Another day, another camera, another “There are delays because we underestimated the demand!” notification from that camera’s manufacturer. This time, it’s Sony. Sony Japan has announced via their website that the Sony A7S III orders have “greatly exceeded our expectations”.
I guess all of us had a misfortune or two when shipping or receiving a package. But the amount of damage Jacob Hawkins’ lens survived is hard to believe. Sheffield-based photographer sold a Tamron SP 70-300m lens on eBay. He carefully packed it in polystyrene and bubble wrap, but he got shocked when the buyer notified them what he’d received. The lens arrived smashed into pieces, literally looking “like an elephant has trodden on it.”
I don’t suppose this bit of news will be much of a problem for most people. A limited edition 100th anniversary Nikon D5 is either going to be way over budget or just not that interesting to the majority of Nikon shooters. As for the 6D Mark II, it’s proven to be surprisingly popular. Surprising when you consider the early reviews and disappointments.
Regardless, both Nikon Japan and Canon Japan have announced that these DSLRs are being hit with shipping delays. Nikon released a statement that the 100th anniversary edition Nikon D5 has been delayed by a couple of weeks to “early August”. Canon’s statement cites the number orders surprissing their expectations.
Who can you trust to ship your photo and camera gear? Not FEDEX! What follows is the story of how FEDEX utterly screwed up my delivery and cost me over $1000.00 to get new gear and re-printing of all my workshop materials. Here’s the true to life story of how FEDEX screwed up my shipment and Why I’ll Never Use FEDEX Again to Ship My Camera Gear. The story begins in Irvine, California at the FEDEX delivery hub. I was teaching a Luxury Real Estate Workshop in NYC in early June 2017 and needed to ship out a ThinkTank Production Manager 40″….which weighed 60lbs. Following all the rules, I showed up at the FEDEX facility 1 hr. before the shipping drop-off deadline of 5:00 PM on a Tuesday.
What follows is the story of how FEDEX screwed up my delivery and cost me over $1000.00 to by new gear and re-printing of all my workshop materials.
Typically, when packages are shipped internationally through DHL, they’re put on large wooden pallets so that they stay separated from other larger packages that might crush them along the way. They’re one of the reasons international shipping costs you so much. Here’s a video of a pretty unusual scenario; This camera store got a Nikon battery charger – the NH65 – shipped via DHL. When they receive the package, it comes with an entire pallet, loaded with a big box, with the 1 pound, 2″ by 2″ by 7″ product box taped inside. Looks like DHL might have forgotten to take off the extra box and pallet at some point. [Read More…]