Nikon Japan has announced its Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition lens is being delayed indefinitely, due to supply constraints. It’s also confirmed the release date for the first batch of its Z fc mirrorless camera, but notes it too will be delayed following the shipment of the initial batch of pre-orders.
In its announcement (translated) regarding the Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition lens, which was set to be released before the end of the month, Nikon Japan says the following (machine-translated):
‘[We have] received a larger-than-expected number of reservations, and due to delays in the supply of parts, [it] will not be able to provide an adequate supply for the launch. As a result, we have decided to postpone the release. We will inform you of the release date as soon as it is confirmed.’
As for its new Z fc APS-C mirrorless camera, Nikon Japan says ‘some customers who have already pre-ordered’ the camera or kit (with the Nikkor 16–50mm VR SL lens) will receive their shipments, but subsequent orders ‘may take some time’ before they’re delivered. Nikon Japan confirms those first units will ship out on July 23rd.
Nikon Japan issued a warning earlier this month that supply would likely be limited, but this is the first confirmation that orders are being delayed. This latest notice (translated) reads (machine-translated):
‘We are pleased to announce the release date for the APS-C size (Nikon DX format) mirrorless camera “Z fc” and related products, which were previously announced to be released in late July 2021.
We have received a larger-than-expected number of reservations for the Z fc and Z fc 16–50 VR SL Lens Kit. For some customers who have already pre-ordered, it may take some time before the products are delivered.’
Nikon Japan doesn’t specify what components in particular are causing issues in the supply chain, but the global semiconductor shortage is likely to blame. No timeframe is given for when we can expect an update either, so anyone who’s pre-ordered or looking to order any of these units will have to exercise their patience.
We will keep in contact with Nikon and will update you with any additional information going forward.