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  1. clickchick_23

    clickchick_23 TPF Noob!

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    Good morning everyone! This is my first post and I'm hoping someone can give me some advice. This is the list of equipment that I want to purchase:

    Canon 50D
    Canon 18-200 Lens
    Battery Grip
    580 EX II Speedlite

    I've had some really bad experiences with online sites being extremely rude or being scam sites. Can anyone recommend a site to purchase from that isn't going to cost me an arm and a let?

    Thanks in advance!!
    Jen
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum Jen.

    I highly recommend B&H Photo. They are a very large photography retailer and have a very good reputation.
    Adorama is also a very good place to buy from.

    They may not have the lowest listed price, you can rest assured that you won't get ripped off and the price is going to be fair.
     
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    I buy most of my photography equipment from B&H, but do get some things from Amazon too.
     
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    tomhooper TPF Noob!

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    B&H and Adorama seem to be the best for me.
     
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    I would highly suggest buying from a local dealer. A true camera store that has knowledgable sales people, rather than a Best Buy or Circuit City type place. At a local retailer you can actually hold the piece of equipment you are wanting, and if there are problems its a short trip to get it taken care of, rather than hoping you get a good copy off the net, and having to deal with shipping cost and delays if you have to return, or send in for repairs. Local places may be a bit more expensive than online deals you can find, but for good service its worth it. I always buy local at Lawerence Photo in Springfield, Mo.
     
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    Same here, never had a problem and the items always arrived in perfect condition and on time :)
     
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    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    B&H and Adorama for me. They are my local dealers ;)
     
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    to add i like amazon for certain things and even ebay (if its new)
     
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    DRoberts TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I guess they are...makes it handy.
     
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    I buy from Amazon. If you need a battery grip, I'd recommend you read my review of the new Zeikos grip. I'm loving it for $70 - WAY nicer than the Adorama or Opteka


    Zeikos Battery Grip Review
     
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    cheater
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My local dealer always charges a lot more than places like B&H. The only reason I buy from there is if it's something I need in an emergency or it's something like a bag where I want to see if it fits and it's something I need to try before I buy.

    $100 for a Canon 50mm f/1.8 vs. $75ish
    $137 for a Kata backpack vs. $99
    $2100 for a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS vs. $1400ish
     

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