want to invest such money if the lens is not a top class.
    I’ll appreciate your advice.

    • February 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Stefan, not sure why you thought that I do not like the 35mm f/1.4G – I very much like it! But after trying out the Sigma, I like that one better, especially at its much lower price. That’s why I recommended the Sigma instead…

  5. 5
    ) Stefan
    February 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Sorry, I was just looking at the Photozone tests for the 50mm 1.4 adn 1.8.
    It seems they have a bit different results than yours.
    http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/441-nikkor_afs_50_14_ff?start=1
    http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/631-nikkorafs5018ff?start=1

    • 12
      ) Richard
      February 17, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Interesting, Stefan.

      Something caught my eye in that first link. There is a comment that fast lenses tend to have a high level of vignetting wide open on full frame cameras. I just bought my first full frame camera, the D600, right before Christmas. Last weekend, I shot part of a racing event. There is indeed a high level, very noticeable amount, of vignetting using the Nikon 70 – 200 mm f/2.8 VR. I shot most of that race with my older D200 (DX sensor), and I did not see any vignetting.

      I wonder if Nasim has any information or articles about this vignetting? I’m trying to decide if I’m going to buy the VRII version of this lens or perhaps the new f/4 version of it (I currently rent the lens when needed).

      • February 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

        Richard, yes, it is normal to see more vignetting on a full-frame body than on a cropped-sensor body – that’s because the latter chops off the corners of the frame, while FX shows the whole thing. Vignetting is not an issue though, since it is very easily fixable through Lightroom or Photoshop.

        • 16
          ) Richard
          February 17, 2013 at 6:31 am

          Hi, Nasim.

          That makes sense.

          It’s not a problem for me personally, but when I shoot these races, I give the images directly to the people who pay me to take them, and I often take a couple of thousand thousand of shots per event.

          They haven’t said anything, and it may not be a problem for them, either, but it’s just something for me to think about if I run into someone else to shoot for who wants pictures right away and may not like the vignetting.

        • 18
          ) Richard
          February 17, 2013 at 7:19 am

          I forgot about something, Nasim. When I first got my D600, of course I naturally played around with it. Going through the Menu, I now remember there was some sort of Vignette Control, and, now I do see it in the Shooting Menu. Looks like this might help with controlling the vignetting. However, it currently is turned off, so I wonder if turning it on might actually add even more vignetting rather than taking it away! Have to look into this and play around with it to see what it does.

          • February 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

            Richard, if the images you provide to your clients are JPEGs straight out of the camera, then definitely turn Vignette Control on – it will greatly reduce the effect. However, if you shoot in RAW, then do not worry about this setting.

    • February 17, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Stefan, I used two different 50mm f/1.4G copies for my tests (one is mine, one borrowed from a friend) and both showed inferior performance than my f/1.8G.

  6. 6
    ) Pascal
    February 17, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Hi Nasim,

    This is very interesting indeed! As you might have noticed, I’m about to sell my D7000 and replace it with a D600. I need to replace my 17-55 f2.8 which is a great lens but it is a DX lens.
    Two questions come to mind:

    Do you know if this rebate campaign will come to Europe?

    I have read your review on the 24-120 f4 lens, which is a great review by the way, but I cannot understand why you are so thrilled about this lens. It has a lot of issues: a lot of vignetting but more important, a lot of distortion. I know this is all fixable in post but a good lens should produce quite good results without heavy tweaking in post. I could live with the vignetting (I tend to shoot around f8 – f11 anyway) but the distortion part is why I’m very hesitating against this lens. Any thoughts?

    • 9
      ) Faz
      February 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Hi Nasim,

      Me too wanna know if 24 120 f4 is way better than 24 70 f2.8
      300 off makes me more suspicious :-)

      • February 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Faz, my general consensus for these two lenses is the following: if you need a lens that’s built like a tank and can withstand bad weather, harsh environments and occasional abuse, then the 24-70mm is the way to go. For everything else, the 24-120mm is a better lens to buy. So for most people out there, the 24-120mm is what I would recommend.

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Pascal, as far as I know, this rebate program is currently only for the US. If you have a local store in your area, I would give them a call to see if they offer similar rebates.

      As for vignetting and distortion problems on the 24-120mm, those two are not a problem for me at all – a single click in Lens Corrections module in Lightroom takes care of both. And I have my Lightroom settings apply Lens Corrections on import, so I do not even see those problems when the images are transferred to my PC. What I like about the 24-120mm, is its impressive sharpness – it beats the 24-70mm wide open, similar to the 70-200mm f/4 vs f/2.8. I will soon be updating my Nikon 24-120mm review with my Imatest results to show this in more detail.

      Now keep in mind that all lenses have some optical problems. Even some of the most expensive lenses have issues with chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting. Anything that can be fixed in post is more than acceptable for me, as long as it is not extreme…

      • 62
        ) Pascal
        February 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Thanks Nasim, that’s a good point.
        I have contacted Nikon Belgium (email) and asked them about this special action. Let’s see what they will say.

  7. 7
    ) Mauricio
    February 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Hi Nasim,

    Thank you very much for the advice on the rebates. I got one question for you, I am looking to buy a good 85mm lens. I have 3 options the Nikon 1.8 g the one included in this rebates, the more expensive 1.4, but also wondering if it is good enough but less expensive Sigma 85 1.4. Do you really think that there is any noticeable difference between the 1.8 and the 1.4 that justifies in the much money? Is the Sigma a good choice if the 1.4 really matters…there are much money difference between the 3 options…

    Right now I own a D7000 and my main body is a D800.

    Thanks for any advice you could bring me.

    Regards,

    Mauricio

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Mauricio, the choice is easy – get the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G. It is a better and cheaper lens of the three and I have used them all.

