If you’ve been in this industry for a while, you’re quite aware that natural disasters in the far East caused delays in camera and lens manufacturing. Very recently, a very large earthquake happened in Japan and if Mirrorless Rumors is to be believed, then delays may be inevitable. According to a post on the site, Sony has halted sensor production in Kumamoto to evaluate what happened. They also claim that it’s going to have an effect on camera sales for Sony, Fujifilm and Nikon. These companies tend to purchase Sony sensors for their cameras. This also makes me wonder about Olympus.
Considering that this is a Photokina year and we’ve already started to see some major steps forward in technology, I’m very curious to see what’s going to happen. Will there really be delays? Will the furious stream of new products coming out every quarter be changed? Additionally, how will this affect prices?
The dedicated camera and lens industry is already taking a hit because of the cell phone market but I really wonder what’s going to happen moving forward.