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Nikon D700, D300s and other products no longer shipping in Japan

Nikon Japan announced today that it has stopped shipments of the following products in Japan as a result of a new Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law:

  • Nikon D300s and D700
  • Wireless Transmitter WT-3
  • Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, MB-D200, MB-D80
  • Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 (※ 2)
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9

Overseas shipment of those products is not impacted. Nikon also mentioned that the following products are also not compatible with the new Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law but they will continue to sell them in Japan:
  • Nikon D3X and D3S
  • Wireless Transmitter WT-4
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL3e, EN-EL9a
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  • Happy

    does it meant Nikon is clearance the storage and prepare to discontinue D300s and D700 for replacement?

    • Andrew

      Yes, the likely explanation is that Nikon is moving their production towards the D800 and D400 (and not some battery recycling law as alluded below).

      • Simon

        Dream on…..

        • Mr Man

          +1 Simon

    • jake

      no, it mens Nikon cannot sell these ca 2meras due to the just passed new Japanese law regulation , that new Law does not accep type of the battery that these 2 very old cameras use.

      so, they will still be sold outside of Japan.
      and there will be no D400, the D800 is coming but due to the Thailand flood issue , it wont be announced by end of this Dec.

  • shivaswrath

    because the D400 and D800 are coming out, YEAH!!!

    • BATTERY RECYCLER LAW

      NO!

      Because a new law enforced them to confirm their batteries to a new recycling program.
      Nikon has not yet commited to these new specifications and therefore are not allowed to sell equipment with batteries that do not comply with the new rules!

      Manufacturers of batteries or equipment utilizing batteries are required to collect and recycle used small secondary batteries.
      Nikon has still not joined Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center (JBRC), Ltd., a general incorporated association, to cooperate with the industry’s efforts to promote battery collection and recycling.

      Therefore they are now not allowed to sell certain equipment anymore.

      • Teun

        Shame on Nikon! Thx for the extra info.

        • http://www.ianivey.com Virginia Wedding

          Shame on Nikon? Because we need more government directives about how to conduct ourselves? Frankly, this seems like one more good reason to buy Nikon.

          What would we do without government to protect us from ourselves? Heavens.

          • Worminator

            It’s precisely because individuals and corporations were not recycling these batteries on their own that the rules came into place.

            Lithium is a valuable and scarce resource, enforcing recycling keeps the price down and that benefits everyone.

            Socialism. Yeah, baby!

          • Dchino

            “Frankly, this seems like one more good reason to buy Nikon.”

            Buying goods that are essentially illegal in their country of production makes good business sense to you as a consumer?

            “What would we do without government to protect us from ourselves?”

            Just take a look at Somalia.

            • Blatto

              Yeah, because we all know how the Japanese government is on the up and up, with the handling of the Fukashima-Daiichi situation and how well they regulated TEPCO.

          • Biff

            > “What would we do without government to protect us from ourselves?”

            See Somalia.

            • Audicy

              BINGO!

          • PHB

            Speaking as a successful manager at a startup that is now part of the S&P 500, I would very much prefer the Japanese approach to regulation than the US.

            In Japan the government makes regulations in partnership with industry and they are relatively sensible and sane.

            In the US there is a faction in the business community that resists (some) regulations and invests heavily bribing Congress to avoid them. That is what campaign contributions are intended as – bribes.

            This has two major defects from a business point of view. The first is that product liability costs have become ridiculous as courts and juries impose punitive settlements on what they see as greedy businesses failing to self-regulate. I would much rather have a system where there are reasonable regulations and reasonable product liability damages than one where regulation is imposed through largely random and arbitrary awards.

            The second major defect is that the system is unstable and when the pressure for regulation becomes unstoppable the regulations are often punitive and poorly drafted. Or they are riddled with loopholes that allow the dishonest and corrupt business to continue polluting or even killing its workers with an unsafe working environments while the honest ones have to compete at a disadvantage.

            Companies like Massey energy realized that they didn’t need to bother with health and safety as the Congressmen they had bought had made sure that they could avoid acting on health and safety violations by appealing them time after time. That only came to an end after the company caused the deaths of 31 miners in an accident clearly caused by their negligence.

            • http://matthewsaville.com Matthew Saville

              I’m moving to Japan, after reading that. Ugh I hate the USA… I’m sure I just put myself on a list by saying that. Whatever…

              =Matt=

            • Ric

              Matthew Saville:

              Don’t let the plane door hit you in the arse on the way out.

