December 20, 2014, 11:12:43 AM

Author Topic: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?  (Read 42177 times)

Radeusz

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2012, 06:00:23 AM »
Has anyone used "Simply Electronics" ? I've only noticed them recently, but they appear the cheapest in the UK - is there a catch ???

I also used Simply Electronics. I think they order stuff from Hong Kong. I bought my 7d and 70-200 from them. both times took them a lot of time for delivery (I kept checking my order and after 2 weeks my status order was still marked as "new"). If you do not mind to wait, you can  use this website.

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2012, 06:00:23 AM »

gabriele

  • PowerShot G1 X II
  • ***
  • Posts: 43
    • View Profile
    • My Flickr page
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2012, 10:21:01 AM »
If you ever visit some airport in the UK my suggestion goes to Dixons Travel, they have very very nice prices for cameras, and if you can find a lower price on Amazon, they price match it!
http://flickr.com/gabriele83
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-70L f/2.8 USM + EF 70-200L f/2.8L IS II USM + EF 85 f/1.8 USM + Samyang 14mm f/2.8

traveller

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #32 on: January 14, 2012, 11:56:11 AM »
DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...
« Last Edit: January 14, 2012, 12:00:18 PM by traveller »

Axilrod

  • 1D X
  • *******
  • Posts: 1376
    • View Profile
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2012, 12:40:04 PM »
DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

It's $1375 US from B&H Photo Video, which is about the same as 899gbp, so I don't think it sounds too unrealistic.  I was actually talking with a guy from England yesterday at a local shop and he was like a kid in a candy store about the prices.  I see 7D's used (but like new condition) for $1000-$1200 all the time here. 
5DIII/5DII/Bunch of L's and ZE's, currently rearranging.

traveller

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2012, 01:20:03 PM »
DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

It's $1375 US from B&H Photo Video, which is about the same as 899gbp, so I don't think it sounds too unrealistic.  I was actually talking with a guy from England yesterday at a local shop and he was like a kid in a candy store about the prices.  I see 7D's used (but like new condition) for $1000-$1200 all the time here.

I don't know if sales tax is already added to B&H's prices, but all UK based retailers include VAT at 20% on their prices (this can be recovered by VAT registered businesses), this is usually the approximate difference between US and UK prices.  This is what make me suspicious about the £899 price...

K3nt

  • Canon 70D
  • ****
  • Posts: 269
  • "No good photo goes unnoticed!"
    • View Profile
    • Flickr
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2012, 03:23:15 AM »
The good thing about hdewcameras is that you can go and physically pick the thing up from them if you want. Me being from Finland, that was a bit of a stretch, but I have friends in the UK that were only happy to help me scouting the place.
No way would I have parted with over 1.5k GBP for my 70-200mm f/2.8 MkII if I felt uneasy. (I still felt a little uneasy about that amount of money, now you'd have to pry it from my cold dead fingers to make me get rid of it).  ;)
Flickr

Canon EOS 7D * 10-22mm EF-S * 50mm f/1.4 * 70-20mm f/2.8L IS USM MkII * Nissin 866Di MkII * 430EXII + accessories

spaced

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2012, 07:14:12 AM »
I can vouch for Hdew Cameras - I bought my 5d mk2 and 24-105mm from them - they had the best price for the kit and they threw in a free 3 year warranty. 

I will most definitely be using them again.

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2012, 07:14:12 AM »

wockawocka

  • Canon 6D
  • *****
  • Posts: 394
    • View Profile
    • Wedding Photography
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2012, 09:08:52 AM »
DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

I bought 4 lenses from Pro camera shop, first 2 turned up within 48 hours, the rest a few days. I recommended them for a reason ;)
1DX, 5D3 and Hasselblad H Series owner.

traveller

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2012, 02:32:10 PM »
DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.


Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

I bought 4 lenses from Pro camera shop, first 2 turned up within 48 hours, the rest a few days. I recommended them for a reason ;)


I have no doubt that you had a good experience with this store, as most reviews that I've seen online are very positive.  My concern is that they should be clearer on their website that what they are selling is grey imports.  It must be said that from what I've read of internet feedback, if you ask them this question then they give you a straight answer, but in my opinion you shouldn't need to ask. 

