Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

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ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,482
Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

I've spent last week trying to source who, of all official Nikon dealers in Sydney  is stocking D7100 body only. A week later, results are defeating: not a single one out of over 20 stores I visited or called. Out of these 20, 75% does not even have D7100 on offer at all. Heaps of D7000 (and both according to the shop staff  and a "friend of the friend", Nikon Australia is stuck with D7K people don't want to buy). Without a surprise, the first almost a year since release, the D7K was on such a short supply and the price stayed the same for 15 months if not longer. It appears that only a very strong AU$ brought it on the shelves yet again at the very same price point, selling even today at AUD$1400+ (2 lens kit) .

Now with D7100, it appears they just don't want to supply them until they get rid of D7K. Some exclusive dealers have it on backorder and can't even say when it would ship if ordered today - week, two? Or how many would be supplied out of all units they do have on backorder. Here, we are not talking 10s or 100s of units, just a couple!

The remaining 5 resellers have D7100 kit on display for AUD$1800+ (the body only is listed around AUD$1450-1500) but would not break the kit.

So Nikon Australia, shame on you - I know it's just playing game with the supply (again, according to a "friend of the friend", there is nothing wrong with D7100 stock, it's there but supplied on the droplet). I will not buy D7000  - I may never forgive myself for buying D80  on preorder (before some of the bugs were addressed many, many months later), in particular now when the new model appears to be more mature and stable. But pushing me to start considering grey import (not because of the price but availability) is a major slap in the face to your management.

Rant over, hope someone from Nikon Australia would read this and take the message: GET REAL!

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trumpyman Regular Member • Posts: 307
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

Try DDphotographics ,they were the cheapest i found .At  North sydney.Takes a week to get it in but price was cheap compared to others.

Thnx Paul

zakkix Regular Member • Posts: 377
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

Tragic

OP ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,482
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

trumpyman wrote:

Try DDphotographics ,they were the cheapest i found .At  North sydney.Takes a week to get it in but price was cheap compared to others.

Thnx Paul

Thanks Paul,

Their product is grey import not supported by Nikon Australia. Though (I've heard) they provide decent service to product they sell (and I might rely on it considering my rant), Nikon AU would not touch products sold through DDP, even if paying customer. Considering one may need some service/adjustment/clean etc and personal bad experiences with lenses bought through side channels instead of official ones, I consider local warranty on valuable products to be important. My disposable income for photography hobby is limited, hence minimising risks is as well high on the list. BTW, DDP sells D7100 body for AUD&1225 with 12 yr warranty. If I add extended one (for AUD$139), it gets close to Nikon AU  body which comes with 2 years standard warranty....

But, I bought through DDP SB600 and some smaller accessory and had no problem with that - in case of D7100 they are as well exploiting this situation...

cheers

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OP ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,482
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

zakkix wrote:

Tragic

Thanks, I think I can sense sarcasm: I know there are hungry people around the world and all that stuff. Sorry if you read my rant as if it was the end of the World - it isn't. On photography forums let's stay strictly talking photography, better to say gear. I gave credit to Nikon AU for their service I had a chance to experience in the past. this time it's the sales (and like in every larger corporation, sales, marketing and the service usually act as fairly individual "entities").

It's known that here in Australia Pentax, Sigma, Tamron and few other brands are represented through "3rd party" importer, not the OEM companies. The lack in supply of particular model then is at sole responsibility of this importer and their business policy - and that one can not really be the best representation of OEM interests. But in this case, I'm talking Nikon as "Nikon branding". I've been Nikon person the whole my life - I'm not expecting any "reward" for being loyal customer.  I'm just "abusing" DPR hospitality to call the new Nikon AU  management and tell them what I think about them and their game, that's it. And, I don't really need 3 x 18-105 lenses (bought and sold in the kit). On such level of product, prospect buyers are "upgraders"  from the same level previous bodies. That's what "get real" is all about.

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Nikon users in Oz have always got the rough end of the pineapple, since the days of film.

J.

Nev Cross Regular Member • Posts: 495
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European Camera Supply has D7100 body listed for $1485.

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Nev Cross Regular Member • Posts: 495
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Sorry, should be European Camera Specialists

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Nev Cross wrote:

Sorry, should be European Camera Specialists

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Spoke to them - listed is one thing, backlog is another. They are among the few dedicated Nikon resellers and it appears they are as well at the mercy of supply chain. Gent there could not say when the stock is due....sadly. Digital Camera Warehouse expect some being shipped late next week...Georges should have some in stock but could not get them on the phone  - will check tomorrow. The problem with both is that the availability on the web is not updated regularly.

