Where did you buy your camera?

10 years 4 weeks ago #8612 by NikkiG
OMG am I ever going to find a good deal. But then again I need to figure out what camera I'm going to buy. I keep going back and forth with Canon Rebel, Sony A560 or Nikon D5000.

Who are the top 10 biggest camera retailers?


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10 years 4 weeks ago #8644 by FMVPhotography
Hi NikkiG,

Just a suggestion - and not because I'm a brand freak but there is a reason Nikon and Canon are market leaders. Whichever camera you buy you will have to purchase lenses to go with it (the important bit) - thus go with a brand that will support your lenses from beginner to high end consumer and possibly beyond. I have seen so many of my fellow students who owned Sony Alphas and the like, have to sell all their equipment and start from scratch when they switch to Nikon or Canon....... BUY CHEAP, BUY TWICE!!!!


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10 years 4 weeks ago #8653 by bhowdy
NikkiG,
FMV has given you great advice. As for the top retailers of camera gear ..... most folks that aren't fortunate enough to live near one of the big guys in a big city will eventually buy on the internet. Which is what I personally do. I would suggest the following sources (of course there are others, but I have not used them myself)

B&H Photo
Adorama
Beach Camera
Amazon
KEH (mostly used gear)

PS - I would also recommend starting with Canon or Nikon

Bob Howdeshell

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera" ~ Lewis Hine

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10 years 4 weeks ago #8674 by Moe

bhowdy wrote: NikkiG,
FMV has given you great advice. As for the top retailers of camera gear ..... most folks that aren't fortunate enough to live near one of the big guys in a big city will eventually buy on the internet. Which is what I personally do. I would suggest the following sources (of course there are others, but I have not used them myself)

B&H Photo
Adorama
Beach Camera
Amazon
KEH (mostly used gear)

PS - I would also recommend starting with Canon or Nikon


These are pretty much all the ones I've used.


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10 years 4 weeks ago #8692 by Maverick V
Frankly FMV makes a great point. Honestly I would recommend either the Canon or Nikon. I picked up mine from BH Video, although Adorama along with a number of others are usually pretty good. Samy's, Beach Photo, 42 Street are a few others that have some good prices.


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10 years 4 weeks ago #8696 by bhowdy
Always check out an online retailer that you are not familiar with by using Reseller Ratings (works for brick & mortar stores too)

Reseller Ratings

Bob Howdeshell

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera" ~ Lewis Hine

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10 years 4 weeks ago #8739 by Scotty
BH of course, and I've used adorama for refurbished a lot, with great success.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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10 years 4 weeks ago #8926 by Vladimir
B&H Video and Adorama

Then used camera.com


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10 years 4 weeks ago #8927 by Stealthy Ninja

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10 years 3 weeks ago #8963 by Rockin Joe

bhowdy wrote: Always check out an online retailer that you are not familiar with by using Reseller Ratings (works for brick & mortar stores too)

Reseller Ratings



Good information


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10 years 3 weeks ago #8964 by Rockin Joe

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Kinefoto in Central (Hong Kong):

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Kinefoto Hong Kong (new lens) by adrianevans , on Flickr


So how are the prices over there compared to in the states?


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10 years 3 weeks ago #8969 by FMVPhotography
I'm not sure where in the world you are, but in the UK I tend to use Jessops. They may be a few quid above the online retailers but going into a shop, holding your first DSLR (that's what sold Nikon to me) and getting a feel for it is in my opinion - invaluable.... B)


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10 years 3 weeks ago #8998 by Simon Says

Rockin Joe wrote:

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Kinefoto in Central (Hong Kong):

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Kinefoto Hong Kong (new lens) by adrianevans , on Flickr


So how are the prices over there compared to in the states?


I believe the prices are much lower, the down side is there are no warranties.


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10 years 3 weeks ago #9000 by Jimmy
Another vote for b&h


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10 years 3 weeks ago #9056 by Stealthy Ninja

Simon Says wrote:

Rockin Joe wrote:

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Kinefoto in Central (Hong Kong):

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Kinefoto Hong Kong (new lens) by adrianevans , on Flickr


So how are the prices over there compared to in the states?


I believe the prices are much lower, the down side is there are no warranties.


Well that depends. Nikon (and I believe Canon) products come with a Worldwide Warranty for lenses AFAIK. Bodies I'm not to sure about.

Of course the grey market stuff has no warranty.

For me it doesn't matter because I live here. :D

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