Richard LoPinto, VP of SLR Camera Systems at Nikon USA, indicates that "small quantities" of the D2H have already shipped in the US. A modest initial shipment has already passed through Nikon USA's dealer channel into the hands of customers, says LoPinto, with the next round of cameras shipping from Nikon USA expected to arrive at US dealers by the middle of November.
Roughly 2-3 shipments in all of the company's latest digital SLR model are to arrive on US shores from Japan this month, with a continuous stream of shipments in December and beyond. "The D2H is here," says LoPinto.
Most other Nikon professional products announced at the same time as the D2H will begin to roll out in the weeks ahead, including the Speedlight SB-800 and WT-1 Wireless Transmitter. Here's a rundown of when dealers can expect to begin seeing these items on their loading docks from Nikon USA:
- Speedlight SB-800. About 3 weeks from now.
- WT-1 Wireless Transmitter. Approximately 4-6 weeks. Interestingly, we've received a handful of reports stating that the WA-E1 external antenna accessory for the WT-1 has already been spotted at some dealers.
- AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED. Within the next 60 days.
- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED. Release of this lens has been pushed back to March 2004.
- AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED. This month (some dealers may already have stock).
- Nikon Capture 4.0. A fully-functioning, time-limited trial version of Nikon Capture 4 (release version, not a beta) is bundled with the D2H, including the ones that have already shipped, says LoPinto. Boxed copies of Capture 4 are planned to be on store shelves in the US by the end of the month. The anticipated street price is US$100 (and we noted two online retailers listing it for that today). The new version will be a free update for users who purchased Capture 3.5 on or after July 22, 2003. Registered users who purchased Capture (any version back to 1.0) prior to July 22 will be able to upgrade for about US$80. Information on how to obtain the upgrade is to be published on the Nikon USA web site later in November. A date for when a trial version of Capture 4 will be posted for download has not been set.
LoPinto notes that a recent Nikon Japan announcement of a delay until late November in the release of the D2H pertained to the Japanese home market only and did not affect Nikon USA's release schedule for the camera.