Canon and Nikon product shortage makes increase the prices. What about Panasonic and Olympus?


The very well informed Amateur Photographer website (Click here) noticed that “high-end digital SLRs threatens to raise street prices in the coming weeks as UK dealers struggle to meet demand after last month’s Japanese earthquake.

Also our sources told us that product shortage is expected for all Japanese camera producer (Including Panasonic and Olympus). The worst “rumor” I received told me that there will be supply problems for the next 6 months! If you noticed a price increase on Panasonic/Olympus products drop me a message at The only thing I have seen is that in US there were almost no price drops or deals on any Micro Four Thirds product during the last 3 weeks and also the Panasonic GH2 is out of Stock again (Check Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay). That’s pretty unusual.

The only real good deal is the GH1 kit offer. It’s ongong since a few weeks and will last until the last GH1 has been sold:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!

P.S.: There were a few dollar price drops on the Panasonic 100-300mm lens which is now in Stock for $525 at Amazon (Click here).

  • Jadakiss

    For many products, yes, I’ve seen price increases….at least in the US….still they beat Euro pricing:)

  • Rick D

    For sure the Oly HG and SHG 4/3 lenses have gone up. Response to the quake? Impossible to say but worth keeping track for anybody in the market.

  • Marco

    Just wanted so say that the Panasonic GH2 is out of stock in Germany at almost all online retailer since weeks. Clearly the consequences of the earthquake.

  • Will Frostmill

    Well, I’ve noticed that the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and 14mm f/2.5 are out of stock on Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, and Digital Rev. Normally the MSRP is around $400 US, with occasional $20-30 discounts. Now they are all listed at $400, except for B&H (which has a discount), and Digital Rev, which has them marked up between $130-$150 more than usual!

    So I would expect shortages due to panic buying for the foreseeable future. Like January, perhaps.

    • Michael Meissner

      However, in the case of Panasonic, they had chronic short supply problems (G-H2 being the prime poster child, though I recall the 20mm being rather scarce also) before the earth quake with periods where suddenly things were available in certain markets. I guess I was lucky getting my 20mm a few weeks ago.

      FWIW, my photo store (Hunts in Melrose, MA) does list having the micro 4/3rds 14mm, the micro 4/3rds 20mm, and 4/3rds 25mm in stock, though they are back ordered on the other Panasonic lenses. Hmmm, the 25mm is more expensive than I remember, and they don’t even list the micro 4/3rds 14-140mm.

  • GF1fan

    In the US, I’ve been in the market for the Panasonic 14-140mm and the 14-45mm and seen shortages and price increases on both. Both were initially $749 and $299 and now are out of stock and listed as $849 and $349.

  • Jan Isern

    ¿No distribution problems? I’m waiting for the Olympus E-5 from the month of November in Barcelona.

  • td


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