Nikon Lens Instant Rebates Reminder

A while ago, Nikon extended their instant rebates program which allows you to save up to $350 on new Nikkor lenses. This program expires on March 30th, so if you haven’t yet made up your mind whether to use it or not to purchase new lenses, you don’t have all that much time left. As of now, we are being told that these rebates will NOT be extended, since Nikon’s financial year is about to end. If you’re planning on purchasing a new lens but are unsure of which to get, we have plenty of thorough lens reviews that may help you out.

Nikon Lens Rebate Program

Quality Nikon lenses are, frankly, rather expensive, so don’t miss out on these great rebates!


  1. 1) Robert Landis
    March 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’d love to add some more pro lenses to my kit, but I am not confident than upon upgrading to a D600 or D800 (from D7000) that my new camera will be flawless and the product of strict quality control. I’m considering a Canon MK III.

    • 1.1) Winston Cooper
      April 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm and I are exactly in the same boat. I really want to make the leap to the D800, not so much the D600 as I think the D7100 might be a much better value. I am also coming up from the D7000. I did go ahead and buy (back-orderd) the 85mm f1.8 as it will fit the D7000 very nicely. I am holding off other new lenses and the D800 till I get more info about QC issues. If you come up with any new info drop me a note..


    • 1.2) Randall
      April 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Full frame requires a major commitment in cash to upgrade lenses for what some could argue to be very minimal benefit. I have made the change from a d5100 to a d600 and I probably have about $3500 more worth in lenses but my pictures to me are not thousands of dollars better. I also owned a mark III for a short while and its a good camera but I am starting to realize the more I get used to higher MP cameras the more I cant go back to lower mp. I think my eyes just grew used the images. If I had a redo I would probably get a d800 myself but if I still had all my DX lenses I would probably go with the 7100. Thats allot of MP for the $$$. As far as the quality goes they all have issues. My mark III had a focusing issue in my opinion. Maybe it was user error who knows but I sure dont have problem focusing with my d600.

  2. March 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I wish they’d offer these rebates in the UK. It’s common to offer rebates on cameras, but not on lenses this side of the pond!


  3. March 30, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Thanks for the reminder Romanas :)
    btw ,do you know how to reach Nikon Japan only ,I’ve tried and they refer me towards my country ,but it’s about those guys I want to talk to Nikon Japan ,not Nikon Japan marketing ,but the actual string holders ;) ,any idea ?


  4. 4) AM
    March 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’d wish Nikon had offered the Micro 105mm f/2.8 VR with an instant rebate.

  5. 5) Randall
    March 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Where is the new 18-35mm g lens review? I had to buy it based on KR’s review. Lucky for me he was right and the thing is light as a feather and sharp as a tac. But I sure would like to see how it performs using Nasims standards and how it measures up against its peers. With such a groundbreaking lens I would think that review would be next on the list…

    • 5.1) AM
      April 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Why do you want a review if you already have the lens? Why don’t you just go out a shoot with it and come up with your own conclusions?
      I am waiting on a thorough review and a comparison side-by-side to the 16-35mm f/4. But differently, I haven’t bought one yet, and plan to make my decision based on that comparison. The constant aperture and the VR of the 16-35mm entice me, but are they worth the $500 difference? That’s what I would like to see from that comparison.

      • 5.1.1) Randall
        April 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        I have been shooting. I like it so far. Lots of reasons I want Nasim to review. 1.) I don’t have imatest. 2.) Curiosity. 3.) I can return it if Nasim finds a major flaw that I missed.

        I can I’m used to shooting only primes and the sharpness is comparable in my opinion. I dont have any other WA to compare to however everyone says that it is between the 16-35mm and 14-24 in sharpness with the 16-35 being the sharpest. Even if it was close to being as sharp as those two that would be a huge deal for Nikon shooters! Also from my own experiences I don’t notice much vignetting. I think it will beat 16-35 in that area. Also I has to be better then the existing 17-35 in IQ which is also amazing! Lastly this lens has pretty good bokeh for a WAL! Nikon advertises this but I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes.

