Nikon Japan issued a new press notice indicating that orders of the Speedlight SB-500 flash are temporarily suspended. The Nikon Speedlight SB-5000 flash should be available for purchase.
Most Nikon Speedlight flashes have been for a while and are currently out of stock in the US (check Adorama and B&H).
As I already mentioned last year, I think Nikon is done with developing flash units for their cameras and has already outsourced that task to third-party manufacturers:
Here is the Google translated notice from Nikon Japan:
Notice Regarding Temporary Suspension of Orders for Some Products and Resumption of Orders for Some Products
Thank you for your continued patronage of Nikon products. We would like to inform you about “Notice regarding temporary suspension of orders for some products and resumption of orders for some products” as follows.
Apology and Notice Regarding Temporary Suspension of Orders for “Speedlite SB-500”
Due to delays in the supply of parts for the Speedlite SB-500, it will take some time to deliver the product to customers. I have decided to stop.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make an announcement as soon as it is confirmed. We will do our best to deliver it as soon as possible, so we appreciate your understanding.
- Speedlight SB-500
Notice regarding the resumption of orders for the Speedlite SB-5000
We would like to inform you that we will resume accepting orders for the Speedlite SB-5000, which has been temporarily suspended, from Friday, August 5, 2022.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and dealers over the long term. We will continue to strive to further improve our services, so we appreciate your continued patronage.
Resumed order product
- Speedlight SB-5000
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