Dear Lifehacker, I'm looking into buying a DSLR and lenses but I'm generally getting a sense that stock levels for Canon gear are pretty low because of the disasters in Japan. Do you know what the current situation is or if there is any idea of when stock levels will get back to normal? Thanks, Canon Fodder
Dear Canon Fodder,
We put that question to Canon Australia directly but its media relations department was obviously either ashamed, incompetent or overworked, as no-one ever got back to us. However, it doesn't take much Googling to discover numerous reports of gear shortages for major camera brands. The issue at this point is not the direct impact of the tsunami itself as the ongoing power strikes and rationing, which make it difficult for factories to run at full capacity.
With that said, a quick search around a few shopping sites did reveal Canon (and other) equipment in stock, so it might be a case of having to do a bit more hunting online than usual rather than giving up altogether. Second-hand sources such as eBay or refurbished gear in camera stores are also an option, especially if prices end up staying unusually high in response to the shortage.
Any other readers had trouble getting hold of cameras and camera gear? Share your experience in the comments.
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