Well, now that’s it’s finally available to preorder, some new issues have appeared. According to Panasonic, the demand for the company’s new camera is so huge, that there may be some shipping delays.
The global chip supply shortage has caused chaos in a range of industries, from automotive to consumer electronics. Not surprisingly, the photo industry hasn’t been spared either.
Unfortunately, it looks like it’s not nearly over. The US Commerce Department has confirmed that the chip supply shortage will extend at least until the end of 2022.
We already knew that Nikon struggling to keep up with the pre-order demand of the Nikon Z fc, after an announcement earlier this month telling us exactly that. That original announcement said that the Z fc and Zfc 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition Kits were both scheduled to be released late this month, but that there are going to be delays and it will take some time for items to be delivered.
Now, a new announcement from Nikon says that the Z fc 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition Kits are on hold indefinitely. The release doesn’t specifically state that there are any delays on the lens sold separately, but given that the camera itself and the 16-50mm kits are expected to release on time, I would imagine the lens itself is what’s causing the delays.
We’ve seen so much gear delayed during 2020 and 2021 that it’s not even a surprise any longer. The coronavirus pandemic has turned everything upside down, and electronic chip production and supply have also been affected. But this hasn’t only caused the delays we’ve seen so far. It has also led to issues like fake parts and increased prices, according to the latest reports.
The new Nikon Z cf APS-C mirrorless was only announced four days ago and Nikon has already issued a statement claiming that they can’t keep up with the pre-order demands. The statement was posted to the Nikon Japan website yesterday, citing the “large number of reservations”. This goes for both the Z fc body only as well as the kit containing the new 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition lens.
I suppose it’s not entirely unexpected, as every single product announced by any manufacturer in the world of photography and video these days seems to be followed up by an “Oh no, we didn’t realise it’d be this popular!” statement a few days later. But, really? Come on, manufacturers. What are you doing?!?
About a month ago, Sony introduced the 50mm f/1.2 G Master lens and got many Sony shooters excited. So excited, in fact, that the company now claims it can’t manage all the demand. So you’ve guessed it right – you’re going to have to wait a little longer to have your 50mm f/1.2 delivered.
Ricoh was supposed to announce its flagship APS-C DSLR, Pentax K-3 Mark III, in just a few days. However, the company has just announced that the camera release will be delayed due to some production issues.