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07-26-2000, 11:13 PM
Anyone know where I can get cheap camera equipment for my Pentax? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Jennifer
07-27-2000, 03:49 AM
You might want to go to www.camera.com. (http://www.camera.com.) They are giving away $1000 in camera equipment to a lucky winner.
hehe.. Can it get any better than that?
07-27-2000, 07:42 AM
My favorate places to buy equipment online is www.focuscamera.com (http://www.focuscamera.com) and www.bhphotovideo.com. (http://www.bhphotovideo.com.) They both have a great selection and have great prices. They are also the most reputable places out there. I've bought thousands of dollars worth of equipment from focus camera without a problem. You will find cheaper places on the net, but these are the same bait 'n switch stores you find in the catalogs. If you call these two places, you will know they will sell you what you want, not what will make them more money.
One more place that has pretty good prices is www.cameraworld.com (http://www.cameraworld.com) out of Oregan.
[This message has been edited by The Rock (edited 07-27-2000).]
07-27-2000, 10:09 AM
The only caution about buying from some of the discount places is that if you are concerned about the merchandise, make sure it has a USA manufacturer's warranty. Many of the cheapest prices around (like the stores that advertise in the back of Petersen's Photographic) are for so-called "gray-market" items. These are often advertised as having a "USA warranty" (which can mean that Uncle Jimbo fixes it in Fargo) or a "manufacturer's warranty" (which can mean that Uncle Jimbo fixes it in Osaka), neither of which you really want. Make sure it has both of those words before "warranty" if you want to be sure that it will be fixed stateside and done properly. I used to work at a photo store, and we only sold USA manufacturer-warranteed products. The price is generally about 10% higher, it's true, but we never had complaints from people about getting things repaired if they went wrong.
Then again, if you're careful or only making small purchases, it may not be worth the extra cost. Just my two cents, hope it helps.
Oh, and if you want real bargains on photo stuff with solid warranties, try Hunt's Photo and Video at www.wbhunt.com (http://www.wbhunt.com)
Their site isn't much, but their wholesale prices are fantastic, especially if you can get a reseller to order it for you at cost. Get in good with the owner of a photo store and they may chop you a hefty discount. I know the owner of the place where I worked did that all the time.
Also, if you live in the MA area, Hunt's has a trade show at least once a year in Boston. That's where you can see all the latest stuff and buy at fire-sale prices.
Hope this helps.
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