  8. 8
    ) MartinG
    February 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Ah, now if they can only extend the rebate to their loyal Nikon customers here in Australia we would be very appreciative.

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Martin, I do not understand why these companies have stupid sales policies in other countries. Adobe screwed up with their Creative Suite pricing in Australia, making it cheaper for people to fly to the US and buy it, instead of getting it locally. Many of the camera/lens rebates also do not apply :(

      • 54
        ) MartinG
        February 18, 2013 at 12:06 am

        The local market is small (population around 23 million) but the Australian Dollar has been worth about $1.03 to $1.06 and more for over 12 months. Our prices include the tax in the price. Even so we pay much more for Nikon lenses and cameras than we should. Lots of grey market advertisers offer 12 months warranty out of Hong Kong. Crazy stuff and they wonder why people get upset.
        Eg. A Nikkor 24-70 F2.8 in America now costs $1688 (plus tax of 9%= 1839 if applicable by State Laws) in Australia it costs $2012 including tax. Converted to American currency that is $2072.07 on today’s rate.
        I have bought lenses while travelling but so far the D800, 70-200 F2.8 VRII, the 16-35 F4 and all other lenses have been from authorised dealers.

  9. 17
    ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    February 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

    So the rumors were true!

    I ordered the 85/1.8 using your link. It appears to be Grey market only, but since it comes with a 5 year warranty and includes 67mm UV and Cir-Pol filters, it’s probably a better deal at the moment than Adorama’s Nikon USA stock. I assume that if the lens I get ever needs service, B&H will handle it at least as well as Nikon would have. On the other hand, perhaps I should have waited to see if B&H would get Nikon USA stock for this lens before the promotion ended, but I didn’t want to risk missing out.

    Nasim, about using your links… When I look at the URL for your link, I see ID info which I assume indicates to B&H that you sent me to buy the item from them. However, the link changes to their standard link once I arrive at the page. I wonder how they then know to give you credit?

    I will wait until Nikon offers a rebate on the 70-200/4 before buying.

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      The 85mm f/1.8 you bought is definitely NOT a grey market version. These rebates only apply to US versions of the lens and the promotion comes from Nikon USA.

      As for the link, do not worry about it changing the ID – I believe that’s normal behavior and the URL will redirect to the product URL :)

      • 51
        ) treat
        February 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        nasim,

        I think there is some confusion on the “grey-market” thing because B&H’s website is quite inconsistent with their 85mm 1.8G page, i.e. it didn’t have the “USA” tag and the “warranty” spec was a rather nebulous “1yr parts/service + 4years extended blahblahblah”.

        It would’ve been much clearer and simpler if it just explicitly have the “USA” tag on it and the specific “NikonUSA 5-yr warranty” spec, like the other lens on rebate that actually have them in their respective pages.

      • 60
        ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
        February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

        Nasim,
        I hope you are correct that the 85mm/1.8G lens B&H sold to me is a Nikon USA import. The web page is ambiguous. Warranty and service issues will be much simpler if so.

        Now, to decide whether to get the 28mm/1.8G or wait for the Fuji X20 for the same price.

        I wonder when/if Nikon will add 20-21mm/2.8G, 24mm/1.8(2.8)G and 35mm/1.8G FX lenses?

    • February 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Dang, the 85mm f/1.8G is already out of stock! I wanted to buy one myself today :(

      • 48
        ) Richard
        February 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Hi, Nasim.

        B&H’s site says that lens is “backordered.” So I guess that means you can still order it and get it at the same lower price, but it will just take longer to get?

        Thanks for your answers to my other questions.

    • 103
      ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
      February 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Just received the 85/1.8G and shot various images in the study with the D600. I like the image quality! It will be fun to use the shallow DOF. My camera focuses this lens accurately at the min. focus distance without any corrections.

      Based on the ambiguous order page at B&H, I wondered whether this would be Import or Nikon USA stock. Fortunately, it is Nikon USA.

      Next up, probably the Sigma 35mm/1.4 which I handled at the recent Imaging EXPO here in Atlanta.

  10. 19
    ) Peter
    February 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I agree 100% on buying the 24-120 f/4 especially at $300 off. A true no-brainer!

    Based mainly on Nasim’s review (I always cross-reference, however) of this lens, I bought it and have used it for some time as my main lens. I sometimes wonder why I need my other lenses because this one is so good.

    Do yourself a favor, read Nasim’s full review of this lens.

    I use this lens on my D700. Been a photographer for over 50 years – all Nikon.

  11. 20
    ) Richard
    February 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

    By the way, thanks for this info, Nasim.

    It gets me wondering, though, why Nikon is doing this. They had that great deal on the D600 in December, and I therefore purchased that camera. One thought is that Nikon did this to boost sales for the year and make their total bottom line look better.

    But, now, they’re doing it early in the year.

    I also can appreciate your comment about the D600 and the kit lens it came with. At the time, I was really hoping that Nikon could give a better discount on the D600 body only so I could use the money to apply towards a faster lens. I could have possibly sold that kit lens (24 – 85 mm) and get money to apply towards a faster lens, but my concern at that time was that the market would be flooded with these lenses because of this deal and, indeed, based on your comment, it has been flooded. Last night, I saw a bunch of these kit lenses on eBay with no bids on them. I would have liked to have sold that kit lens, but I just didn’t have time because of the holidays and because I had to move in late December. Plus, I have no other full frame lenses, and I wanted that kit lens to use over the holidays.

    So, just curious why Nikon is doing this. Wonder if they see a big decline in overall sales in the coming year?

    Well, back to seeing which of these lenses I might want to buy!

