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Nikon Japan issued a statement today that the amount of D800 pre-orders have greatly exceeded the amount of produced cameras. They also confirmed that the D800 is scheduled to launch on March 22, 2012.

It's interesting that Nikon did not make such statement about the D4.

Amazon and B&H still have the D800 release date listed as March 20th (tomorrow) and delivery date of March 22nd:

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  • Jon D

    Denver :Hi Jon, my name is Denver and I’ll be happy to check your order status.

    Thank you for the information. Let me go ahead and look into your order and see what I can do to help. One moment please.

    Thanks for holding Jon. I have checked your item and the estimated delivery date is March 21, 2012. However, on our website, the item ships within 1 to 2 months.

    Me:that’s for people that ordered late. I was one of the first!

    Denver :I’m sorry for the confusion but the estimated delivery of your item will be updated soon.

    Oh sorry, I see that you placed the order on February 6, 2012.

    Me:yes that’s correct

    I should have been one of the first!

    Denver :Rest assured when we have the stocks available we will ship the items to you and notify you via email.

    I know Jon.

    Me:So I won’t get it on March 21?

    Denver :There is a possibility that you will be having the item but as I can see on my end, we don’t have yet the stocks.

    No worries, we’ll do our best to get the item for you, and we’ll e-mail you as soon as we have more information from our suppliers.

    Me:so Amazon has lied to a lot of people that pre-ordered this item and they don’t yet have the stock to fill the first orders?

    Denver :This is Amazon.com and we mean business. We love to have the sale with you.

    But since we don’t have yet the item with us, I’m asking you to please wait a little longer.

    Now if you feel that it is taking us too for us to find stock, you can cancel the order anytime before it enters the shipping process, and you won’t be charged.

    Me:Thank you for your time. I’ll keep my order for now.

    Denver :That’s nice to hear and thank you so much for your understanding.

    • Jon D

      This doesn’t sound good for Amazon!

      • Aldo

        you pretty much were told… if you don’t like it.. cancel the order and go else where LOL

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        I still think your best choice is with Amazon, the other major retailers shipped only to NPS members – not a single D4 was shipped to a “regular order”.

        • Peter

          Admin, are you saying that major retailers like B&H may sell all the D800′s which which they receive this week to NPS members? I’m not a NPS member, but I’ve been a good customer of B&H over the years, and I made a point of putting my D800 order in with them very early. If B&H can’t find a way to reasonably serve both their professional and nonprofessional customers in this instance, it will put an end to my future purchasing from them. As you point out, there are alternatives.

  • bkelley

    Ordered my D800 online from Abes of Main on Feb 10th (Status – “Sent to warehouse”), called customer service yesterday said mine will ship in April. he also said it looked like only five have been ordered so far . . . hope thats true!

  • Crimed

    I find it very hard to believe that the retail giants would not have been supplied by Nikon before the release date so as to have the units ready to ship when the Nikon approved ship time arrives (even if in inadequate numbers for the preorders). The fact that noone has gotten a shipping confirmation makes me wonder if Nikon is holding the dealers to some invisible PR timing and not just due to a delay in supply.
    Hey, I’m reading tea leaves too !

  • Alan

    Has posting of Amazon chats become the new posting of unboxing photos?

  • drc

    I wonder will Nikon fulfill their backorders of D800′s at the expense of filling the orders of D800E’s on time. Perhaps the split in the release dates exists to allow just for this.

    So many worries!

  • Eric

    Anyone else get a ship confirmation for their D800 from NPS yet?

  • http://www.graffitivisuals.com Bill Dodd

    Just another chat result from Amazon…

    I ordered within the first minute, maybe seconds, of the item showing on Amazon.. The very nice — and I’m sure – weary, chat agent was no help but at least didn’t lie.

    I’m sorry at this time, I’m only seeing that the item is currently unavailable. Blah blah blah You will receive an email.

    I don’t believe I’d stay home from work tomorrow looking for an Amazon package :)

  • JimF

    Just to see what would happen, I just changed my Amazon prime ship method from standard 2-day to 1-day and the estimated delivery date stayed the same: March 22.
    Probably not too realistic.

  • Steeptrails

    One more exchange with Amazon’s customer service, at 9:20 pm EDT…

    You are now connected to Marissa from Amazon.com.
    Me:I’m inquiring about my order # ***. It shows a delivery date of 3/21 (tomorrow), but it has not yet been shipped. Is is going to be shipped today?

