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Many Nikon products currently not available

Update: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX lens now in stock.

I received multiple reports from around the world about unavailable Nikon products. This is normal for Nikon and at any point of time they have several products that are back ordered/out of stock. It could be also that Nikon's production lines are busy with new products... Anyway, here is the list I compiled (again - most of those are probably temporary shortages, so read this is a report, not as a rumor):

  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G out of stock:

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  • Nikon D3 & D300 out of stock in Germany Nikon Service Point:

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  • From Zurich:

Dear Mr. ***
Unfortunately, the Nikon D700 is no longer available and we can’t deliver you that product.
We’re sorry about that. If you have an alternative product, please let us know.
Many thanks for your interest in our products and services. We would be glad to answer any
further questions that might arise.
Kind regards.
***
Customer Service Representative
digitec AG
Pfingstweidstrasse 60
CH-8005 Zürich
www.digitec.ch
Mail: ***@digitec.ch
Telefon: ***
Fax:  ***

  • I also got reports that Nikon 18-200 VR has been back ordered in some stores and Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 and 24-70 f/2.8 lenses are hard to get in Austria.
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  • low

    d700 no longer available? the world cant be coming to an end yet??

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t put too much weight on that digitec e-mail. Half a year ago, I was informed by a similar low-price grey market selling web shop (that’s what they are, even if they probably don’t like to hear that) that they couldn’t sell me a 12-24/4 DX anymore, while other shops still carry the lens. So, I’d guess that (a) they just don’t order it anymore or (b) that they didn’t want to sell it to the person for the price he would have gotten (pointing to a future price increase).

      • Hey-nonny-mouse

        Actually they’re not grey market. I had no problems registering the nikon d90 I bought through them. They’re actually one of the better on line electronics stores in Switzerland (plus they have several stores) and as far as I’m aware an official supplier of C—n gear.

        In any case though they have plenty of D700s in kit form, just not body on its own. I wouldn’t put much stock (pun intended :-)) in it not being available. As you say, they’re probably not willing to sell at this price point until they get new stock from Nikon (who may be preparing to increase prices… as I’ve noticed prices of quite a bit of Nikon gear has gone up in Switzerland this summer).

      • STJ

        Agree with Hey-nonny-mouse. Digitec is one of the better companies. My D700 bought there had Nikon service – no problem. Service was top notch by the way!

        However, there is an unusually high number of shops in Switzerland (as from http://www.toppreise.ch) which do not have the Nikon D700 body in stock. Of the 27 cheapest shops only 4 carry the D700 right now – that is unusual for such a camera.

  • Zoetmb

    There’s a difference between a retailer being out of stock, the local Nikon distributor being out of stock and Nikon being out of stock.

    Nikon has never been good at keeping items in stock. And now, Canon, although better than Nikon, is also not so great. But you cannot use this as a clue as to whether something is discontinued, because one actually has nothing to do with the other. We all know that Nikon produces products in batches.

    Looking at B&H (and I use them as an example because their policy is to stock everything), as of July 3rd, 20% of the Nikon lens line was out of stock or backordered and 33% of the Nikon lenses with a street price over $1000 were out of stock or backordered. That’s been pretty typical of the last several years. Many expected it to improve after the Olympics, but that didn’t really happen.

    As of July 14th, 19% of the overall Canon lens line and 20% of the over $1000 (street price) lenses were out of stock or backordered.

    In all cases I’m referring to US versions, not imports.

    Whether the out-of-stock situation means Nikon is doing well or whether it only means that they continue to have production issues is anybody’s guess.

  • Manuel

    In Germany, none of the well-established online sellers currently even lists the D3x, not to mention availability.

    • specs

      The regional retailer has most body’s in stock (D3, D3x, D300, D90, D5000, only the D700 not since 2 weeks).

      I have been watching availability and prices since januari. The prices keep jojo-ing. The D300 has been out of stock multiple times, the D700 idem. After each “out of stock” the prices go up and when the products are in stock for a few weeks they drop a little. Right now the D700 went from below 1850 euro to 2050 euro (and unavailable) in 3 months. The demo-model has been sold already…

      I think availability is part of the problem. The other part is the 20% higher yen. I haven’t seen much increased prices yet. Guess nobody buys Nikon for 20% more. If I’m correct in Germany the prices did go up.

