D800 available in London, UK
For all you Londoners pining for a D800, Adam at Sunrise Digital on Tottenham Court Road actually had two in stock as of Friday morning. He sold one. If someone gets there early on Saturday morning, a D800 will be yours. I walked into the shop today (Friday) as the happy customer was leaving. The other D800 was still there when the shop closed.
Adam always manages to get his hands on legitimate UK gear that few (and sometimes none) others have early on in retail camera product cycles. Nikon, Canon and Fujifilm are his specialities. Anyway, there's no price gouging - he's selling strictly at the UK retail list price.
#1. "RE: D800 available in London, UK" | In response to Reply # 0Gromit44 Registered since 04th Jan 2012Fri 27-Apr-12 09:35 PM
I don't think they're a Nikon dealer Howard - hence the D800 won't pop up on an online search.
#2. "RE: D800 available in London, UK" | In response to Reply # 1Sat 28-Apr-12 05:10 AM
They certainly are an authorized Nikon dealer, an authorized Canon dealer and an authorized Fujifilm dealer. I've personally met both a Fujifilm rep and a Nikon rep in the store at different times over the years, the Fujifilm rep most recently in mid-December 2011. I don't direct people to grey market goods.
I also don't think Sunrise spends much time on its web site.
#3. "RE: D800 available in London, UK" | In response to Reply # 2Gromit44 Registered since 04th Jan 2012Sat 28-Apr-12 12:53 PM
I didn't mean it was a grey market camera - there's no mention of Nikon on their website so I assumed they'd just managed to get a small one-off batch of D800s from Nikon. Tottenham Court Rd is a very busy shopping street (especially for electrical goods) and the passing trade probably makes a decent website less important.
#4. "RE: D800 available in London, UK" | In response to Reply # 3Sat 28-Apr-12 01:58 PM
You're right about the passing trade on that part of Tottenham Court Road. Sunrise has been in business on that spot for decades. Despite recession, I think it's still the busiest electronics shopping strip in Europe. Nikon is mentioned, by logo, on the store's web site but it's a lame site by any definition for sure.
According to Adam at Sunrise, Nikon provided him with the two D800 bodies because Nikon has to periodically do something to allay at least some of the pressure on small retailers to avoid losing pre-order business. According to Adam, the bigger stores with hundreds on their waiting lists can better absorb the impact of slow delivery to consumers. That was his explanation (or perhaps his pitch to the Nikon rep), and it makes a kind of off-handed sense. Sort of. I wouldn't bet my life on it though. Seems more likely he was owed a serious favour (perhaps for giving up inventory to someone else in the past?) and the Nikon rep found a way to even things up.
Whatever. I hope some Nikonian managed to grab the camera this morning.