Yesterday will out on a long walk, I visited the largest chain of camera specialty stores in Russia, they have 11 in this city alone. The salesman responded to the availability question by "Nikon, no, we are getting any" Their stock of D90s for the first time went on sale for only $1500 for the kit and still have a couple left. They had D300s' and a few D700's in the display case which surprised me. Usually those models are not on display, they come from a central warehouse on the outskirts of the city when one is ordered. Did not see any D3s or D3x (on sale for over $10,000) but they advertise that they have them in stock. I know all the stores sell more Canon because they are much cheaper here. A D90 and 7d until recently were the same price, about $2000. I have to dig into it more, that salesman did not seem anxious to talk about it. Maybe Nikon's new prices in Europe and Russia have just closed off the market. I called a friend in Finland when I got home to ask what the rumored price of the D7000 would be there. It might be worth a train trip or overnight ferry. He said he got a quote from a discount store for 1299 Euros which is about $1825 for body only. I know Nikon projected a Euro price of the same as the US Dollar price 1199Euros. Why is Nikon so expensive in Europe when Sony, Canon and Pentax are not? My last SB900 flash cost $685! ....too bad there is no alternative. Maybe Nikon just figures the economies in this part of the world are doing better so can gouge. A Sony A850 FF is less than a D90 kit here. Someone in their marketing department is not paying attention to what markets are exploding and which are not. It would be a shame to write off some of the fastest growing markets without trying to compete.