          • jodjac

            Exactly, because There is not enough lead and mercury in my drinking water.

          • Hom Thogan

            You must be either a complete imbecile or you are out of your minde, If you want your kids and grand kids poisoned by the hazardous and toxic Lithium batteries it is your problem, however we (sane people) thank every effort to make this planet cleaner.

            BTW lack of government regulation landed us in this fucking economic crisis, so yeah I prefer the government telling morons like you what to do, because obviously you would mistake an arm for a leg.

            • Ron

              > I prefer the government telling morons like
              > you what to do, because obviously you would
              > mistake an arm for a leg.

              When your that dumb you don’t care if you loose both and who you take with you.

      • fred

        Thanks for the details. This is sadly very typical of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, of which Nikon is a part.

      • cuius

        Isn’t less the recycling law, but more the non-exposed battery contacts requirement? See the battery of the D7000 – completely different contacts compared to the older designs.

        • Worminator

          “No electrical contact left exposed!” sounds more like an EU directive.

      • Everlast

        Lets hope the european commission will come up with a low to save us from those V1’s and J1’s.

      • Andrew

        No, I do not agree – total speculation!

        It is about time for Nikon to release the D800 (with a second DSLR) as earlier speculated by Nikon Rumors, and the shortage is likely a result of preparing their factories to manufacture the new cameras.

        • Andrew

          Well, maybe not total speculation! (as this news account indicates).

          But Nikon still has to make a strategic decision, apply their resources to meeting the requirements of the new Material Safety Law for cameras that are being phased out or focus on their transition to the newer models? It makes sense to focus on the newer D800 and D400 models which hopefully will be released soon.

          • jake

            and Andrew , there will be no D400 , we will never see any type of pro level DX any more.

            • john

              Jake do you think the D7000 is basically the top of the line DX? Just curious because I agree.

            • http://shashinkaichiban1.wordpress.com shashinka

              If I had to speculate, my money would be on merging the D300s and D700 in to one model.

        • jake

          it is not possible to prepare the sendai plant for new cameras yet because they cannot get some parts needed for the D800 such as Cobal shutter unit for that class of cameras.

          • John

            @Shashinka, I agree with you the D300 and D700 will be merged into one model. I’ll put my money where your’s is.

      • PHB

        No, the reason that Nikon has not bothered to bring their products into compliance is most likely that they have an update already planned.

        The Japanese government is not exactly known for its speedy action. Nikon must have known about the regulations for quite a while before the final date for getting their products in compliance. The fact that they can still sell the D3s and D3x suggests that there is a grandfather provision.

        Most likely there is a near date when compliance is ‘expected’ and a much later date when everything must be in compliance and we have only reached the first. The D300s and D700 are clearly due for a refresh quite soon and it would make sense to move to the new battery when that happens. Alternatively they will deploy an interim body with the new battery connector (but no other changes) in the Japanese market only.

        Having the battery terminals covered makes good sense. Lithium ion batteries are not to be taken lightly, they have a lot of power in a very small space. It is a higher energy density than TNT (though fortunately does not release quite so quickly even when provoked).

        • Richard

          It would appear that the “exposed contacts” regulation is concerned with safety, to prevent inadvertent bridging of the contacts and a rapid discharge, or release as you put it, of the battery which can cause a serious problem on an aircraft or train.

          Could it be that Nikon had planned to release the (compliant) replacement products in time to comply with the regulation, but were unable to do so because of the natural disasters?

          Perhaps one of the members living in Japan can shed further light on this.

      • jake

        not about recicler law but changes in battery safety issues there , which just passed about a couple of months ago there.

        so, the 5Dmk2 will also be discontinued there very soon.

    • jake

      no, there will never be D400. the D800 will be announced in this Dec or January 2012 if my source is right(I personally trust him).

      • Richard

        Not to challenge your source as I do not have a source, but it seems illogical for Nikon to abandon a price point or market segment to the competition. The price jump from a D7k to what has been speculated to be the price of the rumored D 800 is just too great. Even if Nikon were able to bring the D 800 to market at the price point of the D 700 there is still too large a gap. Canon, for example, fills the gap between the 60 D and the 5D MK II with the 7D.

        Personally, I hope there is something “in between” and that it is a DX body as there are still circumstances wher the crop factor body is useful.