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Richard, Nikon decreased their forecast figures earlier this year, which caused their stock prices to plummet. I guess the hope is that these additional incentives will make people buy more lenses and camera systems from Nikon. But do not worry – Canon is doing the same thing (a separate post on Canon sales will be posted tomorrow), so it is not only Nikon in the game…

      The 24-85mm kit is not a bad lens, but it is just not the same class as the 24-120mm, especially when mounted on high-resolution D600/D800 cameras. So when Nikon offered it for free, that was a great deal. But for purchasing it separately, I personally would not do it even with the new incentive program.

  12. 21
    ) Edward Liu
    February 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Aghrgh. Nikon, please stop offering amazing deals like this so regularly on gear that I WANT but don’t strictly speaking NEED. Or at least space them out a bit more — my wallet is still smarting from indulging on the D600 deal in December (though I’m pretty ecstatic about the camera and the results I’ve gotten out of it).

    (sigh). Well, I need good glass to get the most out of that D600, right? And that’s a whole lotta good glass at really steep discounts, and with the amount that I’m saving, it’s almost like getting one lens for free, right? This here is known as, “how to go broke saving money.”

    • 22
      ) Peter
      February 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

      You really want to go nuts? Buy the 24-120 now at a $300 savings. Put it on your D600 and go out shooting. Good glass is an understatement. Verstility is an understatement. No more dusty sensors because you’ll never have to change lenses. Money growing in your bank account.

      It will, however, complicate your life, because you will be constantly asking yourself why you need other lenses. You will not be able to read all those enticing summaries about the “new killer lens” because you already have one. Your bank account will be getting bigger, but you find it impossible to justify buying another lens. Viagra will not do anything for your “lens lust.”

      Don’t miss out on this incredible offer. Nasim is aslo amazed about the fastasic offer: “I am shocked to see this killer lens on the list at $300 off. I can understand when Nikon wants to shave $300 off an expensive professional lens like the 70-200mm below, but at $1,296 retail price minus $300, it leaves it for less than a grand! Grab this one while you can, because it won’t last. Do not expect this one to be replaced anytime soon.”

      GRAB IT EDWARD. GRAB IT.

      • February 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        LEAD ME NOT TO TEMPTATION! I can find it just fine on my own…

        And yeah, the 24-120mm is one of lenses I’m thinking really really hard about. The others I’m thinking of are all nice-to-haves but probably wouldn’t come out of the lens bag too often.

      • February 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        Hahaha guys, I hope you already read this:
        http://photographylife.com/diseases-that-plague-photographers

        Temptations temptations…

      • 57
        ) Chris
        February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Edward,

        I am similar situation as you.

        i told myself 2k is all I will spend when I jumped ship to Nikon when I bought D600 in December.
        But now with 24-120 on sale I feel tempted. If I buy this I would not have any money left for flashes and prime lenses.

        Canon has also offered several deals on 6D after that but honestly 6D looks like a just a full frame camera with decent sensor and no other features (wifi and GPS are not very useful).
        In terms of price, Canon 6D with 24-105 i for $2399 cheaper than D600 with 24-120 (3000).

        • 61
          ) Peter
          February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

          Chris, I have prime lenses (50mm, 105mm) and zooms, one of which is the 24-120. All Nikon. I cannot tell the difference in quality between zooms and primes in any normal application.

          Some will say, a 50mm f/1.8 gives you more low-light possibilities. My reply: I double my ISO and I’m ready to go. Can I tell the difference in photos taken with my 50mm prime and shooting 50mm with my 24-120mm? NO. And NO again. I think, for practical purposes, if you have good quality zooms you do not need primes except for very special appliaction (105mm Micro).

          NASIM? I think this “prime lens” business is way overdone for normal to semi-pro photographers. When I retired 10 years ago, as a gift I got a Nikon 17-35 and a 35-70 (cost to me was zero). When I compare photos, side by side, taken with these lens to the ones taken with the 24-120 on my color corrected Samsung SyncMaster 275t plus monitor, I can’t see any meaningful difference. No difference in prints either. At age 72 I don’t lie to myself anymore about camera, etc…and save lots of money!

        • February 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

          I’ll give a slightly different spin than Peter, since I always knew I wanted to snag the 50mm/1.8G once the reward coupon came in from the D600 purchase. I’ve been using primes for my main lens for a while, now, and I like shooting with primes because they’re simple, they’re sharp, they’re light, and they’re fast (in terms of focus lock and aperture size/ISO). My current setup has the nifty fifty as my main lens, with the 70-300mm telephoto in the bag when I need the reach. Dollar-for-dollar, I think the 50mm/1.8G gives really amazing bang for the buck, and if you don’t already have it, you may want to consider taking advantage of this sale to get one (and waiting for it to come back in stock) and spend some extra money on an external flash.

          That said, I did like the versatility that the 24-85 gave me — I just didn’t like that the lens was slow and heavy for what you get. The 24-120mm is tempting me because I think it’ll do a better job filling that hole without as many compromises (and also fill my wideangle needs, since I don’t tend to shoot wideangle all that often). It’s raved about enough that I was planning on getting it “someday” (along with a few other lenses on that list). I just have to decide whether to make “someday” today.

          • 66
            ) Peter
            February 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

            Buy it fast before there are none left. Fill that “hole” before the sides cave in. Make “someday” today or you will regret it forever!!!!!

            I know from whence I speak. I have never been wrong on important issues in my entire life. This IS and important issue for you. Don’t fail yourself.

  13. 23
    ) treat
    February 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hi, Nasim.

    Seems like the 28/f1.8G is still regular-priced at $696 on that B&H flyer vs $596 at adorama and amzn. Wonder if it’s a simple website mistake or B&H really is not discounting it.

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      It is a mistake on B&H’s end. I will email my rep tonight and see what he says – the price should definitely be $596, not $696…

    • February 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      I just got an email from B&H – the link to the 28mm f/1.8G with the correct price has been fixed.

