Production issues are plaguing the production of Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR DSLR lens, the company reports.
Confirmation of this comes after weeks of speculation that the company was grappling with production issues or cutting some products altogether.
As PetaPixel reports, this is the first time Nikon has acknowledged a production issue with lenses after multiple reports of APS-C lenses being on backorder for some time now. This was followed up with the end of some F-mount lenses.
From a consumer’s perspective, product lines are either going extinct or something is wrong with the chain of production. Given the myriad issues that have plagued multiple industries because of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the latter isn’t implausible.
A message from Nikon to customers translated from Japanese reads in part:
“Thank you for your continued patronage of Nikon products.
Due to production reasons, it will take some time for some products to be delivered to customers. Therefore, we will suspend the acceptance of orders after May 21, 2021 (Friday).
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers.
We will consider the delivery time and the resumption time of orders while observing the situation and will inform you again as soon as it is confirmed. We will do our utmost to deliver the product as soon as possible, and we appreciate your understanding”
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