    Marissa:Hello Ronald, my name is Marissa. I’ll be glad to check your order. Please hold on.
    Thanks for waiting Ronald.
    As I have checked the item in our website I can see here that the item usually ships within 1 to 2 months because as of this moment the item is not yet available.

    Me:The product is schedule to be released by the manufacturer now. You’ve been showing a ship date of 3/21 on my order for well over a week…
    This is a brand new product and my order was a pre-ordere, placed Feb 6.
    Correction: You were showing a DELIVERY date of 3/21/

    Marissa:I understand Ronald, and I’m sorry for the inconvenience, This item is in high demand and we have taken orders up to our initial allocations. We will continue to accept pre-orders and fill them as soon as additional inventory becomes available. We will not charge your credit card until we ship the product.

    Me:I know it’s in high demand. That’s why I placed my order as soon as it was listed on your site. Is the order going to be shipped today?
    You accepted my order on the very first day you offered it.

    Marissa:I understand Ronald. Don’t worry I’ll check your order again and inform our shipping department regarding your order.

    Me:Thank you. Standing by…

    Marissa:Thanks for waiting Ronald. As I have gathered the updated of your shipment schedule, your item could be shipped any time between now and right before the estimated delivery date. We’ll send you an e-mail when your order is shipped that will include your tracking number. I can confirm that we still expect to ship your order in time to be delivered to you by March 21, 2012.

    Me:Thank you Marissa; you’ve been very helpful. I look forward to getting that email. And…
    I love Amazon’s customer service. You all do a great job…

    Marissa:You’re most welcome. It’s my pleasure to help you.

    Me:Bye. Thanks again.

    Marissa:Bye:)

  • Jimmy

    I chatted with an Amazon rep a bit ago, but they couldn’t provide any details as to when my D800 would arrive. The frustrating part was that they seemed confused that I didn’t actually order the D800 from them – but rather, B&H. I tried to make it clear that it was just a “speculative” question – that if I had put in an order from Amazon within 3 hours of it being available, would I be receiving the camera this week? I figure I could just use whatever response they gave me and use it for my B&H order. I even tried changing the speculative time frame to be within the first 12 hours of it being available – still couldn’t really give me much info. Oh well. I’ll try again later and maybe I’ll get a different agent.

  • Curious George

    What a mess. I know many of the larger retailers are not without fault here, but how can Nikon screw this up so badly? This is ridiculous.

  • Jan

    Appart from misjudging the demand what is it that Nikon did wrong here?
    Release date from Nikon is today and availability at the dealer is on Thursday March 22.
    It really is Amazon that have mislead it’s customers not Nikon.

    • Curious George

      So do you think a huger retailer like Amazon just pulled 3/20 out of their behinds? Maybe they did, or perhaps it’s more likely that this was the date provided to them by Nikon.

      I’m not making anymore excuses for Nikon. They really need to get their act together.

      • Curious George

        To clarify my statement above, I’m saying that it appears that Amazon fully expected the 3/20 release date to mean that they would have the gear in their inventory ready to ship on 3/20 as well. I doubt that they would have come to this conclusion without some sort of assurances for Nikon.

  • http://www.madlightmedia.com Anthony

    E-Mail update from Amazon.

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    • St.

      SAME HERE….
      :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • Curious George

    Welp, this just showed up in my inbox:

    —————————————————————————-

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    • JohnnyA

      I just got the same thing. Funny, they charged my CC $1.

      Now I have the entire weekend to think about this…errrr

  • Bill

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    • Alan

      Just got the same.
      Sad face…

  • ercompa

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    • Steeptrails

      I got the same message, and it makes sense…

      If Nikon has the official release date as March 22, how could Amazon — or anyone else — release it before then. Look for first deliveries to arrive March 24…

  • ku

    Yep, got the same email from Amazon….

    • Chandra

      Got the same email. If only they were proactive and sent this email out yesterday or even this morning, they could’ve avoided all this craziness and hundreds of calls and chat sessions to their customer service centers.

      • Curious George

        I agree.

        I waiting to see how long it would take them (Amazon) to concede the fact that they would not be able to ship today. It was obvious to all of us.

  • Bill

    Kind of puts this thread to bed doesn’t it.

    Maybe next week!

    Regards

  • Amazon Buttafukodme

    Just received this email from Amazon. Had placed my order on 6th Feb., 30 minutes after it went live -

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

  • Ben

    And it starts all over again… I really enjoy reading all the conversations that you guys have shared. I’m sure we’ll all be disappointed again in 3 days. See you then!