      • john

        @Jake

        Should I just grab a D7000? Maybe a D300s…

        Will that handle my 24-70mm 2.8 nikor..?

        I have a D700 and D300 but need another backup

  • hi.im.paul.

    I think this just means that your old batteries and chargers won’t work when you upgrade your camera eventually. The old batteries could short out because of the exposed contacts which is why I’m assuming they are not compatible with the new safety standards.

    • PeterO

      @hi.im.paul,
      While going through security both in Canada and the US, I was asked by security whether I had camera batteries that weren’t in the camera. After having read this: “Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits, e.g. exposed terminals can be taped over…etc” I made sure to package any spare EN-EL3e’s I had. I think it’s about recycling and safety.

  • Psycho McCrazy

    Now I understand why these were on discount at the local brick and mortar stores here in Japan. Maybe I should go out tomorrow and see if there are any left to be picked up at insane rebates!

    • lorenzino

      Rebates on those products?
      Been today in Akihabara and saw none. Price decrease, yes, but normal one, considering that soon they will be replaced. D7000 otoh is not anymore on offer in big chains such as Yodobashi or Bic Camera (it was 90.000 yen in September, now 99.800, if I am not mistaken).
      In general, prices are not going down…

      • Psycho McCrazy

        A while ago the D700 was avaiable for 159800 at a Kitamura store near my place. Not sure about now.

        And I guess some there were a some Nikon rebates running earlier that ended on 28th Oct.

      • jdsl

        kakaku.com

        D7000 was at 75,000-yen last month.

        At 86K-yen, since.

  • http://www.jpgmag.com/people/markwjr Mark

    So, what does this mean? Was it done by Nikon’s hand, or is there some new electronics law that is keeping them from shipping these items?

    Mark

    • Psycho McCrazy

      Based on what I understood from the linked Nikon press release page, the household electronics law was amended n 2008 (20th Nov.) and then there was a grace period of three years for some products, which expires in two weeks!

      How they are able to continue shipping the D3s,x and some other stuff is not clear.

      • Gareth

        Aren’t you in Japan? Surely you know how people approach laws they don’t like over there?

        Did you realise it is illegal to have a TV in your car? Have you seen any japanese cars WITHOUT TVs?

        • Psycho McCrazy

          I should’ve seen this reply coming!

    • D700guy

      It means that even fewer products relating to Nikon FX DSLRs are available now.

  • Zen-Tao

    Lately everything are misfortunes for Nikon. I’m quite worried about Nikon dslrs future.

    • RB

      Why, sales have been great the past year. All the sales and incomes were up with nice figures. Even with the earthquake earlier this year in Japan. I do not fear for the future of Nikon dslrs at all.

    • Booo

      I think Nikon should come out ok. It’s nothing more than a bump in the road that’s shared with lots of other companies. Look at Minolta’s last few years… they started down that toilet by themselves with poor quality control years before they closed shop. They were barely able to introduce their DSLR w/ interchangeable lens to a limited market. (Anyone remember those? Hahaha!)

      That was truly sad… they had some very decent light meters and scanners back in the day…

      • Booo

        How did this get here? Sorry folks!

    • Funduro

      Good thing you don’t grave Olympus, they’re in royal self-screw mode. I wonder if what they did is the norm with Japanese corporations? Olympus execs are in a close race with the Enron execs for the most corrupt execs ever.

  • Jimmy

    So,… factories down and laws that no longer allow Nikon to sell the D700 and D300? They’re s*** out of luck :(

  • big eater

    It’s the exposed contacts on the batts. They’re outlawed in Japan now.

    • Everlast

      That’s shocking, the country that nearly melted-down two nuklear power plants now outlaws exposed battery contacts?!?

      What about concentrating on nuklear reactor safety first, a ?

      • Jan

        indeed. a 40yr old reactor design that exceeded safety requirements and they didn’t stop the earthquake and tsunami from happening.
        shame on them.

        • Xstream

          well the first part of your post makes sense, the second does not, it should be
          “indeed. a 40yr old reactor design that exceeded safety requirements and they didn’t shut it down years ago, before anything major happend. shame on them.”

          • Jake

            The reactor was scheduled to be shut down at the end of the month anyway.

  • Matt

    Cool my D700 value will grow up !! :)

  • Mimmo

    And finally D800! No?

