Nikon D5100 body only now shipping in the US

It seems that the Nikon D5100 body only is now shipping in the US. Some stores on Amazon are slightly overpriced (the original price should be 799) but if you have pre-ordered already, you should be getting yours within the next few days.

The 35mm f/1.8 DX lens is also in stock for the regular price of $199 (other online stores are still selling it for $279).

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  • jk

    Nice to hear that things are moving again….. for the people.

    • Bill Antonacci

      I could not agree more. I want to order a Nikon D700 and it seems like nobody has the product. Oh well.

    • broxibear

      Hi jk,
      Neither of these products come from Japan so it can’t be taken as a sign of any normality of production or stock…is it summer yet?…can’t wait for those blackouts !
      It’s odd that Nikon don’t release the body at the same time as the kit in the U.S….they do here in the UK ?

      • Patrick

        They get those hungry for the camera to buy a lens they wouldn’t normally purchase just to get their hands on the body. I have to admit I did that with the D7000- when I heard it would be a while before body only would be available, I bought the kit. Was able to sell the lens and it ended up being cheaper than body only…

      • Adrian

        IIRC, Certain parts of all cameras are still manufactured in Japan, or production of the parts was being handed off after the Tsunami. Mounts and flanges were part of the affected supply chain, so if the 35 is moving again, that means Thailand is receiving parts. That’s gotta be a good thing.

        • broxibear

          Hi Adrian,
          I don’t think Amazon having a particular lens in stock means Nikon Thailand are recieving parts from Japan. Nikon USA could have moved stock from another area…I remember some Canadian posters saying there was stock there ?
          Maybe Peter/admin knows different but from what I’ve heard the shortage is going to continue well into Autumn and probably longer.

          • Nikon said so in their financial results – they expect to recover “this fall or later” (

            I am surprised that the price of the 35mm 1.8 DX is back to normal – you know all other online stores will adjust their prices now, so good move Amazon.

            • Zograf

              Unfortunately not – it is back to $239.95 on Amazon((
              Still much better than Adorama & BH Photo

      • Rob

        I love coming into every thread and seeing your pessimism.

        • Atleast he’s giving fruitful and great info, not whining for D700 replacement! ๐Ÿ˜›

          Go on Broxibear, we love you! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • broxibear

            Hi busynbored,
            This is a blog where everyone can give their view, offer any information thay others may not have, and when it’s all put together maybe it’ll provide a reasonable answer concerning a particular topic.
            I don’t have all the information, Peter/admin doesn’t have all the information and the posters don’t have all the information…but when you add up all these small snipets from different sources and link them together it often gives you an insight into what is going on.
            Some posters like to make personal comments and that’s up to them…I’m more interested in other views and any information posters may have that I don’t.

            • very true, all those small pieces of info make sense over time

      • jk

        as a whole ……we all live in one community, mother earth!

  • broxibear

    Hi Patrick,
    I understand why Nikon do it, I was curious why they only seem to do it in the U.S. … maybe there are laws preventing it in Europe ?

    • AnoNemo

      I have a feeling that in Europe they would not be able to get away with that.

      • Patrick

        Why not?

    • Ole

      In Denmark, the D7000 came as a kit first. But what some dealers will do, is to sell the camera and lens separately. Not all dealers are willing to do that, though.

      • broxibear

        Hi Ole,
        That’s interesting… so retailers only had the kit and it had nothing to do with making more money, they just didn’t have stock of the body only but were happy to seperate them.

        • Ole

          Hi broxibear,

          I think that the retailer in question didn’t mind selling them separate, and thereby making a profit. The friend who bought the D7000, only wanted the camera, and not the kit lens. So it was a win-win situation. But once I asked another retailer, he wouldn’t sell the camera only.

      • Same here in India….. some dealers readily separate kits to lens and body…. the kit lenses are sold separately….

  • Roland

    You can still pre-order the Nikon 5100 through themselves. Just lick on the amazon link above and off to the right you’ll see “More Buying Choices” and bingo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Roland


      • Patrick

        Thanks for the clarification. I was wondering why it wasn’t working ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AnoNemo

    Nikon is getting pathetic with this let’s ship the body later policy. Of course they think they can sell more lens (which is true in some sense) but they piss off those who already have some lenses and want the body only. These policies clearly indicate that Nikon thinks its customers are dumb.

    Heh, heh, I hope Nikon will only ship the new D4 with some kit lenses…preferably with some DX. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Knockwell

      Not dump, just wealthy :-). lol

    • Patrick

      Well, maybe just desperate for the product. Seriously though, I paid $1417 (with tax) for my D7000 kit, then sold the lens for $225. Ended up being a win-win-win situation. Had pre-ordered D7k body only, but canceled when my Best Buy started selling kits before release date. Glad I did, because my daughter was born three weeks before the D7000’s shipped from Amazon!

  • Knockwell

    EDIT to read **dumb**

  • MattH

    HUZZAH! re: the lens. Been waiting to order one, but haven’t been wanting to pay the 40% markup!

    NOTE: if you order that lens through Amazon, they have a ‘free 52mm UV filter’ thrown in, if you add it to your cart before checking out. Or $10 off a nicer filter.

  • James E. Donahue

    My Dealer the Wonderful Memphis Photo Supply in Memphis Tn, Called today and told me that my long awaited 35mm f1.8 will be in this week

  • Fred

    My local B&M store here in Portland, sells the 35mm 1.8 for $199. They mentioned that online stores are gouging prices because they can get away with it. What a pity…

  • broxibear

    The D5100’s bigger brother recieved another award today…
    “TOKYO-Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D7000 digital-SLR camera is the recipient of the CameraGP2011 Readers Award.
    This Readers Award was established in 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Camera Grand Prix. The recipient of this year’s award was selected with voting by general users between March 28 and April 10, 2011. With the selection of the Nikon D7000 this year, Nikon digital cameras have received the Readers Award three times in the past four years, proving just how highly regarded the cameras are by a large number of users.
    The D7000 was also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2011 Best D-SLR Advanced award.”

    • AnoNemo

      … and Nikon is recipient also the slowest company to respond the competition award when it comes to FX. In addition, Nikon can be proud about its warranty and repair policies. I am talking about not repairing their own products if it was pruchased in another country even when you want to pay for it.

  • PAG

    I took my 35mm f/1.8 to my first concert last night. Love it.

  • D700guy

    That’s craptacular!

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