  • rob

    Amazon adding to the confusion

    Praveen:I checked and confirm that you placed this order with One-Day Shipping.
    Your order could ship any time between now and right before the estimated delivery date.
    We’ll send you an e-mail when your order is shipped with your tracking number.

    Me:the estimated delivery date is tomorrow march 21

    Praveen:Yes. You’re correct.
    I can confirm that you’ll receive it by the end of March 21.

    Me:really? let me quote the email i just got from amazon
    Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012.

    Praveen:Would you mind if I put you on hold for 2 to 3 minutes while I check this for you?

    Me:ok

    Praveen:Thanks for waiting, —-.
    I checked and confirm that you’ll receive it by the end of March 21.

    Me:any chance you have a tracking number?

    Praveen:When we ship your order, we’ll send you an e-mail confirming the date, contents, and tracking number.

    So its 1030pm EST and i just was confirmed delivery tomorrow, without it even being shipped yet.

  • Chandra

    Got this from amazon now…

    Our shipping estimates–such as “March 23, 2012″–take into account the time it takes to receive the item from our suppliers, package it, and prepare it for shipment.

    You can also visit our online Help pages for more information:

    http://www.amazon.com/help/shipping/availability

    The availability and shipping times listed on our website are estimates, not guarantees. Unfortunately, unexpected fluctuations in our inventory occasionally happen, and that can add time to our original availability estimate. I know it’s frustrating when that happens, and I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

    I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  • ryan

    just got this email:

    Your Amazon.com Order (#103-xxxxx)

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    Please note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

  • JStrait

    Placed an Amazon pre-order minutes from it first appearing on their site and just received this email:

    Hello,

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

    We hope to see you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com

    Please note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

    • jStrait

      Oops I guess, I must have missed the previous similar post. I suppose we’re all getting these simultaneously…

      • Norman

        Yup, just got one too. *sigh*

  • Jc

    i preordered bf2 and i recieved it release day, same day shipping. Albeit it was a video game . But if everyone that is going to get one may get same day to from amazon?

  • http://brandondoranphotography.com Brandon

    I got an email from Amazon Customer Support:

    We wanted to give you an update on your order for the “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).” Although we expected to start shipping the camera to customers on March 20, Nikon will be sending us our initial shipment of this product on March 23, 2012. This means the camera will not ship by our original estimate.

    Due to the high demand for this item, we may not be able to fulfill all customer orders at the same time. Since product supplies from Nikon will be very limited, we will ship your product as soon as inventory becomes available.

  • Ben

    Can someone else verify that the email from Amazon is legit?

    • Anthony

      Of course it’s legit. It has the order number on it and they started coming out at about the same time (about 6:45pm Pacific/9:45pm Eastern). My own e-mail (identical to all those above) arrived at 6:46pm Pacific time.

    • http://www.graffitivisuals.com Bill

      My Amazon order was placed within the first minutes of availability. I recieved the same email everyone else is reporting, yep, it is legit and makes plenty of sense.

  • nuser

    interesting how B&H are handling this.
    They’ve been sending weekly notes saying “we don’t know when they are going to arrive and we don’t know how many” ;)
    Not that it makes me happy, but at least they are setting expectations correctly.

    • Gary

      Calumet in the UK are the same. Don’t know when. Don’t know how many.

    • Jetfire

      Got to give them credit for being honest. They most likely been though this game before.

  • Anthony

    If Amazon isn’t going to be getting the camera until Friday the 23rd (and one can hope that they will arrive and ship sooner from Amazon), then really nobody will get them delivered until Monday the 26th at the earliest (FedEx generally doesn’t deliver on the weekends). Of course, the Amazon notification e-mail sort of begs the question of why they put up a projected shipping date of March 20th/expected in-hand delivery of March 21st only to pull back at the last second on the 20th, blaming Nikon for holding back the shipping until the 23rd. That date has been on Amazon’s web pages since Feb. 6th, so it’s not like Nikon couldn’t possibly have known when Amazon expected to ship. So why this little last second dance, Amazon? When did Nikon let you know about the shipping date?

    • nuser

      let me guess – to make you place the order with them since they supposedly have them earlier than anybody else ?
      bait and switch…

  • glen

    sorry nikon.. cancelled my order D4 since the delivery is not yet confirmed.
    ordered Canon 5dm3. delivery confirmed 24 March…

    • Garett

      It’s apparent that if you can order a BRAND NEW camera and receive it within 4 days, there really isn’t much of a demand for it. Wonder why? …

      Read a book. Or, really, any comparison. Even those on Canon forums.