  • jo

    Now they’ll have to replace these ASAP !

    Come on Nikon, Bring on the good stuff !

  • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com Slow Gin

    Now one will agree more and more with TopGear team on those hideous ‘environment-saving’ innovations…

  • Benk

    So basically what this means is there is no chance my D700 battery will work in a D800 or my D3s battery will work in a D4. I imagine they will redesign the batteries so there won’t be the same exposed contacts. I know it was a slim chance the batteries would work in the new cameras anyway, but I was hopeful.

    • enesunkie

      When the D90 was upgraded to the D7000, the batteries changed , but from what I’ve read, the improvements in shots per charge were very noticeable. Is this s inconvenient and expensive, yes. Is this worth it in the long run, we can only hope.

  • 12

    I never realized exposed contacts were such a risk?

    • iamlucky13

      They’re generally not. After all, we’re talking a 7.4 volt battery with semi-recessed contacts.

      Compare that to the 9V batteries with protruding contacts we use in the hundreds of millions across the world. The short potential is pretty minimal.

      However, there’s large numbers of engineers who end up employed in government agencies around the world, sometimes without much prior real-world experience, who’s jobs are to identify and propose solutions to risks people may face.

      In general this is good. It address issues ranging from cribs with slat spacings that allow babies to get their heads stuck to airplanes demonstrating their flight controls work so they can glide to a landing even if all the engines fall. Sometimes the process gets carried away, however.

      When you get an office full of folks with little practical experience beyond reading lots of reports on various hazards in consumer products, and in the shadow of real problems like Sony laptop batteries developing internal shorts and catching fire, they begin to imagine anything remotely similar to something that has been a problem in the past must be a problem now.

      • Booo

        It’s not really the voltage as much as it is the amperage that’s the safety issue. Just looking an older EN-EL3a battery here… it’s 7.4 volt at 1500 mAh (1.5 Ah). You really wouldn’t want to put your tongue on the contacts on this nor would you want to short any lithium or li-po type battery. The high amperage and the composition of battery makes them likely to catch fire or hurt you real bad if the external case fails.

        • iamlucky13

          You slightly misunderstand the spec.

          That’s 1500 milliamp-hours, which is a measure of the energy capacity of the battery. Basically, current multiplied by a theoretical length of time the current can be sustained before draining the battery.

          The number of amps the battery can pass is a different spec based on the internal impedance of the battery.

          Now granted, the impedance of lithium ion batteries is low, so they can generate a lot of current, rapidly heating up. It’s not easy to do this with the partially recessed contacts on the EN-EL3 and similar batteries, however.

        • Ace

          The correct word is “current”.

          • Correcter of Words

            Yes indeeed the correct word is current or alternatively “voltage with a low internal impedance”. The second term can be used (with/without including with a low impedance) if your audience is validly assumed to know that Lithiums have low internal impedance.

  • Ole

    Yeah… get a D700 before Nikon is going out of business… it will be the famous „last One” and the price will increase forever… Man, I’m so tired of waiting… Since Canon brought the 5DMk2 to the market, I‘m waiting for a Nikon with similar specs (FF AND FullHD). I am a photographer AND a videographer, and the HD-DSLR’s are the greatest invention for indie-filmmakers since MiniDV. I have to much Nikon glass (Nikonian since the F70)… so I can’t switch to Canon without a big loss. The whole market is now Canon-centric (Scarlet comes with a… who knows it? Canon-mount, of course…) Zeiss-primes, Rigs, everything is Canon-optimized. Now they bring the 1DX, the 1DC, the C300 and next year the 5DMk3… and what do we Nikonians get…?! A J1 and a V1…thank you very much Nikon. I want a FF-DSLR with 1080 (24, 25, 30, and 50, 60P) and a decent 16-18 MP… is that to much to ask for?
    Greetings from Germany
    and btw.: RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier

    Ole

    • MB

      Apparently

    • Chris Zeller

      My feelings exactly. I was waiting for over a year for the D800 to replace my D70 and got completely tired of waiting. Two weeks ago I broke down and bought a D7000. Not sorry at all. The camera is amazing. Much faster, updated features. Viewfinder is much brighter/wider than the D70. And very good ISO performance. Go for it. I don’t neeed a $4k 36Mp camera anyway. Maybe in 5-6 years I’ll upgrade to FX once it comes down to the masses, but for now its really not worth it. In excange, I also upgraded my glass–70-200 + 14-24 + 28-300. So when FF comes at a reasonable price I’ll be ready. The D700 is a relic and there is no D800 in sight but the D7000 is awesome. Just wish I would have bought it a year ago.

