Nikon has confirmed that the lens price increases that affected other regions this past April are coming to the United States. The price increases are minor and nearly exclusively affect only Z-mount leses.
Update: Nikon has provided a list of lenses and the price changes consumers can expect, and the changes are relatively minor — the most any lens price is increasing is by $100 — and are specific to Z-mount lenses with the exception of the company’s upcoming CFexpress memory card.
|Previous SRP||Effective August 1, 2022||Change|
|NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S||$599.95||$629.95||$30|
|NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S||$1,299.95||$1,349.95||$50|
|NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S||$999.95||$1,049.95||$50|
|NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR||$599.95||$639.95||$40|
|NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE)||$299.95||$309.95||$10|
|NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S||$2,399.95||$2,499.95||$100|
|NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S||$2,299.95||$2,399.95||$100|
|NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S||$2,599.95||$2,699.95||$100|
|NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR – Silver||$299.95||$309.95||$10|
|NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR||$349.95||$379.95||$30|
|NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR||$299.95||$309.95||$10|
|MC-CF660G CFexpress Memory Card||$729.95||$769.95||$40|
The original story is below.
Nikon says that the price increase is due to “severe disruption in global supply chains.” While the price increases that have been seen since April in some regions, they had thus not affected United States-based customers. That will change on August 1.
“Due to the impact of the increasing costs related to procurement and distribution, the price of some lenses has been increased. This change will be effective with retailers in the US starting August 1st,” the company writes in a statement to DPReview.
In a note obtained by Nikon Rumors last February, Nikon noted that the company would be implementing a price increase on all cameras and lenses excluding Sports Optics, Accessories, and “certain new products” such as the Z9.
“Following a period of severe disruption in global supply chains, we have experienced continued cost increases to component parts and logistics charges. Whilst we have explored all options to absorb these costs, to maintain production on these lines moving forward, we are regrettably having to increase prices,” the company said at the time.
While the United States seems to have avoided the increase in camera pricing, Nikon lenses will become more expensive. PetaPixel has asked Nikon how much of an increase is to be expected and which lenses will be affected, but at the time of publication, Nikon was not yet able to provide that information.
As DPReview notes, those who place an order before August 1 are unlikely to see their purchase price affected. However, lenses ordered on or after August 1 will likely become subject to to the price increase. Lens price increases generally don’t exceed a few hundred dollars per optic, with larger and more expensive lenses seeing the highest price hike. Still, those who want to avoid paying anything more for Nikkor lenses may want to place orders now, even if the desired lens is on backorder, to avoid paying the increased fees.
Nikon isn’t alone in raising prices of its lenses. Last September, Canon quietly raised the price of several of its products. Most notably, popular RF lenses saw a price increase of $100 as did the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR.
Image credits: Header photo by David Crewe for PetaPixel.