    • Anthony

      A fool and his money are soon parted. Or…see the current top story about D4 image quality testing as the #2 camera after a medium format digital back. Enjoy your Canon.

      • glen

        a fool? camera is camera, the camera cannot show how great photographer you are.. what I demand is the delivery confirmation. ..my motto.. “the early birds can catch more worms..” got it?
        in the testing, have you seen the testing of 1DX or 5dm3? if it comes might be higher…i guess..

        • Garett

          Canon has never been known for their high-ISO performance. They’re definitely making good improvement, just haven’t caught up to Nikon yet, IMO. And I was comparing D800/5D3. But wasn’t necessarily a side-by-side unbiased, and fair test. (difference light source for the 5D3) but I guess we’ll see. Best of luck!

        • Anthony

          Yes, only a fool would switch systems because of a shipping delay. Especially from a system with proven autofocus system, better flash, and in the case of D4 to 5DIII, a better body. Ask those photographers shooting Canons if they are better off with out of focus photos, and I bet they think those are some bad tasting worms. Enjoy your Canon. Me, I’ve already got a reliable Nikon. It helps me get the photos I want. I don’t mind an annoying wait for an upgrade. I’m certainly not foolish enough to switch systems and learn a whole new set of ergonomics just to get whatever overpriced camera Canon is putting out. Obviously, you are. Or you don’t already own a good camera. Which you will if you get a Canon, although the D800 is less expensive, has a built in controller flash, and better video features. The 5DIII really doesn’t match up against a D4, nor against the D800 (price/value wise).

        • Anon

          You sir cannot rely on your current camera to take good pictures because you can’t even wait for the upgrade.. You are probably some entry level photographer that can’t wait for your new toy to help you improve your picture quality, but your composition will still be shit. Don’t cry back here saying you wish you wanted a d800 just because of a later delivery date.

          Have fun with your more expensive canon..!

  • glen

    why everyone is shouting for the immediate delivery.. very simple.. if they cannot give your demand, then change.. by that, the supplier can realize the importance of immediate delivery… .. my cents..

  • http://westkis.com/ Павел

    I want to believe…

  • http://www.chriswrightphotography.com Photographer Dundee

    Sits ever more patiently….

  • Kyle

    Patience is a virtue…. that I do not possess.

  • Kyle

    and then there was this…..

    Hello,

    We’re writing about the order you placed on February 07, 2012 (Order# 104-2454342-6020200). Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the item(s) as soon as we expected and need to provide you with a new estimate of when the item(s) may be delivered:

    “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)”
    New Delivery Estimate: April 13, 2012 – April 30, 2012

    If you still want us to ship the delayed items when they do become available, (though they may arrive later than expected) please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com address to approve the delay:

    • potato

      O.M.G. just got it too. are they kidding? pls tell me its one of those dec 31 2012 haha jk! thing..

    • http://brandondoranphotography.com Brandon Doran

      I got the same email from Amazon about the estimated delivery date changing to April 13-30. I ordered on 2/7, about 12 hours after the camera went preorder on Amazon. I wonder if anybody is getting a D800 before April13-30 or if that is the first batch?

  • ahab

    Time for the Hitler video…

  • John

    I received the same email as Kyle. I placed my order minutes after it went live on Feb 6, 2012. I had to approve the delay of April 13 to Apr 30. If this is legit, it means Amazon isnt getting their shipment on the 23rd at all, or if they are, they are only getting a few of these cameras.

    • St.

      I have the same thing! :(((
      I really don’t know what to say….

  • Jon D

    Got it too! Now I’m pissed!

  • Sonny

    Same here, got to play with my D3s some more :(
    Amazon did the same thing to me with the Sony Nex7 back in October, I approved it and never receive it until I cancelled 3 weeks ago

  • CE

    Received the same email from amazon re April 13-30 delivery estimate; very tacky..angry..but accepted to update order all the same!!!

  • Steeptrails

    An exchange with Amazon’s customer service about the new April 13-30 delivery and their cancellation policy…

    You are now connected to Amina from Amazon.com.

    Me:I received two emails from you in the past 8 hours regarding my order # XXXXX. The first said Nikon would be sending you your first shipment of the product on March 23. The second said my expected deliver date was 4/13-4/20 AND it also said YOU WOULD CANCEL the order unless I approved the delay. Why would you cancel a customer’s order without his/her approval?? Does my “approval” insure that it will not be shipped before 4/13???

