Surprise, surprise: Nikon has announced that it can’t handle the orders for its 800mm f/6.3 and 400mm f/2.8 lenses for Z-mount mirrorless cameras. According to the company, the orders have exceeded expectations, so you can’t order either of these lenses at the moment. How long will it last, I hear you ask? Nobody knows.
In a release reported by Nikon Rumors, Nikon writes that it’s working on fulfilling all of the backorders before opening new orders of these lenses again:
“Nikon has received an unexpectedly large number of orders for the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S and the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3VR S lenses. To better assist our customers and retailer partners, we will temporarily suspend taking new orders of these two lenses as we work to fulfill our current backorders. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause customers eagerly awaiting these products. Please know we are doing all we can to deliver these products as soon as possible, and we ask for your understanding and patience in this matter.”
Both lenses were announced this year: the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S in January, and the Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S in April. Both of them are pretty compact for their range and the 800mm lens is also $10,000 cheaper than the f/5.6 f-mount version. So, I do believe they’re pretty desirable, at least by sport and wildlife photographers. But add this never-ending global chip shortage to the equation – and you get a recipe for orders suspension.
According to Nikon Rumors, the official press release should be up on Nikon Japan’s website later today, but it still hasn’t been published. Anyhow, it’s not clear how long the order suspension will last considering that Nikon hasn’t clearly stated it.
[via Nikon Rumors]