Since its launch in August 2018, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6 PF ED VR lens has been perpetually out of inventory. In previous apologies, Nikon has mentioned demand for the 500mm F5.6 lens has exceeded provide, however now we all know simply how restricted provide is.
Virtually instantly after launching the 500mm F5.6 PF lens, Nikon Japan issued an apology [Japanese], stating it wouldn’t be capable to ship all 500mm F5.6 pre-orders in September, because it had hoped to do. Six months later, it issued one other apology, stating orders had exceeded expectations and so they had been working to ship items as quickly as potential.
|Screenshot used with permission from Nikon Rumors.|
Now, Nikon Rumors has shared a screenshot of the German Nikon Skilled Service web site noting just one,000 items are capable of be produced every month. The textual content within the screenshot, seen above, interprets (by way of DeepL) to:
‘Supply presently unsure, since solely about 1,000 copies are produced per thirty days. We apologize for any inconvenience and can settle for any pre-order.’
|A screenshot from the present product web page on Adorama exhibiting the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6 PF ED VR lens is ‘On Backorder.’|
We contacted Nikon USA to verify in on the present pre-order standing and make clear whether or not or not manufacturing is at 1,000 items per thirty days and obtained the next response:
‘Orders of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens have exceeded our expectations. We admire our prospects’ persistence as we work to satisfy orders as rapidly as potential.’
In different phrases, Nikon isn’t confirming the 1,000 unit per thirty days restrict, however it isn’t denying it both. Regardless of the case is, it doesn’t appear to be the backorders are slowing down anytime quickly, so don’t get your hopes up that you will have Nikon’s compact telephoto lens anytime quickly.