I'm a Nikonian in Washington State, I was just at a Kits Camera store and the sales person told me that they had D70's in their warehouse and were beginning to fill their pre-orders. Good news if accurate. I have a presale from another retailer here in WA. They think It'll be another 5 days or so before they get theirs. Just thought I'd pass this along....for what it's worth.
Upon hearing the news that perhaps the D70 was already in the States, I called my local store (Hunts Photo / Video) where I've already paid in advance and in full, to check this out. They swear that the Nikon rep was in yesterday and that nobody in the US will receive them until 3/25 at the earliest.
I hope the info from the left coast is correct! This new CF card is getting pretty damned lonely just laying here next to the computer!
I hope Nikon does not delay the release of the D70. I just read a report that the "other" major camera company is increasing production of their low end DSLR by 25%. Since the D70 is marginally more expensive than it and has more features, my guess is that Nikon will sell every D70 they produce this year (and maybe next year too!0.
Let's just hope the rumours of the delay are not true!