It looks like the trend of killing off DSLR lenses continues. After Nikon and Canon, Tamron and Sigma seem to be killing off a bunch of lenses for DSLR cameras. With 18 lenses from Sigma and 22 from Tamron, there is a total of 40 lenses that are soon no longer going to be produced.
Snapchat owner Snap Inc. released its first, and likely the last, selfie drone earlier this year. Only four months after it took off the ground, Pixy drone is ready to land – straight into the trash can. According to reports, Snap is ditching any further development of its tiny selfie drone. In fact, it may already be sold out… Forever.
Nikon has reportedly sent out official notices to stores stating that the Nikon D3x00 and D5x00 series product lines are now officially discontinued. This means that the D3500 and D5600 will be the final cameras in each of the two lines adding a little more weight to the recently resurfaced rumours of an impending Nikon Z30 announcement.
The Nikon D3500 and D5600 bodies themselves were listed as discontinued on the Nikon Japan website back in January, only a few days after the Nikon D5600 was hailed as the biggest selling DSLR in Japan in 2020. But it’s been known since 2019 that these cameras would not be getting replaced by new DSLR models.
Nikon Japan has announced that the installation files for ViewNX 2, ViewNX-i, Capture NX2 and Capture NX-D will no longer be available to download as of June 30th, 2022. They instead suggest that users download the latest version of NX Studio. Fortunately, NX Studio is free, so you’re not left completely in the lurch, but if you’ve been using Nikon’s old software, you should probably update.
The removal of access to the downloads seems to be just a formality as the Nikon UK website already lists all four apps as being discontinued. And while Nikon UK lists them all as discontinued, the files are still currently available for download. Probably not for long, though, as it appears the removal will be global. Nikon Europe also made a similar statement with regard to removing downloads.
It appears that Leica has discontinued both the Leica CL and Leica TL2 camera systems. Their demise seems to have been on the cards for a while now, but it appears that their end is now official after a Leica Camera AG statement was posted on a forum. The statement cites the decline in sales of compact and system cameras with smaller sensors in the photography market, while sales of full-frame systems has been on the increase. As a result, Leica is discontinuing both systems to be able to concentrate more on full-frame cameras.
Despite being discontinued, both cameras are still available at a number of retailers around the world – until they’re completely sold out – and Leica says that they will still provide “comprehensive customer care” for these systems for six years from the date of purchase.
The demise of Nikon’s DSLR product line, along with the F mount lens system that Nikon has been using for over 60 years, was pretty much inevitable with the company’s transition to mirrorless. We’ve seen them slowly kill off their DSLRs and a few of the F mount lenses, and now a few more appear to have been added to that list, according to the Nikon USA website.
Seven lenses have disappeared from the current model lens list on the Nikon USA website with product pages for those lenses indicating that “This product has been archived”. This is code for “Don’t bother, it’s been discontinued”. While they’re still available from some retailers, they probably won’t be available for much longer and once stocks run out, new ones are gone forever.
Canon has discontinued a bunch of DSLR lenses over the past year or so. And now, the company seems more determined than ever to switch to mirrorless and stay in that area.
Judging from a recent report, the company has come down to only nine EF-mount lenses, which is certainly not great news for Canon DSLR users.
If Sony hadn’t already made it crystal clear that the A-mount was dead last May when they removed all of their A-mount cameras from their website. Minolta’s legacy has now been pretty much thrown into the abyss.
It’s not too terribly surprising, really. The A-mount was created by Minolta way back in 1985. It was inherited by Sony during their acquisition of Minolta in 2006 and they haven’t released an A-mount body since 2016. E mount is most definitely the future of Sony – especially now Sony finally has an E mount flagship body in the form of the Sony A1.
Well, it looks like it’s true. The Nikon D500 is officially discontinued. After it was spotted as being out of stock, on backorder or whatever, with Nikon Singapore even having “discontinued” in the URL of their page for the Nikon D500, there hadn’t yet been any word from Nikon HQ in Japan. Now, though, it’s actually listed as discontinued on the main Nikon Japan website.
It shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise. The Nikon D5, with which the D500 was launched in 2016, was discontinued when the Nikon D6 was released in 2020. We didn’t see a D500 replacement at the same time then and it seemed unlikely that we ever would. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that they’ve killed it off before announcing a mirrorless successor – or even the development of one.
It’s been six years since Nikon released the Nikon D500. The camera that will likely be their last “pro” model APS-C DSLR. It was just over six years between the releases of the D500 and its predecessor, too. We’re still waiting on a mirrorless equivalent to the Nikon D500, but it appears that Nikon might have killed it off before announcing a replacement in its new mirrorless lineup.
Retailers around the world are listing the Nikon D500 as discontinued or out of stock with no hints of getting more. Even Nikon Asia’s shifted the D500 over to the discontinued list. Could that mean a mirrorless equivalent is on the way? Well, maybe. But knowing Nikon, it’s entirely possible that we might never see a true “pro” level APS-C mirrorless camera. But right now, it seems that the D500 is done.