      While I have been watching the regional retailer, some local retailer has not been able to stock the D300 since april.

  • Movilla

    Calumet Photographic’s waiting list for the D700 has gone up as well. From in stock last week to 3-10 days for the body alone. I had noticed this earlier this evening before seeing this article here.

    http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/ctl?ac.ui.pn=search.Search&query=d700 nikon slr

  • http://emesphoto.com Emesphoto

    Well, my 35mm f/1.8 DX lens finally shipped from Amazon.com.

  • Joop

    Just in time management is not always in time for the final buyer. In times of crises I wouldn’t have to much in stock. (as retailer or as local nikon distributor)

    In the Netherlands out of stock, delevering time unknown:
    Nikon D700 Body
    Nikkor AF-S 60mm f2.8G ED Micro
    Nikkor AF-D DC 135/2.0
    Nikkor AF 180F/2.8 ED IF
    Nikkor AF-S 300/4.0 IF ED
    Nikkor AF 18-35/3.5-4.5 IF-ED D
    Nikkor AF 24-85/2.8-4.0 IF D
    Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200/2.8 G IF-ED Zwart
    Nikkor AF-S VR 200-400/4.0G IF ED

    So the D3 and D3x are in stock. We will export them to Germany ;-)

    • specs

      I think the 105/2.0 DC is missing in the list or has it been discontinued already?

      I saw some retailers restocking the 300/4 (in the Netherlands).
      I also saw the 17-55/2,8 DX out of stock.
      Seems a sign to me the retailers are keeping their stocks low.

      • Joop

        The 105/2.0 DC is available in several shops.

        But found this also: (!?):
        Nikon Nikkor F 300mm f/4.5 IF ED Nieuw! €819,-
        Op dit moment is er nog geen omschrijving van dit artikel, excuses hiervoor.

        • Joop

          guess … some real old non af stock

  • NikoDoby

    Nikon is a relatively small company. It’s production rate is a lot smaller then that of canon or sony. The factories are making ‘em as fast as they can, but I’m sure there’s some new stuff coming soon.

  • ace

    ACE PHOTO IN ASHBURN -VA has d700,24-70,200mm macro,105 vr,300mm 2.8,500mm vr,400mm vr,d3,d3x,IN STOCK

  • ace

    ACE ALSO HAS 70-200VR IN STOCK

  • Ray

    i been looking for the 135 f2 dc new for a few months until i broke down and purchased it used. saved a shiny penny though.

  • NikoDoby

    Ray that’s an awesome lens! Good find.

  • Joe R

    I know for a fact that Nikon are currently in the process of trying to recover inventory lost because of businesses going under. There’s been some work to recover physical stock as well an attempt at recovering money though with various legal bankruptcies, it can be almost impossible to recover money.

    Because of this, Nikon has slowed their own production of various pieces as there remains questions about how much inventory can be recovered. This is true for both new and old designs. It’s not production that has been cut, but dates of specific production runs have been pushed back which is leading to some shortages in the supply chain.

    It would be foolish to read into any specific product’s retirement based on inventory levels as many products that are new are also out of stock.

  • Dweeb

    Jacking prices in a world wide recession and cutting production really paid off, eh?

  • Thuan Nguyen

    Nikon is not a small company aye, Nikon belongs to Mitsubishi Corporation. Recently, Fujitsu joined Nikon to develop firmware in long term. Sony and Canon, they are big company but run themselves

    • NikoDoby

      Yes Nikon is part of The Mitsubishi Group, but they only collect Nikon’s profits $$$. I was referring to the fact that Nikon Corp. “only” has about 17,000 employees versus canon with 170,000 and sony around 180,000.

      • YMO

        OK, but Canon produces not only camera’s, but also videocamera’s, printers, and Sony produces allmost everything electronic!

        • NikoDoby

          Exactly, Nikon has less resources to throw around then the other two giants. For instance canon’s video guys can work with their photo guys to improve dslr video. Or sony’s software guys can help their camera guys improve sony’s image software.

        • STJ

          Great, Nikon makes some of the worlds best steppers and optics – those departments help Nikon make the very best lenses… And since light is the source of the image…

  • Theodore

    Looks like normal ins and outs of stock – which changes at B&H constantly. I don’t believe for a moment that the D700 is somehow not available in any sense other than a particular reseller might not have a body on hand.

