Your favorite place to shop for camera and equipment

1 week 6 days ago - 1 week 6 days ago #718920 by Dan-BeechCreek
If you are like me, you may have bought your camera equipment from a variety of places. But if you could shop only at one place, where would it be and why? For me, it would be B&H. Because of their customer service.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 6 days ago #718921 by Nikon Shooter
I repeat my students:
"Take the time to build a relation with your local store."

Thirty years ago, I bought films quite a few times per week. They get
to know you and develop a pride to have you as a client and always
make sure to watch your back when needed.

Of course, they should merit your trust.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
This person is a posting maniac and deserves a #1 badge!Top Poster
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 5 days ago #718989 by TCav
Adorama. Their selection and prices for new gear are resonable and their selection of used gear is pretty good too.

I've been put off of B&H by stories like this one:

nypost.com/2016/02/25/bh-forced-hispanic...arate-bathroom-feds/


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 5 days ago #718994 by Nikon Shooter
That's no good.  :nunu:

Light is free… capturing it is not!
This person is a posting maniac and deserves a #1 badge!Top Poster
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 5 days ago #718997 by Shadowfixer1
Adorama is who I've used lately. We don't have any B&M camera stores in Atlanta anymore. Closest to that would be a Best Buy and the selection is limited.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 5 days ago - 1 week 5 days ago #719018 by TCav
I've used Ritz Camera in the past. Before they (along with Wolf Camera) went belly-up in 2012, the headquarters was here in Beltsville, MD. (The street is still named 'Ritz Way'.) That store always had an amazing selection. They had a Minolta 600mm f/4 lens on display. The story was that someone walked in, saw that lens, bought it, and then asked what camera he could use it with.

The website is still up, but it's not operated by the same people, and all it's brick 'n' mortar stores are gone or were sold off.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 3 days ago #719115 by Photo Amigo
These days Amazon


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 3 days ago #719122 by Screamin Scott
My money gets spread around. Where depends on who has what I want (normally used) in stock at a reasonable price. I just bought an Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko lens last night from KEH... They are only online or over the phone. As Randy said, there are few camera stores in and around Atlanta anymore, and what few there are, are a considerable distance away...

Scott Ditzel Photography

www.flickr.com/photos/screaminscott/

Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 2 days ago #719145 by Shadowfixer1

Screamin Scott wrote: My money gets spread around. Where depends on who has what I want (normally used) in stock at a reasonable price. I just bought an Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko lens last night from KEH... They are only online or over the phone. As Randy said, there are few camera stores in and around Atlanta anymore, and what few there are, are a considerable distance away...

The 12-40 is my work horse lens. Keep in mind the focus clutch. If you aren't used to it, it will trip you up from time to time. One of the first things I do when I take the camera out of the bag is check the focus clutch.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 2 days ago #719146 by Screamin Scott
I thought the camera (upscale models) show an "MF" in the viewfinder when it is engaged...

Scott Ditzel Photography

www.flickr.com/photos/screaminscott/

Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 2 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago #719151 by CharleyL
Much of what I've been buying in this past few years has been through Amazon. It's about 35 miles to my nearest 'still open" camera store. It's a nice place and they have almost everything, but getting there and through the traffic near them just usually isn't worth the effort. If I could get there easily, I would be there much more often. 

I prefer being able to see and touch expensive items before buying, so I'm willing to drive up to about 100 miles round trip to buy these, but then you get there and they don't have it, even if they told you that they did on the phone an hour before you got there. There was a time when mail order catalogs prided themselves on doing good write-ups of the details of items that they had for sale to help you make a good decision. Now, even Amazon is guilty of giving you almost nothing to make a good decision on. Dimensions, if they are given, are frequently wrong or in millimeters not inches, or inches not millimeters. Descriptions are frequently wrong or written by someone who does not have full grasp of the English language, etc. They could significantly reduce the number of returns if they would just do better on the descriptions, but they don't seem to care.

Charley


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 2 days ago #719153 by Shadowfixer1

Screamin Scott wrote: I thought the camera (upscale models) show an "MF" in the viewfinder when it is engaged...

It does, but almost everyone has been caught a time or two wondering why their camera isn't focusing. 

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 1 day ago #719196 by peterock33
Whenever possible, and depending on who has what, I like to purchase locally.  It's nice to be known at the few stores that are left.  As NS said, they seem to be more attentive to your needs and go out of their way to give that more personal help.  Also, I like to hold and handle anything I plan on purchasing.... no pictures can replace that.  I feel sad when I see another camera shop shutting down.


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 1 day ago #719209 by Screamin Scott
I've read that the feature can be turned off in the menu system of the upscale models

Scott Ditzel Photography

www.flickr.com/photos/screaminscott/

Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 week 1 day ago #719219 by Shadowfixer1

Screamin Scott wrote: I've read that the feature can be turned off in the menu system of the upscale models

Yes, you can turn it off but I find it valuable.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,

802.3K

205K

  • Facebook

    802,251 / Likes

  • Twitter

    205,000 / Followers

  • Google+

    1,620,816 / Followers

Latest Reviews

In this FujiFilm X70 review, we'll look at the specs and features, pros and cons, pricing, and more of this compact, well-equipped camera.

Jun 14, 2021

The Nikon D700 is pretty long in the tooth now, but that doesn't mean that it still doesn't offer great specs and features for some photographers in 2021.

Jun 14, 2021

The Canon EOS M6 is four years old and has since been replaced with the M6 Mark II. But it's still a solid camera, particularly for beginners and vloggers.

Jun 08, 2021

The Canon EOS 60D is more than a decade old, but it still has plenty of punch left that makes it a solid and inexpensive camera for today's photographers.

Jun 07, 2021
Get 600+ Pro photo lessons for $1

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

Gimbals are easy enough to operate, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of gimbal mistakes to be made. Learn some tips and techniques to minimize those mistakes in this guide.

Jun 17, 2021

With these photography business ideas, you'll learn new ways that you can attract new clients and generate additional income.

Jun 17, 2021

If you're an avid wildlife or sports photographer, the Explorer Lens Quiver from Holdfast Gear might be the perfect bag for you.

Jun 17, 2021

There's a lot of photography gear you might invest in, some of which might initially be overlooked. Find some "hidden" gems in this list of must-have gear.

Jun 15, 2021

Use these simple photography business tips to improve your interactions with your clients and win their ongoing business.

Jun 15, 2021

In this FujiFilm X70 review, we'll look at the specs and features, pros and cons, pricing, and more of this compact, well-equipped camera.

Jun 14, 2021

Photo restoration serves a very important purpose in allowing us to preserve memories of days gone by - but that's just one reason why restoration is critical.

Jun 14, 2021

The Nikon D700 is pretty long in the tooth now, but that doesn't mean that it still doesn't offer great specs and features for some photographers in 2021.

Jun 14, 2021