Nikon’s lightweight 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR has been removed from Amazon’s search results, and pre-orders seem to have been cancelled and refunded. The lens was first announced as being in development last June, with the first sightings in the wild appearing a month later. Finally, a month after that, it was officially launched.
Yet, here we are, seven months later, with the lens still showing up as a pre-order item on everywhere that still has the listing available. The product listing on Amazon still exists, although it states that the item is currently unavailable and that they don’t know when or if it will be in stock. It has been removed from search results completely.
Amazon is sending out emails to those who had pre-ordered, to let them know that they are now being cancelled.
Due to a lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens”
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the canceled item, we will refund you within 1-2 business days.
If you are still interested in purchasing this item, it may be available from other sellers. Please visit the detail page for this item below:
If you took advantage of a promotional offer when placing this order, this canellation may affect your order’s eligibility for that offer. If this is the case, please contact customer service:
Customer Service Department
This is not the first time Amazon has cancelled listings due to pre-orders taking too long to show up, but this will upset those who had pre-ordered through Amazon and will now have to go to the end of a waiting list with another retailer.
So, if your Amazon pre-order was cancelled, and you need to do it again elsewhere, then B&H still has it available to pre-order for $3,596.95, although they have no idea when it’s going to actually become available beyond “Coming Soon”.
[via Nikon Rumors]