Many thanks guys. It obviously is not a wide spread problem The thread on Dpr has reached its; limit so the subject may disappear . I was concerned because India will have the same country code as the Op on the thread.
My dealer did call and the first ones are expected tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest . He will not have the serial #'s until he gets the paperwork/cameras. I do not really 'need' the camera. I would like to have one by the middle of next month for the big pre-monsoon soccer tournament season.
What I really do not want to get involved with is having to send the camera back to Nikon.
Interesting that the need to fine tune lenses, and amount of fine tuning, seems to have increased and means more set-up time for the D800.
I'll have to decide if I am going with the first delivery or wait for a bit.
What is interesting is that up until about four years ago , all/most of the Nikons available here had US country code. Cheers, Tom