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Old 01-26-08, 08:34 PM
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Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

I just bought a new DSLR camera (my first SLR camera) and wondered where's the best place to buy lens. I have been to B&H and they seems offered pretty good prices.
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b&h is pretty much the favorite of the people I trust for advice.
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Adorama isn't a bad bet if you are in NYC but agreed, B&H is the best for a hands on feel.
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I agree with the rest. I've ordered all my camera gear from BH.
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Make some friends at Samy's.
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Actually, try KEH. KEH is a favorite of mine. Will be getting my next DSLR equipment from them later this year.
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I have seen used equipment on KEH and other places. Is it good or not recommended to buy them?
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Samy's online prices are good but their in-store prices are a lot higher.

Example: Canon 430EX Speedlight $240 online, $299 in store.
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NYC taxes are deal killer... In general lens with IS or VR feature cost $400+, factoring nyc taxes, sigh, no deal. B&H is a rip off (just go there to play with the stuffs, but not to buy). Adorama is cool, but again, taxes... Just shop around...

I got my IS lens from eBay (some dude bought it from b&h, it came with the original receipt). Of course, it's a bit risky...
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

I am bumping this thread instead of starting a similar one.

I have a friend who wants to buy a Canon D50. What is a reputable online retailer? I know there are a lot of bait-and-switch places (in NY).

I see some are on Amazon, but wondering if the above places are still the places to shop.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
I am bumping this thread instead of starting a similar one.

I have a friend who wants to buy a Canon D50. What is a reputable online retailer? I know there are a lot of bait-and-switch places (in NY).

I see some are on Amazon, but wondering if the above places are still the places to shop.
Yes, B&H is still the best in my opinion.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

adorama is good. they have great deals on refurbs too.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

I bought a lens for my Nikon from Ritz Camera through Amazon that was cheaper than with Ritz directly.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Thanks, I will pass it on.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Adorama is my store of choice. I have been buying from them for many years.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Originally Posted by McHawkson View Post
I have seen used equipment on KEH and other places. Is it good or not recommended to buy them?

I have a 150-300mm lens i bought from my co worker who had bought it used from KEH and it was fine.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

SLR camera lenses are very robust. I bought all but one of my lenses used and they work just as well as new lenses.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

I've picked up my last 2 lens via Ebay (both over $900 in final bid amounts). They were both somewhat of a gamble (never know if the lens was abused, or packed poorly), but I've had 2 good transactions so far...
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Originally Posted by palebluedot View Post
Adorama is my store of choice. I have been buying from them for many years.
Thanks for being a loyal Adorama customer! BTW if you ever need advice or after-sales support with an order from Adorama, I'm only an email away!

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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

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adorama is good. they have great deals on refurbs too.
Thanks for the recommendation for Canon refurbs from Adorama - I actually bought one for myself last week; the 12 month warranty was particularly appealing.
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Re: Best place to buy DSLR Camera Lens?

Check out the buy/sell forums here :

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and don't forget about Amazon. Usually some great prices and a 30 day no questions 100% return policy.

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