Where to buy?

blackwaterstudioblackwaterstudio Major grinsRegistered Users Posts: 779 Major grins
edited May 1, 2012 in Cameras
I just got alittle money and I'm ready to purchase my new 20D body. Where is a good place to get it? I do alot on B&H just wondering if there is anywhere else that is better/cheaper?
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    I just got alittle money and I'm ready to purchase my new 20D body. Where is a good place to get it? I do alot on B&H just wondering if there is anywhere else that is better/cheaper?

    There are plenty of places that are cheaper, but most of them are worthless. I've had luck at buydig.com, and it was cheaper than B&H, but only by 90 bucks. Just about paid for the 1gig CF card I got. No shipping, no tax, although I upgraded the shipping for $20.

    B&H's advertised price now is 1499, but if you actually add it to your cart it's 1399. I paid 1307. If you're a B&H faithful, not really enough to motivate the change.
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  • blackwaterstudioblackwaterstudio Major grins Registered Users Posts: 779 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    Well its been ordered. I picked up a few extra things also.

    Canon 20D body
    Canon Battery Grip
    Scandisk Ultra II 2gig card.

    I'm happy clap.gifclap
  • Steve CaviglianoSteve Cavigliano SmugFlash Super Moderators Posts: 3,599 moderator
    edited January 19, 2005
    Well its been ordered. I picked up a few extra things also.

    Canon 20D body
    Canon Battery Grip
    Scandisk Ultra II 2gig card.

    I'm happy clap.gifclap
    Congratulations thumb.gif Ya done good mwink.gif

    I don't know if you are aware of the 20D "grip issue". If not, here's the Reader's Digest version. It seems that the grip flexes and causes a loss of contact. Which results in the camera losing power. Once connection has been re-established the camera can hang up. Here's a link to a thread with lots of grip problem info:

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=10895985


    Congrats again,
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  • blackwaterstudioblackwaterstudio Major grins Registered Users Posts: 779 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    Great, brand new and may cause the camera to fail. Boy this is going to be great.
  • fishfish Site Megalodon Registered Users Posts: 2,950 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    Congrats on the new chip-holder. Did you end up buying from bhphoto?

    There may be cheaper places, but there aren't any better ones AFAIC.


    fish
    "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." - Edward Weston
    "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."-Hunter S.Thompson
  • blackwaterstudioblackwaterstudio Major grins Registered Users Posts: 779 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    fish wrote:
    Congrats on the new chip-holder. Did you end up buying from bhphoto?

    There may be cheaper places, but there aren't any better ones AFAIC.


    fish
    Yea I went with B&H, can't beat their service.
  • fishfish Site Megalodon Registered Users Posts: 2,950 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    Yea I went with B&H, can't beat their service.
    I even bought a G5 iMac from them, when nobody else had them in stock and they overnighted it to me for a very reasonable price. If you have "special" needs, call them...they're very responsive on the phone too. Go ahead and just try to find a human at some of those other webshops.
    "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." - Edward Weston
    "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."-Hunter S.Thompson
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,586 moderator
    edited January 19, 2005
    fish wrote:
    I even bought a G5 iMac from them, when nobody else had them in stock and they overnighted it to me for a very reasonable price. If you have "special" needs, call them...they're very responsive on the phone too. Go ahead and just try to find a human at some of those other webshops.


    I've also had very goode success with B&H. I also think very highly of Adorama. They have given me very good service and are always pleasant to deal with.
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  • blackwaterstudioblackwaterstudio Major grins Registered Users Posts: 779 Major grins
    edited January 19, 2005
    Just a suggestion to the mod's we should start a sticky thread on vendors we've had dealings with and were pleased, not pleased with. This will help new members.
  • BoomerangNetwork.comBoomerangNetwork.com Seasoned Pro Registered Users Posts: 63 Big grins
    edited January 20, 2005
    Purchased from many but found that B&H is the best. There website is easy to locate items and delivery is quick and accurate.

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  • fishfish Site Megalodon Registered Users Posts: 2,950 Major grins
    edited January 20, 2005
    Just a suggestion to the mod's we should start a sticky thread on vendors we've had dealings with and were pleased, not pleased with. This will help new members.
    Done.
    "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." - Edward Weston
    "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."-Hunter S.Thompson
  • BertBert Big grins Registered Users Posts: 18 Big grins
    edited January 28, 2005
    Just joined the forum to celebrate the imminent arrival of a 20D purchased from B&H. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you.