  14. February 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’d like some advice. I’m an amateur and just upgraded from a D5000 to a D600. Bought the kit with the 24-85/3.5-4.5 ED VR and added the 70-300/4.5-5.6 IF-ED. I’m headed to South Africa in March and plan to take pictures of the people, animals and landscapes. I’ve read your excellent review on the 24-120/4 lens. I’d like to take just the right amount of camera equipment. If I had the 24-120/f/4 lens would I be able to take only that lens and leave the other two home and still get great shots of my intended: people, animals and landscapes? I hate to carry too many lenses and be changing them out all day long depending upon what I encounter.
    Thanks for any help/advice.
    Agatha Nolen

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Agatha, the 24-120mm is great as an all around lens for the D600. However, if you want to take pictures of wildlife, I would still take the 70-300mm lens. Gladly, it is a lightweight lens, so it should not take up too much space in your bag…

      • February 18, 2013 at 5:03 am

        Thanks, Nasim.
        I’ve only been taking DSLR photos for about 4 years now so I have a lot to learn! Your reviews are incredibly helpful to me in accelerating my learning curve. I’m good when I can take all my lenses and have plenty of time to change them out during the day. It’s when the action is happening that I am weakest!
        Thanks again for your wonderful reviews and blogs. The deal on the 24-120mm sounds incredible. Just may have to get one!

  15. February 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I just plunked down full price for the 70-200 f/2.8.

    * thud * <~~ Lois falls off her chair in dismay.

    • February 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      One can never know, when marketing geniuses will decide to have a sale. I hope you at least landed on a pillow!

    • February 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Where did you buy it from? Some places will have price protection so if there’s a price drop on something, they’ll just cut you a check for the difference instead of dealing with you returning something and then re-buying it at the new price. Even if they don’t say they’ll do it explicitly, it can’t hurt to ask.

      • February 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Edward, that’s not a bad idea .. one of my life mottos is “the answer’s always ‘no’ until you ask.” Can’t hurt!!! It was at a reputable local camera shop … they’ve got LOTS of my money.

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Lois, if you did it within the last 30 days, give B&H (or whoever you bought it from) a call – they will most likely be able to give you a credit.

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Most camera shops have a 30 day return policy. You could return the lens and buy a new one at the discounted price, if you bought it less than 30 days ago. I know local stores will hate this, but $300 is not small change…

  16. February 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I suspect that there is no discount on the 70-200 f4 ED VRIII, since it is quite new. I have searched around to see if I can get it less than US $1400 new (not gray market) to no available. Even through NAPP the price is as list.

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Allan, you are right – that’s because the 70-200mm is too new right now. If you want a better price, wait till the end of the year, they might offer it at a lower price then.

  17. 29
    ) Ehud Kedar
    February 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Looks like Nikon 18-200 feeling the pressure from Tamron 18-27 with current Price after Rebate: $549.00.
    I just got it – cheaper than the Nikon 18-200, faster zoom motor, longer focal length and great for my needs for a light, all around travel lens. I do have the Tamron 24-70 for indoor and when travel I also carry my 35mm 1.8 with Nikon D5000.

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Ehud, with these third party lenses now getting better in quality and in some cases having better optics, Nikon should feel the pressure :)

  18. 52
    ) B!
    February 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Got my 70-200 2.8 VRII today and wanted to confirm something re extenders. I have a D4 which coming from a DX (D2X) I lost the focal length multiplier (can’t complain on the wide angle). I wanted to offset this by adding AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II. Right before I added it to the cart, I went to NikonUSA and 70-200 II is not listed on the compatibility list; what gives? I thought everyone was using one with this particular lens. Please HELP

    • February 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Do not pay attention to that list. The TC-14E II works like a charm with the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II. It is my favorite teleconverter and I use it with many Nikkor lenses, including the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II.

      • 56
        ) B!
        February 18, 2013 at 6:36 am

        Thanks, ordering now.

  19. 58
    ) Joel
    February 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Just placed my order for 85mm F1.8 from adorama since BhPhoto ran out of stock.c an’t wait

  20. 59
    ) Ben
    February 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi guys,

    Nasim mentioned the 16-85 might be replaced. Any idea what it could potentially be replaced with? On Thom Hogan’s website, his latest entry mentions that the 16-85 has a possibility of being replaced, too. What could possibly be improved on this lens? The only thing I can think of is a 16-85 f/4, but when has Nikon ever released a constant f/4 DX lens?

    Basically I’m just wondering whether I should pull the trigger on the 16-85 or not…

    • 78
      ) Richard
      February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Hey, Ben.

      I don’t know the complete answer to your question, but I personally own a Nikon 12 – 24 mm f/4 (fixed) DX lens. I bought it probably about 2005 for about $1,000. I really like this lens and will still use it on my D600, even though images will be cropped to DX sizes.

  21. 63
    ) Randall
    February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Nasim,

    I need a wide angle lens for my d600. I am thinking the new 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g, the 16-35mm f4, or the 14-24mm 2.8. I am most concerned about image quality and then weight/comfort. The pictures from the new 18-35mm look pretty good to me. What do you think about the samples that our out from this new lens?

    Here is the link:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonphotostream/

    • 67
      ) B!
      February 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      14-24 does not dissapoint!!! but is not part of this rebate.

  22. 68
    ) JR
    February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    The Japanese are some of the most decent and ethical people to adorn planet Earth and
    all this “rebate” tells us is that Nikon execs have finally showed some humility and remorse from shafting its faithful with poorly QAed products…ie. D800(focusing problems), D600(dust/oil and aperture control problems), D7000(dust/oil and focusing issues) and [insert any Nikkor lens released in the last 2-4 years with inconsistent optics].

    Not only that, but the company is finally recognizing, and doing so publicly via this “rebate” effort, that their products have been WAY overpriced. Nice, decent people running the Nikon corporation. No seppuku, yet, for Nikon’s execs.

