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      05-03-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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Canon lens rebates

I came across this in the newspaper today. Looks like Canon is offering some good rebates on their lenses and flashes.

With Nikon's much higher pricing on lenses like the 70-200 and 24-70, I'm thinking I should have gone with the Canon platform instead......
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      05-03-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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nicee

so theyve pretty much just adjusted prices back to where they were before the product line wide price hike in jan/feb (a very ill timed price hike)
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Haha last Friday I went to Glazer's and an employee told me about this secretly since people weren't supposed to know about it until today (it was already on the internet for weeks.) The 70-200mm f/4 non-IS is only like $560 now. Crazy!

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With Nikon's much higher pricing on lenses like the 70-200 and 24-70, I'm thinking I should have gone with the Canon platform instead......
Yeah, compare the 24-70mm models - around $800 difference, but I'm sure Nikon is much better built, but then again I doubt it's worth it. If you're thinking about switching to Canon, do it. I just sold all of my Nikon gear and switched to a Canon 5D2 + 24-70mm + 50mm f1.8. I'm so excited!
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sweet!

ive got the 5d2 and the 24-70 as well...its fantastic

tho I have to say, im very partial to my 70-200 2.8 is l...its glorious

as far as the canon 70-200 being lower quality vs the nikon...the canon 2.8 IS/L is currently ~1650 (without rebates) and the nikon is ~2100...so the difference is about 500...but the build quality is similar, and from what Ive read, the canon 70-200 is an incrementally better lens vs the nikon one...but incrementally

nikon generally has better wide angle lenses, canon has better telephoto...this is a very general statement, and when I say better, its..very incrementally

so it stuns me that the price is 500 different...but then again, the D700 costs more than the 5D2, and they perform very similarly, but the 5D2 has twice the resolution...so...oh wells nikon
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Cool! I'm actually picking up a used 24-70mm for about $230 off the price of a new one after rebates. Going to use those savings for the grip
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Yeah, compare the 24-70mm models - around $800 difference, but I'm sure Nikon is much better built, but then again I doubt it's worth it. If you're thinking about switching to Canon, do it. I just sold all of my Nikon gear and switched to a Canon 5D2 + 24-70mm + 50mm f1.8. I'm so excited!
Let's see:
Canon 5D Mk II - $2,700
24-70 F/2.8L - $1,110
Canon 50mm f/1.8 - $115
Subtotal - $3,925.

Yeah, that's still double what I've got into the D300 setup. Even if I could get top dollar for my body and lens, I'd still have to come up with $2,000 to switch. That's not going to happen. The "savings" on the Canon glass over the Nikon glass would be eaten up by the depreciation of the existing equipment. So it is still a zero sum game....

Oh, and the Nikon D700 is cheaper than the Canon 5D MkII at Adorama by $300. And even with half the MPs, the D700 scores better on DxO Mark's Sensor score.

I'm hoping this will push Nikon to respond, and then I can get some Nikon lens deals too!
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Let's see:
Canon 5D Mk II - $2,700
24-70 F/2.8L - $1,110
Canon 50mm f/1.8 - $115
Subtotal - $3,925.

Yeah, that's still double what I've got into the D300 setup. Even if I could get top dollar for my body and lens, I'd still have to come up with $2,000 to switch. That's not going to happen.
You don't need to get a 5D2 and 24-70mm to switch from Nikon to Canon. If you really want to switch to Canon and not spend some extra money, go with the 50D. That rebate was tempting, but I really wanted a full-frame.

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And even with half the MPs, the D700 scores better on DxO Mark's Sensor score.
I don't believe in statistics and scores; in the end it's all about YOUR judgment of the product and not a high score.
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Let's see:
Canon 5D Mk II - $2,700
24-70 F/2.8L - $1,110
Canon 50mm f/1.8 - $115
Subtotal - $3,925.

Yeah, that's still double what I've got into the D300 setup. Even if I could get top dollar for my body and lens, I'd still have to come up with $2,000 to switch. That's not going to happen. The "savings" on the Canon glass over the Nikon glass would be eaten up by the depreciation of the existing equipment. So it is still a zero sum game....

Oh, and the Nikon D700 is cheaper than the Canon 5D MkII at Adorama by $300. And even with half the MPs, the D700 scores better on DxO Mark's Sensor score.

I'm hoping this will push Nikon to respond, and then I can get some Nikon lens deals too!
ooo, so theyve ammended their prices..b/c at the time I went to get the 5d2 the d700 was pricier (which I thought was a bit odd)

switching brands is a pricey proposition once youve got some good glass in your hands. Once you start getting in the D90 (and canon equiv Xsi/40D) range, the quality of pics is getting very good...nice to see competition fueling good image quality and sensor upgrades

now if only I had the dollars for a hasselblad.....drool
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ooo, so theyve ammended their prices..b/c at the time I went to get the 5d2 the d700 was pricier (which I thought was a bit odd)
Funny, cause last Saturday the D700 was $2700 and the day I go to order the 5D2, they decide to drop it by $300. They want to keep me
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You don't need to get a 5D2 and 24-70mm to switch from Nikon to Canon. If you really want to switch to Canon and not spend some extra money, go with the 50D. That rebate was tempting, but I really wanted a full-frame.
I don't really want to switch, I want Nikon to get more competitive on their lens pricing!

And I think going from a D300 to a 50D is moving a small step backwards, not an upgrade.
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Thank you for the post! I need a 430 EX-II, and possibly an EF-S 10-22mm.
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I don't really want to switch, I want Nikon to get more competitive on their lens pricing!
I would have stayed with Nikon if they did so - I'm starting to miss their awesome lens caps and ergonomics, but I don't regret switching - I get better color and sharpness consistently on the Canon while I had trouble getting the Nikon to do the same with a similar if not better lens under the same lighting condition, and I already knew how to use 90% of the camera since it was just like my D300, but I was impressed about how user-friendly the Canon was.

I hope Nikon doesn't do anything surprising, or else I'll regret the switch!
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