Sat 25-Aug-12 03:33 AM | edited Sat 25-Aug-12 03:34 AM by orftoden
I am sick an tired of waiting. Fall is around the corner. I ordered a D800E from B&H in mid march and I ordered another one from amazon in mid April. Neither merchants have been willing or able to provide any information (and therefore will probably loose my business in the future-- not under the grounds that they have been unable to send a camera, but for their lack of customer service). I have visited my local camera store (who wants a full deposit) only to find out that they have yet receive a single D800E and I would be third on the list with an expected 2 month wait.
Has anyone had any luck acquiring a trouble free copy in a reasonable amount of time? If so, who did you purchase the camera from?
I hate to submit so negative of a post, but this situation has become ridiculous.
Sat 25-Aug-12 04:09 AM | edited Sat 25-Aug-12 04:11 AM by jpFoto
This was on a different site earlier this week, and they had D800Es available for a few days. They now appear to be back ordered, but you may want to call this lady. I have never dealt with them, but I have read that they are very reputable
"As of right now PCNation has extra D800Es call Pearl directly 800-235-4050."
>This was on a different site earlier this week, and they had >D800Es available for a few days. They now appear to be back >ordered, but you may want to call this lady. I have never >dealt with them, but I have read that they are very reputable > > > >"As of right now PCNation has extra D800Es call Pearl >directly 800-235-4050."
That's were I got my D800E also in mid June. Waiting list should be less than a handful on a worse case scenario. I would recommend PCNATION also.
Sat 25-Aug-12 09:37 AM | edited Sat 25-Aug-12 09:38 AM by nikonus
I just got mine a few weeks ago / 6 month wait . People don't realize they guess the total orders of around one million D800 bodies . The production was only 30K a month . I justified the wait by a better product being delivered .
I think a full deposit may pull more weight at a high volume seller showing you don't have multiple orders everywhere . The delivery was almost anticlimatic , Wow now memory cards and batteries such fun .
Looking at the list as of 11:56 MDT I can see that Adorama, Best Buy, Samy's, Target and Walmart all have the D800 in stock, but at the moment nobody has the D800E in stock, though I've seen the D800E pop up in-stock on this list occasionally. B&H is still in preorder status even for the D800.
The web has revolutionized this kind of shopping. You can see what's going down all over the country.
I ordered from Samy's camera, after waiting 5 months for one from B&H , Samys had one to my door in 10days, great people to work, non of the "propriatory information " bs. I've ordered two lens and some filters since, same great service.
Sun 26-Aug-12 08:54 AM | edited Sun 26-Aug-12 08:56 AM by prophotoman
Samy's Camera is a good one to deal with. I used to visit their store in Los Angeles to get darkroom supplies a number of years ago before I went totally digital. Back in the day, San Diego used to have two good stores, California Camera for one... but they went out of business many moons ago!
I will be getting one, but I won't even bother to order it until October or November to give them a little more time to get the focusing bugs fixed. I hope to get the 800e. I have a D700 which appears to make excellent enlargements to 13 x 19, and on rare occassion up to 17 x 22. I know some of you are happy with using the D700 for 17 x 22 enlargements, but I am very picky. By the way, how large are the 14 bit raw files for this camera with average detail in the scene?
>I will be getting one, but I won't even bother to order it >until October or November to give them a little more time to >get the focusing bugs fixed. I hope to get the 800e. I have >a D700 which appears to make excellent enlargements to 13 x >19, and on rare occassion up to 17 x 22. I know some of you >are happy with using the D700 for 17 x 22 enlargements, but I >am very picky. By the way, how large are the 14 bit raw files >for this camera with average detail in the scene?
I don't think they are going to fix focusing bug until October of 2013!!! Demand is high regardless of the bugs so they just not going to test each camera. Basically it is a luck of the draw right now. I got very lucky! Ordered my D800e from Roberts without deposit on April 16th, got a call one week later and already received it on May 1st. Plus no one at that time had 16-35mm in stock but they had it on sale. Go figure. And my camera does not have focusing bug. Has other bugs though.
A friend happened to check Amazon and they listed three D800 in stock. She ordered it on the spot and had it within three days. I walked into a small camera shop in Sedona AZ on a Saturday and casually asked if they had a D800. "No, he said, we shipped one out this morning." I asked to be listed for one and had it the following Tuesday.
