D500 Rebate for July

Nikon is offering a US$500 instant rebate on the D500 plus 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens combo. That makes for a very reasonable price at US$2570, and the lens is absolutely worth the implied US$560 price in this new kit pricing. The rebate lasts until July 30th.

Note that D500 body-only packages seem to be in short supply, with many vendors either out or only having a small number available. The D500+lens kit, however, seems to be in good supply at the moment. 

I suspect that this reflects the usual Nikon production formula: bodies first, kits second, then monitor and fill demand of both as time moves on. Thing is, with the sensor shortage caused by the April quake, I suspect that Nikon is somewhat limited in what they can produce in the way of new D500s at the moment. So I expect the body to stay in short supply, and I also expect that the new instant rebate on the kit will deeply cut into the current supply of that, too.

So, if you’re interested in getting a D500 any time soon, I’d advise you to strongly consider the new kit price as one avenue to do so. The other interesting thing is that all of Nikon’s lens rebates for the month pretty much center on the D500 and DX bodies, too: 10.5mm f/2.8 DX, 35mm f/1.8 DX, 40mm f/2.8 DX, 50mm f/1.8, 12-24mm f/4 DX, 17-55mm f/2.8 DX, and 24-70mm f/2.8G. Yes, those two FX lenses are highly popular with DX users.

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