Nikon D800/D800E/D600 Instant Rebates Extended

I was first told that the D800/D800E/D600 instant rebates from last week would only last a couple of days. It turned out that the deals got pretty popular, because B&H ran out of the D600 stock pretty quickly. They were able to get a brand new shipment of the D800, D800E and D600 cameras quickly today, so I was told that the rebate program will continue, probably till the end of the year (December 29th, 2012 is the last date) or until the stock is completely depleted and Nikon cannot supply cameras fast enough.

Nikon D600 vs D800

Anyway, here are the Nikon deals once again:

  1. 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 and Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V 1800mAh) ($214 value) – Up to $1,164 in total savings
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Please note that there are additional savings to the above – the Nikon D800/D800E qualify for 2% additional cash back, while the D600 has a 4% cash back program through B&H!

Nikon D800 vs D800E

I got a number of emails from our readers, asking if they should go with the D800 or the D800E for their photography. As I have pointed out a number of times in articles like Nikon D800 vs D800E before, the D800E is a specialized tool that should be used for landscape, nature and macro photography, where fine, repetitive patterns are rarely present. If you like doing portrait photography and occasionally shoot landscapes, then get the D800. The difference between the D800 and D800E is very minor that you normally won’t be able to see. So for 98% of photographers out there, the D800 is the camera to get. Plus, the deals above for the D800E do not include all the goodies from B&H – just the bare $200 off, plus lens rebates…

For dedicated landscape gurus, the D800E is going to give the best possible image quality from the 36 MP sensor.


  1. 1) Stefan
    December 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I saw the D800 vs. D800e note.
    I have D800 and the reason I chose it is because besides I shoot primary landscape, I shoot lots of cityscape.
    I was afraid of having moire from all those repetitive patterns of the windows (especially on the skyscrapers).
    Do you think this is a “wise choice”?
    I want to go for the optimal sharpness, but since I can’t afford to have both cameras, I guess D800 is more balanced choice.?

    • December 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Stefan, architecture photography has a lot of repetitive patterns, so you did the right thing by buying the D800 :) Seriously, the difference is extremely small – something you normally won’t even see.

      • 1.1.1) Stefan
        December 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Thanks, Nasim!
        It’s what I thought too.
        D800 is simply amazing.
        And you can always add some clarity/sharpness in LR if it’s not enough.

  2. 2) Dmitriy Shin
    December 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm


    Pearstone double charger is not a part of the D800 deal anymore.


    • December 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Dmitriy, you are right – I guess they ran out of that one…I fixed the text. Thanks!

  3. 3) Jeff
    December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wow it only seems like yesterday people were paying $5000 for d800 on ebay. Patience is a virtue….

  4. 4) Edgar
    December 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    What about the left focus issue? Was it fixed?

    • 4.1) Dmitriy Shin
      December 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm


      Could you please share what you have been hearing about the left AF issue recently?
      I still saw some reports on amazon and elsewhere confirming receiving d800 bodies with this defect. They seemed to be reported by real/honest people.


      • December 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        Edgar, I have been monitoring reports from new D800 owners on the AF issue and it seems like it is gone for the most part. Some people still occasionally get cameras with AF issues, but they are the normal occurrences, where a lens/camera combination do not seem to yield optimal sharpness. The left AF issue itself seems to be taken care of on the new batches. Local stores might still be carrying returned or old stock from the initial batch, while most online retailers like B&H, Adorama and Amazon only deal with the newest stock. The last 5+ reports that I got via email within the last month or so were from happy D800 owners…

    • December 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Edgar, please see my response to Dmitriy below.

  5. 5) Bill Doyle
    December 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Nasim, I got the D800 and lenses in. During the workshop, you mentioned several settings you modified in your D800. I remember the autofocus only on AF button press. What other settings do you use in your rig? Thanks!


    PS – bought it from J&R with my discover card and got an andditional 5+% back!

  6. 6) Mike Watkins
    December 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I’m wrestling with the D800 vs D800E debate in my head.

    Often I read advice about avoiding “Fine repetitive patterns” with the D800E, suggesting it’ll be on its own for nature and landscape photography.

    While that sounds sane – I see moire and false colour often when shooting an anti-alias filter free camera in the city (with the right lens) – my experience is that tree-lined hills covered in snow is one landscape subject likely to provoke candy-cane false colour in an anti-alias filter-free camera.

    Still this hasn’t been a huge problem for me so I think I’ll just go for the 800E, confident that I can address such issues when they occasionally popped up. Maybe if I was shooting fabrics I’d have a different opinion.

  7. 7) Dmitriy Shin
    December 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    After a lot of frustration last summer with 8(!) defective D800 bodies I have finally decided to try again after reading these posts about holiday discount. This time I decided to get D800 from BH.

    A couple of hours of shooting with Nikon 24 mm, 24-70 and 14-24 turned out to be encouraging: no apparent left(right) AF problem. I didn’t have a chance to test under controlled condition with FoCal yet.

    The “surprise” came when I started shooting using CLS with built-in flash in commander mode. Whatever I did, the D800 would not trigger neither SB700, SB900 nor SB910.

    This is unbelievable: I just don’t seem to be able to get a working D800 copy!!! All my summer D800s did not have any problem with CLS.

    I wonder how many users haven’t tested yet their D800s for built-in flash commander functionality…

    Will try one more time, may be from amazon again. BH seems to have much more complicated return/exchange workflow.


  8. 8) Tom Irwin
    December 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Re: D600 Pricing
    What are your expectations for future pricing on the D600 over the next six months or so. The D600+24-85 was attractive at just under $2000 and I am wondering if you expect comparable pricing in the future.

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