If you're happy with the warranty that these stores provide and the fact that your purchase will not be covered by a Canon warranty, then by all means go ahead and save yourself some money.   I don't mean to bang on about this, but I feel it is important to make it clear for people who aren't knowledgable about grey imports (perhaps those reading this board before buying their first camera) of the risk involved taking this route. 

Helen Oster

  • Rebel T5i
  • ****
  • Posts: 127
    • View Profile
    • Adorama Camera
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2012, 03:08:32 AM »
..........My concern is that they should be clearer on their website that what they are selling is grey imports. 

If you're happy with the warranty that these stores provide and the fact that your purchase will not be covered by a Canon warranty, then by all means go ahead and save yourself some money.   I don't mean to bang on about this, but I feel it is important to make it clear for people who aren't knowledgable about grey imports

I've just picked up on this thread, & thought it might be helpful to clarify the position re the "grey market", at least as far as reputable retailers from the US are concerned.

"Grey market" refers to products imported directly into a country, rather than through the manufacturer's authorized agents / distributors. It is perfectly legal to directly import & sell these products; the term "grey market" was coined by manufacturer's authorized distributors who wanted to discourage consumers from buying these (less costly) goods.

With no factory authorized middle-man involved in the import of these products, costs are lower, so the price is lower to customers. Many items which are in short supply or not imported at all by the manufacturer's authorized distributors are available in direct import.

A reputable retailer will ensure that any direct import / grey market products which are being sold as such will be clearly marked, and you should always contact a company directly should you have any concerns regarding a specific listing.

There should be no difference in the actual products. Occasionally manufacturers will name them differently for example the Olympus USA Digital Stylus Cameras are called Olympus MJU Cameras in Europe.

On direct import products a reputable retailer should offer the same warranty as the manufacturer  warranted products carry - the only difference might be that you would need to ship it to the retailer, rather than the manufacturer, for warranty service.

For, I think, about the past 10 years, the policy of Canon USA has been to honor their warranty for any unit sold though an authorized Canon reseller, whether it has been imported by an authorized agent or is direct import.
All the customer requires is original receipt to verify the reseller and the date of sale – apparently you don't need the warranty card - and even if you do have the warranty card, you will still have to provide the receipt.

BTW Nikon USA will not service a direct import item at all, whether the customer is willing to pay or not.



I hope this helps.

Helen Oster
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
Helen@adorama.com


Helen Oster
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
Helen@adorama.com

traveller

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2012, 05:11:33 PM »
Helen,

I'm not criticising companies that sell grey market products, I've looked at your website as well as that of B&H; I know that both companies offer 'grey market' products alongside 'authorised' US stock and they are always clearly marked as such.  I would have no problem buying products on this basis from either of these two stores as I am aware that they are both long standing and well regarded retailers.  I am not suggesting that Pro Camera Shop or HDEW are not, but I am concerned that they are not explicit about the status of the products that they sell on their websites. 

As you point out, when you buy 'grey market', you are not necessarily covered by the manufacturers warranty and so are reliant upon the retailer to resolve any problems that you may encounter.  You must therefore be confident that the retailer will be in business for at least as long as any in-store warranty they offer.  I would be happy to place this level of trust in Adorama, but there are lots of retailers out there in whom I would not. 

I am aware that Canon are not as strict on their warranty criteria as Nikon, but I am also aware that this policy could change with little notice. 

Mich

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2012, 06:49:05 AM »
Just contacted Procamerashop yesterday regarding the 600D, they have a quite good price and it's not a Kiss X5.

Got quick and detailed answer from them, I will probably by from them.

mreco99

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2012, 05:31:56 PM »
I recommend Castle Cameras based in the South. Really helpful people and family run business, they were very fair in price matching and did all they could to make sure they were good on price. No i dont work for them lol, and i do lots of research before spending.
Also check camera price buster, youll see Castle cameras are good on price also.

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2012, 05:31:56 PM »

Mich

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #43 on: February 09, 2012, 04:20:52 AM »
Has anybody already bought directly from any Ebay seller from Hong-Kong ?

What is your experience with duty tax ?

mreco99

  • Guest
Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2012, 08:25:57 AM »
expect to pay import duty

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Best place to buy photographic equipment in the uk?
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2012, 08:25:57 AM »