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Availability of Panasonic Cameras

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by virginia bill, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. virginia bill

    virginia bill New to Mu-43

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    Apr 13, 2011
    Fredericksburg, Va
    I'm looking at micro 4/3 cameras because my Nikon stuff has just gotten too cumbersome to lug around. But I'm having trouble getting my hands on actual Panasonic cameras, and I'm unwilling to buy a camera I haven't handled. Since I'm new to this world, is there some history I don't know? I can't find an online list of dealers who handle the cameras, and the large stores in my area list them as out of stock. Can someone explain what's going on?
     
  2. sherlock

    sherlock Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Mar 31, 2011
    Likely because of the issues in Japan — shipments are a bit tighter than usual, so you may not find stock as readily.
     
  3. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    412
    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Is it products always being out of stock, or that your area really doesn't have a strong representation of Panasonic/Olympus authorized dealers? They aren't the big name that Canon and Nikon are, so I can see that being a challenge if you don't have a specialist dealer nearby.

    Maybe see if anyone is selling used in your area, so you can at least hold it (and maybe get a deal if you don't mind used gear). Or if someone is really nice and lives not far from where you are, can meet up with you for a test run. That might be asking a lot though... :smile:
     
  4. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran

    If it is woth having, it is worth waiting for. Most folks will never be happier with what they really do not want than they will be by waiting for what they want.

    Yes, Panasonic stock is low now, but I understand that this will pick up in the next 30 days. I was told by reliable sources in Panasonic that delivery problems related to the Japan tragedy will not show op until this summer.

    I used to always want to handle camera gear before buying. Now, I find that buying at B&H makes this possible with their `5 day return policy. You can buy it, use it and keep it or return it for the cost of postage, far less than gasoline and parking in most places. Try it, you may like it.

    Best regards,
    Tom
     
  5. dfroelich

    dfroelich Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 15, 2010
    I read on here that Best buy carries some mu-43 gear. You may not be able to handle the specific model you are looking for, but it should give you a good idea.
    I bought the GF1 through amazon just by reading online, and so far, I couldn't be happier.
     
  6. oris642

    oris642 Mu-43 Regular

    Japan's Quake, Tsunami Affects Electronic Supply

    Japan's quake, tsunami affect electronics supply

    Expect fewer cameras and televisions on store shelves in coming weeks as the economic effects of Japan's earthquake and tsunami are felt locally, says London Drugs president and CEO Wynne Powell.

    Japanese companies typically have low inventory levels, Powell said, and demand has overtaken supply as Japan outsources production to other countries and attempts to keep factories running amid parts and electricity shortages.

    "They don't have months of inventory on hand, and it's now starting to show," he said.

    "All of these manufacturers are working very hard . to try to mitigate the shortage problem. But at a certain point, when the cupboard is bare, the cupboard is bare."

    Powell made the comments at a ceremony at corporate headquarters in Richmond, where he presented the Canadian Red Cross with $100,000 in donations collected from London Drugs customers since the March 11 quake.

    The complexity of global supply chains increases the number of moving parts in the modern-day manufacturing process, Powell said.

    For example, the battery, glass and memory card in an iPad2 are all sourced from Japan, he noted.

    Nikon, which is warning of camera shortages this summer, is another case in point, Powell said. The company had a lens factory near the epicentre of the quake. The firm was able to repair a crack in the floor and get the plant operating again, but had to shut down after running out of a small part that was supplied by a local family business.

    "Equipment that's made today is really worldbased equipment, and a variety of small, cottage manufacturers make important components for it," he said.

    While countries such as China, Vietnam and Thailand are ramping up their manufacturing industries, Japan remains the world centre for sophisticated electronics components.

    The quake also has hit global auto manufacturing, in which Japan is a major player.

    In electronics, the calibre of Japan's technological wizardry makes it more difficult for neighbouring countries to pick up the slack -and could exacerbate product shortages, Powell said.

    "Japanese manufacturers are always very keen on quality," he said.

    "The quality has to be there, otherwise their name will not go on it.

    They will actually short us rather than take a risk on the quality of their product, which I think is right: short-term pain for longterm reputation."
    © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

    Read more: Japan's quake, tsunami affect electronics supply
     
  7. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    You may have to drive up to the Washington, DC area. I would call the photo stores up in that area such as Penn Camera, Embassy, etc. and see if they are carrying them.
     
  8. virginia bill

    virginia bill New to Mu-43

    5
    Apr 13, 2011
    Fredericksburg, Va
    "You may have to drive up to the Washington, DC area." I checked. None of the big D. C. stores have the GH2 in stock. Neither do B&H and Adorama. So I'll have to wait.
     
  9. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 Top Veteran

    You need to place an order

    Place an order with the larger dealers and get on a list. It's unlikely that they would have excess inventory, so what comes in will be shipped to pending orders.

    From the feedback on this site, both Adorama and B&H seem to be getting shipments, so that might be your best bet.
     
  10. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    560
    Oct 15, 2010
    With both the G1 and GF1, I just went through Amazon for the GF1 and loved it so much, I got the G1 body through eBay - both were sight unseen and have loved them ever since. With Amazon, you could always get one and return it if you found it wasn't for you. More than likely you will love it. I am an old Nikon user, and these Panasonics are every bit as good in build and image quality, if not better. The Gf1 is equal to the Hassleblad Xpan I owned a ways back in build quality.