      • http://www.jefferyharmonphotography.com Other_Guy

        The D700 may be a “relic”, but compared to both the D7000 and 5D mkII it’s still the superior still camera. I own the D700 and D7000, and the only thing I use the D7000 for is video. I used to shoot a 5D mkII, and I would take a D700 over one any day…

      • FM2Fan

        The D700 is still great – high quality of images and very durable … the D7000 came much later and is for sure a good choice. But if you want a prime wide-angle, then you need FF …

      • Anton Pusemuggel

        Exactly. Much noise on toys like V1 and other garbage. Panasonic now has a 24 mpix apsc still on the market and Nikon bring out a mini-sensor from a brand which produces sensors for smartphones. A new quality feeling. Canon and even Sony start new intersting models which one day may lead to a leadership in the dslr market.
        Sorry, but it seems Nikon lost its competence.

      • Dr Motmot

        I too waited a whole year for the D800 and ended up getting the D7000 which arrived last week, I have yet to field test it but it looks like a great camera and is a huge upgrade from my D80. Just waiting now for a 180/2.8 or 200/4 upgrade!

    • kyoshinikon

      I do agree that the waiting has been long but the D700 still holds its own against the 5Dmk2 because other than the 2 specs you mentioned the D700 is better in every other way…

    • http://www.1984studios.com Mat

      You and me both brother! I am so tired of the D7000, I almost miss my D300s…

      Cheers to that!

    • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

      blah blah blah blah blah

    • Monkey Nigh Mow

      If you’re a filmmaker with all that Nikon glass, then just buy a freakin’ 5Dii and put an adapter on it. They make ones that let you control aperture and everything. MF shouldn’t be a problem, because with hdslr work it’s better to MF anyway.

      No excuses for you. ;)

  • Jesus_sti

    is this mean that is dangerous to put my tongue on the battery ?

    • booo

      if you do, can you put it up on youtube? thx! :)

      • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

        I think you mean “can you have your mother put it up on youtube?”

        We’re fine to wait until after she commits you to the colony of mutes.

  • Zim

    Please Nikon a D400

  • Charles

    Hey guys, please notice that Nikon intends to keep up the fight for en-el3 & 4 batteries. I think from the above you can infer that D700, D300s and some of the grips are going to be obsolete.

  • NRTARD

    Lol. Buh-bye NIKON. This company is going under.

    • http://www.modifiedphotographics.com Jason

      LOL And our sun is going to enlarge and engulf the inner planets of our solar system, potentially Earth with it. Buh Bye Planet Earth! ;)

      (Tis true, in a few billion years.)

  • John Richardson

    Look, this only IMPACTS sales in JAPAN, not world wide. The products will continue to ship everywhere except in domestic Japan. We all knew this was gonna happen, so way are you surprised? The battery deal had been on the table for 3 years.

    Now, when they formally announce that they will no longer produce “XYZ” THEN you can get your panties in a twist. Right now they are not producing much but HAVE NOT announced they they are discontinuing the mentioned products.

  • Dweeb

    In other words another example of terrible Nikon design in the first place, which Thom talks about in his Nov. 7th entry. Don’t expect your D700 batteries to fit in your D800. Do expect your 50 pound car battery to be cheaper than Nikon’s D800 replacement one.

    • kyoshinikon

      Im guessing the D800 will take the battery of the D7000…

      • Dweeb

        So would I.

    • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

      I think you’re confusing the world terrible with the phrase ‘perfectly fine’. I suspect the “problem” here has more to do with unruly bureaucrats as opposed with a flaw in Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. design, as iAmLucky points out above. I’ve never heard a story about, known a person who, or personally had an issue with one of these batteries having problems stemming from the contact design. This seems like much ado about nothing.

      • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

        Good analysis Ron. Folks throw words like “terrible” around without thinking first. There must be a transition period where some noncompliant products may continue to sell.

        This poses the threat of multiple incompatible standards complicating the design and manufacture of products with worldwide distribution.

  • AnoNemo

    NR Admin,

    I guess you managed to verify the translation. (?) Because the google one is not the best.