    In the past I've purchased a couple of scanners, some lenses, a printer and a bunch of other sundries from B&H. My buying experiences with them have always been exemplary. Very knowledgeable staff and they've always met their commitments. Prices rarely the lowest, but always competitive. thumb.gif
  • luckyrweluckyrwe Major grins Registered Users Posts: 952 Major grins
    edited January 28, 2005
    Welcome Bert, and congratulations on your 20D! I agree that B&H is not the cheapest, but they are very close to it. I don't mind paying for the extra security and peace of mind.
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited January 29, 2005
    Ok, B&H is good, how about some others.
    I've had good luck with B&H also.:D
    A couple of other places that have worked well for me is Newegg.com
    and SterlingTEK.com.

    I have bought from both of these companies a couple of times without a hitch.
    Memory cards from newegg, batteries from sterlingtek.

    I bought my Sony 717 from Abe's of Maine without any problems, but I have
    read some horror stories about them.

    dave.
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  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited January 29, 2005
    Since no-one's mentioned them, I've have good experiences with www.mydigitaldiscount.com.
    Sid.
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  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited January 29, 2005
    davev wrote:
    I bought my Sony 717 from Abe's of Maine without any problems, but I have
    read some horror stories about them.

    dave.
    Yeah, personally I'd run in the opposite direction.
    Sid.
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  • lr1811lr1811 Corpus Christi, TX Registered Users Posts: 363 Major grins
    edited February 5, 2005
    Just a suggestion to the mod's we should start a sticky thread on vendors we've had dealings with and were pleased, not pleased with. This will help new members.
    If you don't need the sales knowledge camera stores give you. That is, you know what you want, you just want a good price, I'd look at Best Buy.

    I know it sounds silly. But they now carry the 20D and their digital SLR line is expanding with the demand.

    Most of the time you can get no interest for 12-18 months. You can also sign up for the "reward program" and get I think $5 (gift certificates) for every $125 you spend.

    Just another option if you know what you want....

    Brian
  • lr1811lr1811 Corpus Christi, TX Registered Users Posts: 363 Major grins
    edited February 5, 2005
    newegg
    davev wrote:
    I've had good luck with B&H also.:D
    A couple of other places that have worked well for me is Newegg.com
    and SterlingTEK.com.

    I have bought from both of these companies a couple of times without a hitch.
    Memory cards from newegg, batteries from sterlingtek.

    I bought my Sony 717 from Abe's of Maine without any problems, but I have
    read some horror stories about them.

    dave.
    I concur with newegg.com - got a couple of 1 GB CF cards there for $80 a piece...

    Brian
  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited February 5, 2005
    lr1811 wrote:
    If you don't need the sales knowledge camera stores give you. That is, you know what you want, you just want a good price, I'd look at Best Buy.

    I know it sounds silly. But they now carry the 20D and their digital SLR line is expanding with the demand.

    Most of the time you can get no interest for 12-18 months. You can also sign up for the "reward program" and get I think $5 (gift certificates) for every $125 you spend.

    Just another option if you know what you want....

    Brian

    They also sell Compact Flash cards at good prices from time to time.
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
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  • cmr164cmr164 Focus! I need Focus! Registered Users Posts: 1,542 Major grins
    edited February 5, 2005
    Adorama
    Adorama has only had a passing reference in this thread and they really deserve more mention. They have ended up getting all my business from B&H in the past 1.5 years. Customer service is superb with personal service by people with names who email and call you when there are issues. B&H is also good but there is one way that Adorama has just wowed me. Every single purchase I have made has made it next day delivery even though I am only paying for UPS standard.

    Purchases: 24-70 2.8L , EOS 1D Mark II, 70-200, 1.4x TC, spare battery for the 1DMII. All 5 shipments arrived less than 24 hours after Adorama passed it to UPS.
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  • luckyrweluckyrwe Major grins Registered Users Posts: 952 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    Well, you are in MA, right up the street. Now I am in CA, I doubt I'd get the same service. Do they actually mark it as next day delivery? Maybe you need to compliment UPS instead of Adorama?

    I like how at B&H I can see the order status online.
  • cmr164cmr164 Focus! I need Focus! Registered Users Posts: 1,542 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    luckyrwe wrote:
    Well, you are in MA, right up the street. Now I am in CA, I doubt I'd get the same service. Do they actually mark it as next day delivery? Maybe you need to compliment UPS instead of Adorama?

