For a little while, it seemed that both Nikon (with their D5600) and Fuji (with their Fujifilm X-T4 and X100V) were getting some satisfying ranking news. But before they got to rest on their laurels comes a report from Yodobashi Camera, and puts the Canon R5 as the top-selling camera in Japan. Yodobashi Camera is the Japanese B&H and is one of the biggest Japanese consumer electronics outlets.
The rankings for 2020 are in from BCN, which collects sales data from across its platforms, and it looks like the most popular DSLR sold in Japan throughout the course of 2020 is the Nikon D5600. Don’t get too happy just yet, though, Nikon fanboys and girls. Canon still managed to grab 7 of the remaining 9 spots in the top 10.
AERAdot Asahi reports that Nikon is ending the production of camera bodies in Japan where it has been building cameras for over 70 years. Camera production at the Sendai Nikon plant in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan will be transitioned to the Nikon Thailand NTC plant. The move is said to be being made in order to save costs.
Word of the struggling company’s impending transfer is not new, but now we have a timescale. The report says that Nikon Z6 & Z7 production was completed in September 2020, shortly before the announcement of the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. In October, preparations for the transition of camera production from the Japan factory to the Thailand factory began.
I don’t know what’s with me and miniature replicas of random stuff, but I just love them even though they’re completely useless. If you can relate, then you’re gonna love this tiny Sony camera kit. Select Sony stores around Japan give it away for free if you buy a real kit, and even though it doesn’t shoot, it’s cute as a button.
If you’re into photojournalism, movies, and are a fan of Johnny Depp, a real treat is coming to movies soon. Johnny Depp plays photographer William Eugene Smith in Andrew Levitas movie Minamata. It’s due to premiere in February 2021, and after watching the trailer – I must admit that I’m really looking forward to it.
There aren’t many photographers I know who like drinking from lens mugs. I myself have turned them into stationery holders. But what about some hand-crafted drinking glasses inspired by lenses and made by a talented artist? Canon has teamed up with Yuri Yamada, a Japanese artist working at glass studio Saihou. She has created these gorgeous glasses inspired not only by the look of lenses but also by a shutter sound and the feel of the focusing ring.
The camera market is an interesting thing, especially when it comes to sales. Depending on how we look at the data, it can show very different results. Two reports confused me at first, with one declaring Olympus as King in the Japanese mirrorless market, holding four of the top ten spots on sales while another says that Canon’s EOS R5 was outselling every other interchangeable lens camera available.
Well, it turns out they’re both right. For the first six months of 2020, one report shows that Olympus holds the Number 1, 2, 6 and 10 spots on mirrorless camera sales collated from Japanese retailers. The other is a little more recent, covering the first two weeks of this month, showing that the EOS R5 has been outselling every other mirrorless camera currently available.
It’s easy to forget that Nikon still actually has a 35mm film SLR in its current lineup. That camera is the Nikon F6. Released in 2004, it was Nikon’s final flagship in their 35mm SLR lineup, so it’s no surprise that they haven’t quite been able to let it go just yet, despite the fact that their DSLRs are starting to be made obsolete by their new mirrorless releases.
Well, now, Nikon Japan has announced that they’re recalling some of their F6 bodies over excessive levels of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) contained within certain parts of the camera. These levels put it outside of the values set by the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Don’t worry, though, it only affects 152 F6 units.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many camera companies are experiencing delays and temporarily shutting down factories. Japan’s newest financial incentives stimulate manufacturers to move their productions out of China. And since most major camera companies are Japanese, this could change the industry immensely.