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Any special "hints" for shopping?
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:50:14 PM »
Hi all,

I am going to be in NYC for a few days, soon.  I just might happen to wander into a few stores like B&H and Adorama to look around (  ;) ) .  Any of you have any helpful hints?  I know I will be like a kid in candyland until I calm down.  There is nothing specific that I need but lots I want like a 70-200 f/2.8 ii or a 300 f/2.8 ii (notice I did not say lots that I can afford).  Thanks.
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Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 08:22:35 PM »
Hi Jpaz.
Yes advice for the shops you are talking about, deep pockets full of money! ;D

Cheers Graham.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 09:23:18 PM »
As a poacher turned gamekeeper the advice I would offer is:

'professionals like yourself', 'thats for the beginners' or 'folk who know what they are doing'..

are all affirmative, glib ways of charming you into upbuying or buying the most expensive filters, or the warranty.

Be wise.  Sales guys admire nothing more than the colour of your money and they use every trick in the book to see it.

Decide what you might realistically pay for something you realistically want.  Buy nothing else, spend nothing more.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 11:25:53 PM »
There is nothing specific that I need

My first thought on advice might be catch a show, see the lights, a good meal.

If you don't "need" it, don't buy it.

"Browsing" is for Ladies looking for something they're not sure they want, reasonably certain they don't need, but have a compulsion to test the credit card limit (My apologies if you fit into this scenario, other advice might be useful, but I know it would be ignored).

Think about what you "Need" to add to your Kit, research it before leaving, go to the particular shop that has that particular item that you "need", treat the whole situation as a planned mission (have a back up plan), wear blinkers or at least dark glasses, complete the mission, go home & enjoy.

If you choose to ignore this advice, revert to the afore mentioned back up plan, a large limit on your credit card, Good Luck, not likely but always welcome.
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Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 11:54:06 PM »
Use them to look at everything, for instance it is shocking how slow the AF is on the 85 f1.2 MkII if you haven't used one; 12 fps on a 1DX is a scary cool thing, as is panning in one shot and every image being sharp and in focus; try the 70-200 with a 1.4TC, it makes an astonishingly good 280 f4; the 600 EX RT flashes are beyond amazing when you use the radio mode etc etc. You have to check bags unless they are camera bags, you can try any lens on your own bodies and with your own cards.

BUT don't buy anything there if you live in the USA, they will charge you NY sales tax and it is non negotiable in both stores, it is however negotiable in other big advertising NY stores who will do cash discounts. Most items ship free from the biggest two and if you live outside NY and NJ you are not charged sales tax.

If you don't live in the USA you can apply for the tax refund, but be aware if you do this you will need to get the forms signed by your native Customs and Tax department and pay the relevant import duty.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 01:28:20 AM »
I can only add to what has been said. Going into B&H without a fairly clear view of what you need, can drive you in two directions. One is the overwhelmed direction, in which you, because of the unbelievable vastness of their offering, end up not able to decide on anything. The other is the shoppaholic direction, where you meet this very motivating sales person and end up with loads of expensive stuff you actually don't need.

If you have doubts on what to get, make sure you give yourself the time it takes to examine and try out the goods. This is not always easy, with an impatient sales person on the other side of the counter.

But the best advice is probably what Edward gave. If you don't go to NYC very often, enjoy the city and all it has to offer, and order the equipment by mail order.

Enjoy your trip.
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2013, 05:59:40 PM »
Ah, pilgrimage completed. Spent some quality time at B&H and Adorama, both.  Handled some gear for which I have an interest.  Now, I'll go home and be able to "pull the trigger" on those items, online, when the right deal comes along.
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2013, 07:15:06 PM »
Do your home work, have a dream but do not buy until you have a realistic purchase list with price targets. The web is a wealth of info about each equipment, the good news and the bad news. Black Friday is a great time to buy at lower prices. Free shipping and lower/no taxes are common. Let us know about your experience.

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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2013, 08:18:01 PM »
Ah, pilgrimage completed. Spent some quality time at B&H and Adorama, both.  Handled some gear for which I have an interest.  Now, I'll go home and be able to "pull the trigger" on those items, online, when the right deal comes along.

Well done JPAZ, that's the way, research, look, touch even smell, but hold off the buy part until you get the deal you want on the gear you need.

I am impressed.
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Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2013, 11:17:24 PM »
Likely a dumb idea, but what if a few of us gave you a list and you showed up and said dude, what is your best price on 3 300 2.8 II's, no crap, just best price and I walk right now.  US warranty.  And I want 2 shipped.

Any chance of that working?

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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2013, 11:57:19 PM »
As a poacher turned gamekeeper the advice I would offer is:

'professionals like yourself', 'thats for the beginners' or 'folk who know what they are doing'..

are all affirmative, glib ways of charming you into upbuying or buying the most expensive filters, or the warranty.

Be wise.  Sales guys admire nothing more than the colour of your money and they use every trick in the book to see it.

Decide what you might realistically pay for something you realistically want.  Buy nothing else, spend nothing more.
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2013, 11:59:13 PM »
I can only add to what has been said. Going into B&H without a fairly clear view of what you need, can drive you in two directions. One is the overwhelmed direction, in which you, because of the unbelievable vastness of their offering, end up not able to decide on anything. The other is the shoppaholic direction, where you meet this very motivating sales person and end up with loads of expensive stuff you actually don't need.

If you have doubts on what to get, make sure you give yourself the time it takes to examine and try out the goods. This is not always easy, with an impatient sales person on the other side of the counter.

But the best advice is probably what Edward gave. If you don't go to NYC very often, enjoy the city and all it has to offer, and order the equipment by mail order.

Enjoy your trip.
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2013, 02:48:33 AM »
Ah, pilgrimage completed. Spent some quality time at B&H and Adorama, both.  Handled some gear for which I have an interest.  Now, I'll go home and be able to "pull the trigger" on those items, online, when the right deal comes along.
Lucky you ... I always wanted (and still do) to visit B&H superstore. and play with some of them awesome camera gear ... heard some really great things about B&H super store ... one day I will visit (at least that's the dream) :)
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2013, 04:03:50 AM »
Hi Folks.
Ignorance is bliss, see before Jpaz went and looked he only wanted the listed items, now he has held them he now  knows that he needs them!  :D  ;)

Cheers Graham.

Hi all,
There is nothing specific that I need but lots I want like a 70-200 f/2.8 ii or a 300 f/2.8 ii (notice I did not say lots that I can afford).  Thanks.
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Still can't use most of it to its full potential! ;)  *=Purchased Used

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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2013, 06:20:20 PM »
Hi Folks.
Ignorance is bliss, see before Jpaz went and looked he only wanted the listed items, now he has held them he now  knows that he needs them!  :D  ;)

Cheers Graham.


Good sir, you are a very wise man.  I have been and do remain a victim of our "illness" and you all have it too!

BTW, maybe we ought to do a survey.  Maybe instead of 3 of the 300 f/2.8's maybe it would be 10 or 20.  That would probably get us a buck or two off the list price.
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Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
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