The situation in Thailand doesn’t look good for Nikon

Nationmultimedia published the above table about the effect of the Thailand flooding on Japanese companies. Quote from the same article:

"Electronic manufacturers also are heavily dependent on production in Thailand. Nikon Corp.’s Thailand plant produces low- to mid-range single-lens reflex cameras, which account for 90 percent of the company’s SLR camera production."

Western Digital who also has factories damaged by the floods said that it may take up to six months to repair their facilities:

"They asked us to speed up draining water from the plants. If it could be done in one to two months, the company expected to then take about four to six months months for repairs."

I received an unconfirmed information that a Nikon press conference in Belgium scheduled for October 26th has been canceled.

Chase Jarvis will have a "Special chasejarvis LIVE on Wed Oct 26th":

I am clueless as of what will happen next week - a lot of conflicting information.

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  • Cray

    Get off your entitlement butt and get a life!!!! Go to Russia if you want the Gov or State take care of you. Or Greece – there’s a country taking care of their people. to Bankruptcy of a whole Europe!

    • George

      So, do you believe we should be able to use all of our gifts to make a profit? If so, I’d be more than happy to take what you have from you by force…. you use your connections and advantages, I use my rather unique skillset. Sounds fair to me if you want an unfettered market.

  • Rona Dare


    Why do articles on this website start with the last page of comments instead of the first page of comments? That makes absolutely no sense to me. In fact, it’s downright annoying.

    • Ke

      That’d be great actually.

  • Dave

    I live in Thailand and it is a really cool place to live. The flooding here is really, really bad and is starting to impact Bangkok now. Nikon is absolutely screwed. If you are in the market for a low to mid priced Nikon, you had better get it now because there is definitely going to be a supply disruption and price increases. There is so much damage everywhere that it is going to take time before they are going to get the plant up and running as there are lots of international manufacturing facilities that have been damaged.

  • One More Thought

    To refocus:
    First, this is a tragedy for the Thai people; their pain is far worse than waiting a bit longer for a new camera.
    Second, we know Nikon will bounce back, they always do,and quicker than anticipated usually.
    Third, perhaps make a contribution to an aid agency that is assisting there?
    Fourth, I think it’s great that we all have such interest in Nikon products; in the long run Nikon will need our business to rebuild over there…and the Thai people will need our business.

  • Blaah

    Politics aside,

    Thailand plant produces low- to mid-range single-lens reflex cameras

    D700 replacement is not low or mid-range, so the flooding might not affect its production?

    • Hard to say. While the D700 is made in Japan, their might be components that come from a supplier that’s been effected.

  • Yoda

    On Union Rumors I am ? ? ?

  • Richard

    OT. We interrupt this enlightening political and economic discussion to speculate about Nikon’s response to the Canon 1D X. Has anyone analyzed the processor configuration yet?

    It appears that there are three processors. One seems to be a controller which may or may not process images. The other two may be set up in parallel for processing images. I am wondering if processor A will take on more than 1 image file prior to handing off the next image file to the B processor. Are there other “tricks” Canon may have used to be able to process 12 18 MP RAW files per second? There were earlier rumors surrounding Nikon processors. Canon have set a rather high mark for Nikon to match.

    • Pat Mann

      Now Canon is calling their TOTL full-frame camera DX.

      Does anyone else find this humorous?


  • The invisible man

    Nikon D3x is backorder at B&H and Adorama…….D4 coming ?

  • hmm

    it seems as though most of the readers of this site know as little about politics as they do about cameras. does that make nikonrumors the fox news of the photo world?

  • Jabs

    WOW – This place got hostile – lol

    And I thought the Nikon vs Canon rivalry was bad, but politics sure has polarized humans.

    Tragedy often unites and politics often divides, hence perhaps so MANY tragedies this year!

  • rhlpetrus

    It’s looking bad and may get worse. Nikon is not such a large company, more than half of their income these days come from cameras and dslrs, mainly the ASP-C low to midrange (read d3100-d7000) are the bread and butter of their lineup. If this is as bad as it looks, Nikon may loose a lot of their revenies for the next few months, including the holiday season. People say they’ll recoup, yes, probably, but at a lot of cost, money and people included.

  • photog

    first Nikon doesn’t talk about cameras, now NikonRumours don’t talk about cameras, BUT everything else…….
    …..thats it, I am switching to Canon…

  • photog

    first Nikon doesn’t talk about cameras, now NikonRumours don’t talk about cameras, BUT everything else…….
    …..thats it, I am switching to Canon…

  • Bama

    According to Thom Hogan, this is what is affected by the flood:

    So what things are made in the affected plant? D3100, D5100, D7000, D300s bodies, plus the 18-55mm DX, 18-105mm DX, 18-200mm DX, 70-300mm, and I think, 60mm Micro-Nikkor lens are assembled there, as well as the 24-120mm and 28-300mm. That’s basically the bulk of Nikon’s consumer DSLR sales, plus a large chunk of the low-end FX optics.

