Nikon Lens Rebates Ending March 30, 2013

Nikon 85mm 1.8G Lens

Nikon is ending its financial year at the end of the month, and the current batch of instants rebates on 18 Nikkor lenses will also end March 30, 2013. Unlike many recent Nikon promotions, the discount is not tied to the purchase of a new camera. You can save up to $350 per lens on many popular lenses.

Because of strong demand during the lens promotion, several popular lenses are backordered. If you order by March 30, you will lock in the low price and lenses will be delivered as stock becomes available.

The rebates are available at participating Nikon retailers, including Amazon and B&H Photo. Rebates in effect through March 30, 2013.

FX Zoom Lenses
24-70mm f/2.8G $200 off @ B&H, Amazon
70-200mm f/2.8G VR II $300 off @ B&H, Amazon
24-120mm f/4G VR $300 off @ B&H, Amazon
24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR $100 off @ B&H, Amazon
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR $150 off @ B&H, Amazon
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D $350 off @ B&H, Amazon

FX Prime Lenses
24mm f/1.4G $200 off @ B&H, Amazon
35mm f/1.4G $200 off @ B&H, Amazon
50mm f/1.4G $100 off @ B&H, Amazon
85mm f/1.4G $200 off @ B&H, Amazon
28mm f/1.8G $100 off @ B&H, Amazon
50mm f/1.8G $20 off @ B&H, Amazon
85mm f/1.8G $100 off @ B&H, Amazon
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED $100 off @ B&H, Amazon

DX lenses
18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR $300 off @ B&H, Amazon
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II at $250 off @ B&H, Amazon
16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G $100 off B&H, Amazon
DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G VR $100 off @ B&H, Amazon

Visit the special promotion page: Nikon Lens Discounts at B&H Photo.

Nikon Announces 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens

Nikon-80-400mm-VR-lensMarch 5, 2013 — Nikon announces the ultra-telephoto zoom 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens. This long telephoto option for full frame cameras delivers outstanding performance for the latest high megapixel Nikon FX-format digital cameras. Its long reach offers 5X zoom capabilities in a compact package. The lens can be combined with a 1.4X teleconverter on the latest Nikon DSLR including the D4, D800/D800E, D600 and D7100 DSLR to allow up to 560mm reach at f/8 with full auto focus capabilities. The DX-format D7100 provides additional magnification to 35mm equivalent 600mm without and 840mm with the 1.4X teleconverter.

Nikon 80-400mm VR Lens Diagram The lens incorporates the latest VR technology, providing up to four stops of additional stabilization without the use of a tripod. It uses Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast auto focus operation. Internally, the 20 elements are arranged into 12 groups. Four regular ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element provide sharp images in the most demanding conditions. The 80-400mm also features Nikon’s signature Nano Crystal Coat to reduce flare and ghosting when shot into bright light sources.

The Nikon 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 is the lens of choice for demanding sports and nature photographers, in addition to specialty HD videographers. The lens is aimed at both still and video use by advanced enthusiasts and professionals needing extra reach in a compact package. The NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be priced at $2,699.95 suggested retail in the US, and will be released in early April 2013.

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Pre-Order Options:

MTF @ 80mm:
MTF Chart 80mm
MTF @ 400mm:
MTF Chart 400mm
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR Lens Specifications
Focal length 80-400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/32-40
Lens construction 20 elements in 12 groups (including four ED glass and one Super ED glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view 30°10′ – 6°10′ (20° – 4° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance 1.75 m/5.74 ft from focal plane (1.5 m/4.92 ft in MF)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/5.7x (1/5.1x in MF)
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size 77 mm
Diameter x length
(distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approximately 95.5 x 203 mm/3.8 x 8.0 in.
Weight (Based on CIPA Guidelines) Approximately 1570 g/3.5 lb (with tripod mounting collar); approximately 1480 g/3.3 lb (without tripod mounting collar)
Supplied accessories 77 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-65, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-M2

Huge Nikon Lens Discounts

Nikon Lens Discounts
Nikon is dropping lens prices up to $350 on popular Nikkor lenses for a limited time. Unlike previous offers, there is no camera purchase required. These lens discounts will not lost long are set to expire on March 2, 2013 Update: Extended through March 30, 2013.

