I seriously think B&H got like 10 bodies in or something ... and I am assuming they have hundreds of pre orders. I ordered mine day 4. Same notices as everyone else. ___________________________________________________________
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I ordered a D800E on 2/7 at around 1030 EST. I've also gotten the notices mentioned above. The E was originally scheduled for 4/12, then 4/16. Now? I'm glad I don't work for B&H's customer service department. They must be getting hounded from every direction. I think Nikon has handled this whole release very poorly.
Personally, I am happy to wait while the first production batch is shipped and distributed to others. I am hopeful the green-tinted LCD will be fixed after feedback from users of the early-build samples.
Gator Bob in Gainesville FL D700 & SB800 * D800 on order Nikkors: *14-24 * 28-300 * PC-E 85mm *50mm 1.8 Tamron 90mm Macro
Not me. Worse, BH already charged my PayPal account for the full price of d800 since day one. While I am willing to wait I believe it is only good business for BH to treat paid customer a little nicer.
I pre-ordered with B&H on Feb 7th at 6am. B&H told me over the phone to expect my D800 in May (no date given in May). My local dealer thinks he can get me a D800 before the end of April, so I am optimistic he can deliver when B&H cannot. I have a workshop to go to in Utah next month and was hopeful to have a D800 in hand by then.
Nikon's policy of distribution is good for keeping small service oriented family owned camera stores viable, which might be the only silver lining in such product scarcity. The smaller stores seem to be getting small but regular shipments so check small stores in your area. The price will be the same and you will be helping your own local community and keeping personal expertise available. That last point is one of the real losses with the demise of locally owned stores being crushed out of existence by big box stores in towns all over the country. Stan St Petersburg Russia
>Nikon's policy of distribution is good for keeping small >service oriented family owned camera stores viable, which >might be the only silver lining in such product scarcity. The >smaller stores seem to be getting small but regular shipments >so check small stores in your area. The price will be the same >and you will be helping your own local community and keeping >personal expertise available. >That last point is one of the real losses with the demise of >locally owned stores being crushed out of existence by big box >stores in towns all over the country. >Stan >St Petersburg Russia
I'm a frustrated D800E wannabe owner, having pre-ordered from B&H on day one. I've had several conversations with customer service, and they've been as helpful as they can be while operating in the dark. I'm sure they are just as unhappy with the deliveries as we are, given that they don't make any money on unfulfilled orders (except maybe through PayPal?). All I can do is wait. Short of getting lucky finding a camera locally, I doubt that ordering from someone else will result in a quicker delivery than from B&H. C'est la vie, I guess.
I beg to disagree! I canceled my B&H D800 pre-order and went "local" and I will have a D4 later today (after waiting 3 weeks). I am also going to get a D800 when it comes in, which could be any day now. It might even bee waiting for me later today when I pick up the D4!
So, I would advise you to look around. Make some phone calls and send out some emails. The fact that I am picking up a D4 today resulted from a blind email I sent to a camera store manager. There are D4's and D800's out there, just look for them!
I am also very frustrated with the situation with B&H/Nikon...i ordered my D800 march 5th (i know - late) I just hung up with a CSR at B&H and he told me that they got zero D800's in this last shipment that Nikon USA received AND they weren't expecting any until late may. He could not tell me where i was on the waiting list and was of basically - no help.
i hope B&H and Nikon are paying some attention to this.
I just got home from picking up my new D4 from my dealer. I got some "intel" for you D800 Wannabes. Nikon is shipping out hundreds or maybe even thousands of D800's from Los Angeles Thursday (April 19th) to dealers nationwide. I was told to expect my D800 this time next week!
So, there is hope on the horizon!
Now, I am going to go enjoy my D4 for now. Maybe a trip to Ding Darling NWR is in order for this weekend!