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Lens sources

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Beezle, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. I'd be interested to hear where folks buy their lenses.

    I have usually bought mine either from one local shop, or one major online source. The former has been okay, but they do not stock many lenses, and the latter recently did something that spoiled my faith in them by sending me a lens that was obviously used. When I notice dust inside of my lenses, I want it to be my dust.

    I suppose it is too much to ask for pristine, unopened lenses, but when I am handing over thousands for a lens? I want a new one.
  2. From a local shop, doing business with it for many years. Not the cheapest price in town, but very reliable. And will delivery to my office with no extra charge.
  3. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    I ordered my 28-70 f2.8 from Buydig.com. They don't carry as many lenses and other equipment as B&H but they always have good prices and don't try to switch things around on you. There stuff is USA and they ship out quickly. They usually have one of the best prices on the SB800 and Sb600. I got both of my SB800s from them.
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Greatest Lens source... heehee

    Back of Bjorn's Car...
  5. Now THAT is a good one....:wink:

    Oh, yeah, to go along with your signature:

    Douglas Adams once said: "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"

    I wonder if they are related?
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    HEEHEE Bill

    Merry Christmas Sweetie.
  7. F15Todd


    Feb 1, 2005
    I did most of my shopping with B&H when I was stationed oversea, they would mail to APO AE (me in the U.K.), and the shipping time was very good. Since I'm back in the US now and living in Idaho I have yet to find an good local stores...so I have been sticking with B&H.
  8. Yeah, I'm thinking I will lean on the local shop that much more. Their prices are actually comparable to BH, and the taxes aren't that much worse than shipping.

    Strangely, the smaller shop here turns out to be more reliable. The famous big shop near me pulled more than one stunt that I really didn't appreciate, so they don't get a dime from me. Their prices are also much higher. For example, they sold me a two year old demo lens as brand new. Luckily I noticed the date on the box, and they fessed up.

    I also remembered that I use KEH now and then, and they have been perfectly reliable. They don't carry all of the current lenses.

    What bugs me about the source I'm peeved at is that they carry more lenses than anyone. I have bought all of my new AIS lenses from them.
  9. I used to.
  10. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Local whenever I can.
  11. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Local store in my town for some things, a "local" store in a town where I go for business regularly for others, B&H, Cameta...

    Interestingly, my local "local" store was really heated that I didn't get on their list for the D200, even though they told me I would likely wait until February or March to get one. They basically take local buyers for granted on this sort of thing. When I pointed out that I've bought a mort o' lenses from them, they just sort of sneered at those purchases. All of their first allocations went for favorites, and everybody else should be content to wait it seems.

    The "local" store in the town I go to for business, OTOH, was delighted to get a sale on the camera body, telephoned me to let me know when they came in to see if I wanted one, and had a very competitive price compared with all of the internet stores.

    I'll still buy from the store in the town where I live when the price is right, but they don't have automatic loyalty from me, that's for sure. As much as I like to support small local businesses, ungrateful stores don't get support.

    John P.
  12. That's the thing for me. If there is even a hint of a reason to give the local shop my money, I will gladly support them.

    Thing is, even the one I do use couldn't care less that I've spent umpteen thousands of dollars there over the years, let alone the business from my employer that went their way.

    So be it. Please don't cry as the doors are shut.
  13. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    I have no good local stores, no bad ones...just not any. Nearest store is nearly 100 miles away in either direction. So I'm thinking if I have to order something anyway, might as well buy from somewhere like B&H and save a few bucks.
    I buy mostly from B&H, but also from Onecall and a few other sources. I bought a D70 at Crutchfield. The reason for going to other than B&H is shipping cost becomes a factor. Sometimes, Crutchfield, OneCall and a few others offer free 3 day shipping.
    Downside...neither has the inventory that B&H does.
  14. I use the B&H catalogs for reference, but prefer to shop locally so I can test lenses and other accessories on my D2H before purchase. I was very lucky in 2005 because Penn Camera had a 28-70, 12-24, and a TC17-E on the shelf. They have a 200mm micro in the warehouse, but it will have to wait...Happy New Year!
  15. When I first started, I used e-bay and local shops. Now it has been through KEH and private sales. For the rest of my gear, B&H.

  16. MikeG


    Apr 30, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    My "local" stores usually have higher prices and that pesky sales tax thingy @8.25 percent.

    Since I'm a NAPP member, I get free shipping from B&H, who generally has better prices than local. So with tax and ship out of the way, I figure I'm saving about 15%.
  17. Robert


    Jul 24, 2005

    The sales person I rely on at Henry's will bring in a lens in for me directly from Nikon rather than from store stock if I ask him to. I have to wait longer of course, but I'm fussy so I don't mind. I've seen too many pieces of equipment abused in one way or another; dropped, finger smugged lenses front/back, cleaning dust with cleanex or blowing spit all over etc etc by customers who have a look see and then return a product to the shelf or box. If it looks handled from out of the box, I wait for a fresh one.
    ...fussy, but happy! :biggrin:

  18. :biggrin: I must say I am pleased to see that so many of you support MY "local" store. I live in New Jersey just 18 miles from Manhattan (as the crow flys....) so my "local" store actually IS good old B&H !!!! It's great fun to actually go there, but I order mostly from the B&H website unless it is some item I simply must see and handle first before purchase. I have never had any trouble returning an item to B&H, and they are very clear about their return policies.

    Oddly enough I have also had some very good transactions when purchasing used lens from Adorama, although I am certainly aware of their not-so-great reputation. Their used lenses have always been fairly graded as to quality, and I will buy Demos or E quality used lenses from them.

    I bought a refurbished 18-50 DX and some small stuff from the Nikon USA website. You have to keep your eyes open for the refurb offerings. They go very quickly after listing.
  19. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Check pawn shop regularly ?????
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