Lots of Nikon’s crop-sensor DX-format DSLRs and no less than one lens are both not being actively restocked or exhibiting as “previous product,” which has led some to query the way forward for the corporate’s APS-C DSLR assist.
As famous by Nikon Rumors, most Nikon D3500 and D7500 digital camera mixtures, the D5600, and the D500 are on backorder. The D500, specifically, has apparently been out of inventory “for months.” Moreover, the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is listed as “old product” on the official Nikon web site, which is the terminology that Nikon makes use of for “discontinued” merchandise. As Nikon Rumors notes, this explicit lens was the principle equipment lens for the D3500 and D5600 cameras.
The rumor website notes that the shortage of inventory of those merchandise mixed with Nikon’s closure of factories, reduction in expenses, and staff layoffs means it’s unlikely that the corporate will produce entry-level DX DSLR cameras once more, although a DX mirrorless Z-mount digital camera remains to be in all probability within the works.
Whereas these explicit crop-sensor cameras and lenses have been out of inventory and doubtless have been for a while, this case will not be out of the peculiar for Nikon in latest months. The corporate remains to be struggling to supply sufficient Z7 II cameras to satisfy demand, which appear to be on perpetual backorder. Whereas PetaPixel can affirm that the digital camera is making it to retailer cabinets in some capability, not practically sufficient have been shipped stateside but to even fulfill pre-orders from final yr. Consequently, it could nonetheless be a while earlier than the digital camera will be bought from common stock.
Final December, Nikon introduced that it could be shuttering its domestic Japanese camera production for good and transferring it to Taiwan as a part of a company-wide initiative to reduce operating costs by 59%. Whereas Nikon intends to stop home manufacturing of cameras, specifically the D6 DSLR, by the tip of 2021, this manufacturing scarcity nonetheless appears unusual.
Contemplating that the corporate reportedly shifted its mirrorless manufacturing to Thailand prior to the announcement that it could shut its Japanese services, seeing the corporate wrestle to launch any digital camera our bodies throughout its lineup to this diploma is troubling. Theoretically, the accessible inventory of cameras that Nikon meant to proceed promoting mustn’t have been affected by this transfer, so seeing each new mirrorless cameras and previous DSLRs not make it to retailer cabinets is probably going attributable to one other unknown situation.
Nikon didn’t instantly reply to the request for remark.