    I like how at B&H I can see the order status online.
    They use "3 Day Select"
    Charles Richmond IT & Security Consultant
    Operating System Design, Drivers, Software
    Villa Del Rio II, Talamban, Pit-os, Cebu, Ph
  • luckyrweluckyrwe Major grins Registered Users Posts: 952 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    Sounds like UPS gets the credit! thumb.gif
  • cmr164cmr164 Focus! I need Focus! Registered Users Posts: 1,542 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    luckyrwe wrote:
    Sounds like UPS gets the credit! thumb.gif
    Yea but no other company's UPS deliveries are doing this, only Adorama :D
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    Operating System Design, Drivers, Software
    Villa Del Rio II, Talamban, Pit-os, Cebu, Ph
  • luckyrweluckyrwe Major grins Registered Users Posts: 952 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    Maybe they pick up alphabetically. Adorama...B&H.... :D Last time I ordered from dorama it got here as planned. Well in any case the delivery speed is not that big a deal, but I will look into their prices on common and umcommon items.
  • MongrelMongrel First Rate Plumber Registered Users Posts: 622 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    How about Canoga?
    I didn't see them mentioned but I have purchased quite a few items (mostly lenses) from Canoga Camera in California.

    Prices usually run about $10 less than B&H for lenses and their shipping charges have recently been reduced.

    I have had great service with them in all aspects of every transaction and can recommend them.

    I also use:

    B&H
    Newegg
    Delta International (great pricing on Sigma lenses, higher for Canon glass).
    If every keystroke was a shutter press I'd be a pro by now...
  • luckyrweluckyrwe Major grins Registered Users Posts: 952 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    I shopped at Canoga Camera way back in the early 80s. I'd love to still shop there, but I am getting used to not having to pay sales tax.
  • fishfish Site Megalodon Registered Users Posts: 2,950 Major grins
    edited February 6, 2005
    Calumet
    Had an interesting experience with Calumet on Friday. I'm looking for a Canon lens hood EW-83E for my 10-22 EF-S lens, because for some reason, Canon decided not to include one with this $750 lens.
    :splat

    It's the same hood that's used on the 17-40/4 and 16-35/2.8. Since I sold my 17-40/4 to a dgrinner who shall remain nameless at this time, I've been scouring the earth trying to find another EW-83E. I checked a dozen online retailers and nada. Called all the local shops, and same thing...nothing in stock. They can't even tell me when they'll get them in. I even called Canon's Accessory Annex and the answer was the same, but worse...I was told that they usually get new stuff after major retailers.

    Anyway, I checked the Calumet online store and of course it was out of stock. I then decided to call a couple of their retail stores, just in case, as the online store ships out of the Chicago warehouse. I talked to a guy at the Calumet store in San Francisco who said he had one in stock and would put my name on it. I planned to ride up on Saturday to pick it up. I even verified the part number with the guy. Well, I don't know what happened, but I got this weird feeling that I should call the main store in Chicago and verify stock, before riding 50 miles north for nothing. The guy at Calumet Chicago said there were none in stock in any of their retail stores. So I told him that the guy in SF said he had one with my name on it. He put me on hold for about five minutes, while presumably he called the store and checked. Guy comes back on the line and said that there are none in stock in SF, and that I should call Kerry there to double check. I called Kerry and he said that they've got one on order in my name. rolleyes1.gif

    Boy, would I have been pissed to ride up to SF, and play dodgeball with all the buses and taxis just to come away empty-handed.

    Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, it's certainly good that the Chicago Calumet store was honest and followed up on my story. And it's certainly a bad thing that the guy in SF flat out lied to me.

    I submitted an order with Adorama, who will ship it to me when they get it in stock.

    Just a datapoint.
    "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." - Edward Weston
    "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."-Hunter S.Thompson
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,586 moderator
    edited February 6, 2005
    cmr164 wrote:
    Adorama has only had a passing reference in this thread and they really deserve more mention. They have ended up getting all my business from B&H in the past 1.5 years. Customer service is superb with personal service by people with names who email and call you when there are issues. B&H is also good but there is one way that Adorama has just wowed me. Every single purchase I have made has made it next day delivery even though I am only paying for UPS standard.

    Purchases: 24-70 2.8L , EOS 1D Mark II, 70-200, 1.4x TC, spare battery for the 1DMII. All 5 shipments arrived less than 24 hours after Adorama passed it to UPS.
    I agree Charles. I have ordered a number of items from Adorama and everything hase been shipshape and arrives quickly. Not always next day to Indiana, but within a few days certainly. I recently ordered two of their studio flash/modelling units - the FlashPoint 620s I think. Made in China of course, but seems to work very well. The stands are well made and sturdy too.
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  • benji70benji70 Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 3 Beginner grinner
    edited February 11, 2005
    I have used KEH quite often for new and used items and have wonderful service from them. B&H is one of my frequent haunts also. I use a store in St. Louis called Schiller camera whenever I can. My ex wife knows one of the sales people there and the hospital she buys for gets a lot of their xray and surgical equipment through him so he's more than happy to throw me a good deal once in a while.
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