    Amina:Hello Ronald, my name is Amina

    Me:Hi Amina

    Amina:I understand your confusion and apologize for the lack of communication in these email correspondance.
    We have been inundated with your query from many customers as the the Nikon supplier has only provided us with a limited quantity and not certain if your order will be delivered.
    The cancellation will NOT be processed without your permission. So should your order not be delivered as specified, you will remain on the list of deliveries with the next batch of camera’s supplied by Nikon to Amazon.
    The only downfall of this delay, is when – of which are not not aware. :(

    Me:Your email said it WOULD be CANCELLED unless I APPROVE THE DELAY.
    Surely Amazon must understand that cancelling a customer’s order is not considered good customer service, right?
    How should I proceed from here to insure:
    a) the order isn’t canceled, and…
    B) I receive it at the earliest available date?

    Amina:I see the email was just updated on your account.
    I do apologize for my tardiness.
    In lieu of this email, please would you log on the link and confirm that you still require the item.

    Me:Of course. But that hardly seems like a logical way for Amazon to be handling the delay in delivery by Nikon.

    Amina:I fully agree with you on this matter Ronald.

    Me:I just approved it. Do you see the approval in your system?

    Amina:I will be escalating this concern and have them review a better solution.
    Thank you.

    Me:Do you see my approval in your system?

    Amina:I can confirm that the order has been updated the the new estimated date extended.
    So the approval has been received.

    Me:Please make sure your management knows this has aggravated a LOT of your customers. Your mismanagement of this is all over the discussion boards regarding the release of Nikon’s new D800 camera.
    One other thing…
    Two years ago I pre-ordered Nikon’s new D7000 from Amazon as soon as it was announced. That order WAS CANCELLED BY AMAZON. I should have learned from that and so should you. I really doubt I’ll be ordering any more cameras thru Amazon…

    Amina:I fully understand your concern and I assure you that your feedback will be relayed to management.
    I am truly TRULY sorry for this inconvenience and unnecessary upset caused.
    I want to thank you for your feedback nonetheless as its feedback such as this that we can improve and better our service in all aspects.
    THANK YOU Ronald.

    Me:Thank you for your assistance in unravelling this mystery. I fully understand you didn’t create the problem. But I am absolutely mystified that someone at Amazon could institute such an insensitive policy.
    IMO, they should be fired…

    Amina:I personally want to thank you for your understanding and patience and I PROMISE, this will be and is being escalated.

    Me:Thanks again. Bye. :)

    Amina:Take care Ronald.
    Good bye.

  • Jon D

    According to the chat below, they have the stock but it will take 1-2 months in order for them to ship!

    Me:I was told yesterday that I would for sure be getting my order today! I’m very upset…5:56:51 AM
    Andrea:Hello, my name is Andrea, may i have the name on your account please5:57:34 AM
    Me:I was one of the first to pre-order on Feb 6th5:58:24 AM
    Andrea:I am so sorry you have not yet received your order your estimated delivery date is within April for the latest 30 April5:59:51 AM
    Me:Do you know when Amazon will be getting this stock? The camera is already released!6:00:26 AM
    Andrea:it looks like it is in stock but it ships within 1-2 months 6:02:33 AM
    Me:why? If I was one of the first to pre-order as soon as it went live on Amazon, why would I have to wait to get the order? Shouldn’t I be one of the first?6:03:24 AM
    Andrea:and you are it just takes this long to be shipped, carriers have there ways of traveling and getting items to you how they do that takes 1-2 months6:06:22 AM
    Me:Then why do I have and pay for Amazon Prime? This item was listed as available for Amazon Prime 1 day shipment.6:07:27 AM
    Andrea:and i can see that you do have the one day shipping options this happens very rarely with certain items i know your very angry and frustrated and i am very sorry that you have to find this out now, but i hope you can understand that this is out of my hands where carriers are concerned they handle the shipping methods and ways have handling items they deliver.6:11:26 AM
    Me:If it comes in stock before April and can ship before the new estimated delivery date, will it and will I be notified?6:12:38 AM
    Andrea:immediately6:13:31 AM
    Andrea:because you have one day shipping you will receive your order as quick as we can deliver it 6:14:07 AM
    Me:Thank you for your time!6:14:18 AM

    • Steeptrails

      Clearly, they are just trying to buy some time while they clear up this mess. It’s not going to take 1-2 month for the first deliveries.

      It’s hard to assess what Nikon’s role is in this, but clearly Amazon is out of control.

      • St.