  • http://fotograf-stuttgart.com Fotograf

    it have more to do with economy than replacement for d700 imo

  • Anonymous

    70-200/2.8 VR, 35/1.8 and most other non-specialty lenses are available with local dealers here in Luxembourg..
    D300 and D700 are on short supply, when available at all.

  • sjms

    churn churn churn.

  • Ken Elliott

    The availability of a body-only kit could be dependent on what is going on in their lens lineup. As an example, if Nikon has a new 24-120mm lens coming, they might choose to put their excessive inventory of the old lens in a kit with the body. That makes it easier and quicker to get rid of the old lenses. I doubt they will discontinue the D700 any time soon (it is a nearly perfect camera), but I could see pairing the body with a lens that is a bit overstocked.

    • WoutK89

      does anyone take notice that IF a D700x would be released, it would co-exist next to the D700, and not replace, like D3 and D3x do now…

      • PHB

        The D700 is a low volume body. It almost certainly shares a processor board with the D300. So when the D300s comes out there is very likely to be a D700s following when the next production run takes place.

  • Michal

    amazon.co.uk
    D300, 3 left
    D700, 5left…..

  • Antoine B

    Not sure it means anything.

    Digitec is just a grey market online shop. Also they tend to be below par for availability of product. The fact that THEY don’t have a D700 right now, doesn’t mean much, if anything.

  • http://www.olwickphotography.com Mark Olwick

    Both the 70-200 2.8G VR and the D700 are in stock at Amazon US, no problem at all. Maybe a Europe thing?

  • John Dosy Doe

    It has begun…again!? right? wright? riiiight?

  • http://www.hayphoto.ca HayPhoto

    You know, in economic hardship its an easy way to shore up some cash by reducing your inventory…

    • bandwagon

      HayPhoto: I was just about to post the same. With profits down, and suppliers short of semiconductor parts for Nikon, wouldn’t it make some sense to eliminate the manufacturing of those products that do not sell well or that the sales do not justify the expenses needed to create? I’ve been thinking about this for the last month. Maybe some items will not be replaced at this time. Just a thought.

      • gary

        its not nikon thats out of stock its these merchants. sales are down sure but if a merchant places an order nikon will fill it. the merchants are short on cash. no way they will tell you, “i dont have enough credit/cash to pay for the last order or 3, so until i balance up i can not get those iteams. no worries though, when i sell what i have now i will beable to pay up and place a order to be filled, if i dont go out of business first.”

        now nikon i am sure needs to produce a new batch of some of these cameras/lenes but not this many. the D300, D700 and D3 all gone?? yeah right…..

        • http://www.hayphoto.ca HayPhoto

          Interesting Idea, however then the store would collapse because they aren’t selling anything. They make more money on pro equipment (D700 = $600 profit) versus maybe $50-100 on a P&S.

          I think its more Nikon trying to shore up funds by reducing inventory rather than the retailers.

  • Narna

    Hey admin, can you please stop posting this sort of thing? So what if some companies are out of stock of a lot of gear. Are you really trying to insinuate that the D700, 105VR micro, new 35DX, the 24-70 f2.8, etc are all about to be discontinued and updated? The world is divided into many market areas and all this does is highlight that some disributors get caught short when they haven’t ordered enough stock. If many distributors around the world suddenly discontinued a particular item that might be news, or even a rumour. This is just annoying.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Did you all read this part of the post before starting to complain?

      “again – most of those are probably temporary shortages, so read this is a report, not as a rumor”

      I am just reflecting on the current product shortages.

      • Anonymous

        Well, Admin, we all know that you want people to click onto your ads, and for that, you need people to come to your site, and for that, you need new stories all the time, and for that, you’ll post anything that comes along your way (even the 300/4.5 ED Ai-S made it to the rumor section as a new lens…). Fine. You need to do that to keep the site running (which is what we want). But don’t think people are too stupid to realize that you’re not really “reflecting on the current product shortages”…

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          Anon, thanks for your feedback – if you are following this site closely, I said on many occasions that NR has a very tough readers. It will be difficult to label them as “stupid” and I know that. I still do not see what is wrong with a post that describes the current Nikon availability. You can also see that the majority of readers liked this post.

  • gcardinal

    This getting really stupid. I have seen now 300mm f/4 AF (not AF-S) in several stores, dose it mean its back on order? dose anyone ever believe this crap?

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