Shipments of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II will begin leaving Canon USA's distribution centres en route to U.S. dealers starting November 25, 2008, says Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor at Canon USA.
As of this writing, we can't confirm if key 5D Mark II accessories are also beginning to ship to retailers tomorrow in the U.S. Earlier this month, however, Westfall had indicated items such as extra Battery Pack LP-E6s, Battery Grip BG-E6, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4/E4A and EG-series focusing screens were expected to ship at about the same time as the camera body.
As Tallyn's reported here earlier this month, we are not expecting this to be a huge first shipment, but we would love to be proven wrong. Our first preorders were placed in early to mid September, so any orders placed in October or November will most likely not be receiving cameras in the first shipment. We were told by Canon that allocations amongst stores should be fairly even, so we would expect other dealers to be in similar situations as well. Tallyn's customers will be contacted directly and individually by phone when their camera becomes available.
Links: Rob Galbraith's Full Report / Tallyn's 5D Mark II Preorder Page