Your experience as well as that of others has made me delay a purchase that I had been eager to make. The initial shortage while frustrating became a blessing in disguise. While waiting I began to read of the problems so many new owners were facing. My plan to own this camera is now on indefinite hold. I have owned and used Nikon cameras my entire life and except for a couple minor blips have been more than pleased with the product and service. My service has always been performed at Melville and has been exceptional. I am still using manual lenses that I purchased with my first FtN many years ago. I am as much concerned with the poor service being documented as I am with the hardware problems. Nikon seems to be approaching the D800 problems with a form of denial that I have never seen before from this company. I am sure that many remember the D2H shutter issues and the very effective response generated by Nikon to resolve those problems. I look forward to a major recall by Nikon as it appears that step will be all that resolves the problem. I wonder if the problems continue to be unresolved because Nikon can see no economically viable solution? At any rate, the entire situation is beginning to resemble the old Hans Christian Andersen fable in which the King was sold an invisible suit. When out and about, everyone praised his new suit. All but one boy who commented that "the King has no clothes." It is time to apply this fable to the D800 problem.