I will find it, no question. But, it's the time consuming quest,

cheers

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Peter Jonas Veteran Member • Posts: 3,284
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

ZorSy wrote:

Now with D7100, it appears they just don't want to supply them until they get rid of D7K.

Sounds like a reasonable business approach: Let's sell the old stock before we start selling the new ones.

Are you in the process of upgrading from the D80? You must have been using that for a few years now. A few weeks should really not make a huge difference. .

So Nikon Australia, shame on you.

As I have said, not really. I am sure if you were in the business of selling cameras you would likely to do the same. And by the way, in this instance, I totally agree with you trying to buy Australian stock. Don't dispair, you will be able to get your camera soon.

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Peter Jonas

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OP ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,482
Re: Nikon Australia, Nikon D7100

Peter Jonas wrote:

ZorSy wrote:

Now with D7100, it appears they just don't want to supply them until they get rid of D7K.

Sounds like a reasonable business approach: Let's sell the old stock before we start selling the new ones.

Are you in the process of upgrading from the D80? You must have been using that for a few years now. A few weeks should really not make a huge difference. .

So Nikon Australia, shame on you.

As I have said, not really. I am sure if you were in the business of selling cameras you would likely to do the same. And by the way, in this instance, I totally agree with you trying to buy Australian stock. Don't dispair, you will be able to get your camera soon.

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Cheers,
Peter Jonas

Thanks Peter,

in couple of weeks we are setting off to Europe holiday - so it's not really that I have that time. I had been holding off from upgrading till now: it's an old camera with the shutter at its end of rated life. Being a different and new, I should familiarise myself with D7100 beforehand and put it through the paces first. No worries, will find one just in time.... feel much better when I vent   but it sucks when the street price is 30-40% more than MSRP...and I'm the sucker paying it.

Better be good once found...

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Loachlover Regular Member • Posts: 262
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Once you get your new D7100 you can join mynikonlife.com.au and register with Nikon for an extra year warranty - TWO YEARS !!!

D Shine New Member • Posts: 1
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I ordered my D7100 + 18-135mm lens + accessories etc four weeks ago from DD Photographics. They couldn't tell me anything about when the order would be fulfilled. They're cheap, but not excellent on communication.

They charged my card without my permission or an apology, they didn't confirm an amendment to my order, they told me it would be two week's waiting time, I called to confirm the delivery after two weeks and pushed me back another week. I called again to confirm a week later and pushed me back yet again another week.

Little knowledge, little follow up. I wonder if I can get them to pay for the fees on my credit card, with or without a requested refund...

(Consumer Affairs Victoria + NSW Fair Trading - this is where you can lodge complaints!)

trumpyman wrote:

Try DDphotographics ,they were the cheapest i found .At North sydney.Takes a week to get it in but price was cheap compared to others.

Thnx Paul

Sammy Yousef
Sammy Yousef Veteran Member • Posts: 4,604
If you're going to go grey market...

DD Photographics I've had reasonable luck with but I've also heard the horror stories. Last purchase (A 70-300VR) I made from them - actually their sister company DD Electronics, but advertised through their web site at the time....no GST - was delayed but it that was an Australia wide Aust Post problem a couple of Christmases back. They've stopped advertising DD Electronics lower prices and I don't know if that was because of the stronger AUD or if they were entering a grey area on Aust Tax law in doing that.

I've had good luck with Camera paradise as well.

If my experiences with Nikon Australia weren't so universally poor I'd consider the warranty a plus. My time and money shipping cameras back and forth multiple times is not free either so I don't even care about the Nikon warranty anymore - I'd pay no more than 10% extra for one. I use to buy local stock exclusive but there are only so many poor experiences before I consider it worthless.

The gear is great but I'm getting very tired Nikon the company. My latest lesson is that having the sensor remapped out of warranty is ridiculously expensive (though there are people who'd defend $200 for doing that as reasonble...go figure). So I run my images through Pixel fixer instead. Annoying!

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Sammy Yousef Veteran Member • Posts: 4,604
Here you go. Harvey Norman claims to have them in stock

http://www.harveynorman.com.au/nikon-24mp-d7100-dslr-camera-body-only.html

Not my favourite retailer of late, but while I would double check I'd presume they don't sell grey market.

