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Camera Gear Costs More Right Now

Camera Gear Costs More Right Now

I mentioned a few weeks back, that if you were going to buy anything camera related, that was the time.

There’s lots of reports of price increases across the globe. This was bound to happen as retailers were and are still unsure what stock levels are going to be like.

New rebate programs and other things have been cancelled or postponed.

There have been no price increases from Canon, only from retailers. They were running on a 3-5 point margin, now they’re up to 10 points or more in some cases.

This isn’t news to some folks, but I had to clear things up for others.

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Canon Japan Earthquake Update

Canon Japan Earthquake Update

Recovery Status Report for Canon Inc. and Canon Group Following Great East Japan Earthquake

TOKYO, April 4, 2011—The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck off the northeast coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu on March 11, caused massive damage and loss of life in the area. We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this disaster, along with their families and loved ones. We pray for the safety of everyone in affected areas and hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.

As for the Canon Group, immediately following the earthquake, Canon Inc. established the Earthquake Disaster Recovery Task Force (Task Force Chief: Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai), launching recovery activities spanning development, production and sales operations through a collective effort across the Canon Group.

Although the Canon Group sustained damage to buildings and production equipment, a concerted Company-wide effort has already made possible the resumption of production activities at multiple Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies. In addition, through ongoing recovery measures being carried out in conjunction with related divisions, all Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies are expected to achieve a full recovery as of the end of April.

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The Bad News [CR2]

The Bad News [CR2]

Delays?
Not hearing a lot of positive things about current products and new products because of the Japanese earthquake.

The latest info I’ve received says all of Canon, Nikon and Sony are still unsure what the near future is going to bring.

Canon may be in fact delaying new product announcements. I was told every executive within Canon is being told to “prepare for the worst”. Sales reps are being told not to say anything.

I do not personally know anything about the rolling blackouts and “dead zone” expansion in Japan around Canon manufacturing facilities.

I’ve received no word whether or not Canon is looking at moving some manufacturing to different countries.

Pricing Rising
As  a lot of you have probably noticed, camera equipment is getting more expensive and disappearing from shelves. There’s lots of out of stock items around various stores.

A lot of retailers are getting or close to getting MSRP for camera stuff. This is not going to change quickly.

All rebate programs that were planned have been cancelled for the most part. I’m still looking around to see if any are still a go.

Recent Rumblings
I’m not sure what to make of recent product announcement rumblings, whether things have leaked because plans have changed.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The “Rumors”
There are lots of “typo rumors” circulating the web at the moment. Retailers having placeholders for cameras that don’t exist, as well as stuff showing up on Canon’s own site.

I have very good sources that let me know when announcements are coming. Sometimes these invitations to press events are NDA’d. I have received absolutely nothing about DSLR products.

Video
Two people have written in saying there will be “significant” announcements from Canon for NAB. Neither was able to elaborate on products. We don’t focus a lot on video at Canon Rumors, but if you know something…. I’d like to know too.

I hope going to NAB will change how we report video related products.

I wish I had more to write, but things really became quiet after the earthquake in Japan. I do expect things to pickup around April 1st with a lot of sillyness, and then the real stuff.

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NAB Announcement? [CR1]

NAB Announcement? [CR1]

Something Coming?
There’s some talk about a “significant” Canon announcement for NAB. I wouldn’t think NAB would bring about a DSLR announcement, but maybe something in the camcorder realm is a possibility.

Availability of anything new is another story.

Japan
Lots of people are asking what’s going to happen with stock levels and things like that with Canon and other Japanese origin gadgets. The answer is, I don’t know.

Canon is telling their reps not to say anything about Japan and what effect this tragedy is going to have on the industry. For the moment, no one really knows.

What I will say, is do not expect this to be rectified in a couple of weeks. We’re talking months before anything gets back to what is considered “normal”.

Canon Canada Cancels Upcoming 60D Rebate
Canon Canada has cancelled an upcoming instant rebate program on the 60D, a casualty of the earthquake. There’s probably going to be more of this coming in the next few weeks.

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