The ongoing chip shortage and general supply chain continue to strike, and all camera manufacturers are struggling to produce enough supply to meet demand. Just last week, Sony announced it would no longer take orders for some of its mirrorless cameras. Now, Canon has published a notice stating that it could take more than six months before it is able to deliver on new EOS R3 and Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens orders.
The Canon EOS R3 was officially announced in late September, and with incredible video capabilities, it made a lot of waves on the Internet. The R3 is Canon’s latest flagship mirrorless camera. Due to the global chip shortage, every technology manufacturer from Apple to Sony to Canon has been experiencing some kind of manufacturing issue. While raw numbers point to a market that is still down compared to last year, the market is trying to recover. This coincides with reports from camera store owners who note that they can’t keep stock of anything: demand has not been this high in years.
“Currently, we have received orders for each of the following products in excess of expectations, and due to the impact of global parts supply, delivery delays are occurring. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners. The products are scheduled to be shipped one by one, but it is expected that it will take a lot of time for the new camera body EOS R3 and RF lens RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM. We sincerely apologize for the long wait for our long-awaited customers. We will continue to take measures to ensure a stable supply of products so that we can deliver our products as soon as possible. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding,” the company says.
What is unusual is that Canon is providing somewhat of a timeline: up to or beyond six months for cameras ordered at this point. “It will be shipped in sequence, but it may take more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order.” It isn’t clear how long current orders are expected to take to deliver, but it wouldn’t be out of the question to assume some kind of delay.
More info on Canon’s website.