Updated – May 25, 2011 @ 9:00PM EST
Canon added dates of December 2011 for the 500 f/4L IS II and 600 f/4L IS II.
Update to sales start for EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses
London, UK, 25th May 2011 – Following the announcement of delays to the sales start to the following lenses : EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, Canon can now provide an update on the planned start dates for these lenses:
- EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Late August, 2011
- EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Late August, 2011
- EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Late July, 2011
- EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM December 2011*
- EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM December 2011*
Canon would like to apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by these delays.
*Any sales start dates will be communicated as soon as they become available.
[source] thanks Eyal
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.
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.
I’m not sure what to make of recent product announcement rumblings, whether things have leaked because plans have changed.
Canon updates their manufacturing status at various plants around Japan. They still report minimal injuries.
Every plant is closed on March 14, and most remain undecided beyond that.
Read the official document
No word whether or not product announcements will be affected or not. Manufacturing of everything else will be.
Canon Survives the Earthquake
Not that the ability to make cameras, lenses and printers matters all that much in the grand scheme of things. Canon did release statement saying they suffered no damages that would halt production.
Some Photos from Japan: Check them out
Official Bloomberg story after the break.
Canon Inc., the world’s biggest camera maker, didn’t suffer damage to plants that would halt output, said Hirotomo Fujimori, a spokesman in Tokyo, where the company is based.
The quake was followed by a 7.1-magnitude aftershock at 4:25 p.m., the U.S. Geological Service said.
Boats smashed into walls as the tsunami struck, inundating buildings with black water full of debris across stretches of coast north of Tokyo, NHK images showed. One large building was lifted off its foundations and dragged into the ocean.
Farmland was flooded with burning debris in some areas as the tidal surge swept inland. Large boats were left stranded after the water surged back to sea.
The airport in Sendai, a city of 1 million people 310 kilometers north of Tokyo, was flooded by the tsunami, according to NHK footage.
Japan Airlines Corp. diverted 22 flights to other airports, the company said in a faxed statement. In total, 27 flights have been impacted by the quake, affecting 5,290 people, the statement said.