Used Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD for around $1000 (Nikon)

The new condition Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens goes for $1100 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with 4% promotional rewards at authorized dealers (eg B&H Photo or Adorama (+ free digiframe)) in the Nikon, Canon and Sony A systems.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with used lenses, and don’t want to deal with mail-in rebates, Adorama has two options on the Nikon version, in Used – Excellent Plus for $979 or in Used – Demo condition for $999. Shipping is extra and varies by zipcode (under $15 for the zipcodes I tested). Adorama offers a 30-day return policy and a 90-day warranty of their own on the used camera gear they sell on their website.