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December 06, 2011

Canon D-Rebel T3i/T2i two-lens Instant Rebates return but with a twist

The Canon Instant Rebates were surprisingly absent from the Black Friday Holiday Shopping madness, but they have now returned at Amazon. Returned with a twist. Instead of the standard D-Rebel w/18-55mm kits being the base of the promotion, they are using the D-Rebel w/18-135mm kits as the base of the promotion.

Here is a table showing the current combinations available. To test the prices/availability, add all the items you see in a single row. The free Tiffen filter is optional, it doesn't affect the total price whether you buy it or not, but you must buy a DSLR kit and a lens in the same shopping cart in order to get the combined purchase discount.... Prices are as of the time of writing and are not updated automatically. Check the Amazon pages for the latest price and availability!

The full names of the two lenses are Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4.0-5.6 IS (1st generation) and Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 III non-USM. Most people prefer the 55-250mm EF-S IS since it is newer, stabilized and designed for APS-C dSLRs. You can also buy both lenses, in the same shopping cart as the D-Rebel w/18-135mm DSLR kit. The total price is an additional +$50-$54 (depending on which lens you start with).

Canon D-Rebel Instant Rebates
DSLR kitLensFree FilterPrice
Canon D-Rebel T3i w/18-135Canon 55-250mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$938
Canon D-Rebel T3i w/18-135Canon 75-300mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$944
Canon D-Rebel T3i w/18-13555-250mm + 75-300mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$993
Canon D-Rebel T2i w/18-135Canon 55-250mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$850
Canon D-Rebel T2i w/18-135Canon 75-300mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$854
Canon D-Rebel T2i w/18-13555-250mm + 75-300mmTiffen 58mm UV filter$902

Notes, Tips, Restrictions, Rules of Thumb
+ prices of the individual products can change at any time and for any reason
+ the discounts are $150 off on the 55-250mm lens and $100 off on the 75-300 when purchased together in the same shopping cart with the T2i w/18-135 or T3i w/18-135 D-Rebel kits
+ the free Tiffen filter promotion is attached to the lens and it does not affect the $150/$100 combined purchase discount whether you buy it or not
+ you can only get one free Tiffen filter per shopping cart even if you have two lenses that qualify for one
+ all items must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not third-party sellers
+ both the DSLR kit and the lens must be orderable. They can be "temporarily out of stock" and still be orderable. If you can order them, you get the discount
+ if you are in a hurry to receive them, do not get items that are "temporarily out of stock" since shipment can be a wildcard - it may ship quickly or it may take weeks

Stackable with these optional offers as well
+ optional: this promotion is stackable with the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II printer promotion that gets you a $400 American Express prepaid gift-card via mail-in rebate with the purchase of this printer and an eligible Canon DSLR kit. The printer price is currently $450~. Please note the $400 you get via mail-in rebate is not a check you can deposit in your bank account, but a prepaid AMEX gift card
+ optional: buy a Canon DSLR kit and get 10% off on the current price of an eligible Sigma lens at Amazon by Amazon [see example #1 and example #2]

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