If you thought that Black Friday was a good day to buy cameras and lenses, think again – as of midnight tonight, Nikon is giving an instant rebate of $200 on the superb Nikon D800 and D800E DSLRs (see my D800 review). And it does not stop there. You can save even more by buying Nikon lenses (up to $750!). The real icing on the cake, however, comes with the Nikon D600 + 24-85mm VR kit, which is getting a crazy $700 instant rebate! This means that the kit will have the same price as the body-only version of the D600 at $1,996. Dang it, should have waited with my D600 purchase!
If you are subscribed to us, you already know about the D800 deal, but the $700 instant rebate on the D600 is something I found out about today. Remember the initial D600 rumors, where people were speculating if the D600 would be priced at $1,500? Well, that’s exactly the price of the camera if you factor in the cost of the lens! Take that Canon and Sony, a full-frame DSLR for $1,500 – who would have thought this day would come? Just three months after the announcement! If you have not read my D600 Review along with the 24-85mm VR Review, check them out and you will see why I am excited about this.
Anyway, here are the potential savings with the D800 and the D600 kit:
- Nikon D800 – $200 off instantly (body only) – $2796.95 ($2,999 reg). Click on the “Savings Available” link and add Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G for another $200 off, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II for another $200 off, Nikon 70-300mm VR for yet another $200 off and Nikon 28-300mm VR for another $150 off – a total of $950 in instant savings! The Nikon D800 also comes with the following: Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag, Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon w/10-Pin Connection, SanDisk 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme 400x UDMA, Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V 1800mAh) and Pearstone Duo Battery Charger for Nikon EN-EL15 ($275 value) – Up to $1,225 in total savings
- Nikon D800E – $200 off instantly (body only) – $3096.95 ($3,299 reg). Same deal with lenses – pick any of the above-mentioned lenses and you can shave up to $750 off in instant savings in lenses alone. Unfortunately, no other incentives except for the 2% cach back are included.
- Nikon D600 + Nikon 24-85mm VR – $700 off instantly – $1,996.95 ($2,699 reg). Same deal with lenses – pick any of the above-mentioned lenses and you can shave up to $750 off in instant savings in lenses alone. To sweeten up the deal, B&H is also adding the following: Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag, SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10 UHS-I, Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V 1800mAh) and Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
($174 value) – Up to $1,625 in total savings
These deals are now Live. The D800/D800E qualify for 2% additional cash back, while the D600 has a 4% cash back program through B&H!
You might be wondering why Nikon is doing this. Basically, the goal is to move stock and drive the financials for some good year-end results. The same thing that everybody else does at the end of the year to keep those investors happy. To be honest, I felt a little surprised when I first found out about the D800 rebate. The camera has been selling extremely well globally, despite the first faulty batches with AF issues (which we covered extensively this year). Judging from the feedback I have been getting from our readers and local friends, the D800 autofocus problem is a thing of the past, as long as you do not buy old stock from the initial batches (most of which should be gone by now). As for the D600, the whole “sensor dust” issue has been over-exaggerated, as it unfortunately happens on the Internet. I was one of the first to point out the dust issue in my review and it eventually got covered by everyone else. Nikon haters quickly picked it up and some people even ended up creating time-lapse videos about how the dust/oil ends up on the sensor. If you think this is the first time it happened, you should just Google for “oil on Nikon sensor” and you will find all kinds of occurrences in the past with D7000, D80, D90 and many other DSLRs. Canon and other brand DSLRs are not immune to this either (just use Google again).
Anyway, what a great time to be a Nikonian!