On the Nikon zooming front, the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G DX VR is is available in manufacturer-refurbished condition for $230 with free expedited shipping at Adorama with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
But if you are a bit of a risk-taker, you can get this in imported grey-market with no warranty for $150 with free shipping by eBay selelr “PhotoVideo4Less” (100%, New York). Limit five per customer. Over 3100 units got sold so far from this listing. For the speed-readers, there is no warranty included.
A simple, low priced prime lens is certainly a lower risk than buying a zoom or pro or complicated lens, but still, it’s up to you to decide where your risk and comfort levels are.
The manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G DX VR II is bundled with a Pro Optic 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit and $3~ promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) for $147 with free expedited shipping at Adorama. The lens gets a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
This is part of their March Madness Sale where different product categories “compete” (aka, they are on sale).
Another lens discount at Amazon by Amazon itself (not a lightning deal), it is the new condition Nikon 85mm f1.8G FX going for $440 with free shipping. Limit up to three primes per customer during this sale.
The new condition Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR lens is currently on sale for $299 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.
CORRECTION: the original link pointed to the certified refurbished instead of the new condition lens. The $299 new condition price was (and still is) correct!
The action continues with a manufacturer refurbished lens with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty, it is the Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR offered for $230 [WAS $199] with free shipping at Adorama as a limited time flash sale… Price updated on blog 2/23/17 late PM…
The weekend festivities bring back the 10% off in-cart discount at the official Nikon USA refurbished store. Over 80 products are available including DSLR, Lenses, fixed lens cameras and accessories. The discount happens automatically AFTER you add an item to your shopping cart. There’s no coupon to enter. When the promotion is over you will no longer see the 10% off discount mentioned in their product listings…
As of a 2/22/17 recheck, this is sold out…
Zoom-zoom for Nikon DSLR users. The Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR lens is currently on sale for $379~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to ten units per customer. This is not a lightning deal, it’s either a sale or a price-match (manual or computer-generated). This is a new condition with USA warranty.
As of a 2/7/17 recheck, this used item is sold out…
“Used Day” continues with a used Nikon lens, the NIKKOR 24mm f2.8D is available in “Used – Condition 8+” (“Shows moderate wear or finish marks”) for $270 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Used items sold at B&H come with a 90-day warranty from B&H Photo.
It’s back on again, the Nikon Macro and Portrait Kit which consists of the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX and 85mm f3.5G DX VR Macro, goes for $497 with free shipping and it is bundled with the following freebies at Adorama: Corel Software Bundle (includes Aftersho PRO 2, Paintshop Pro X9, VideoStudio 9, and two more), the Tiffen 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit, a ProOptic 52mm MV UV filter, and the obligatory cleaning kit.
As of a late 2/1/17 recheck, this is sold out and cannot be ordered at this price…
Zoom-zoom! A rare lens discount! The new condition Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S ED DX VR II is on sale for $499 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. The shipping estimate is February 8 (2017) with a limit of up to ten units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.
The new condition Nikon 500mm f4G ED VR goes for $8000 at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with used lenses, you can get it in “Used – 8+ condition” for $5500 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
The Nikon 40mm f2.8G Micro goes for $277 in new condition at authorized dealers (eg bundled with free lens-y accessories at Adorama) but if you are comfortable buying refurbished, you can get the manufacturer refurbished version of this lens for $230 at B&H Photo with a 90-day warranty covered by B&H.
The Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G DX VR II is bundled with the following extras (ProOptic 52mm digital essentials filter kits, lens-cap tether, and Corel Creative Bundle including AfterShotPRO 2 and Paintshop PRO X9 and VideoStudio 9) for $147 with free shipping at Adorama.
More eBay Deals, now it is imported grey-market time, the “Deals All Year” eBay store is offering the new condition imported grey-market Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR DX for $250 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer. Limit one year warranty by the seller, not Nikon USA.
On the other hand, if you prefer a model with the blessings of Nikon USA, you can get it in manufacturer-refurbished with 90-day Nikon USA for $270 with free shipping by Adorama.
