Thursday, June 7, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon Canada this week has begun informing pro photo retailers that initial shipments of the EOS-1D X digital SLR are not slated to arrive until July and that only "a small number of units" are expected at that time. While the Canon email being sent out to Canadian dealers is specific to the Canadian market, it almost certainly signals a worldwide slip in the release of the new camera.
The EOS-1D X had originally been announced to ship at the end of March. The new July time frame, if it applies to most countries and regions and not just Canada, represents the third shipping delay for Canon's latest 1-series model, which had most recently been due out this month.
The email notification, dated June 6, 2012, asks dealers to identify "orders [that] are pre-sold to CPS members and which of those will be heading to the Olympics," suggesting that Canon Canada is trying to put the first EOS-1D X bodies they receive into the hands of photographers heading to the London 2012 Olympics. That event kicks off July 27.http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11678-12675