  • Just to “confirm” (under a merely “photographic” term) this is what I got into today’s mailing list from one of the online shops over here:

    – due to flooding in Thailand, photographic market will be subject to price variations and camera / lens availability will be checked and updated daily. Nikon is the company most impacted and they say the the “plant manufacturing D5100, D3100, 55-300, 50mm is completely destroyed”

    So they say that some cameras (mostly p/s but also Canon EOS MKII body) plus D7000, D90 etc. are in “short supply” while those and other cameras (always p/s plus more Canon SLRs – 7D / 600D / 5D and also some popular lenses like Tamron 17-50 and Nikon 70-300 or 18-105), not to forget Apple iPAD2 prices are raising because of the uncertainty of availability (probably they are impacted indirectly)

    • I have been receiving similar tips, my only problem is that the D800 is supposed to be produced in Japan and the announcement should not be impacted by the flooding in Thailand.

      • john

        I hope you are right Admin. I’ll buy it.

        If not I’m selling my Nikon stuff and going with the new Canon.

        • Richard

          For one thing, even if Canon delivers the 1D X on time that will be next march. For another, we have not yet heard from Nikon.

          What Canon appears to have done is to have taken a page or two (or three) from the Nikon approach to IQ and high ISO performance and what everybody and their dog, myself included, have been harping on for a very long time, the need for improve image processing ASICs. What Canon have done appears to use their old ASIC for auto-focus and exposure calculation and then used two new ASICs for nothing other than image processing, including, and I emphasize this, noise reduction in processing. That they are able to claim a 12 fps (RAW) burst rate is a testament to the dual ASIC image processing hardware. Please note that at very high ISOs the frame rate drops to 10 fps, presumably because of the additional noise reduction processing.

          That Canon has taken this approach is a testament to the outstanding performance of the D3S.

          If one already uses Canon equipment either by itself or with other equipment, whether Nikon or not, it would be logical to be interested in adding the 1D X to their arsenal. If one is heavily invested in Nikon kit, it would be jumping the gun to abandon it at this point without even seeing Nikon’s next generation of products.

          I will say that Canon have had the benefit of designing and manufacturing their own sensors whereas Nikon have worked in conjunction with their partner Sony and may not always have gotten the exact sensor they may have wanted, but have, nevertheless, benefitted from Sony’s capabilities. Nikon have increasingly worked on their own sensor design. Whether the next generation of sensors will be theirs or remain a collaborative effort remains to be seen.

          Either way I look forward to what new offerings Nikon brings forth.

  • Just Me

    Well all, I kind of like to take off and go shoot photography to forget about all the greed, politics, bills, unemployment, and government angst. I also like to escape to Nikon Rumors for the same kind of enjoyment. I am sure we could find a site or many sites that would love all the economical, governing methodologies, and the like discussions. I kind of like talking about cameras and reading what you guys have to say about cameras. I like dreaming about what the next generation camera is going to have. Can we talk about cameras?

    No offense intended I just come here to read about cameras.

    Looking forward to the D800. May have to upgraded the computer memory to handle panos. I love panos with the Gigapan head. Largest todate is a 166 photos at 12 megapixels each (Yosemite El Capitan).


    • studio460

      I too, come here just to read about cameras. I was surprised by the amount of political discourse here, in a comment section mainly about the devastation to Nikon’s plant in Thailand.

      Aside from the human tragedies to those in the affected areas, I can’t help but feel sorry for Nikon’s management for their incredible misfortunes. I read about the Nikon Thailand plant flooding almost in disbelief. Certainly, two natural disasters to contend with must’ve hit Nikon hard. The only saving grace is that their new product line, Nikon 1, is being manufactured in China.

  • Citycom

    They should build factory where are no floods, tornado’s, tsunamis, exploding power plants, earthquakes, rioting people and other disasters 🙂 There are so many countries with cheap workers and good position without such destructing natural phenomenons 🙂

    • another voice

      In that case recommend to Siberia, but there are two disadvantages in this, the first is the upcoming replay of Putin’s rule which means problems for business, and another: cold.


      Poland, but there is a one disadvantage, from a fanatical right-wing Catholics who have a lot of power and influence to manipulate the public because they want to make a religious state. Besides, the rest of the conditions satisfied;)

  • OitaJP

    Meanwhile here in the land of the rising sun, prices are rising as the sun : ( D3100 double kit is almost $100 more, $100 more even for basic D3100 lens kit. D5100, D7000 prices are also increasing day by day. One of my supplier even run of out of stock and they don’t even know when they will have stock available.

    • studio460

      Yes. Everything seems to have increased by at least $100 overnight (since last Sunday). A refurb lens I was about to click “buy” on Saturday night, went from $1,000 to $1,100, overnight. The new MAP jumped $200. NR was right on target again (thank you, Admin!), about Nikon’s new MAP retail policy. Thankfully, I got at least one $1,400 lens under the wire as a refurb for only $999, just two days before the across-the-board MAP increase. Thank you, again, NR!

  • good luck to everyone waiting/wishing for a new camera, maybe next xmas

    • studio460

      Thank god I bought that D3s refurb in April, a month after the tsunami. Yes, the D4 is going to be awesome. But it’s going to be EXPENSIVE. As NR reported, everything has gone up. The Canon 1D X is near D3s pricing, which I think is a good indicator that the D4 will be megabucks.

      Maybe the moral is: Buy what you want NOW. Why wait for the D800? Get that D700 and a super-good lens with the money saved. It’s only going to get worse.

      • studio460

        I said, “The Canon 1D X is near D3s pricing.” I meant to say, it’s near-D3x pricing, meaning a LOT!

  • I’ll keep patient and nursing my D700 into next year.

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