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Hisma Regular Member • Posts: 154
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Sammy Yousef wrote:

http://www.harveynorman.com.au/nikon-24mp-d7100-dslr-camera-body-only.html

Not my favourite retailer of late, but while I would double check I'd presume they don't sell grey market.

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god, that's rough.  I don't know if it's because of the aussie dollar tanking as of late, or if authorised camera gear is really that expensive here.

I live in aus as well, but I'm an american expat.  I bought my d7100 when back to the states for vacation.  It was $1200 w/ free shipping on amazon for the body only.  That was ~3 months ago when the aussie dollar was roughly 1-1 with the american dollar.

I'm perfectly okay with having my warranty state-side, as the camera has worked beautifully since I have owned it.

BirgerH
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Hi.

I am very surpriced (and shocked) about this.

Is it still so in Australia, that the manufactorer or the importer decides what to go to the stores, and which stores to have it?

It brings me fourthy years back in Europe....

In Europe the stores are totally independent to manufactories and importers - they are of course making contract to them, which commit them in some terms, but no Company can make monopolies liked conditions to a retailer.

Trying to do, what NikonAU are doing, keeping a new model out, they would immediately loose market.

But its not only sunshine. There could be some other, to the costumer, negative follows of the so called Free market - btw. that you can be fooled by some bad netstores, taking your Money not delivering or who can't rearly deliver the two years of warranty.

BirgerH.

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Sammy Yousef Veteran Member • Posts: 4,604
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Hisma wrote:

god, that's rough. I don't know if it's because of the aussie dollar tanking as of late, or if authorised camera gear is really that expensive here.

It's not unusual to see a roughly 50% markup or more for cameras, optical and electronics, which is disgraceful. This is even after taking into account the exchange rate. It's certainly not just Nikon. The entire Australian supply chain is focused on overcharging the customer. That is the real reason companies do their best to restrict or even in some cases ban parallel imports.

I live in aus as well, but I'm an american expat. I bought my d7100 when back to the states for vacation. It was $1200 w/ free shipping on amazon for the body only. That was ~3 months ago when the aussie dollar was roughly 1-1 with the american dollar.

A pair of cheap 10x50 Tasco Essentials binocs that you can get for $25-$40 in the US ($29 on Amazon), you can't get for under $75 in Aus. When I was looking about a year ago at the 7x50s it was $25 in the US vs $110 here and our dollar was stronger than the USD at that stage. I'm sorry but it doesn't cost $85 to import a small box that doesn't weigh all that much.

I'm perfectly okay with having my warranty state-side, as the camera has worked beautifully since I have owned it.

Yes I agree that local warranty isn't worth several hundred dollars, so long as the camera is a reliable model and there aren't too many QC issues. I stayed right away from the D7000.

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thomo
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You may want to try Camera Electronic Service in Perth. I just rang them and they have five in stock.

I bought mine from them last month and they split the kit and sold me the body at a reasonable price. They said they are happy to ship to the East coast but they need photo ID before selling to prove it's not a stolen credit card.

They seem to be one of the preferred suppliers for Nikon, Canon & Fuji 'cause they always have stock of the latest gear.

That said, when I went in earlier this week to pick up a Canon G15 for my wife, they didn't have any stock of the new 80-400AFS lens that they had on 'special' for $3,000. They got snapped up pretty quickly

Incidently i have no affiliation with them other than I buy most of my gear there.

PS: let me know if you'd like a used D7000 or D90 - I have a couple of them that I'm selling

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OP ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,482
An old story now...

So,  at the end I bought it just days before setting off to a 5 weeks holiday  - enough time to learn I needed a spare battery and get my ways through the menus.

I turned out HN was a best place to get it, dropped the price by AU$200, claimed GST when leaving country - all good. It's a great camera in every way, even my old  Tamron 11-18 performed well (despite expectations it wouldn't). Some 7000 shots and several hours of movies  later  and it still is, if not even better.

I don't know why this tread resurfaced 2 months later. Nevertheless, if I may suggest one thing: never, ever buy a new camera 2 days before going anywhere! I consider doing it well, though the difference between D80 and D7100 isn't that small.

To end up this tread, I'll just add one photo: D7100 take real  "film" photos and here is the proof. Should I post a question in other forum why my perforation isn't even or am I expecting too much?;-)

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