Canon has officially announced that it is delaying the release of its latest lenses that were to be available from this month (March 2011).
Canon is citing damage at its Utsunomiya lens production base caused by the recent Japanese earthquake the reason for the delay.
The following lenses that were expected to be available this month were as follows:
EF300mm F2.8L IS II USM
EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM
Fisheye EF8-15mm F4L USM
A Translated copy of the page is as follows:
Apology for postponing EOS series lenses for sale
East of the great earthquake recently, everyone was affected, to those families and I would like to sincerely sympathy.
Well, EF is also damage plants ranging Utsunomiya our production base of the lens. Therefore, to guide and Orimashita released in March 2011 “EOS series lenses,” For, I guide it to postpone the release date now as follows. We are currently promoting recovery measures in manufacturing facilities. For a concrete release date, as it becomes clear again I guide.
Release date Summary of Changes
Product Name Expected Release Date (before) Be released (after)
EF300mm F2.8L IS II USM March 2011 Undecided
EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM March 2011 Undecided
Fish EF8-15mm F4L USM March 2011 Undecided
Customers will have a great inconvenience, it will continue to make every effort for the sale, thank you so continue to support the continued patronage.
Source: Canon Japan (Google Translated Copy)