    On the other hand, if they are not allowed to sell these in their home market then something gotta be really close. ;-)

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

      Yes, I just don’t understand why they can still sell the D3x/s when they are also impacted by the new law.

      • AnoNemo

        Can the reason be that the D3s/x are pro grade I wonder?

        Or, they were released later and they had a 3 years grace period?

        Or they already have newer batteries? (not likely)

        Or Nikon hired somebody from Olympus who knew some tricks? :-)

      • BornOptimist

        I think it’s related to cost.
        To test a product accordance to standards cost money, and my view on this is the remaining stock of D300s and D700 in Japan are so small, it is not worth to spend the money on approval for those cameras. The remaining stock will be sold outside Japan The stock of D3x/s are larger (or value of the remaining stock is high enough) to make it worth testing for approval of these products.
        The translated text says the D3c/s does not comply today, but it doesn’t say they’re not going to comply after they have been tested.
        I interpret this as D300s/D700 replacement are just around the corner.

      • Richard

        Wasnn’t there something in there about household (consumer) electronics?

        Perhaps the D3s & D3x cost enough that they are not considered household electronics.

  • Joe Jarro

    Admin, do you know how much and/or whether it affects other producers as well?

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

      Not aware of any other manufacturers being impacted by this. In a way this kind of confirms that the D800 should should be out soon (or should have been out already). The replacement for the D300s is not so urgent because there is the D7000.

  • Ray Soares

    Nothing new!

    Just look to CANON 1Dx specs: they’ve changed its batteries due to the new japanese law.

    Of course Nikon will not want loose the Japan market of DSLR’s: but the problem is that the D40/D800 launch is late due the tsunami, flooding etc …

    One more reason to believe that these cameras were to be launched in october, 2011 and were postponed due the tragic events we all know.

    • Ray Soares

      I mean D400 / D800 launch…

    • http://rearrangedphoto.tumblr.com rearranged

      Btw, the Canon 1dx can still use the old batteries too. Let’s hope that applies for the d3 batteries too. Anyway the EN-El3 was used in Nikon cameras since early 2000 so expect the new battery design (en-el15) to be around for years to come.

      • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

        My question is: why does the D3s/D3x fall under this ridiculous law? The contacts aren’t exposed.

        • http://rearrangedphoto.tumblr.com rearranged

          I don’t know, but I guess that kind of explains why they still can be sold… :)

  • tuoni

    NRadmin,
    There’s a typo in the text. I’m sure you meant “Overseas” rather than “Oversees”.
    Thanks.

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

      fixed. sorry. thanks.

  • Tom

    I’m pretty sure there will be 2 models from Nikon soon, since Japan is also a major market of their’s, they are not going to leave their loyal users dry. I think, it was planned for an announcement of the introduction of the new models, until the flood struck which they had to refocus on their efforts of bringing the more important consumer production lines back in business. Poor old Nikon. I feel your plain.

    • PeterO

      Hey Tom, “soon” is a very open ended term. The only deadline I see Nikon having is the London Olympics. Back that up a couple of months for users to get acquainted with the new gear and soon becomes mid 2012. Last financials showed that Nikon wasn’t all too poor. Insurance will take care of the loss of business so I don’t see too much “plain” there either.

      • Tom

        Apologies for the bad spelling. I’m sure the insurance will cover some of it, but the shareholder are always looking for results and future growth, and hence they will need to do something soon. And I’m guessing within the next couple or so months, probably Feb the latest.

        • PeterO

          I think you’re probably right about that. Future growth for the time being is the responsibility of the 1 system, but they won’t be able to sustain that for very long. If the 300 and 700 are no longer welcome in Japan and, assuming that Japan is still their largest market, they would need to start pumping out some new products (i.e. D400/800). With the shutdown of the factory in Thailand it would seem that the DSLRs currently “out there” sitting in warehouses will get redirected to various markets that show some demand. Eventually this is going to dry up. I can’t believe that when they rebuild the factories that they will go back to producing older generation products.

  • Ken

    no big deal and no big rush for a D700/300 replacement (will there every be a day that won’t go by when someone say..where’s teh D800…) I mean seriously…it will be out when it’s out – words of wisdom there huh…!! it’s not like you walk into your local camera store and order a D700 and they shop says yeah that will be 3 weeks while we order one from Japan and have it shipped to you…I’m sure there is a mountain of them somewhere just rising in value right now! Great camera, had one. as soon as it’s released, i wonder who’ll be first to want a D900.