    These lenses are now priced where they should have been when they initially hit the market. Interestingly, the OVERPRICED 16-35mm f4 is yet to appear on the rebate list. That’s another one that needs to be chopped down by at least $300.

    What I don’t understand is how Nikon will want to go back to their bloated pricing after these rebates. It’s as if they’re saying: “Look, we screwed up with our QA and we know it and we’re doing ya’ll this ‘favor’ to make up for our transgressions. But only for a short window of time. After that, we’re putting on our old Nikon mask”.

    Me, cynical? You bet! When paying THOUSANDS of dollars for gear that is predictibly flawed, out of the box, I can only be cynical. Not a Nikon fan boy these days; specially after having to send my D600 back to Nikon for them to repair a problem with two stops over exposure(lens shutter control prolems with D600).

    (see my comments under JRP)
    http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/06/some-nikon-d600-dslrs-not-closing-to-the-apertures-theyre-supposed-to/

    Please, spare me the “great deals” on Nikon lenses. These are appropriate prices, and nothing more.

    • 69
      ) Randall
      February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I was also am sad to see that the 16-35mm f4 was not offered for rebate but sadly it is all economics for these companies. Supply and demand trumps all. They dont make or sell as many 16-35mm f4s so they are more rare. And it is still a sought after lens because of the lack of quality wide angles so the price stays high. I was at a camera shop in traverse city michigan and the owner didnt even know the 16-35mm f4 lens existed. If you do some research you will see they are nearly sold out everywhere or the price is jacked up like on amazon. Also the ones that show up on ebay (not many) go for top dollar. I mean think about it you can buy a used 14-24mm for the price of a new 16-35mm f4 on amazon. There are TONS of 14-24mms on ebay. Nikon has no reason to lower the price on either because they both still sell at high prices. Nikon only reacts to the market when it HAS to. The lenses that are up for sale were either overstock or poor sellers. However the whole d600 and d800 problem is a good thing in the long run. If everyone had settled for these cameras and bought them up at high prices they would continue to take our money hand over fist. However people didnt and most people won’t shell out top dollar for a prosumer camera like the d600. I believe this will force Nikon to make what people want. I also believe that you will see a d700 replacement now with 16mp d4 sensor come out. Nikon has no choice because of economics. People are STILL paying top dollar for d700′s. Nikon knows this thats why they STOPPED making the dang thing. Think about this if you have a brand new d700 in box it goes for more then it did when it was new??? Just think about that for a minute…..its all supply and demand. The sad thing about it is I just wish my d600 had the same body as a d800. There is no way I can go back to less megapixels. I tried to shoot a mark iii for a week and I am so used to my 24mps now I guess im spoiled. I wish nikon had made the d600 a pro camera and saved us all the heartache. :(

      • 70
        ) JR
        February 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Good comments, Randall! I agree with everything you said about Nikkor lenses and specially the 16-35mm f4. Btw, I already own one, and love its performance, but find it to be too expensive($300 too high) for the build quality that it offers.

        I’m not dissatisfied with the D600 because it’s not a “professional” camera. The term “professional” to me has more to do with the final product(the professionalism of the photographer’s work) than the build or features that a photographer’s camera may have or lack.

        The reason I’m upset with Nikon is because my D600 is BROKEN! It’s in the shop as I type and it’s only five months old. That’s pathetic. Granted, I’m one of only 2-3 people on the entire net community who’ve reported this “shutter” problem and hopefully not many others, if any, will hit the same problem. However, what if it’s a problem that’s brewing in most D600s and will eventually rear its ugly head? Only time will tell.

        In any case, one thing is VERY CLEAR to me: Nikon rushed both the D800 and the D600 to market. There’s no other explanation why so many people have reported the same problems and Nikon didn’t catch these issues in the QA process. If anyone is familiar with electrical/electronics engineering manufacturing process they will tell you that one main reason behind faulty products is executive management pushing for product release when the product is unstable.

        Nikon may be feeling the pressure to produce bleeding edge products while beating others to market, but they may be cutting their own throat while doing so. What saves Nikon is that it truly only has one competitor. If/when the rest catch up, Nikon will be in trouble.

        • 72
          ) Randall
          February 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm

          Good to know you like the 16-35mm d600 combo. I am thinking its going to be my next purchase as the currently my widest lens i have is the 28mm 1.8g. Do you mind telling me more about your d600 problem and how to tell if it is present? I noticed that my camera tends to have trouble exposing properly in certain lighting. For example when there is a bright light source and a dark scene such as a lamp in a room at night I find myself going to manual and adjusting the shutter speed to get the proper exposure. The meter seems to be off because if I go by the meter the scene tends to be dark. I go for a faster shutter speed and it exposes properly. I dont remember this problem with my d5100. I thought it was just the light source throwing things off. During the day it brightly lit situations it seems to work better. I also had the dust problem and sent my camera in to nikon. Its very frustrating experience to say the least but Nikon gear is still the best even if defective. ;)

  23. 71
    ) Solace2003
    February 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Nasim,

    I just bought a D7000 yesterday and so far I am thrilled. This is my first serious camera :) Today I have been reading information on your site and you mention Nikon coming out with a D7100 later this year. I want to make sure I should keep my D7000 before it’s too late to return it. Do you think it would be worth waiting for the D7100? What upgrades would you guess it will have? Possible price?

    Thanks :)

    • 73
      ) Randall
      February 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      The current price of the d7000 is a steal. It will be a looooong time before the d7100 is even remotely close to that price. The the only gaurantee is d7100 will cram more mega pixels into an already small sensor. I prefer less megapixel pitch myself. If you look at the d5200 pictures compared to the d7000 pics on flickr that will be the difference you will see visually. If you can be happy that you got a good price on a great camera then I personally would keep it. If your the type who will constantly want the latest and greatest and look at the new model with envy then I suggest you return it and wait. You should read Romans article he just wrote about which camera to buy first it was really good. Its really not about the gear. I get caught up in the gear too much and after thousands of dollars in cameras and lenses my pictures really are not that much better. A camera like the d7000 could really last you a lifetime.

