Breaking NEWS! Nikon D800 will cost $2,999, not $3,999

I previously posted on the Nikon D800 announcement that the D800 will be priced at $3,999. My source sent me the info in euro currency (€2,999), so I made a mistake by converting it to USD. The camera is now officially released by Nikon and its price is in fact $2,999 USD for the regular version of the D800. The Nikon D800E without the AA filter will be priced $300 USD more at $3,299.

Nikon D800

This is phenomenal news, because Nikon is giving us one heck of a camera at the same price as the Nikon D700 when it was announced! Expect this camera to sell like crazy, so make sure to pre-order it as soon as possible. Pre-order links will be posted as soon as they become available! At this price, the Nikon D800 will be in huge demand and you might not be able to get one for a while.


  1. 1) Mike
    February 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Already on the pre-order list. I’m getting the D800E :)

    • February 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Mike, are you getting one from a local camera store?

      • 1.1.1) Mike
        February 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        Yes, at the top of the D800 wait list. Will secure my order with a deposit tomorrow.

  2. 2) Chris
    February 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm


    I primarily shoot landscapes and some portraits.
    Which version would you recommend I preorder if it were to become available tonight?
    I would be willing to fix moire in post processing.
    I am guessing D800E. Is that correct?

    Which version would you be preordering?

    • 2.1) Mike
      February 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      In the D800E, the aa filter is OPTIONAL. You can disable it and get better sharpness or turn it on to reduce moire. Go with the E model, can’t lose.

      • 2.1.1) Robert
        February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        From what I’m picking up the E model does not have ability to “turn on/off” AA filter; it’s permanent.

        Can anyone clarify this? Am unable to get to the brochure or detailed info.

        • Mike
          February 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          I may be wrong on that one. From the press release:

          “In-camera disabling of the aliasing and moiré pattern reduction operation performed by the optical low-pass filter built into the D800E allows light passing through a NIKKOR lens to strike photodiodes directly for even greater resolution. This makes this model optimal for landscape and artistic photography with which higher resolution and clear definition is demanded. With the exception of the modification indicated above, all other functions and characteristics are the same as with the D800.”

          It suggests you can disable it ‘in camera’, but I guess you can read it as ‘Nikon will disable the AA in the camera before shipping it to you’.

          • Robert
            February 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

            Thanks, Mike….just too ambiguous for me….If it is truly something that’s user controlled then it’s a definite E choice for me.
            Hope this is something Nasim can confirm.

          • javier
            February 7, 2012 at 4:36 am

            Hi Mike,

            I have a different reading of that snip of the press release. AFAIK the AA filter is a physical piece of glass standing between the shutter and the sensor, so if you remove it then it is gone for good. What is optional and you can turn on/off is the *software* moiré pattern reduction, but there is no way to “turn” the AA filter on in the D800E because the filter is not there anymore.

            Hope this helps.

    • February 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Chris, you definitely want the Nikon D800E. I will post links to B&H and Adorama the second they become available. Make sure to watch the website and pre-order right away. My credit card is sitting on my table, ready for an order.

      B&H and Adorama websites might go down as a result

  3. 3) Chris
    February 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Mike, where did you preorder?

    • 3.1) Mike
      February 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Sorry, misleading I guess. I’m on the list at my local camera shop, first in line for a D800. I’ll put my deposit down tomorrow to secure the first one they get in the store. No ‘official’ pre-order available, sorry for the confusion.

    • February 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Links to B&H and Adorama will be provided (I’m on the phone with my B&H Rep at the moment).

  4. 4) Amit
    February 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great. This beast at $3000 is unbelievable. Nikon has already released a few good affordable FX glasses recently (50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.8G). Tokina is about to release 70-200 f/4. Looks like FX will gradually become more and more affordable. I am seriously thinking of switching to full frame.

    • February 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Amit, I agree, the D800 price is simply unbelievable!

  5. February 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Pre-order links are here:

    I already pre-ordered mine, can’t wait!

  6. 6) Peter
    February 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Nasim, firstly, add this site to your desktop: (universal currency converter).

    Secondly, I feel the signs of NAS coming on because of your article and price correction. Thanks a lot.

    Thirdly, I do have the money for it, but I currently own a D300 and D700. My camera limit is two. Add that to the NAS equation.

    • February 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Peter, thanks for the tool, it looks better than the one I used before.

      And as far as NAS – I could not stop myself from ordering the D800. I love my D700, but NAS is too darn overwhelming!!!

      If I were you, I would sell the D300 while you still can get something decent for it and switch to full-frame completely :)

  7. 7) Sonia
    February 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been hearing all exciting news about D800 release and Nikon users seems pretty happy about it. I’m not a pro like you guys but can understand a bit. The price is just unbelievable. I hope I’ll upgrade my D90 to full-frame camera in future. Till now, I’m happy with my D90. Nikon rocks! :)

    btw, can you please give me some your best advise. If I want to upgrade my camera to full-frame which Nikon camera is the best to start? I would use it majorly for food-photography and outdoor shooting. If you’ve already discussed here please provide me a link. Thank you :)

  8. 8) alan
    February 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Nikon D-800 confirmed price in australia $3850

    • 8.1) Sonia
      February 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      It’s too much than anywhere else, ain’t it?

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