Nikon issued a 5th notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand

Yesterday Nikon issues a 5th notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand:

  • Partial operation of the factory resumed on January 3, 2012
  • Part of the production is already moved to Japan and Nikon's partner factories in Thailand
  • Nikon is expected to resume production of DSLR and lenses to normal levels by the end of March 2012
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  • dave

    Glad to see that things are getting back to “normal” in Thailand.

    Is it possible I am first?

    • LGO

      D400 … by 3Q this year?

      • Could be even sooner. Maybe out before the Olympics?

      • … maybe even with a 16-85mm f/4 VRII?

        • Roberto

          Why not 15-85?

      • dave

        Been saving my pennies for a D400, but if the rumors are true and they’ve sacrificed image quality for more pixels, then I may just opt for a used D700 a bit after the D800 starts shipping.

  • Also its good to be transparent about your operations.

    • Plus one.

      This is an area Nikon has not been good about in the past, nor has any Japanese company, for that matter.

      I am still waiting for hard drive prices to return to normal.

    • “Why? Everybody knows now that Nikon is never going to make another DSLR.” “The D7000 was Nikon’s last DSLR, and they’ve stopped making any professional cameras.” “Just more pink coolpixes from now on.” “We won’t ever even see an announcement (let alone actual product) for the D3s replacement, D700 replacement, D300s replacement, etc.” “Nikon has failed.”

      Blah blah blah.

      • LOL.

      • Eric

        uhmmm…they just announced the D4 a few days ago…

      • cpm5280


        Nikon doesn’t have the release rate of Canon, nor does it have that immense industrial company’s resources (or baggage)…and while the pace may frustrate some, Nikon’s always come through. For me, anyway.

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    going to be odd to see 18-55 lenses w/ a made in japan label…

    • Eric

      I got a bunch of f/1.4 primes and f/2.8 zooms, but I love my 18-55.
      I use it as a constant f/5.6 zoom in studio, outdoor or with my tripod in low light conditions.
      It’s sharp, lightweight and it costs as much as one 77mm filter for my pro lenses.

  • nir.exe

    So maybe now we could get a made in Japan 60mm afs 🙂

  • Dweeb

    Without knowing the products involved, doesn’t say much. As usual.

  • great news yes interesting to see made in japan on lenses/dslr’s previously made somewhere else

  • Wish they would officially release the D800 specs so people could determine if they wanted to wait or move up to the D4.

    • ennan

      Yeah – I’m dying to see the D800 spec. The D4 looks tasty and I am tempted but in terms of stills it’s not a vast improvement over the D3 – certainly not like the massive leap the D3 was over the previous generation. I think I could happily stick with the D3 for a long time but I am attracted to the video functions of the D4.
      If the D800 has the same functions I’d probably sway towards that since it’ll offer the ridiculous resolution as well – it makes more sense for me to have the D3 as my high speed, low noise, get the shot everywhere camera and the D800 as the high resolution, super fine detail, video monster rather than having the D3 and D4 combo.

  • Shawn Y

    Is it clear which products are affected? I have been carefully saving my pennies to buy a 35mm f/1.4 at the discounters in NYC, for instance, but not only are they out of stock, there’s no indication when stock might return, nor at what price.

    • Zeke

      My 35mm f/1.4 AF-S says “Made In Japan” on it, for whatever that’s worth. However, who knows what domino effect the Thailand flooding might be having on Japanese production schedules.

      You might call around some local camera shops. It seems that every time all the mail order places are out of stock, I can find the hot item just sitting on the shelf locally.

      • Shawn Y

        Oh I can find it, but the difference is $200-$400 from the posted mailorder price. $200 here, $200 there over my whole bag really adds up (for me).

        • Mark Mariucci

          Nikon has standardized pricing now so there is no cheaper discount price anywhere. If so, the company loses the right to sell Nikon products for a determined amount of time per offense. I am happy about this because it finally weeds out the dishonest retailers.

          • Not Surprised

            Except that the costs are worse than inflation + new taxes with standardized prices. Nikons prices are artificially way too high.

            • Mark Mariucci

              The culprit there is the $ exchange rate. The Japanese are hurt by this with higher prices and we pay that. Nikon has usually been more expensive than most including Canon and that remains so. Many times the discounters took things out of a box and sold it separately to make a deal seem better. Of course there is sales tax too, so buying from online is still going to be cheaper if you don’t pay your tax to the government.

    • Dweeb

      The upside to that is they are not smashing them out in some third party facility in China to satisfy short term demand.

  • Christopher

    Where is my D400 ????

    Seriously, I believe that maybe we hear an announcement about it on 9-12 February 2012, at Japan Show.

    • Any Anon

      A D400 will be inside the D800 😉

      • CAT

        + 1

      • mikils

        finally somebody else who points out the obvious!

        • Andrew

          What do you mean?

      • Brian

        Except that all the people clamoring for a d400 don’t want to or can’t afford to spend $4000 for it. Not to mention the fact that it’ll probably be much more pleasant an experience to shoot one through it’s own 100% viewfinder rather than the cropped out centre of a 36 mp camera’s. The cropped out section would obviously still be a 100% view, but at what magnification?

  • Alex

    So where was my preordered Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens made? Made in Japan???

    • Kon_head

      Made in Thailand, with date stamp of Jan 5, 2012 🙂 Nice & fresh.

  • Great News!! Maybe I can finally get my hands on a 17-55 f/2.8 since my switch to FX will take a bit longer than I expected.

  • Robin


    D4 disappointment in price, and morphing into a camcorder rather than a DSLR.


    D800 disappointment in ISO/FPS & huge files.

    I am looking for some redemption in D400

    Please make it a affordable sports camera.