    • February 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Solace … I was packing my D300 up to go back to Nikon with a problem on the very day I got an email about a potential new client. In panic mode, I picked up the D7000 at the $300 off an already great price … and am so glad I did. Shooting tomorrow and the next day for the new client and am hopeful I’ve managed to figure enough of the buttons out to dazzle ‘em with footwork, as the D300 is still in Nikon’s hot little hands … sigh. Point being, the D7000 a great little camera and if the D300 Beast ever comes home, I was thinking it would make an awesome back up camera. But now I’m thinking the D300 might be the back up!!!! Keep your D7000!!!!

  24. February 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thanks to everyone for your input on keeping my D7000. I think I will definitely hold onto it as it is only day 2 and I am already in love :-) I was hoping for a little advice on my lenses as well. I was hoping to have 3 lenses for a while that will serve my purposes and help me produce some quality shots. So, with my D7000 Kit I got the Nikkor 18-200mm VR II zoom lens. I also purchased a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G for everyday use and low light situations. I would say that 95% of the photography I am passionate about is landscape. Living in Colorado I am completely blessed!! So, I want to purchase a quality all around landscape lens that will compliment my other two lenses giving me a set of 3 that should give me a lot of versatility. I am on a budget of around $600 for my landscape lens and have been considering the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 or the Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G. I am not sure which one would be better for all around landscape use or perhaps someone knows of a third option I should consider. I know there is about a $100 difference in the two lenses above but that’s still within my budget. I just want to get those shots I’ve been unable to get in the past. You know, the one where you want to fit everything your eye is seeing into your shot and you can’t back up anymore :-) Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • 85
      ) Randall
      February 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      On DX I personally could live with just those two lenses (after spending tons of money you realize they all pretty much the same) however you need to figure out what focal length you use the most. When I was shooting dx I dreamed day and night of the tokina 11-16mm 2.8 but if you talk to most landscape guys they claim they are shooting closer to 24mm which your 18-200mm would do just fine. Nikon also makes a 10-24mm you could pick up second hand but if you find you dont shoot much wider then 24mm it wont make sense to waste your money.

  25. February 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    TRIPODS: So I have been reading that if you don’t have a good quality tripod then all the money you’ve spent on your camera and lenses is waisted. I purchased a Pro Master XC528 for $219.00 and I am not completely sure it’s the best I could’ve purchased for the money. I want to do a lot of landscape photography but liked this tripod because it has the height to take portraits or landscape at my eye level and also shrinks down to almost ground level for Macro shots. It also has a monopod capability. Let me know what you guys think :-)

    • 83
      ) Randall
      February 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Read Thom Hogans article on tripods. After doing the research and realizing how much more money I would have to spend I decided to make due with my discount tripod. I figure some people cant even afford a tripod so who am I to complain… ;)

    • 84
      ) Randall
      February 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Oh and I am willing to be if you had some one take a shot using your tripod and a $1000 tripod you would be hard pressed to spot the difference. Thats just my humble opinion. Oh and read this article also ;)

      http://photographylife.com/diseases-that-plague-photographers

  26. 79
    ) Jan
    February 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Nasim, WOW! my heart skipped a beat when i saw this rebate information. I currently have the 35 1.8g, 50 1.8g, and 105 2.8. i obviously love primes and shooting wide open (i’m a mom and do mostly around the house kid documentation stuff).

    For trips like Disney, do you think the 24-120 f/4 would serve me better than my trusty 35 or 50? i rarely shoot at f/4 (mostly in the 2.8 to 3.4) so i’m concerned that i might be disappointed in ultimately not having the 24-70 2.8. but it’s heavy, and i’m thinking my use would be for family vacations and convenience when i can’t move around as much with a prime, even though that’s my preferred style. thoughts on this? thanks! i’d love to make a purchase!!!

    • 81
      ) Randall
      February 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      If your own and use the 35 1.8g then I assume you have a DX camera? If so I honestly prefer the kit lens (18-55mm) because it has less distortion is way lighter. Its a very very very good lens believe it or not. I mainly shoot FX and If I had to take only 1 of my primes to disney I would go with the 28mm 1.8g. If you really want a DX zoom get the 18-200mm it will serve you way better. The 24-120mm is a waste on dx. You could alway use get the 28mm 1.8g for your dx (i have used it on a d5100) and its a little wider then your 35mm with waaaaay better bokeh.

    • 82
      ) Randall
      February 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Ohh I just saw your last comment about the d600. Wow now you have to get the 28 1.8 you will NOT regret it!!!! ;)

      • 86
        ) Jan
        February 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        i’ve read that the 28 1.8g is just a little too wide. i should probably rent it to determine that for myself and my style of shooting, but i don’t shoot landscapes at all. i do all lifestyle/little kid stuff. i take my camera everywhere to document haircuts, dr. appoitments, story time, literally everything. and i try to do it very artistically :)

        i loved, loved, loved the sigma 35 1.4 that just came out (rented it). felt so incredible on my camera; not like the plastic 35 1.8g and 50 1.8g. i love the feel of my 100 2.8 macro but since i just purchased the d600 and the 100 2.8, i really need to think hard if i want to take advantage of these rebates and which lens is best for my needs. i love primes and shooting wide open; that’s my concern with a f4 zoom. i’m used to moving with my feet to get the shot, but i don’t know if on trips (like a disney trip) i’d do better with a zoom like the 24-120 or 24-70. thoughts based on that information?

