I know that the topic of D800 delivery has been covered thoroughly, but I ordered a D800e and I'm at least as frustrated as many other Nikonians, so I thought I'd ask about the 800e. Has anyone received one? I asked the store where I ordered mine (all paid, by the way), and they told me I was in the top ten on their list. I didn't find that particularly heartening. If they only receive one or two at a time, that could put me in July. Ugh. If anyone has received one, what are the files like? Are they as sharp as I've been led to believe? Curious, curious . . . Thank you, Jim
Received my E on Tuesday. Just happened to call my camera shop (Allens in levittown,Pa.) on Monday. Allen had a guy waffeling back and forth between the straight 800 and the E. Allen was not in the mood for this indecision (Hope it is not someone here!) so I got a camera. So far it is one sharp piece. Still working on the setup and hope to put up some pictures once I can find time to get out.
Yeah. I'm super happy the battery that came with my E was not one of the flaky ones. Neither was the spare one I bought for the D7000 I just sold. I guess you could scour your local Walmart, Best Buys and camera dealers for an in stock battery to get you by if you have to send yours back.
I just received an e-mail that it had been shipped, but there no arrival date yet. I ordered mine in Portland, OR, and placed my order on 2/17. I was told at the time that I was the first to order the D800E.
>When and where did you order your D800E???? Just thought it >would help knowing.... > >Chris
Living on the west coast, I placed my order the evening that it was announced in Japan (it was day time in Japan but about 8PM on the west coast). I called my local camera store and asked them to put me on their list for the D800E that evening. I was number 2 in line, someone had beat me to the punch to be the first in line. Nevertheless I now have my D800E and will be selling my D800.
I picked up my D800e yesterday (May 1). I had a "feeling" for about a week that that was the day it was going to come in as I was leaving town on the second. Somehow, it worked out perfect!!!! I managed to be the first to pick up an 800E from PictureLine which was kinda cool as they are a pretty large pro mail order dealer.
I've only shot 5-6 shots so far but the difference between it and my D300 is truly amazing!
RRS said that they will ship their L bracket in a week. Once that arrives, I'll be all set!
A guy at work who pre-ordered from Amazon, B&H, and Adorama within minutes of them being available received his D800e from Amazon today. ...and promptly flipped it on ebay for $1000 profit. He's in the process of sellilng off his Canon gear to fund the D800 purchase and said he was happy to wait another month or 2 for his other pre-orders to hit while he built up the funds.
Just some perspective if you ordered your E from B&H: I ordered mine on February 11. I got curious as to my place in line at B&H to receive my E. After about 4 emails back and forth, I finally got an email informing me that I was approximately number 1000 to receive my E from them. They also said that they were still hoping to fill orders quickly IF they could get the cameras from Nikon.
Don't get me wrong, I love B&H. I think this preorder nonsense should be abandoned. If I am number 1000 on their list, and that was only 4 days after the camera was announced, how many orders must they have for the D800E, which is supposed to be the least popular of the 2 cameras? I think it is false to have hope that I will receive my E from them anytime soon. I think B&H, for the sake of their reputation, should return to their previous policy of allowing orders for in-stock items only!
>After about 4 emails back >and forth, I finally got an email informing me that I was >approximately number 1000 to receive my E from them.
This I think is why B&H doesn't want to tell people their place on the list. If they're getting something like 40 cameras a week, and their list is 5000 long, they don't want to tell us the wait is... 2 years! Where a local camera shop might have a waiting list of 20 and they're getting 5 a week, it's obvious whose list you'd rather be on. But, that doesn't mean the wait is really 2 years. It means at the current trickle, there's no good way to extrapolate wait time from the current data. So B&H is being vague.
I'm torn on how I feel about this. For one, this is a result of how Nikon treats its dealers, and not B&H's fault. B&H generates a waiting list proportional to their customer base, and probably proportional to their normal Nikon sales volume, yet small dealers it seems are being treated the same as B&H here. That's basically Nikon screwing B&H out of their hard-won large customer base, but B&H should be more forthcoming with the people on their list.
OTOH Nikon apparently perfers a large dealer network instead of a few large distrbution points in NYC. I can see some advantage to that, but in a separate rant, since prices are monpolized anyway, there's really no advantage to us, other than having a brick-and-mortar shop to visit, something I quit valuing a long time ago.
I can't remember the name of the "new program" Nikon has for their "smaller dealers", but Nikon is offering this new program to their smaller dealers to demonstrate to them that they are as highly important to Nikon's business success as the "big guys". In other words, Nikon is trying to show their appreciation for the "little guys" by instituting this new program. Consequently, the "little guys" have been asking Canon for a similar program. Canon has shown little interest in this so far, apparently because only 17% or so of Canon's business has to do with photographic imaging, whereas almost all of Nikon's business has to do with photographic imaging. I sure wish I would have known about Nikon's new program earlier, because I could have been number one on my local dealer's list. As it is, I am number 3, which is a whole lot better than number 1000 or so on B&H's list.
How did you cajole B&H into giving you your position in the pre-order queue? I've asked them a couple of times and they've told me they can't give out that info. I ordered the morning of 2/7 and it would be nice to know about where I stand. Frustration!
As I mentioned, I had to email them about 4 times. They kept saying that they didn't know when Nikon would send them any cameras, and how many they would send. I told them that nobody can control Nikon, and that that was not what I was asking. I told them that they, B&H, know how many cameras have been ordered at B&H, when they were ordered at B&H, and how many cameras they have sent out to customers. Therefore, I told them, that they know how many customers are ahead of me in line, and that is what I wanted to know. All my emails went through their Customer Service Department.
I ordered my d800e from Bromfield Camera on April 5 and received it last week. I'm really marveling at this camera's abilities. I'm coming from a D700 perspective. Nikon has improved on every system in the camera. I am taking lots of cityscapes looking down back alleys with lots of gritty detail and I am continually blown Away by the incredible detail deep in the background of the images. I can't wait to take it down to Cape Cod to shoot some seascapes
Behind every dark cloud, as the saying goes. While I didn't order a D800E immediately, I did start saving for it. As luck would have it, this didn't take too long. However, I was left with this cash burning the proverbial hole. So I bought the Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 VR II, and resumed saving. So next I bought an Epson Sylus Photo 3000, and resumed saving. Today, Adorama sent me an email, thanking me for my patience, and asking that I continue being paitient. So next I think I'll buy the Nikkor 16-35 (and sell my 20-35). After that, well I'll just have to ponder.