Of the 18 lenses on discount, 14 are full frame FX-format lenses. They include professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses: $200 off the 24-70mm f/2.8G and $300 off the 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII zoom.

The complete set of f/1.4 G prime lenses is also on huge discount: $200 off the 24mm f/1.4G, 35mm f/1.4G and 85mm f/1.4G and $100 off the 50mm f/1.4G. The wide f/1.4 aperture provides low-light capabilities and a shallow depth of field.

The recent f/1.8 prime lenses are also included: $100 off the 28mm f/1.8G and 85mm f/1.8G as well as $20 off the already bargain-priced 50mm f/1.8G. These lenses offer outstanding performance at a fraction of the cost of the f/1.4 primes and are a good match for the latest high resolution Nikon D600 and D800.

Discounts on FX lenses include $300 off the excellent 24-120mm f/4G VR Zoom and $150 off the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom and $100 off the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR kit lens. The ultra-telephoto zoom 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D is discounted by $350. The AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED gets $100 off.

DX lenses include the wide range zoom 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR at $300 discount and 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II at $250 discount. The excellent 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G zoom and DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G VR are both $100 off.

See all the Nikon Lens Discounts at B&H Photo.

DxO Rates Nikon Nikkor 85mm 1.8G Highest of All 85mm Lenses Tested

DxO Labs has published their full review on the Nikon NIKKOR 85mm 1.8G AF-S lens. The lens produced the highest score of all 14 85mm prime lens the lab has tested to date. This $499 lens achieves sharpness rivaling the $1699 Nikon 85mm 1.4G, while producing minimal distortion (0.1%) and extremely low chromatic aberration (4um). It’s main shortcoming is vignetting at maximum aperture.

Those seeking maximum subject isolation and a professional build quality may prefer the 85mm 1.4G, however given its outstanding performance at a relatively bargain price, the 85mm 1.8G is the go-lens for portraiture and low-light photography for any full-frame photographer on a budget. It’s small size and low 12.4 oz weight also make it a preferred medium-telephoto choice for travel and backpacking.

You can purchase the Nikon 85mm 1.8G at the following retailers:
Nikon 85mm 1.8G Lens at Amazon
Nikon 85mm 1.8G Lens at B&H Photo
Nikon 85mm 1.8G Lens at Adorama

Nikon Announces 70-200mm f4 G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens

Nikon announces the latest F4 constant aperture zoom lens, the NIKKOR 70-200mm F/4 ED VR telephoto zoom. The lens features the familiar focal length that is popular with full-frame photographers with the latest third-generation VR stabilization technology.

The lens provides enthusiasts and professionals outstanding sharpness and contrast for the latest FX cameras including the D4, D800 and D600. These cameras can use Nikon’s teleconverters to increase focal length up to 400mm, and take advantage of autofocus using cross-type sensors available at F8.

The 70-200mm F4 VR lens offers a 2.9X zoom range with constant aperture F4 throughout. Minimum focus distance is 3.28 feet and maximum reproduction ratio is 0.274X. The lens features 20 elements in 14 groups and incorporates Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce the appearance of internal ghosting and flaring when photographing bright light sources. It uses a 67mm filter size. The lens has internal AF-S focusing with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor to reduce noise while shooting video and provide outstanding focus speed. The lens also provides instant manual focus override in M/A mode.

Dimensions are 3.1 inch diameter and 7 inch length. Weight is approximately 30 oz (850g). The lens includes 67mm lens cap, HB-60 hood, LF-4 rear lens cap and CL-1225 semi-soft case. An optional lens collar with foot RT-1 is available at $233.95 US retail.

The new Nikon 70-200mm F4 will be priced at $1399.95 US and will be released in late November 2012. Nikon product number 2202.

Pre-order Nikon 70-200mm F4 at Amazon

Pre-order Nikon 70-200mm F4 VR at B&H Photo

Pre-order Nikon 70-200mm F4 VR at Adorama