        • 87
          ) Jan
          February 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

          i meant 105 2.8

          • 88
            ) Randall
            February 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

            I mainly shoot people also. Right now I am using a d600 with three primes 28mm 1.8g, 50mm 1.8g, and 85mm 1.4g. I would not buy a 24-120 because your a prime junkie like me your not going to like shooting at f4, its not going to be as sharp as your primes, and its going to have more distortion. I have used that 24-120 on a d600 and it is big and heavy and uncomfortable. All of the primes that are on sale right now are great. I have traveled with just the 50mm and I found in certain instances it is just not wide enough so if I take just the 28 because its more versatile. Your 35mm 1.8g is a DX lens so when you put it on your d600 it turns into a 50mm equivalent lens. I would probably sell that lens on ebay and put the money toward either get a 35 sigma, or a 28mm 1.8g nikon. I wouldnt waste money renting it. If you buy from b&h or adorama or any reputable camera store they will let you return or exchange the lens if you dont like it. Here look at these shots in the link below people have got from the 28. Its definately not a landscape lens however you may need a little wider to fit in that disney castle ;)

            http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikon28mmf18/

          • 89
            ) Randall
            February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            By the way don’t let me completely scare you off the zoom idea. Shooting only primes does require sacrifice. Changing a lens in the middle of Disney may be scarier than shooting at f4. ;) LOL

            • 91
              ) Jan
              February 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

              Randall,

              Excellent thoughts. I wish I hadn’t rented the sigma 35 1.4 because I loved it immediately and caught a terrible case of lens lust. With the rebate that Nikon is offering, it’s making the Nikon 28 pretty tempting because it’s considerably cheaper than the Sigma 35. I would absolutely sell my 35 1.8 if I got another prime, but it works for now in FX mode (I take it out of DX mode so that I get a true 35 view). It actually does quite well with vignetting that can be fixed in LR4.

              Do you wish that you had the sigma 35 1.4 instead of the Nikon 28 1.8? It seems that the reviews of the SIgma are more favorable.

              And you’re right, I’m a prime girl and would be disappointed with f/4. If I’m honest with myself, that’s the case.

              I so much appreciate your help. Thank you!

            • 94
              ) Randall
              February 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

              Yes if the sigma is as good as they say I would trade a good 1.8 lens for a good 1.4 lens anyday. However I’m the type of person who would buy both. Heck I would like all of those primes on sale. Each lens seems to have its own signature look in the photos. Lol. 35mm is considered a natural focal length because its what’s your eyes see. I need wider sometimes so I have the 28 for that. You have to figure out if your more comfortable at 35 then 28. I think the 35 sounds like one of those lenses that could do everything though. The guy below is right about the 24-120 however you seem to understand the sacrifice prime shooters have to make. Like say you take only a 35 and 105 with you. You just make it work. Yes you may miss a shot but is a zoomed shot your style? If so buy a 28-300 (I had one and it worked great) it was just not the same experience for me. Wide open nothing on that list is gonna beat that sigma 35 except the 85 1.4.

            • 95
              ) Randall
              February 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

              The samples on Flickr of the 35 sigma are very sharp but the bokeh looks a bit nervous to me. Maybe it’s just my eyes. The 28mm bokeh is always pleasing to me but like I said every lens has a signature look. Here is a good article for you:

              http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/2012/09/review-nikon-28mm-f1-8g/

            • 96
              ) Randall
              February 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

              After you get your new fx prime sell you 35mm 1.8g on eBay and you should get enough to buy one of these. I would take this lens anyday over the 24-120.

              http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com/2012/10/nikkor-28-105-35-45d-cheap-sharp-fx.html?m=1

            • 97
              ) Jan
              February 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

              Randall,

              Thank you for your responses. I saw the article by Ryan previously and was totally WOWED by the 28 1.8. it made me want that lens, like yesterday! but then i rented the sigma 35 1.4. the bokeh didn’t bother me at all…perhaps my eye isn’t trained well enough to spot busy bokeh.

              i’ve not heard of the 24-105 lens with macro capabilities. i like its size. the more i think about all this, the more i realize that it may be better for me to stick with my good ol’ d40 and 18-55 for stuff like disney. it would work well enough and i could always bring a prime with me for low light disney character meals. that’s when having the 28 versus the 35 would be useful…for a cropped body. oh, decisions decisions. i wish i could just have it all and not have to decide!

              a lot of me feels like i should go for the 28 since i have (and love) my 50 1.8. more for versatility. but i was really surprised by the difference between the 35 and 50 on full frame. i wasn’t expecting it to be as wide as it is. my 105 2.8 is great to midzoom stuff and outside play. the bokeh is INCREDIBLE. it’s a perfect multi purpose lens for someone like me who can’t buy up all the glass that i drool over!

              thanks again for your help.

  27. 80
    ) Jan
    February 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    oh, and i shoot with a d600.

  28. 90
    ) Clarence
    February 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I also have a D600 with 28 1.8, 50 1.8, and 85 1.4. These are all excellent lenses but changing lens all the time during vacation is a real pain. D600 paired with a 24-120 f4 will produce professional quality IQ and it is definitely good enough for vacation photos. The 24-120 is very attractive for under 1K.

    • 92
      ) Jan
      February 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      you don’t feel limited with f/4? i see that you’re a prime user so that’s a huge concern.

      • 93
        ) Clarence
        February 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        For low light D600 can shoot up to ISO 5000 without any issues. And shallow DOF is not all that important inside Disney. IMHO

        • 98
          ) Jan
          February 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          you have me thinking….i still have my d40 and 18-55 combo. that may be my best bet for a trip like disney. i wouldn’t worry about it, and it would take better photos than a phone.

          clarance, how you do primarily use your 28 1.8g? i’d be interested to know!

          • 99
            ) Clarence
            February 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

            I took a trip to Disney with my family 4 years ago and I came back with 400+ memorable pictures using a D50 w/18-55. This combination was perfect for a “walking all day” trip.

