The novel coronavirus is affecting the imaging industry in dramatic ways. Professional photographers face weeks of canceled sessions and the postponement of major events like the Olympics. Major trade shows like Photokina and NAB have been canceled. New products have been delayed as factories have been forced to close.
Even before the virus became a global pandemic, the camera industry — and the larger tech industry as a whole — started seeing shortages. While most major camera companies are headquartered in Japan (a country that has experienced little slowdown as a result of the virus. at least for now) much of the manufacturing happens in China, where the virus hit early and hard. Even products manufactured in Japan face parts shortages from suppliers based in China. Several