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Nikon D800 'out today' in Japan, sold out everywhere

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The Nikon D800 is officially out in Japan, but supply is extremely limited.

Gallery Photo: Nikon D800 hands-on photos
Gallery Photo: Nikon D800 hands-on photos

The Nikon D800 is officially out today in Japan, with pre-orders shipping around the country and retailers hailing the full-frame camera's arrival. However, if you're not one of the lucky few it looks like you'll have trouble securing your own. Major retailers Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Camera no Kitamura are all out of stock, without any estimations for when they'll be able to get in more shipments. Bic and Yodobashi both price the body at ¥298,000 (about $3,575), while Kitamura is selling for ¥268,200 ($3,217). That's a pretty big discount, but the former two retailers both operate 10 percent loyalty point schemes for cardholders, so regular shoppers likely won't mind if they have the cash upfront.

In any case, the question is academic for now — with the camera's supplies so clearly limited, we imagine most photographers will buy from the first seller they can find. No word yet on when US shipping will start, but we wouldn't expect the D800 to be any easier to find elsewhere.