Saturday, May 24, 2008

Canon Instant Rebates and also $50 MIR upgrade rebate from Digital Rebel to 40D/5D

We talked about the Canon Instant Rebates a few times already, but now it is time to take a more detailed look, and also discuss the upgrader mail-in rebate that has been flying under the radar a little bit.

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$50 mail-in rebate if you upgrade from a Digital Rebel to a 40D/5D
But first, we have to point out that apart from the Instant Rebates, Canon is running another promotion, this one a $50 mail-in rebate for those upgrading from a Digital Rebels (Original, XT, XTi, XSi) to a Canon 40D or 5D. Details at the Canon USA promotions page. And here is a direct link to the mail-in rebate PDF file.

Please note this is not a trade-in rebate, you simply have to register your current Digital Rebel by July 19, and buy a new Canon 40D or 5D between May 18 to July 19, 2008. Be sure to read all the terms and conditions, it's a very long paragraph!

Canon Instant Rebates

Canon DSLR Bodies
Two Canon DSLRs are participating in the Instant Rebates, which as the name suggests, happen automagically when you purchase your Canon items. The prices are already adjusted on the retailers websites and shopping carts.

First up, the Canon 40D, introduced in August 2007, is offered in two standard variations, body only which goes for around $940, and with the EF 24-135 lens, a kit that goes for around $1130. Needless to say that this is a tempting offer and could potentially have a big impact in the hugging-the-$1000-price mid-range DSLR segment.

The other camera participating here is the Canon 5D, Canon's first "affordable" 35mm full frame DSLR, announced in August 2005, and the new instant rebate crosses the psychological boundary of $2000, as it currently goes for $1900 body only. For those also interested in the EF 24-105 f4 L IS USM lens, they can get them together for $2700.

Canon EOS Speedlites
Two Canon flashes (oops! Speedlites) are participating in this promotion, the 430 EX, and the the Speedlite 580 EX II. As with all things instant rebates, the price changes are already reflected in the current prices. This is a relatively small amount, $15 for the 430EX and $30 for the 580EX II.

Canon Lenses: The Primes
Five primes, one of them an EF-S lens, are participating in this instant rebate bonanza. The prices taken off range from $30 for the EF-S 60mm macro to $125 for the EF 85 f1.2L II USM. The prices of the lenses participating ranges from $370 to $1745.

Canon Lenses: Wide-angle Zooms
The wide-angle zooms category features four lenses, with instant savings ranging from $15 to $100. One of them is an EF-S lens, and the other three are EF lenses, two of which have the magic L designation. Their prices range from $80 to $1350. Now that's what I call variety and choice :)

Canon Lenses: Telephoto Zooms
Zoom! Zoom! The telephoto instant rebate group consists of four lenses, with an instant rebate value ranging from $40 to $125. All four are EF and L-series lenses and all but one has IS (Image Stabilization). The lens prices after the instant rebate range from $560 to $1575.

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