I think that the retailers, especially the large ones, simply don't have a good way to match up inventory with waiting lists. I found the same issue when on a list for the 16-35mm F4 lens. Still have not heard from B&H, but picked it up as one of two on Amazon, just one week after going on B&H wait list.
So, perhaps it is wise not to wait until they call you. Instead do a nightly check with retailers of your choice and see if they are listing any stock.
If you wished to acquire a D800, many smaller retailers have them on the shelves. I visited two local stores 2 days ago, Action Camera in Roseville CA and Pardee Carmera in Sacramento and both had a constant flow of them and had D800's on the shelf. But none the next day when going back to try a 50 1.2. Action had a D800e last week but it was gone quickly. My own D800 came from the retailer who seemed to sell the most of them, Best Buy, which took 3 days back in May. The cameras are out there, available today, so it makes so little sense to wait on the massive internet shops to fill 10 months worth of back-orders. The local stores have some advantages, the most important being the opportunity to try it in hand. I suspect Nikon was changing their distribution policies to favor smaller stores that cater to walk in trade. That is smart if they are doing it, it adds another layer of customer and tech support that results in fewer returned cameras. The habit that many on-line buyers have fallen into that has them order several products sight unseen via mailorder to try out and return the ones, or all, if not what they were looking for. That has to be costly to manufacturers since the perfectly good camera is not resalable as new and has the added costs of going through refurb, repackaging and sold at a discount. With a real customer visiting a real store, the salesman can weed out the tire kickers or those who just wanted the camera for a special event before returning it, answer the questions that no on-line shop could or would, and make sure the camera and buyer were well suited to each other. Nikon really benefits from moving such an expensive product into a more hands-on buying experience from saving millions in product value loss by selling fewer "tester" cameras.
I bought my D700 from them and were on their list for the D800E back in the spring. They actually had one for me before Berger Bros could get one, but as I had placed a deposit with Berger Bros, I waited two weeks and got mine from them instead. Anyway, give ServicePhoto a call. You might just luck out!
I order at BH in April and never got anything back. Then two weeks ago, I saw it in Adoroma, I can't believe my eyes. Cancelled BH and order from A, and got it in a week on Aug 22th. Now Amazon even has promotion on D800
In case you haven't kept a tally, Samy's in Los Angeles has been mentioned several times. I ordered my D800 on February 19th and had it in my hands on March 30th. A good copy to boot. No focus issues. I have purchased several items from them and have always been satisfied. They are nice folks to talk with on the phone. I'm in NY so free shipping and no tax helps on these expensive items as well.
Don't know if you're looking but.... Last week, OC Camera had 2 (TWO!) D800Es in stock (Actually saw one on the shelf). This is where I got mine. They are a Nikon and Leica Dealer located in Mission Viejo, Ca.
I say again, there's only one place you need to look: http://www.nowinstock.net/digitalcameras/nikon/d800/ Right this minute Adorama, Best Buy, Samy's, Target and Walmart all have the D800 in stock. I really can't understand why anybody who wants one is without a D800 at this point. All I can say to someone who can't find a D800 today is "Well, duh." The E is a different story, but not much different.
Thank you all for your kind replies. I have been out climbing and doing engineering homework all weekend so I have had little time to do any serious looking. Russ, thank you for the website. I stumbled upon another one like it, but it only had the D800 listed. I will keep waiting for one to pop up so I can have it by the weekend if I'm lucky, but if not I'll probably end up calling Sammy's. I hope everyone enjoys their new toys!!
That’s a shame. I ordered a D800 on day one from Norman camera and took delivery in March. Then ordered a D800e in mid April and got that body a week later. Love both of them and have not had any issues thus far. To do over again I think I’d go with both as the ‘e’ version.
I shoot the 800 and Michelle shoots the 800e; so we’re at the same places at the same time shooting (at times) virtually the same shots when we’re working landscapes. The 800e seems to have slightly better dynamic range. And with night shots, or anything quite contrasty; slightly better ISO performance in the shadows. Keep in mind it’s quite subtle, to the point where you’re looking at large ratio prints on a screen. When printed, as in physically printed, at ‘normal’ sized prints I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Possibly I’ve just talked myself into a corner on why I’d choose to spend an additional $300 for something that is there but it not likely to be seen when printed. I guess if I know I need to squeeze out those last drops I bought the bigger sponge.
Take a look at some of Michelle’s flower photo’s from this last weekend; many of which are shot at ISO 2500 on the D800e: