FROM: Ned Redway, Redway Photo Office, On Thursday March 17, 2011 02:03 PDT
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA -- Normally, I do not post about, or go to anything photography related on the Internet. However, today I learned the Nikon Factory buildings which built DSLR camera bodies, professional SB 900 Series Flashes, and any professional grade lens, are gone!
Not damaged; gone! As in no they longer exist!
I was told the same for Canon, but since I do not shoot Canon, I did not confirm this
My sources told me that both Nikon and Canon have suspended all camera manufacturing operations in order for people to tend to their personal lives, and families. This is very Japanese, here in America, we may (some companies) demand people come to work, so I place this information as good, also, most of the industries in Japan are next to or near each other.
Any DSLR, lens or flash made in Japan, the buildings, machines tooling, assembly buildings everything gone.
For my company we use only the professional line of D3X & D3s and D300 series DSLR, and I have all the large super tele-photo primes Nikon makes 200.2, 300 2.8, 400 2.8 200-400 4, and now 600 4 All are the new VR series models. plus we have all of the other lenses in the current catalog with I think two exceptions, and I have two of most. I have to supply assistants who were too dumb (most Pros) to invest in digital, and Don't know how to secure projects to keep their system updated. I Can't have someone work a project for me with a D1.
Today, I had my agent locate me as many D3 series cameras (I have 8) as he can, so we will be secure for future work. We also have quite a few D300s. I skip the D700, for no real reason, they are very good cameras. I may add a few of them at this point.
Also I will add as much as I can locate, which today may not be too hard, but soon it will be very expensive.
if you want it or need it, get it!
Again made in Japan DSLR bodies, all high end f2.8 lenses, and flashes.
We hope all the people of Japan are doing well. I really do not know what to even say over this disaster.
Ned Redway, Owner
Ned Redway Photography
NR Digital Productions Worldwide