Nikon D800E out today in Japan with predictably low supply

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Nikon has announced that the D800E DSLR will be shipping today in Japan, albeit in limited qualities at first. In a statement on Nikon Japan's website, the company says that demand has been greater than expected and apologizes for the shortfall, which means some customers with preorders will have to wait a little longer. This follows the release of the regular D800 model that launched last month in Japan with similarly insufficient stock. The D800E is a comparatively niche product — it disables the anti-aliasing filter for higher quality images in certain situations at a ¥50,000 premium ($300 in the US) — so it's easy to see Nikon underestimating the demand. That said, pretty much everything the company releases in the professional space these days sells out instantly, so perhaps it should have seen this coming.

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