When I first heard of the D100 I thought I wanted to use it during my brother's wedding. It is funny; I finally decided it would never come out in time. Ironic now. If the thing is released it will come out on my brother's birthday; one week to the wedding.
I don't have the money and I imagine the first ones are already purchased, but it sure would be nice.
As of today - from a Nikon reps lips - the 19th or by the latest the 29th of this month. What's the hold up? No dealers yet. They can't get the deal signed. B&H, Adorama, etc... nobody has signed on yet. He wouldn't go into details. Retail Price -- $1,999.95 U.S. (no lens, of course) but charger, etc. What B&H, Ritz, etc. decide to sell it for -- your guess is as good as anyone's.
Just guessing from experience in other field with similar technology bent... I doubt the problem is technicals/pricing with the D100 camera - it might have to do with existing in-store inventory/production commitments of the D1 line units and what crediting will be afforded by Nikon for what you'd have to expect would be significant price drops on those units post D100 introduction.
My opinion is that I'm annoyed the Nikkor 24-85mm AF-S isn't available in North America yet. Why it is out in Asia and not here in the USA is beyond me. I'm sure they are just holding off until the D100 launch, but why bother? The lens will be a hot seller D100 or not; just make sure the lens comes out first.
Unless... Nikon is planning on selling them together as a kit only, initially? If that is the case, then I could see how people could get annoyed having to buy a second identical lens just to get the D100 body if the lens was released before the D100.