            This past Christmas me and my family went to the East Coast and I took over 600 pictures. I brought a D600 and my three prime lenses. The 28 was the most used (75%), the 85 was second and the 50 almost never left the bag. LOVE the 28 and the 85. They are world class lenses. I wanted a better camera and glasses for low light in NYC and the dynamic range for winter snow.

            • 100
              ) Jan
              February 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

              well, you’re sending me back to the 28 1.8 versus 35 debate. i think i’ll stick with my d40 for family stuff. that’s probably the best plan. but i’d love something wider than my 50 1.8 (other than my 35 1.8g that i’d like to replace). do you have your 28 images on flickr?

  29. 101
    ) Jan
    February 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    family stuff…meaning family trips like disney where everyday will be filled with complete chaos.

    • 102
      ) Randall
      February 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I think your heart is set on the sigma 35mm 1.4 so thats what you need to buy or your not going to be happy. I bet you could leave that lens on your camera and never need any more lenses. Follow your heart…. LMAO

      • 105
        ) Jan
        February 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        you’re probably right. i just spent all evening admiring kate t parker’s work with her 28 1.8g lens though. if i got the 35, i’d never use my 50 unless i just needed something super light. i’d be set with the 35 and 105 (my dreamy lens that i absolutely LOVE!)

  30. 104
    ) redriver
    February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your reviews. Given the recent incentive program and new 70-200 F4, I kind of considering them as next lens to look at. I currently use full fram body (D700, F5, F100) with a few fast primes, which seems to meet my current needs well. I like to seek some suggestions for long term perspective if 70-200 VRii is still worth considering than F4 (I know, I like lighter weight as well but also got spoiled by the large apertures and background seperations) or should I wait for the VRiii version (presumably less breathing, closer focus, and even better VR). Many thanks!

    • February 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I doubt we will see a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR III anytime soon. The current VR II version is not old and it is superb optically, why would Nikon want to replace it with a newer version now? Getting rid of focus breathing means that the lens has to be completely redesigned optically. If a new version comes out as a small update, Nikon will probably just update VR II to VR III. Maybe in a few years, but probably not now.

      Like I said in my Nikon 70-200m VR review, the f/4 version is suitable for most people out there. The f/2.8 version is for pros and those that really need the extra stop of light and better build…

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        ) redriver
        February 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

        Hi Nasim,

        Thanks for your feedback. based upon Nikon’s release cycle I also suspect the new 2.8 won’t be available for a while and is bit of over kill for my needs. vrii’s pricing is very attractive now and this is the main reason made me to consider (plus can be useful for film). the new F4 sounds like a swell lens and will like to give it a try… Thanks again for the helps!

  31. 108
    ) Randy
    March 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Nasim, I currently have a Nikon D3100 camera and have the following lenses: Nikon DX 55-200, Sigma DC 17-50 wide angle, and a Nikon 50 mm 1.4 prime lens. Should I consider buying the Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens or would it not be beneficial to me? I am thinking the lens you have reviewed could replace my 55-200 and be an all around lens to use except in low light where my prime lens has come in very handy. I do a lot of traveling and would like to carry as few of lenses possible. I am confused on what to own? Thanks for any advise.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Randy, I’m going to be watching the responses to this one closely, as I just discovered that particular 18-300mm f/3.5 myself. I love my 18-200mm f/5.6 as my all around lens … but the extra kick the f/3.5 would give has me very interested. Just picked up the 70-200mm f/2.8 and am still on the fence about it. It’s really narrow!!!

      • 111
        ) Randy
        March 7, 2013 at 8:22 am

        Lois, I am not the professional many of you are but I love to take pictures. I have thousands of pictures from trips, portraits, etc. and am still trying to tweak my knowledge. I’m not sure if the D3100 is good enough for me to use and just get a good lens for it or if I need to upgrade my camera in addition to the lens? I was hoping to get advise from people on this site. Hopefully we will hear more about this particular lens.
        Thanks for the response.

      • March 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Lois, not sure where you read that the 18-200mm is a f/5.6 lens – both 18-200mm and 18-300mm are variable aperture f/3.5-5.6 lenses.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Randy, I would not buy the 18-300mm for your D3100. It is a monstrous lens with a number of optical flaws. If you want a do it all lens that weighs and costs less, then the 18-200mm is a better choice in my opinion.

      • 117
        ) Randy
        March 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

        Thanks Nasim for the advise. Would it be much different than my 55-200?

  32. 110
    ) Nalini
    March 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Hi Nasim,
    I have been using a D80 with the 18-200 and a 12-24 thus far with decent results. Am not a pro, more vacation stuff as we travel quite a bit- landscapes and wildlife, mostly.
    I have last month purchased a D600 and a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 G to start with.
    I was wondering if the 24-120 would be a good buy considering my use and the current discounts going on. I one. Day would like to own the new 80-400 , ie if your reviews are good !
    BTW, I shall continue to use my D80 too.
    Please advise reg the 24-120 and any other lens in the list that may be good for me.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Nalini, the 24-120mm is a superb lens at a great price now for your D600 – check out my review if you have not seen it yet. Also, why don’t you get a good everyday/portrait lens? The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is cheap and it will work very nicely on both the D600 and the D80.

      • 116
        ) Nalini
        March 7, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Thanks A ton , Nasim. Got a very quick reply.

        As mentioned in my post, I have bought a 50mm f/1.8 G with the D600. I did not buy the kit lens though, as I was advised against it.

        I guess I shall get the 24-120 now. Visiting the Maasai Mara in May and will be renting the 80-400. Is it ok for handheld photography? Lugging around a tripod on a holiday may be a nuisance esp since we will all the time be in a safari vehicle and may not even use it.

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