    • T.I.M

      @Ken
      I always wanted a D900 !
      :)

  • http://www.wolfheinrich.com Wolfhenrich

    Got tired of waiting for the D800, got the D7000 instead, now I am a happy bird :)

    • T.I.M

      @Wolfhenrich

      I had a D7000, great 100% bright viewfinder but poor autofocus and I only have AF-s lenses so I don’t need Ai-s compatibility.

      Also you have to unscrew the grip to change the battery, non sens.
      If you’re in DX cameras if think D7000 it’s a better choice than D300s.

      • http://matthewsaville.com Matthew Saville

        Um, you have to remove the grip to change the in-camera battery on pretty much ALL the current gripless DSLR’s from Nikon, actually. The MB-D10 for the D300 / D700 is no different.

        I don’t disagree that the autofocus is slightly inferior to the D700, though. I do prefer the flagship AF, even though it could still use a few improvements…

  • The invisible man

    Whatever we do there will always be stupid people able to kill themself with a 1.5V AA battery.
    I think we should also prohib blades on knives, fire on matches and wheels on bicycles !
    :)

    • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com Slow Gin

      …and sex on children-making. :D

      • Ric

        Do you smoke after sex?

        I’ve never looked.

        Ba Dum Dum.

        • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com Slow Gin

          I do not smoke at all.

          • Monkey Nigh Mow

            LOL think friction fire.

  • http://www.aperurephoto.nl Jimmy Tjon

    What I don’t understand is why the D3x will still be sold, while not complying with the law. If the D800 is underway with “confirmed” spec’s wouldn’t a lot of potential D3x user rather go for the D800?

    • T.I.M

      @JimmyTjon
      People using D3x are busy taking pictures as a living, no time to play on NR all day as we (I) do.
      They will use the D3x they own until it’s good for trash.

      • http://www.aperurephoto.nl Jimmy Tjon

        @T.I.M.
        That’s why I said “potential D3x users”. I also find it strange that the rumours are not about D4 as the London Olympics are the next big event for sportsshooters.

  • Sahaja

    So, if your living in Japan, will you need some modification done to your camera or grip when you need to replace the batteries?

  • nokin

    The D800 has to be coming real soon as here in Sweden its now virtually impossible to get hold of a D700!

    If you look here at Rajala Pro shop they don’t even list it to buy any more!

    http://www.rajalacamera.se/PublishedService?file=&pageID=3&action=view&groupID=411&OpenGroups=374

    And at Scandinavianphoto they have 3 left in the whole country and none to order online!

    http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/product/item.aspx?iid=8127509

    Bring on the D800!!!!

    • Jobrunner

      Has nothing to do with an upcomming D800

      Has EVERYTHING to do with Nikon not willing to comply with new laws, of which they were aware of since november 2008.

      Its beyond me, why Nikon does not want to comply with legislation thats forced up from above. I think they never thought that this would happen.

      • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

        You’re joking, right?

        Did you read the article, or are you just a weak-minded troll?

        • Joe Jarro

          Just an ogre, like all of us, including me

    • Rob

      The D800 isn’t a D700 replacement, so you can’t judge anything about the D800 based on D700 supplies.

      • zoetmb

        Really? Why won’t it be a D700 replacement? Of course it will be.

  • António

    As the link sends us to a Google’s translated page, someone knows what the indication “23 years after November 20, 2003″ before the 2 lists mean?

    • Orikassa

      Is the japanese way to count years . 23 means 23 years since someone died or born. Something about the emperor. Or not.

      • Orikassa

        This year is called 23.

        • Psycho McCrazy

          According to the official Japanese way of date counting, this is the 23rd year of the current Emperor’s reign.

          The 23 years after is just Google Translate being dumb.

          • António

            Hi,
            Thanks very much for your answers and information.

  • Mock Kenwell

    Wow. That one flew over your head and embedded itself in the wall behind you.

  • D800/400 believer

    All i know, is that Nikon is killing me. I dont know if i will tolerate this pain much more time

  • Camaman

    I am waiting for EU to pass a law banning all cameras that have flapping mirrors inside, on the fear they can cause injuries…
    I am sure it’s coming… Now that Canikon are hit with natural disasters I am sure Sony and Samsung are lobbing for that bill in EU…

    …LOL!

