I'm not sure it's possible to give an average time - it varies so much depending on where you live and when the order was placed. I ordered one (I'm in England) on 26th March, and it hasn't arrived yet.
As others have said, it depends. A more telling question and answerable question would be what is the average wait time for a given store or on-line seller. B%H for example average time of those few that have been delivered, appears to be 4 months. Best Buy averages seem to be about 2 weeks. I got mine in 3 days from a Best Buy store. That average is changing a lot now that supply is catching up with backorders to the point that some smaller stores have them sitting on their shelf....but not very long. The average time is dropping because of all those new buys that are 1 day or immediately. Stan St Petersburg Russia
If you are in line at a major photo store, then you may have a bit of a wait.
Try a small store. It seems that they get as many bodies in as do the large guys — but the large guys have backorder lists into the hundreds.
I ordered an "e" from a small store, was immediately number two on the list, and received it two weeks later. I bought from Milford Photo in Milford, CT, but this should be true for any less-known, less-in-demand store.
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I had ordered from Unique a couple of weeks ago (not that long ago compared to most people!), and they had no idea how long my wait would be. I happened to read a post on another thread where the local camera store had just gotten some in, so I called my local store on the long shot they would have one in stock (they hadn't last time I checked) and they had just happened to receive a shipment in that day -- had 10 in inventory, 6 of which were spoken for waiting for pick-up but 4 unclaimed. I know that list is down by at least two (mine and an out of state friend who had been on the B&H wait list). Timing can be everything sometimes!
I'll second going to a small store. I pre-ordered from a big NYC store in mid-April and, at the same time, put my name on a list at a local camera shop in Levittown, PA. A week and a half ago the camera shop called with the camera. I still have high praise for my dealings with the NYC store but it seems that your best chance of getting one sooner is looking locally.
>If you are in line at a major photo store, then you may have a >bit of a wait. > >Try a small store. It seems that they get as many bodies in as do >the large guys — but the large guys have backorder lists into the >hundreds.
Of course I'm very well aware of this. My wait for D800e now includes B&H since announcement day (February?), a small local store for about 7 weeks, and another small local store going on a week. With Nikon USA closed for end-of-quarter inventory, I don't expect anything to change before July 9.
For those who defend the local stores, and think it's good that Nikon is supporting them in this way, let me just say the words I'd like to share regarding my local stores would all be struck down by the board's filters. It's absolute garbage that Nikon would penalize a business like B&H, who has a huge customer base only because they've worked very hard to build one, with first-class customer service over a long period of time. They deserve these sales. If I had the choice, I'd be perfectly happy to never give a dime to the smug, self-important morons who run the stores around here, and I'm quite happy to see them drop one-by-one, which is exactly what should happen to businesses who don't value their customers.
I ordered at my local London Drugs, and it took 7 weeks. They thought it would be 12 to 16 weeks minimum. Little rhyme or reason to the delivery time. This is a small chain store in comparison to some in the world, but they got the goods!. I know at another local dealer there were 50 to 60 people on the wait list. No idea how many were on my wait list but it was probably sizeable with them having 60 stores. Hope the wait isn't much longer for fellow Nikonians. What I don't know if this is unusual to wait so long since i've never ordered this early in a models initial release.
I just got my D800e this week. I had originally ordered it at B&H on Feb 7, but seeing no progress I ordered it at my local dealer Tuttle Cameras (here in Long Beach, CA) and it a arrived exactly a month later. In fact when I picked it up yesterday they said they had 3 D800's in stock (not sue if any of them were e's or not though).
I received my 800e from a local camera store in weeks. The great Michael, spent maybe two hours, making sure the update was installed, going over minusha & just doing what good dealers have the time to do.
Sn 25xx no left focus problems, but haven't got the Eye-Fi to work.
Gee, all I knew is that our D800 Forum hasn't had much new chatter. I figured folks were out w/ their new cameras...
I ordered an E from Ritz Camera in store from Sacramento. Only after a Nikonian said I could get it faster from a local store...(yes, NYC retailer ordered on 2/7)
Anyway, went to Best Buy in Folsom, Ca and got an iPad after the D800 release date. They said I could get one in 4 days, but by then, I already had 2 orders, so declined. My thinking at the time was to support Camera stores.
Ended up ordering from Best Buy for a D800. As luck goes...got Best Buy camera on May 2 and E from Ritz on May 3.
I kept the E. Best Buy has a good return policy, one month.
Caution, know that Ritz Camera has again filed Capter 11... Do not have current info, need to go visit soon.
Check with Best Buy if in U S. know a Nikonian shared a list of dealers in USA. In our forum. It is worth waiting for IMHO. Thinking about getting on the D 600 list now!
I just ordered a D800 directly from Nikon (The Nikon Store) it said they were in stock. I'm hoping to have it Monday shipping it UPS-Blue. I did see that everyone; Amazon, B&H, KEH are all out or backordered. Did I just get lucky? I hate to retire my D7000 but couldn't resist.
I originally ordered fm B&H on 2/7 at 8:30am - was leaving for a trip in late June (D800E) and hadn't rec'd anything other than the form emails saying basically they don't know when it's coming. Went to my local dealer (Hunts Photo/Video in Boston area), prepaid, and had one in about 4 weeks, and they gave me a loaner camera for my trip! Came back, and my D800E was waiting for me. I'm now a convert (bought a 24-70 lens from them as well). Haven't done too much yet with the D800E but so far I'm blown away, particularly by the dynamic range and the ability to crop and still maintain resolution with no noise.