Note that major camera stores in the Tokyo (Kanto) area are closing or limiting their store hours to conserve power or to adapt to the rolling blackout.
Stores outside the 23 wards of Tokyo are especially affected. Check with the store by phone to see if they will be open.
Canon has reported damage and suspension of operations at almost all of their offices and factories north of Tokyo.
Nikon has posted a bulletin on its Web site on March 14, 2011 to report damage and personnel injuries to factories and workers hit by the Tohoku earthquake in northeastern Japan. They do not know when they can resume operations.
They will likely have global supply problems. Their damaged Sendai factory produced their top D-SLRs including the D3x, D3s and D700.
See the Nikon bulletin here:
Hope they get up and running soon.
Northern Japan got hit with a major earthquake today on March 11, 2011. We felt it in Tokyo as well, and it was the worse earthquake I ever experienced. I was at home and rushed out as soon as it became clear it was a big one.
We had a few aftershocks and it was hard to return home, fearing more aftershocks. But it settled down, and my books, flat-panel TV, stereo speakers, etc., toppled over. Fortunately, no real damage except for a few scratches on the TV.
Anyway, I’m alive and well.