The current iteration of the Nikon Lens Instant Rebates expire on 12/3/16. You can find eight of these lenses nicely organized at B&H Photo featuring a mix of zooms and primes, and a mix of FX and DX.
If you like big accessory bundles, which can come in handy during the holidays when you are assembling photo-related gifts, the Nikon Macro and Portrait kit is back in-stock and ready to ship from Adorama. It goes for its standard price of $497 with free shipping, but Adorama is including all these freebies with your purchase: Corel software bundle (includes AfterShot PRO X2, and Paintshop PRO X8; now both are previous generation), ProOptic 52mm digital essentials filter kit, cleaning kit, and another 52mm ProOptic MC UV filter.
On the other hand, if you prefer rewards over more free accessories, this kit continues to be in-stock at B&H Photo with 4% rewards ($20 to be spent in the future at B&H) along with a Sunpak 52mm filter kit…
The Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX, their “APS-C normal” prime lens is not only on sale but it is getting free accessories at Adorama. For $167 with free shipping you get the standard lens kit plus a 52mm ProOptics filter kit and a lens-cap tether, and a cleaning kit and 2% promotional rewards… For more action, check their latest Cyber Monday specials…
The Nikon Macro and Portrait 2-Lens Bundle featuring the 85mm f/3.5 DX VR and 35mm f/1.8 DX lenses is back on again for $500 with free shipping and free accessories as follows: at Adorama you get a ProOptic 52mm filter kit, the Corel software bundle, another filter, and a cleaning kit. At B&H Photo you get 4% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future purchases) along with a 52mm Sunpak filter kit and cleaning cloth.
PS: if you are just now joining in the Black Friday madness and don’t want to go through five pages of archives on this blog, you can also check the latest deals summary at the Black Friday 2016 Situation Room.
This daily deal expired…
The manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G DX VR with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty is on sale for $180 with free shipping at Adorama. The offer is good until 12pm ET on Tuesday, or earlier if sold out, or later if it gets extended.
Adorama’s approach to daily deals is more versatile than other retailers (from a consumer perspective who may have missed that particular day), some (but not all) of them last longer than 24 hours, for example Tiffen 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit continues for $20 with free shipping, and the Case Logic CPL-108 DSLR Camera and iPad/Netbook Backpack continues for $22 with free shipping.
The official Nikon USA store is having a refurbished sale, offering 10% off on the current prices of 82 items. 56 of them are lenses, along with 11 DSLRs and 10 fixed lens cameras, along with two film SLRs, and one “Angry Inch”, and two flashes, and a vegan partridge in a chocolate pear tree 😉 No coupon code needed, add to cart and proceed. The sale ends November 22 in 2016.
Seven different Nikon DSLR lenses, a mix of primes and zooms, are currently featured on sale at B&H Photo with promotional rewards and free accessories as well. It includes two f2.8 constant zooms (14-24, 24-70), more zooms, along with the 85/1.4G, and the return of the 2-Lens Kit Sale (85/3.5, 35/1.8) with free Filters and 4% rewards for $500.
The manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-300mm DX VR lens is offered for $209 with free shipping by BuyDig on eBay among the latest eBay Deals, but you can get it for even less than that, $200 with free shipping is currently what Adorama charges. Optionally you can add Elements 15 for +$70 (expand the yellow “Special Offer” area. As usual, manufacturer refurbished Nikon camera gear come with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
Adorama has another sale on refurbished camera gear with over 100 items participating. Nikon has about half of them, and Epson about a quarter of them. I will “digest” them later in the day, but I’m posting this alert so you don’t have to wait for me if you feel like deal-fishing.
PS: as of 3:48pm ET, a number of big websites and services (eg Twitter) are currently down because of major DDoS attacks. Of shopping interest, Stacksocial is down.
The official BuyDig eBay store is running a new promotion, Buy One Item, Get The Second One for 10% off. A total of 49 certified refurbished cameras and lenses are participating including Nikon DSLR lenses, the Olympus E-M5 and E-M10 Mark IIs, the E-PL5, various Nikon APS-C dSLRs up to the D7200, and a few Coolpixes too up to the P900 uber-zoom.
