I ordered a D800 exactly 6 weeks ago from my local camera store in Stamford Ct. At the time of order they said I could expect delivery in 1-2 months and they were right on - it arrived today. The battery - a good one - is charging...let the adventure begin!
I ordered a D800E from our local store on February 14th; it arrived on May 4th while I was out of town for several days. I picked the camera up less than an hour after my return home. You can guess what I was studying the remainder of the day! This area used to have two camera stores; the store where my D200 was purchased went out of business. There is a Best Buy in the area, but I prefer a store dedicated to camera gear.
Thu 10-May-12 06:04 AM | edited Thu 10-May-12 06:09 AM by km6xz
I try to support the small locally owned stores but after today, I have to say, Best Buy is high on my list. I assumed no D800 would be available during this trip so I ordered a new 24-70 2.8 with part of the D800 money. Several days ago I dropped by Best Buy and talked with a young salesgirl who did not know about the D800 but offered to find one. She did find 3 in the country but could not get them transferred to her store. Today in the late afternoon she called and said she found one and has it on hold pending my agreement. I was there in 10 minutes with cash in hand and bought it and it is on the way now to my closest store. I will be able to pick it up Sunday at 10am She spent her spare time combing their inventory database looking for stores that have one and who would be willing to a store to store transfer. I had assumed that she had given up when I left the store a few days ago but she kept at it, searching one store at a time each day until she found one that was put into the inventory database minutes before. She is not even on commission. She seemed to be more excited about finding one then I was. The timing was perfect, I leave the US 36 hours after getting the camera without another opportunity to get one until September when I come back for a couple weeks. Stan St Petersburg Russia
On Feb. 12 I ordered my D800 from B&H. After awhile, it was determined that the earliest I would receive it would be the end of May. Sometime, in the first week of April, I put my name on the waiting list at my "local" dealer (the true local one closed up over 5 years ago). Yesterday, I got a phone call from the dealer asking if I gotten a D800 yet; I said, "no," and he countered with, "Do you want one?" My reply was, "I'll see you in half an hour." Haven't done much else but work with it since! Cancelled the B&H order. One weird thing - the EXIF data for Landscape, Portrait and Standard Picture Controls show correctly, but Vivid and Neutral say Standard. (in PS5) - any clues? Start a new thread?
f/8 and be there?...but I'm moving as fast as I can...I'm up to f/4 already!
Hi Laura I am anxious to hear of your results and opinions of the two versions. Are you back from the coast? When I come back in September I will take a few days to shoot up there. My home there was on the top of a steep sided hill with creeks and dense redwood groves below. From my bay windows overlooking the narrow canyons created by the creeks, twice a day, dozens of eagles would float stationary, gliding in place riding the thermal not more than 20 feet from my windows or decks. I would like to return to those spots that were such good photo opportunities. Stan St Petersburg Russia
As Thom Hogan has pointed out, USA laws on fairness of distribution of imported goods to dealers requires that all dealers, large and small, get equal amounts of stock, with not much variation in that formula.
I put in a pre-order at B&H on their first day, Feb 7, at 9:30 AM. I never heard an encouraging word from them about expected delivery time, just noncommital email form letters. On Friday morning of that same week I went in to the B&H store to put down some cash on my order, and the rep looked at their list and told me that by then, 3 days later, there were nearly 4,000 people waiting. He was amazed.
So I decided to look elsewhere, and tried the Ritz Camera store in Fairfield, CT, which is nearby. I strolled in one day and placed an order. Two weeks later I was notified the camera was shipping, and by the third week I picked it up. Wow!! Two days ago, May 9, I finally cancelled my B&H order -- which was placed 2/7, 9:30 AM - and the guy told me there were still nearly 200 people ahead of me on that list.
Incidentally, I was very favorably impressed by Ritz Camera. The folks were competent, efficient, knowledgeable, resourceful and nicest of all, they were friendly. Smiles! Remember that?
It does pay to shop locally, in many ways, but for getting a D800 in the first few months especially.