TBH calumet uk stores aren't doing much better , since they changed from KJP - anyone remember that? - since Calumet it's been downhill all the way. Decent staff left and now mostly uninterested ex students and older staff looking bored that don't know half of what I read up on with little real world experience to add into discussions. Plus many basic items have to be ordered in especially.. recently I needed a couple more standard stands and white backgrounds.. not in stock!!!
and enquired about the sony A7r , was told better go to john lewis !!
Crazy for a pro shop. Seems like they stock bags and tripods mainly now.
Times are a changing I really don't know where to buy equipment from these days apart from the Flash centre for Elinchrom which have awesome customer service and knowledge.
As some one mentioned this could really affect Bowens lighting as Calumet as a major distributer in UK / Europe.
RIP calumet .. globally in 2 years
I'd hired a 500mm f4 mk2 from them prior to deciding if I should buy one. The salesman showed me on their computer system that their trade price for the lens was more then the sale price! They were making a big loss on each one - he said they make their money on accessories such as memory cards, bags, tripods, etc. Yikes, you've got to be selling lots of tripods to make up the loss on a big white.
I'm surprised they're still operating here in the UK.