NOTE: you must purchase two items for this promotion. The discount will be applied to the LOWEST PRICE ITEM, so strategically this promotion maximizes your savings if the two items are as close in price as possible.
The Nikon 50mm f1.8G full frame lens goes for $217 at authorized dealers that also include free accessories OR promotional rewards with it (eg various options at Adorama).
But if you are comfortable with imported grey-market lenses, and you don’t need the extra accessories/rewards, then off to the Trending eBay Deals we go, where eBay seller “Deals All Year” (99.8%, New Jersey) is offering the new condition imported grey-market Nikon 50mm f1.8G for $172 with free shipping and a 1-year seller warranty (not a Nikon USA warranty). Limit 9 per customer. Over 560 units got sold so far from this listing per the stats there.
Adorama is having a refurbished gear sale featuring 85 items, 25 of which are Nikon-branded items, 29 are Epson items, along with a few more from other camera manufacturers. More on those later in the weekend when I find time to go through them all.
Budget telephoto time for Nikon shooters, the new condition with Nikon USA warranty Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX is on sale for $147 with free shipping and $6~ promotional rewards at Adorama.
Speaking of Adorama, they have a variety of Nikon D7100 bundles with free accessories. Click on the various Lens and Kit bundle tabs over there to see all the options (there are quite a few).
In addition to the new Nikons available for pre-order there is a new promotion on their Macro Portrait 2-Lens kit, it is bundled with various 52mm filters and a cleaning kit for the same price of $497 at Adorama. If you don’t need the extra accessories, you can also get it for the same price with $20 promotional rewards instead of the free filters (promotional rewards to be used in future purchases at Adorama).
Both kits are in-stock and ready to ship with free shipping. The lenses are the same as before, the 35mm f1.8G AF-S DX non-VR and 85mm f3.5G AF-S ED VR DX Micro (= Macro in Nikon-speak).
While the new Nikon D3400 kit options were straightforward, things are a bit more complicated in the new AF-P Nikon lenses. Two different lenses are available in two different options each, with and without VR. An interesting decision here, perhaps with an eye towards bundling them in different ways and discounting them? Regardless..
… the four new AF-P lenses are now available for pre-order as follows:
These have been added to the new Interesting New Lenses of 2016 tracking page. We no longer track most non-RAW P&S fixed lens digital cameras over there.
Back to the eBay Deals where the Buydig eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G DX VR II lens for $119 with free shipping with a limit of five units per customer. Over 500 lenses got sold from this listing so far. It comes with the usual 90-day Nikon USA refurbished items warranty.
The Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED goes for $1700 in new condition at authorized Nikon USA dealers with some freebies, eg B&H Photo (4% rewards, Filter Kit) or Adorama (4% rewards, Corel Software, Filter Kit, Etc).
But if you are comfortable with manufacturer-refurbished with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty, you can get it in this condition for $1300 with free expedited shipping at Adorama. This is part of a 3-lens refurbished flash sale.
The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G AF-S VR II ED-IF goes for $2100 in new condition at authorized dealers with some free extras (eg B&H Photo (4% rewards, Filter Kit)), but if you want to save some and you are comfortable with manufacturer refurbished with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty, you can get it in manufacturer-refurbished condition for $1700 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.
Refurbished prime time now, the third Nikon lens participating in the limited-time Adorama lens flash sale is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 50mm f1.8G for $160 with free expedited shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
UPDATE 8/1/16: the Nikon lens instant savings promotion ended, resulting in new condition prices going up…
However, if you prefer new condition with a 1-year Nikon USA warranty, Adorama is bundling it [corrected link) with a 58mm MC UV filter and a 1-yr New Leaf Spills-n-Drops warranty along with $3.54 promotional rewards for $177 with free shipping.
This price went up:
Back to refurbished, the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 50mm f1.8D goes for $110 with free shipping.
Back on sale again, the manufacturer refurbished Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 DX VR is going for $200 with free shipping and a 90-day Nikon USA warranty at Adorama. This is a limited time sale.
