D800 has increased the confidence in the ability of the local stores to serve their customers. As a backup plan I ordered D800 from Colonial Photo and Hobby in Orlando on March 23rd. I was 32nd on their wait list. Today got the camera!! While I had no clue of the status of my early February order to B&H and early March order to Amazon.
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Farmington Hills, US
I ordered a D800e from my local store on April 25 and picked it up May 7. I ordered a D880e from Roberts Camera about a week after announcement. Roberts didn't have one for me when I cancelled the order after getting it locally
I'd ordered a D800 from the local store about 2 weeks before the D800e order and it still wasn't in when I picked up my D800e. I didn't want both, I just changed my mind and they didn't bother to cancel the D800 order.
Two morals to the story: Buy new items from your local store and it may be easier to get a D800e instead of a D800.
Gary in SE Michigan, USA. Co-organizer of the Southern Michigan Chapter Nikonians membership - My most important photographic investment, after the camera. D4, D800e, D300, D90, F6, FM3a (black), FM2n (chrome) YashicaMat 124, Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 My Nikonians Gallery & Our Chapter Gallery
#3. "RE: Long live local stores" In response to Reply # 0
I ordered my D800 on May 7, 2012, and it was delivered today, May 17, 2012. Ten days start to finish. I never did get a delivery date from Amazon. Mine came in from Murphy's Camera. If it helps, here are some of the authorized Nikon retailers that I had called to see what their waiting lists look like. You can Google the companies and get numbers, web sites, etc.
Murphy's Camera - My Heroes (This is where I got my camera) Louisville, KY - 1440 Bardstown Road Alan Wallace
Murphy's Camera Lexington, KY Don Barker
Humble Camera ($500 refundable deposit to order) Humble, TX Brad
Houston Camera Exchange ($500 refundable deposit to order) Houston, TX
Houston Camera Co-op ($500 refundable deposit to order) Houston, TX
#4. "RE: Long live local stores" In response to Reply # 0
Got my D4 from my local dealer April 14. I always order local for cameras and lenses for the speed, for the service, for easy warranty workflow and to get myself very low on their pre-order list. Has worked very well for me since I got back into serious photography in 2006. In some hard to decide cases I have even gone down to my dealer with tripod and camera and shot similar lenses side by side outside their front door, compared the photos at home, and went back and got the lens that looked better for my needs.
The wait list issue seemed to take some folk by surprise this time around, but in truth we have discussed this specific phenomenon at Nikonians what I thought was "so many times" over the years, that to me it has always been what I thought was a a well-known issue. I was surprised that others were surprised by this
Anyhow, down at my dealer yesterday she told me they are down to only 15 more D4 on their pre-order list which she expects Nikon to fill in the near future. My sense is that as these local-dealer draw-downs play out, the really big preorder lists at the online dealers will ameliorate at a faster pace than current.
I didn't get specific D800 numbers from her, but she did indicate they are continuing to trickle in.
And for the first time in a while, they have D7000, D5100, and D3100 all in stock concurrently and expect the D3200 in June. Things are looking up!