        +10000000000000
        Totally agree….

  • http://photogorji.com Gorji

    As everyone is pulling their hair out over this issue, we should look out to see if ANYONE has even received the D800. Seems everyone is in the same boat.

    Now Nikon will do inventory the last week of the month adding to people’s frustrations.

    How does Amazon know about April 13th date?

    Reminds me of D200 days when I waiting 6 months to get the camera.

    • Jetfire

      That should be about the time for the second shipment.
      From Thom Hogan’s sit about D800 Ship dates:
      “I don’t yet have information about when the next shipment hits the US, though in previous back order situations like this, it appeared that Nikon did a new shipment within two weeks of the original.”

  • http://www.wilderness-studio.com Richard

    April from Amazon ?

    To their credit, B&H has never made a delivery promise. I’ve been listed as “backordered” since 2-7-12 when I placed my order at 3:22 AM – and I’m still just listed as “backordered.” No promises or even guesses about delivery dates, ever.

    I have a huge shoot in mid-May …in Africa …. and now I am getting worried about having the D800 camera by then ….

    • trialcritic

      I placed my order at 8:52am on 2/7 at B&H. They sent me 3 emails saying that they do not know when it will be available. I see that my order is listed as “backordered”. The way things are going, I do not know when I will receive it. I upgraded 2 of my lenses (14-24, 70-200 vr 2) and those poor things have to cry in their packaging.

      • http://www.wilderness-studio.com Richard

        You wrote:
        “I upgraded 2 of my lenses (14-24, 70-200 vr 2) and those poor things have to cry in their packaging.”

        I feel your pain ….
        I have my DX wide angle 12-24mm lens for sale on eBay – and the replacement 14-24 FX lens is on order …. I already have the FX 24-70 lens sitting here.
        I may have to buy a D700 just to use my new lenses …. especially if my D300 that is for sale actually sells ….

        Dick

    • Holden

      Same here! I will be in Africa in late May. Here’s hoping I have at least a month to play around with new camera.

  • Jeff

    Got this after the delay notification. Of course I “approved” the delay. Very disaapointed in Amazon for such a bungled job. Jeff Bezos, where are you?

    Hello,

    We’re writing about the order you placed on February 07, 2012 (Order# xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxxxx). Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the item(s) as soon as we expected and need to provide you with a new estimate of when the item(s) may be delivered:

    “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)”
    New Delivery Estimate: April 13, 2012 – April 30, 2012

    If you still want us to ship the delayed items when they do become available, (though they may arrive later than expected) please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com address to approve the delay:

  • Landscape Photo

    http://i.imgur.com/UItem.jpg (pls. watch at 100%)

    Left Image: Nikon D800 @ Iso 100
    Right Image: Pentax 645D @ Iso 100

    They are quite close in IQ even though the Pentax one has a lens magnification advantage over Nikon. Moiré is evident with Pentax. I wonder how the same scene would look were it photographed with a D800E.

  • Andromeda

    I got a slightly different email from amazon, w/o the need for approval:

    Hello,

    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on February 07, 2012 (Order# xxxxxxxxx):

    “Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)”
    Estimated arrival date: April 13, 2012 – April 30, 2012

    If you want to check on the progress of your order, take a look at this page in Your Account:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/summary/edit.html?orderID=xxxxxxx

    We hope to see you again soon!

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    http://www.amazon.com

  • Thumpr

    I received another shipping update from Amazon at 3:39am East Coast time stating that my D800 now has an estimated arrival date of April 16-May 1, 2012.
    Bummer.
    I didn’t get the instruction to reaffirm my order or else it would be cancelled as others have, though.
    My order was placed around 8:30am on Feb. 7th, so it looks like I’m behind the other folks above in the line.

  • Ben

    It all makes sense now… I bet there is a problem with the D800′s firmware that they need to fix. Sounds like Amazon does have the cameras in stock they just can’t ship them and it looks like it’ll take 4-6 weeks to get the problem resolved and all the bodies updated. What a blunder!!! What would really make me mad is if they ship me a messed up camera. I’ll wait!

    • Gregory

      I seriously doubt that. A show stopper bug would have been caught already, a minor bug is as easy as offering a download link on their website to fix.

  • Jeff

    I got the message too :(. I approved the delay, cause what else am I going to do? I’m guessing all of the cameras are delayed? I ordered it a few minutes after the page going live and now my estimated delivery date is April 20th. I can’t imagine there are 30 days worth of people ahead of me. Guessing that Nikon can’t deliver very many cameras.

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