Thursday, May 17, 2007

Canon Lens Instant Rebates!

Today Canon USA announced they'll be offering instant rebates on many of their popular lenses until July 16th. The rebates are significant (none of those silly $10 rebates) and have already appeared at online shops like B&H and Amazon.

See Canon USA's site for more details, but if you have been thinking about purchasing a new lens, this is a great time to do it. Personally, I've been planning to get a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 as my next lens, and now that they are $50 off (and listed at B&H for $530) a new lens is suddenly about the same price I'd be paying for a used lens. And I'd get a USA warranty with it. Cool!

The full list of lenses and rebates (and their current price after rebate at B&H):

$100 Rebate:
70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM $1,600
100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM $1,310
85 f/1.2 L II
USM $1,670

$75 Rebate:
70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO IS USM $1,070
24-70mm f/2.8 L USM $1,065
400mm f/5.6 L USM $1,025
180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro $1,165
70-200mm f/4 L IS USM $985

$50 Rebate:
70-200mm f/4 L USM $530 <= best telephoto price/performance ratio! 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM $950 <= rich person's Tamron 17-50mm
17-40mm f/4 USM $630

$25 Rebate:
28mm f/1.8 USM $375
50mm f/1.4 USM $285
60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (EF-S) $360 <= cheapest Canon 1:1 macro

I have no idea why Canon is doing this. Most of these are the higher-end lenses (maybe they're trying to boost sales?) too, but the discounts are close to 10% in some cases. If you were thinking about a lens, this is a great time to buy!

Personally, I'm going to do everything in my power to get the money for a 70-200mm f/4 USM before mid-July!

My birthday is coming up soon too (hint, hint) :)

[Update: I managed to get a really good deal on the 70-200mm f/4, so think of something else for my birthday. Like maybe a macro lens; I'd prefer a 90-100mm prime, but I'd take the 60mm macro if it was offered :)]

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