Originally Posted by Bynx
With the destruction in Japan I've been informed by one of the largest camera shops in Canada (Henrys) that they are holding their prices until further notice. They will neither offer any deals or match a competitors price. So if a competitor is offering a cheaper price is it a good time to buy or to wait until Japan settles back to "normal"? I can see a shortage taking place of popular models and prices will probably rise.
I know the plant that produces the majority of Nikon's pro end gear was seriously affected, and would definitely expect shortages. However, the vast majority of the consumer level stuff is made in china/thailand, so unless the parts are produced/machined in Japan that stuff probably won't be affected as much. Plus Nikon has turned over it's whole consumer line (aside from the D300s), so prices are likely to remain steady anyway, except for the no longer produced D3k/5k/90 which will likely be below their old market value. Here in the US, the continuing decline of the us dollar, is probably going to be the biggest driver of price increases rather than the earthquake.