  • Royster

    So is Nikon going to come to my house and collect my battery from me.
    Will they give me a pre paid envelope to post it back to Japan.
    Will the dead battery police be keeping an eye on me
    No on all counts.I will continue to take my batteries to the local collection point

  • EMW

    Knowingly selling items which do not meet Japanese safety standards to the USA and other 3rd world countries. A formula for big consumer lawsuits.

    Even a small battery has enough energy to start a fire if the terminals are shorted or arcing. This can bring a aircraft down or burn down a car, home, or apartment building, its a very unlikely event, but possible, lets hope it never happens. However, the product liability for knowingly doing this has to be immense and could be gamboling the company if a big tragedy happens. The Japanese law has been on the books for three years, so it did not blindside anyone at Nikon.

    Perhaps, US customs will block furthur shipments.

    • Monkey Nigh Mow

      My boots can crush a skull, perhaps I should buy some crocs?

    • Rob

      Since when does Customs write law? I always thought that’s what Congress was for…

  • Mark

    NR Admin,

    Are the batteries in the newer DSL Nikon cameras therefore suggesting the D400, D800 and D4 will be compliant? Or does this mean the D400, D800, and D4 will be delayed as needing re-engineering?

    Mark

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

      I don’t think the delay is because of the batteries.

    • Rob

      They’ve known about it for three years. Even if they had SOME plans for the upcoming cameras back then, there’s no way the design of the battery terminals had been irreversibly finalized three and a half years before release.

  • CadenceSF

    So anyway…. the battery contact is exposed when people that plastic cover off, otherwise it’s not. Safety issue? Well, if you’re sloppy enough to not put the cover back on. What’s with the new law? Well, saving Lithium a valuable resource is quite valid point, however ultimately it’s up to the consumer to turn their batteries in for proper recycling. So in the end whatever the bureaucratic safety department in Japanese gov may try to enforce by forcing Nikon to comply doesn’t make much sense.

  • http://www.jsvfoto.com jsv

    Does this mean the value of the D700 will remain steady?

    • Pete

      The photographic value will surely remain steady (unless the photographer using it gets better/worse). The monetary value might stay the same, too, as not everybody wants a hypothetic 36MPxD800; you can make excellent large prints from D700 files today. If you need even larger files, use your existing F80, F6 or FM for 18MPx bliss.

  • jack

    Shame on Nikon!

  • Nicolò

    I am sure there will be some big surprises after Thanksgiving!

  • allen23

    great so if they don’t release something new then they lose the market 100%. I bet the share holders won’ allow that to happen :)

  • john

    I have alot of Nikon glass and it scares me that Nikon’s financial condition may deteriorate causing Nikon to lose market position.

    I checked the availability of the Nikon D3s ,Nikon D700 and D300s and it seems B&H is on backorder for those items.

    Nikon continues to place their factories in areas with a serious natural disaster history.

    I know that the odds of this happening in one year are slim but they do happen.

    I really think Nikon is in serious trouble and may lose the dslr battle to Canon and Sony completely.

    That is a shame because Nikon makes a great product. Lenses, build quality, reliability, image quality and flash system are second to none. This means very little if the product is largely unavailable in the USA.

    I need to know I can get a camera body (pro quality) when I need a replacement..

  • http://www.fotografiaesencial.com/blog Fotografia Esencial

    It is likely Nikon will speed up the launch of the D300s and D700 replacements in order to fullfil Japan needs.

    • Richard

      The question is does Nikon have the ability to produce the cameras, even if the design has been finalized? Right now that does not appear to be the case, although it is conceivable that the situation might be different sometime in Q1 2012. I do hope that Nikon will abandon plans to restart production of the models due to be replaced and proceed directly to production of the new models though.

      This could create a short term gray/black market in Japan for items sold else where! What irony.

  • John

    I think Nikon will lose a hugh market share to Canon and Sony…

    Nikon just seems like it’s business decisions poor. Build factories in places with much higher risks of natural disasters…Have no real backup…No factories in areas other than Asia..

    Nikon is done in dslr’s and probably finished in point and shoots.

    I guess Nikon is no pro photographers company.

  • john

    What does the regulations do to getting replacemet batteries for the Nikon d300 and d700?

    I can see the market drying up for replacements. Is it time to sell off both of those camera’s??

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