Nikon staff escape Japan quake damage (update Saturday)
Nikon’s factories in northern Japan have been hit by the recent earthquake but the camera giant has not received reports of any injuries.
NEWSDESK UPDATE NOTE: THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE FULL EFFECTS OF THE TSUNAMI WERE KNOWN. SENDAI AIRPORT, WHICH HAS BEEN BADLY HIT BY THE TSUNAMI IS ONLY A FEW KILOMETRES FROM NIKON'S SENDAI PLANT
NEWS UPDATE MONDAY: NIKON SHUTS DOWN FACTORIES
CANON ISSUES QUAKE STATEMENT
A spokeswoman for Nikon UK told Amateur Photographer this morning: ‘We are investigating the situation and waiting for information from Japan.
‘However, we have been informed that the Nikon Corporation building and factories located in the north of Japan are, fortunately, not significantly affected.
‘Importantly, no injured employees have been reported.’
Nikon's plant at Sendai is famed for producing the firm's flagship DSLRs.
UPDATE SATURDAY: Nikon Japan's website is telling customers that its camera repair centres and showrooms in Tokyo have been 'temporarily' shut down.
Meanwhile, speaking on Friday, Mark Thackara, national marketing manager for Olympus UK, said that, as far as he was aware, the earthquake has not hit the firm's production lines.
Earlier today we reported that Canon's camera output had not been affected, according to a news agency.
Pentax UK told us that it is currently investigating whether the disaster has damaged factories and affected its colleagues in Japan.