    • April 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Randall, I have the lens now and I am shooting with it in CA. Once I get back from the trip, planning to review the 80-400mm lens first, then the 18-35mm afterwards…

      • 5.2.1) Randall
        April 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Don’t forget to review the bokeh. :) it looks pretty good to me for a WA lens. I have made some dam cool DOF shots already.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          April 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

          Bokeh test on a wide angle lens? Are you serious? :)

          • Randall
            April 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

            Yes its part what drew me to this lens over its rivals. If you read through Nikons advertising they advertise this feature. I mean its no 85 1.4 but its pretty darn good for a wide angle.

            “A 7-blade rounded aperture for beautiful blur characteristics”


          • Randall
            April 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

            This may be a little better example if I could keep my hand still. lol. Im sure you would do way better. I just think this is cool and some creative things can be done with this lens.


          • Randall
            April 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

            You have to remember they are touting this lens as a Swiss Army knife of sorts not just a wide angle:

            “The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an excellent travel and all-purpose lens. Its 18mm wide-angle perspective brings more of what you see into the frame, ideal for shooting indoors or in close quarters, capturing architecture and landscapes as well as group portraits. But zoom all the way in, and you get a natural 35mm perspective that mimics the field of view of our eyes, ideal for just about any photo or video application.”

            “A rounded 7-blade diaphragm produces softer, more natural backgrounds, and Internal Focusing (IF) keeps the lens compact and lightweight.”

            • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
              April 2, 2013 at 3:35 am


              manufacturers always praise their lenses in official press releases. What you quoted above basically means that 18-35mm lens can be used in a number of situations, because it’s small, light and has a versatile zoom range. Nothing that’s not obvious with any 18-35mm or similar class lens.

              They also noted it has a rounded 7-blade diaphragm which should render better highlights in those rare situations when there’s actually something out of focus, because it’s rounded. That’s about it.

              I don’t mean you to take this offensively, but you bought a lens you seem to be perfectly thrilled by, yet still want someone to approve of your choice before you can feel completely happy with it. Randall, if you like it, you like it. If you find sharpness satisfying, that’s great, and if you find its bokeh nice enough to emphasize every now and then, that’s also great. You can compare your findings with what Nasim is going to write, of course, but that doesn’t mean you should feel any different about your lens afterwards. Seriously, don’t get stuck with your gear. It’s all about photography in the end, isn’t it?

              Best of luck,

            • Randall
              April 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

              I bought this lens because I needed it ASAP for a trip this weekend. I would of loved to read Nasims review before my purchase because it is more scientific then others and based on imatest data.
              I like many other people have been torn between this lens and the 16-35mm f4 and want to make absolutely sure I made the right choice. I actually dont expect a glowing review from Nasim on
              this lens. Historically pro lenses have far out performed amateur lenses in his testing. Will I not keep the lens if it doesnt get a good review? Well I dont always agree with the reviews on
              this website and have never kept or sold lenses based exclusively on reviews. I make my own decisions based on many factors. But am I not allowed to be curious on how it will perform?

              As far as the background blur. If you read all the advertisement of this lens including the test photos on Nikons website you will be hard pressed to convince me they are not specifically emphasizing
              the “background blur” of this lens. They mention it many times. This lens has a very short focusing distance and there are MANY situations where you can run into out of focus backgrounds. Am I saying
              its the main selling point of the lens. No. I was simply explaining to Nasim why I asked if he could discuss the bokeh in his review. He may determine it is a not appropriate for the review and that is just fine.
              I just happen to be a fan of “good bokeh” maybe it would help others in their decision to purchase or not.

              And lastly sorry I get excited over gear. Half the comments on this site are people obsessing over this stuff. It is just another part of the hobby for some of us. I enjoy it. Some people obsess over golf clubs. Does it
              make playing golf any less fun? No they get excited to use their new gear. Some people get excited when a new lens comes out. To each his own right?

  6. 6) Chandan D'Souza
    April 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    hi.. I am from India and a big fan of this site. I am an amateur trying to get into wedding/event photography. I want to pick up the 70-200 F/4 lens, but people say that the f/2.8 lens is better for pleasing backgrounds (Bokeh). Could you please guide me on this topic? I prefer a lens that is lighter on my neck . I believe that f/4 is not that bad for focal lengths above 150mm, but I am not sure about the background defocus below 150mm. Or should I invest in the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens? Please advise!

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