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Because of the need to photograph my 5 daughters more I am in the market for a DSLR and have been doing some price comparisons on the 'net. I can purchase the same camera for $$$$$$$$$$$$$ from my local camera shop, for $$$$$$ from a big box store (best buy/circuit city/etc) or B&H photo (who I have had nothing but good dealings with in the past, FWIW) or for as little as $$$ from several other online vendors.

Has anyone had any experience/know anything about any of the following online photo equipment vendors? They all say that these are new cameras, not gray market and come with full US warranties, but pricing seems a little sketchy for a few.

http://www.us1photo.com
http://www.1wayphoto.com (by far the least expensive of all)
http://www.adorama.com
http://www.normancamera.com

Or is there somewhere else you can recommend?

Thanks in advance.
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Check this site for them. There are tons of Camera places in Brooklyn that are all rip offs. This guy is set out to find them. I bought one from one of those places before I knew about them. They tried to get me to buy all this extra crap. I didn't of course and they didn't care when I complained to the manager... If it seems to good to be true it probably is.

http://donwiss.com/pictures/brooklynstores/

Look at entry 265... 1wayphoto

http://donwiss.com/pictures/brooklynstores/h0265.htm
 

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"I am posting about 1wayphoto.com because when I came here to look them up nothing existed. So, maybe this will help anyone who is considering buying from them.

I called 1wayphoto.com because there was little information about them and I didn’t want to get caught in the bestpricecameras.com scam. I asked them who owned the company and they would not tell me. That seemed very suspicious. I also looked up the whois on them and found that the url was registered in March 2007. They were definitely new.

They had the camera I wanted for a lower price than normal by about 40% for $1000. I called my credit card company to confirm that I was protected in case it was a scam. When I placed the order for my camera on line there was an issue so I called to see if the order went through properly. I was told that the package I wanted was back ordered for two weeks and only came with a five minute battery (originally 1 hour), and the memory card would not write fast enough. At which point he offered another package for $1500.00 that came with a five hour battery, and a faster card. The price was still ok compared to other places so I went with the deal. After checking around with other dealers like Ritz Camera, I found that there is only one battery for that camera.

When the camera arrived, I opened it and found the package that I bought as a bunch of separate units which immediately made me realize that there was no way the other package could have been on back order. So after all the time I spent pondering and checking into them, as well as the $105.00 spent for shipping, I realized I had been a victim of the upsell as well. I did save about $100 dollars a near as I can figure, but I think that money would have been well spent at B & H or Ritz. I feel that 1wayphoto.com did not come by this sale honestly.

I hope this helps someone else be prepared for the upsell in the future."

Found this too...

http://forums.photographyreview.com/showthread.php?t=32612
 

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bhphoto.com or adorama.com :)
+1 for Adorama, I bought a base model camera, no extras, quite happy with the experience. I heard lots of bad things about those NY companies that offer surprisingly low prices. Namely, you'll never get a camera at that low price, you'll either be upsold or get tired of waiting and cancel your order.
 

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Thanks, mpsalm. That's what I figured. Don really loves riding his bike around NYC taking pictures :crazyeyes.

My prior experience with B&H has been validated and the rumors I've heard about Adorama (all +) must be true. I'll check out the other sites that qball mentioned also. Thanks, everyone.

Anymore suggestions are always welcome.
 

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I just got a new camera and a couple lenses last month from B & H....Excellent prices, service was great...and fast.
 

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Check out www.canogacameras.com as well, Ive purchased 3 DSLR's from them over the years. Decent price and great service.
 

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I've had good experiences with B and H.
I think the more expensive the camera, the better they are.

I found good shops on ebay in the southeast and in Dallas.
Brick and mortar that were online too.
Found a gray market Nikon in one and they were very upfront about it.
About $300 below market, in that case.

http://forum.videohelp.com/
This is a great forum.
There are more still photographers on here than it first appears.
 

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I bought my camera at Dell and the accessories at Adorama & B&H photo. Dell can have some awesome deals depending on the time of year. All three are good to deal with.

One thing, unless you really want a SLR camera, you should look at the Canon S5 IS or something similar. I only say this because a SLR with all the lenses ends up being a huge deal to mess with. I have a 30+lb backpack stuffed with all my stuff. If you know what you are shooting then you can pare it down. I am thinking of getting the S5 just to avoid the mess for when I just want to take simple pictures. It has a 36-432mm equivalent lens. For me that's 3 lenses to carry to get that range. The S5 also has a hotshoe for a good flash.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0705/07050703canons5is.asp

I would suggest getting the S5 and trying it out for a month or so before dropping the big cash on a SLR. The image quality on the SLR will most likely be better but for a beginner it should be good enough.

The choice is up to you. Have fun and post some pictures once you get the camera.
 

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I bought my camera at Dell and the accessories at Adorama & B&H photo. Dell can have some awesome deals depending on the time of year. All three are good to deal with.

One thing, unless you really want a SLR camera, you should look at the Canon S5 IS or something similar. I only say this because a SLR with all the lenses ends up being a huge deal to mess with. I have a 30+lb backpack stuffed with all my stuff. If you know what you are shooting then you can pare it down. I am thinking of getting the S5 just to avoid the mess for when I just want to take simple pictures. It has a 36-432mm equivalent lens. For me that's 3 lenses to carry to get that range. The S5 also has a hotshoe for a good flash.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0705/07050703canons5is.asp

I would suggest getting the S5 and trying it out for a month or so before dropping the big cash on a SLR. The image quality on the SLR will most likely be better but for a beginner it should be good enough.

The choice is up to you. Have fun and post some pictures once you get the camera.
BIG +1 on that!

I own a film SLR and the Canon S3 IS. I've been shooting for thirty years, so there are times that I bump into limitations on the S3. Not often, but occasionally. But the size and ease of use differences are huge. The S3 has kept me from dropping serious coin on a DSLR. One day...

But get the S5 first.
 

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bhphotovideo.com I bought a few items from them and never had a problem. They even exchanged a few lenses for me until I got a sharp copy (Tamron 28-75 F2.8, known to be soft at F2.8-F4)
 

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I've never had anything but great experiences with www.onecall.com. I've bought two cameras, two big screens, two receivers, and an entire 5.2 THX surround system from them and would be willing to buy pretty much all of my electronics there as long as they carry what I'm looking for.
 

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Thanks everyone!

Just purchased the camera and 2 CF cards (one for the camera and one for other use) at Canoga Cameras (THANKS CHILI RED) for ~$100 less than just the camera alone anywhere else. B&H and Adorama both told me to buy it from Canoga because they couldn't beat their price.

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Thanks everyone!

Just purchased the camera and 2 CF cards (one for the camera and one for other use) at Canoga Cameras (THANKS CHILI RED) for ~$100 less than just the camera alone anywhere else. B&H and Adorama both told me to buy it from Canoga because they couldn't beat their price.

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No problem man, been ordering stuff from Canogacameras for years and love their service. So what camera did you end up getting?
 
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