They said it couldn’t be done, but slowly and steadily we see more lenses that the naysayers said they couldn’t be done! Or something like that if lens-making was a sporting-event post-game interview 🙂 Which brings us to the brand new Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED lens, available for pre-order for $2200 at Adorama and B&H Photo… This too has been added to the Interesting Cameras and Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
The current iteration of the Nikon Lens Instant Savings expires on 7/30/16 and it features a variety of lenses. Adorama is sweetening the offer by including extra lens-related accessories and the Corel software bundle (that includes AfterShot and PSP) for the same price as without the free accessories.
You can find the participating lenses nicely organized at the promotional page. They are:
+ Primes: 35/1.8 for $167, 50/1.8 for $177, 40/2.8 for $247, 10.5 f2.8 fishy for $597
+ Zooms: 12-24/4 for $947, 17-85/2.8 for $1197, 24-70/2.8 for $1797
Part of this round is also the Nikon D500 with 16-80mm f2.8-4 DX VR going for $2567, a much more reasonable price than the $3100+ that Nikon decided to start this kit at. The D500 already has an APS-C price premium baked into it, creating a kit with a lens premium in it as well, was probably not the smartest idea. Which is why the invisible hand of the market grabbed it by the ear and lowered the price 🙂
The new condition with Nikon USA warranty has a bundle with various extras at Adorama. You get the standard lens kit plus a ProOptic 52mm MC UV filter, a lens cap tether, a cleaning kit, $3.34 in promotional rewards and the Corel software bundle that includes Aftershot PRO and Paintshop PRO… Optionally when you expand the yellow “Special Offer” area you add to your order Photoshop Elements 14 for +$29 or both Pho and Premiere for +$49… This too is part of their Adorama BirthDay Sale…
The Nikon 50mm f1.8G prime lens, in new condition with Nikon USA warranty has a couple of special promotions at Adorama for $177 with free shipping. What differs are the freebies, you either get $7 promotional rewards or a more diverse bundle that has $3.54 in promotional rewards along with a 58mm ProOptic MC filter and 1-year NewLeaf spills and drop warranty… Both of these are eligible for an optional “Special Offer” (expand yellow area over there) that lets you add to your order Photoshop Elements 14 for +$29 or both Pho and Premiere for +$49…
It’s refurbished Nikon zoom lens action now, the Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR is offered manufacturer refurbished with a 90 day Nikon USA warranty for $200 with free shipping at Adorama… In parallel, the 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX is offered in similar condition for $100 with free shipping… These are part of the Adorama BirthDay Sale…
eBay has another one of their semi-curated sales, this one featured Nikon camera gear with a total of 149 items participating. They feature DSLRs and fixed lens cameras and lenses. You can filter by those category and also select a price range. You can also sort by price high or low. As usual a variety of sellers and conditions are included, so be sure to pay attention to the individual listings as eBay is not a uniform market like dedicated camera-gear sellers.
We have another Nikon lens from authorized dealers in new condition! It is the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX and it’s going for $167 with some extras that vary by retailer… At B&H Photo you get 4% promotional rewards and a 52mm Sunpak filter kit… At Adorama there are various freebies, including promotional rewards and lens-y accessories and Corel software bundle… At Amazon the freebies are stingier, you get a Shutterfly coupon, and 5% if you have the Prime Store Credit card…
As of 7/7/16 recheck, this sale is over…
A rare market-driven lens discount! The Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 DX VR is currently on sale for $247 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of ten units per customer.
A new cycle of Nikon authorized Instant Savings has began, featuring seven different Nikon SLR lenses, a mix of zooms and primes. You can see them all at B&H Photo.
The current iteration of Nikon SLR Lenses Instant Savings initiated by Nikon USA is set to expire on 7/2/16 at 11:59pm ET. A number of the participating lenses earn 2% promotional rewards and get free a filter and/or other free accessories. You can see the participating lenses with these promotions at Adorama (a total of 12 options are available).
It’s back in-stock and ready to ship again, the Nikon Macro and Portrait lens kit (the 35mm f1.8G DX and the 85mm f3.5G DX VR Macro) along with $20 promotional rewards to be used on future purchases are back in-stock at Adorama for $497 with free shipping.