Prices of photo equipment go up, limited supply in upcoming months

The price of some cameras and lenses produced in Japan has gone up since the earthquake in Japan (see Nikon for example). At the same time, supply is limited and will probably stay this way in the foreseeable future. Most of the factories are open in Japan, but things are still far from being normal.

MSRP price and shortages are my expectations for this summer, especially for popular Japanese made photo equipment. Some products are already officially delayed (see Canon's latest announcement), others like the Fuji X100 are currently in a very high demand and very short supply (Fuji halted the X100 production). FujiFilm Europe also announced potential X100 delays till late April/early May. Some units were sold on eBay for $2600 (original price: $1200). Here are the current X100 listings:

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  • PR Admin, do you have any information about Carl Zeiss made by Cosina? Are the prices up too? What’s with shipment worldwide? What’s with condition of facilities?

    • I could not find any info on Zeiss/Cosina. Some of their lenses I believe are still made in Germany.

      • Bruce

        Cosina are up in Nakano, Nagano prefecture. A friend told me the Shinkansen is running back up there between Tokyo/Ueno and Nagano so I may take a ride up and have a look see at the facilities. My guess, physically they will be OK, but again with respect to raw material and component supply there could be issues arising from the problems in Tohoku.

  • sflxn

    I’m in Hong Kong right now and almost snagged myself an X100, but the sales guy went to check with his manager and found out they were held for those who had preordered.

  • x100

    would anybody here would pay over $2000.00 (USD) for a Fuji x100?

    • ZDP-189

      I did yesterday and it was worth it. I bought after a half hour playing in the store. I could have bought a mint boxed X1 fro 25% less, but the X100 was a clear winner in every respect. I have since found it to be better than I had thought when I bought it.

      It’s a revolutionary camera. I’m not saying so because of the hype (or negative hype from uninformed people who originally dissed it purely on spec and price). I’m not saying so just because of the hybrid viewfinder, either. That’s great, but it’s not the entire story. It’s the whole package: a focus on traditional shooting process on a digital platform, the quietness of a compact camera, IQ of a (decent) DSLR, very fast burst and some very interesting bracketing features.

      OK, it’s not revolutionary in the same degree as the Leica I or M3, but it’s in the league of the PEN E-P1, EOS 300D, DCS 100, Nikon SP, Canon AE-1 or I daresay the Leica M8. Tsunami-induced production problems mean it’ll probably not be a huge commercial success for Fujifilm over its product life, but it’ll spawn a successful new genre. Early Japanese production models will remain rare and years from now, many people will not have handled one.

      I plan on extracting every dollar out of its premium price through its images. This week I shot 35 rolls of professional quality film at upto $10 per roll and a further $5 in developing and scanning; through camera kit of comparable cost and I have a few such travel shoots coming up in the month. It makes economic sense for me and it will make sense for many more people than will have the chance to own one before production catches up with demand or the model is superseded.

      • Bruce

        Did your dealer buy your lunch or a steak dinner? What did you get for your extra $800 above MSRP?

        • ZDP-189

          Bragging rights. Now I know how hot chicks feel with every other bloke staring at my chest. I took the camera in to get a LCD protector and my excited second hand dealer spent the next 30 minutes running round showing his mates.

  • Carmine Bellabona

    Sono uno dei fortunati che l’ha ricevuta ieri. E’ fantastica e molto discreta, aspetto solo l’aggiornamento di Adobe per i Raw. P.s. non la venderei nemmeno per il doppio 😉

    • WoutK89

      I am one of the lucky ones who received it yesterday. It ‘s great and very discreet, just wait for the update to Adobe Raw. P.s. not sell it even for double

      • WoutK89

        source: google translate 😛

        • Carmine Bellabona

          Thanks!

      • sflxn

        If you got yours at Cam2, then I was the one who tried really hard to grease the deal and swipe one of the preorders, probably yours. 😉

  • amien

    Ridiculous… Paying 2K for a F2 APS camera is a joke. Ok if it was a FF 1.4-1.8 rangefinder … but an APS cam…

  • broxibear

    There are image comparisond between the Fujifilm X100 and Olympus EP2 here: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujifilm-x100-vs-olympus-ep2-15920?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ephotozine+%28ePHOTOzine%29
    The EP2 is better wide open at low iso but at higher isos the X100 is a lot better…the Fujicon lens seems to be the weak link?
    Still a lot of money at the normal price nevermind the ebay prices.

  • amien

    yeap ! & I remember that the main argument was they opted for a fixed lens super optimised for the camera … For 2K you can get the 24mm 1.4 AFG + D3100 which is a darn great setup ! Or For 600$ buy a micro-43 + 20mm 1.7 pankake lens !!!

    This Fuji X100 has a 1 Year hype life cycle. Uncomparable to the Medium format folding cameras.

  • broxibear

    Interesting article on the BBC News site about how the earthquake and tsunami are affecting global manufacturing…
    “extensive damage caused to Japan’s infrastructure has seen problems arise with supply chains, not just within the country but also globally.
    And analysts warn that things are going to get worse for manufacturers in the immediate future.
    getting the supply chain up and running like before is dependent on too many external factors.
    Getting their factories up to speed is the only bit that Japanese manufacturers control.
    They have to wait and hope that the rest of the infrastructure repair takes place quickly.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/12858580

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