Canon announced three brand new products last week: the EOS R6 mark II, the RF 135mm 1.8 L lens, and the EL-5 speedlight designed for the mirrorless range of camera bodies. However, an announcement on Canon’s Japanese site was posted just two days later, apologizing already for delays to these products.
Of course, delays on camera equipment and indeed on many products since the start of the pandemic in 2020 is nothing new. This is basically just a part of the ongoing logistical delays and chip shortage.
However, it is pretty unusual for a camera manufacturer to launch a product and then just two days later announce delays on that product.
“Thank you for your continued patronage of Canon products,” the statement says. “Currently, we have received more orders than expected for each of the following products, and due to the global supply of parts, delivery delays are occurring. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners.”
We apologize again for making our customers wait so long. We will continue to take measures for stable product supply so that we can deliver products as soon as possible. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.
Clearly, we aren’t seeing the end of this chip shortage and subsequent delays quite yet. They will come, eventually. Canon has said that they will start shipping in order but that people need to be a little bit patient. That’s tough when you’ve just dropped two grand on a new camera!
If you’re planning on buying any of these products as a Christmas present then you may want to rethink things!