I think that "order will ship in next few hours" is a standard answer for the call center when they see estimated delivery of the next day. I have been told in the past that they have no way to verify except for what they see on the screen and that the call center cannot contact anyone for better information. It would appear that Amazon does not have stock yet and I can find no other indication on discussion forums that any online source is shipping. My prediction is that when the clock rolls around to March 21 that the status will change to Temporarily out of stock - we will notify when available. This is only speculation based upon prior experience with delay in Amazon orders. Other stores are expecting their shipment from Nikon on March 22 or 23.
Amazon is an excellent company. Please trust that they will handle this supply problem professionally. I wanted to say this was a Nikon problem but high demand is also a problem situation for them. Look forward to an excellent product.
Very awesome Amazon employee-- Santhosh told me they'll be shipping the 2nd week of April (my order included, I ordered 9 minutes ago.) Expecting the shipment to come in on April 10th or 11th. Have a good day everyone :)
I am also thinking about the Mark 5D III...any news yet ? This is making me paranoic..I check every website and jus stare at the D800 imagining when I will get a hold of this...I probably log in like 10 times into my amazon account to check to see if the the shipping date changes..:P