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

Deals on Nikon D600 Refurbished $1599, New for $1846.95

Nikon D600 Body OnlyThe latest deals on the Nikon D600: You can now get a Nikon Factory Refurbished D600 for $1599 @ B&H Photo.

Cameta Camera is offering bundles including the Factory Refurbished Nikon D600 plus 32GB SD Card, Battery, Remote & Accessory Kit for $1699. Cameta includes a free 1 year Cameta warranty. A 90 day Nikon factory warranty applies to refurbished products.

If you’re looking for deal on a brand new D600, Abt is listing the D600 new for $1846.95. That is a $250 instant rebate! Abt is an Authorized Nikon Retailer so you get the full Nikon USA warranty. Abt is out of stock now, but expects the next shipment in 2-3 weeks. The rebate is listed to end March 3, order now to lock in the low price.

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

Holiday Deals on Nikon D600 Continue

Holiday Deals on the Nikon D600 continue even after Christmas. You can still pick up the D600 plus 24-85mm VR lens kit for $1996 for a limited time, but now you can also score a Factory Refurbished Nikon D600 body for only $1679 including a 1 year warranty from Cameta Camera. That is over $400 off the retail price! Factory refurbished items are returned to the factory and inspected by Nikon and any repairs necessary are made. Refurbished cameras are often are more thoroughly checked than new ones off the assembly line. Although refurbished gear normally carries a 90-day Nikon warranty, Cameta includes a 1 year warranty.

The factory new Nikon D600 with 24-85mm VR lens for $1996 deals are available through December 29, 2012. Some notable deals include this Amazon D600 deal offering a bonus 4% in addition of 2% cash back, for a total of 6% (that’s $119.82) good toward future purchases. You can also get 12-month 0% financing from Amazon.

B&H Photo is offering two bundle deals on the Nikon D600 for $1996. The first one is a D600 Video Enthusiast Bundle which includes D600 + 24-85mm VR lens + Rode VideoMic ($149 value) + Fuzzy Windbuster mic cover ($29) + SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC card ($35 value) plus free shipping and 2% reward ($39.94) — totaling over $250 in extras and $910 off the retail price. The other deal is the D600 Photo Enthusiast Bundle with the D600 + 24-85mm VR lens + SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC card ($35 value) + Oben Aluminum Tripod model AC-1310 with Ball Head model BA-0 ($99 value) plus free shipping and 2% reward. These deals are good through December 29, 2012.

Nikon D600 Promotions

The Nikon D600 is now available with a free Nikon 24-85mm VR lens! Get it all for $1996.95! The best deals going now is at B&H Photo, who are also including an extra battery, memory card, monopod and a camera bag. Total value of free items is over $880! Plus get free 2-day Air shipping and a 2% now 4% Reward that can be redeemed on a future purchase. There has never been a better deal on the amazing new full-frame camera from Nikon. At this price you are getting a free $600 lens. The D600 body is selling for the same price without any lens! Just three months ago the D600 was first released and was selling at $2695 with the lens with no extras or rebates.

You can also get this great deal at Amazon. Total price of $1996.95 for the D600, plus 24-85mm VR zoom lens, plus 2% back in rewards, free Transcend 32 GB Memory Card, AmazonBasics Backpack and a Free Class on Demand $100 Black Card, as well as free shipping.

Adorama is also offering an amazing deal: Nikon D600 Nikon 24-85mm VR Lens, Adorama VIP Member Extended Protection Plan, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Camera Case, Spare Battery, External Battery Charger, Remote Trigger, WiFi Mobile Adapter and Cleaning Kit, as well as a 4% Reward

Nikon D600 Black Friday Deals

Nikon D600 Bundle at Adorama

The busiest shopping day of the year near and many retailers are running special promotions well ahead of Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). The Nikon D600 body-only now includes an extra $100 off at several retailers and this amount increases to $200 off when purchased with the 24-85mm VR kit lens.

To sweeten the deal, B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon offer 2% rewards for purchasing the D600 which can be redeemed for a future purchase, while J&R offers 1% rewards on Nikon products. Some retailers go even further and include free items with the D600: B&H Photo includes a SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB SDHD card, Lowepro Rezo camera bag and Pearstone battery pack — a $114 value. Adorama throws in a Transcend 32GB SDHC card and Lowepro Rezo camera bag but their bundle does not include the 2% reward.

All discounts, rebates and free items considered, the best deal for the D600 is at B&H Photo: D600 body for $1996.95 and the D600 + 24-85mm VR Lens for $2496.95 including free shipping. You can also get the D600 body + 28-300mm VR Lens for $2896.95 a $250 savings and plus a free camera bag and 32GB SD card.

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

Adobe Lightroom 4.2, Camera RAW 7.2 Add D600 RAW (.NEF) Support

Adobe Lightroom 4Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 have been released and add preliminary support for Nikon D600 RAW files. The new ACR and Lightroom versions released on October 3, 2012 can read Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files created by the Nikon D600, although it is not documented in Adobe’s release notes. Certain features such as automated profile corrections and picture controls are not yet implemented. Full support should be expected in a future release.

Update: Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 are released and add official Nikon D600 support as of December 13, 2012.

Currently, full D600 RAW support is available using Capture NX2 version 2.3.4.

Lightroom 4.2 also includes new lens profiles for Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR and 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR as well as various bug fixes to improve usability. Support for Nikon D600 RAW files in Adobe Photoshop CS6 is available  by downloading Adobe Camera Raw 7.2, which provides RAW support for additional camera models and lens profiles.