I pre-ordered a D800E from B&H on February 7 at 10:30 a.m. New York time. I've been trying to get some idea from them about delivery, given all of Nikon's problems with QC, batteries, demand, etc. Today I got a response: at least 4-8 weeks! Hard to believe...
sounds bad to me ... if true, Nikon definitely screwed the pooch on this one.i have never heard of a six month lag for an early morning day one pre order for anything ! Except maybe the RED Scarlett. ___________________________________________________________
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Teh big single warehouse mail order outfits are treated as the one dealer they are, the same as a local mom and pop, 2-3 each shipment. So it makes sense to search for companies that treat each location as a separate ordering entity, either a small mom and pop or a chain that has a different decentralized format such as Best Buy. Target even is getting them, 2 per store per shipment. I got mine from Best Buy in 3 days and they apologized for it taking so long. I think it is a good thing that Nikon has given the small local stores a chance to compete for a change. Towns are much poorer in many ways when mail order and big box stores drive out all the locally owned small businesses that make a small town worth living in. There are many small towns with only 1 Wal-Mart and sudden poverty level wages as the only game in town after surviving and prospering for a hundred years or more with loving wages and local expertise. Quality of life of a community ought to be more important than a couple dollars cheaper consumer products yet so many communities are not able support a viable livable community due to failing to see how expensive "cheaper" is. Nikon at least is doing a tiny bit to stave off the inevitable decline quality of life. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Received my D800E today from local camera shop today.... they actually had it yesterday, but I couldn't get down there to pick it up... So far I'm like what I see, even iso 12800 shots aren't to bad.....
I've been doing business with B&H for around 15 years, and my experience has always been good. They are getting a lot of flak for a situation that is beyond their control. Nevertheless, I'm a traveling photographer, and I want the new body to increase the quality of my images. I can sit and wait, or I can pursue other suppliers. Since I'm not NPS, I'm forced to be positioned behind many others for access to the new camera. The lesson here, I think, is that the fastest way to get delivery of a D800(E) is to deal with a retailer who isn't putting me behind all their pro customers. If I had realized this earlier, I would have ordered from numerous camera dealers, taken delivery from the earliest supplier, and cancelled all the other orders. Live and learn, I guess. Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you want.
If it's any consolation, I got the same response from Unique Photo in NJ. I'm supposedly high on their list, but it could still take many weeks. They told me that the shipments they receive for NPS members and regular folks are completely separate. Of course, they have yet to receive their first shipment for the regular folks. Ah well, maybe I'll have a new camera for my birthday--end of July.
I had a preorder with B&H dated February 7 for a D800, which I changed to a D800E. On May 2. I wanted to change it back to a D800, which I was told that I would loose my place in the queue. I then called OneCall in Spokane, Washington (1-800-340-4770) and placed an order for the D800. They called me on May 7 that they had a camera for me. Because I was going to Africa to shoot, I told them to hold the delivery after May 23. I got my D800 May 24. No taxes and free shipping. Give them a try. I also been a B&H customer since the N90 days.
I was never a switch order - cancel order - type guy . Nobody ever told me about any spot on a list or number in line from B&H . Just waiting for a tracking number . Sounds like a few more folks are getting their cameras . Hans