    • broxibear

      “and morphing into a camcorder rather than a DSLR” lol…I know what you mean.
      I had the same thought after reading all the information when the D4 was launched. The previews and hands on were so concerned about video features it felt like there was a small asterix next to the D4 logo, and right at the bottom of the page it would say “* please note this camera also takes still images”.
      It’ll definitely be interesting to see exactly what the D800 and D400 will be…and if it’s what people want ?

      • Andrew

        A camcorder with a full frame sensor and low light performance is a serious Indie device; now you can have it in a camera.

      • Zeke

        I _don’t_ know what you mean.

        In what sense isn’t it a DSLR? How has it’s DSLRness been compromised for video? What obvious still-camera improvements did Nikon ignore?

        The only department I see where the D4 may not improve on the D3S is low-light noise (we’ll have to wait and see), but if so, that’s a consequence of more megapixels, which the video guys would be happy to do without.

        • Claustral

          “What obvious still-camera improvements did Nikon ignore?” Try these for size (though I am NOT saying these were lost in order to include the video improvements):
          In-body GPS
          In-body WiFi
          Reduced weight
          “Retina” type rear screen
          Flexible/movable rear screen
          Retain good battery life
          sRAW formats (ie reduced resolution RAW formats)
          Focus sensors out to the edges of the frame…

          I am sure many others can add ideas that should/could have been included.

          • Zeke

            I agree with the battery life and the focus sensors. The former is allegedly to do with regulation. The latter is due I think to split-prisms simply not working at those ray angles. Canon says outright that it can’t be done.

            I sort of agree that it would be neat if the camera could do in-camera binning, but I certainly wouldn’t call the result “raw.”

            GPS, WiFi, a flexible screen were all left out on purpose I think. The first two are limited/illegal in some places, which is a non-starter for an international news-gathering tool. All add weight.

            As for weight reduction: they _did_ reduce the weight. Could they have reduced it even more? I suppose. Who knows the tradeoffs here.

            The screen is bigger and with an improved color gamut. Could it stand even more resolution? Sure, but this doesn’t seem like a deficiency as a camera.

            My original point being that Nikon made improvements everywhere, yet people complain that that they somehow ignored its still camera mission to pursue video. That is demonstrably untrue.

            • Claustral

              Thanks for the considered reply! We’re in complete agreement that the improved video support hasn’t hurt the still image function. As for the specific ideas for improvements, you make sound points on all. It was interesting to learn that GPS is banned (or at least requires a license) in Egypt, Syria and N Korea, all of which are of great interest to PJ’s at the moment.

              I think pixel binning should be included in cameras with over 20 mpix resolution. There are times when you just don’t need all that resolution or you want to boost the ISO even further. Of course the D4 is under that 20 mpx limit so, it can live without. It’s just an idea that Canon has used for a while and I think it’s worth including.

              I was disappointed to learn that the laws of physics are preventing better distribution of focus points. Let’s hope a solution is found in time, but I respect the challenge.

              As for a “retina” screen – I was thinking more of what it could do for text and graphics, not so much image preview. If there was net connectivity then of course you could start to web-enable the screen, but that would require more pixels. This might be a feature for the D7000’s replacement.

              There is a lot of functionality in smartphones that needs to find its way into DSLRs. Perhaps not at the pro-level for all the reasons you listed, but the semi-pros could get a lot of value out of them.

    • Brian

      I could see them making the d400 to the d4 same as the d300 was to the d3.

      Perhaps they’ll squeeze as much low light ability as they can out of the d7000 sensor(after more than a year of tweaking now I think. Say 6400 like d3?) then they’ll have two sports cameras with 16mp. Give it the same AF, metering, connectivity(wt5, Ethernet) as the d4. 8fps (10fps with grip & d4 battery), shutter rated to say 250000. Perhaps even a crop mode like the d2x had but more like 1.2 crop yielding a 9-10mp file?

  • Hello Admin,

    You hinted at some lenses that might possibly be released this year – are there any rumours of a new FX ultra wide angle prime releases this year?

    I’d really like to see a new 14mm 2.8 kind of a lens. I imagine Nikon assuming that we’re all set with the 14-24mm 2.8, but I would like to see a lighter (an more affordable) UWA for bringing on long hikes.

    Since the DX line-up is even more desperate for some proper (U)WA primes, I guess it’s unlikely for now…

    • Steve Starr

      Agree. It would be nice for some ultra-wide FX prime, maybe a 8mm or 10mm? They have a stellar 14-24mm f/2.8 now, but they just need something much wider.

      To make it lighter they could leave out the auto-focus motor and VR stuff, or use the body’s screw-drive if you have it, as the depth of focus would be extreme as it is and wouldn’t need that much of a twist to maximize it.

      Might need a filter drawer though.

    • WoutK89

      The 14/2.8 prime that exists, is indeed nowhere near as big as the 14-24 zoom.
      If Nikon decided to refresh all lenses, it’s a matter of when, not if we see the lens.

  • gpereir4

    Pardon my ignorance, but is the D4 made in Japan like its predecessors?

  • Aldo

    Good to know. D7000 bodies are out of stock right now, and some are selling them for almost what it cost a new Canon 5D Mark II.

  • Brock Kentwell

    D800 will now be filled entirely with 36 MP Pad Thai instead of image sensor.

  • WoutK89

    For all of you video geeks interested, DPReview claims 24Mbps video files out of the D4.

  • Landscape Photo

    D800 + a walkabout VR midrange zoom is what I’m expecting. Something like a 28-105
    mm… Even f/4.5-5.6 will do as long as it is really compact (about the size of 50mm f/1.4 G)

  • DjangoJeremy

    I’m having to force myself to wait very patiently to buy a D7000 at a sensible price! End of March seems a long time away. I keep looking at the Canon D60 and wondering…

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