We have seen that the Canon RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM hit the dreaded stock shortage list from Canon Japan almost immediately. We don't think anyone was surprised in the slightest.

The good news is, the RF 35mm f/1.4L VCM has starting hitting retailer stock rooms, We do know that one retailer received about 50% of their initial order, which is pretty good. We didn't get the same input from other retailers, but Canon's allocations tend to be pretty fair across the board, though there are always outliers.

Retailers will have to hold the lenses until June 27, 2024, per Canon's official release date rules. Though, there are some ambiguous rules about 2 day shipping, so we expect that some retailers will start sending them out to customers on June 25, 2024.

As always, some of you may get lucky and the lens will make its way out to you a little bit early. Overall, if you're on the right side of the preorder list, you should be shooting with the new lens by next weekend.

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  1. USD1418 at Bic Camera in Tokyo, assuming the store points are full-valued***. Doesn't say they're "in stock" but 送料無料、発売日以降お届け: free shipping once released. I don't know if that text would change to "backordered" once pre-orders overtake their initial allocation. And: 2024年7月上旬: "early July."

    I'm pretty happy with the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 but if I'm going to trade over to 35mm this would be the time to do it I guess.

    *** You pay 253,000 yen for the lens, and receive 25,300 points, which have a value of 1 yen for future purchases. A tourist may not be able to use such points but a resident can. On the other hand, a lot of their goods are a bit more expensive than Amazon so I always have the dilemma of using 9000 of the stupid points to buy a printer cartridge vs. 7950 cash on Amazon, etc. So, you can effectively consider the actual purchase price to be 90% of the headline purchase price, but with those pesky restrictions.
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  2. Sweet. I think I put my B&H preorder in one or two days after the announcement, so we'll see where that lands. I wouldn't think that people were waiting to pounce on this like the X100 VI, but I guess we'll see.
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  3. Sweet. I think I put my B&H preorder in one or two days after the announcement, so we'll see where that lands. I wouldn't think that people were waiting to pounce on this like the X100 VI, but I guess we'll see.
    I still expect the X100 VI to appear within this decade.
    Just my money moved on in the meantime ....
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  4. I still expect the X100 VI to appear within this decade.
    Just my money moved on in the meantime ....
    I was one of the lucky ones to get the VI the day after it started shipping. I will say that its form factor and overall execution makes it worth the wait, but image-wise it doesn’t have anything over the XT5 or XH2, which are also quite compact.
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  5. USD1418 at Bic Camera in Tokyo, assuming the store points are full-valued***. Doesn't say they're "in stock" but 送料無料、発売日以降お届け: free shipping once released. I don't know if that text would change to "backordered" once pre-orders overtake their initial allocation. And: 2024年7月上旬: "early July."

    I'm pretty happy with the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 but if I'm going to trade over to 35mm this would be the time to do it I guess.

    *** You pay 253,000 yen for the lens, and receive 25,300 points, which have a value of 1 yen for future purchases. A tourist may not be able to use such points but a resident can. On the other hand, a lot of their goods are a bit more expensive than Amazon so I always have the dilemma of using 9000 of the stupid points to buy a printer cartridge vs. 7950 cash on Amazon, etc. So, you can effectively consider the actual purchase price to be 90% of the headline purchase price, but with those pesky restrictions.

    When lenses are new and demand is highest, the price will be the same (after points) at almost every shop. Looking on kakaku.com, the prices are 227,700 at all the typical shops. That works out to $1423 including tax, or $1293 before tax. The before tax price is what people in the US see on sites like B&H so it's a fair comparison. ("Consumption tax" is 10% in Japan, for those who may not know.)

    However, if you wait a little for the initial rush to pass, you will often find more competitive pricing on the various shops on kakaku.com than at the big chains like Yodobashi and BIC. Canon is much more aggressive about controlling price competition than Nikon or Sony are, but there can still be savings. Third party glass from Sigma or Tamron, should it ever actually arrive on RF, will be much cheaper on kakaku than at Yodobashi or BIC. Basically Yodobashi or BIC always price at MSRP while the smaller shops will sell for less.

    Finally, Amazon Japan gives you points when you spend points. So if you buy something for 10,000yen that has 500yen of points, you still get those points even if you pay entirely in points. (Amazon tends to have lower prices and fewer points, but for some products such as watches, Amazon's prices & points tend to match Yodobashi or BIC, but Amazon points have more value.) Because neither Yodobashi nor BIC (nor anywhere else in Japan that I am aware of) give you points if you spend points, this reduces the effective value of Yodobashi or BIC points. You get 10% points, but the real value is about 9%. Important to keep in mind.

    Oh, and "one more thing"... If someone visits Yodobashi or BIC and makes a brand new point card (like a tourist or example), in the past they could not spend the points on the same day. This MAY have changed but I do not know. This obviously sucks for someone who may be on a tight schedule as returning to the store the next day to spend points is not always practical or possible. This is only the case when the card is brand new, after that you can spend points on the day you receive them.
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  6. Sweet. I think I put my B&H preorder in one or two days after the announcement, so we'll see where that lands. I wouldn't think that people were waiting to pounce on this like the X100 VI, but I guess we'll see.
    Us wedding folk have been waiting on this for years now. Everyone that I know had their pre orders in within the first hour or two. Very well desired lens in the wedding community for sure.
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  7. interesting...
    Lens hood is sold SEPARETLY !!!!
    L lenses always include the hood. Care to provide some evidence for your assertion?

    Note that the lens hoods for L lenses are also sold separately. People do lose them.
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  8. L lenses always include the hood. Care to provide some evidence for your assertion?

    Note that the lens hoods for L lenses are also sold separately. People do lose them.
    Yeah, if there is a hood for the L lens (so excluding the 11-24L and the 10-20L), it will be included in the box, along with a lens pouch or lens case if it exists as well. It is no different for the 35L VCM -- this is from B&H:

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  9. interesting...
    Lens hood is sold SEPARETLY !!!!
    on BHphoto it clearly says that a EW-73F Lens Hood is contained inside of the box.
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  10. Update: some empirical evidence to support this rumor...
    Today my bank notified me that my card has been charged for the cost of the RF 35mm f/1.4L by Adorama.
    I did pre-order 1 hour after the announcement.
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  11. Update: some empirical evidence to support this rumor...
    Today my bank notified me that my card has been charged for the cost of the RF 35mm f/1.4L by Adorama.
    I did pre-order 1 hour after the announcement.
    Congrats, please remember to post pics here to celebrate your years long waiting! And if you can please shoot a night scene with stars, I would like to know how it would perform against 35mmLii, Thank you!
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