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bfinley
11-27-2007, 10:12 AM
I'd like to buy my wife a Canon Digital Rebel for X-Mas. Where is the best place to buy one online?

Ryan
11-27-2007, 10:18 AM
I've had good luck with Beachcamera.com, but don't know if they have the best price right now or not.

east tx skier
11-27-2007, 10:20 AM
Bought my minolta and my wife's canon digital elph on Amazon. Easy transaction, no tax, no shipping fees.

bigmac
11-27-2007, 10:20 AM
I'd like to buy my wife a Canon Digital Rebel for X-Mas. Where is the best place to buy one online?

The entire online photography business is rife with fraud, so you're wise to be very careful.

Best place, most reliable is B&H Photovideo. Not the cheapest, necessarily, but utterly reliable. Also, NewEgg.com sells some digital cameras and maybe they sell the Rebel. They are also reliable and very likely cheaper.

Wherever you buy, check the store out at http://resellerratings.com before you execute.


edit:

Rebel XTi at NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120070)

Rebel XTi at B&H (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/457506-REG/Canon_1236B002_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XTi.html)

east tx skier
11-27-2007, 10:22 AM
The entire online photography business is rife with fraud, so you're wise to be very careful.

Best place, most reliable is B&H Photovideo. Not the cheapest, necessarily, but utterly reliable. Also, NewEgg.com sells some digital cameras and maybe they sell the Rebel. They are also reliable and very likely cheaper.

Wherever you buy, check the store out at http://resellerratings.com before you execute.

I'll second that. Sometimes it may look like you're saving a few bucks with some of these sellers. Read the fine print in addition to checking resellerratings.com. Often times, it will reveal that you're not buying a battery, a charger, or a lense. :o

MYMC
11-27-2007, 10:53 AM
The entire online photography business is rife with fraud, so you're wise to be very careful.

Best place, most reliable is B&H Photovideo. Not the cheapest, necessarily, but utterly reliable. Also, NewEgg.com sells some digital cameras and maybe they sell the Rebel. They are also reliable and very likely cheaper.

Wherever you buy, check the store out at http://resellerratings.com before you execute.


edit:

Rebel XTi at NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120070)

Rebel XTi at B&H (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/457506-REG/Canon_1236B002_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XTi.html)
I'll third that! When we bought our Cannon XL H1 we found prices half that of local stores...turns out that those were empty bodies that you buy the parts and assemble yourself!

I've had good luck with: http://www.adorama.com/ with both the Cannon video stuff and the Nikon digital still.

stuartmcnair
11-27-2007, 11:01 AM
B&H is very good. Another is KEH.com.

bigmac
11-27-2007, 11:06 AM
Here is a good, basic tutorial that encompasses most of the pitfalls of online camera buying.

Online buying tutorial (http://www.ximinasphotography.com/lessons/lesson08/camera_2.html#Buying%20a%20Camera%20Online)

The prototype scammer is Brooklyn Photo, also doing business as A&M Photoworld, Amphoto, Digital Liquidators. They have glitzy websites, but here is a photo of the address of the store at the address on their website.

http://donwiss.com/pictures/brooklynstores/0202.jpg

The guy that took that photo, Don Wiss (http://donwiss.com/pictures/brooklynstores/), is well-known for going throughout Brooklyn and photographing/post these photoscammer actual storefronts. He gets death threats (http://www.boingboing.net/2005/12/14/brooklyn-camerastore.html).

By contrast...here is B&H Photo

http://donwiss.com/pictures/ManhattanStores/0002.jpg

3event
11-27-2007, 11:06 AM
B&H

Never a problem. Great selection. Marginal price difference (or none) from the lowballers with questionable service.

One place to check - www.resellerratings.com

pflcjl
11-27-2007, 11:30 AM
Here is a tremendous deal - I did some research - and haven't seen a price to match this. Check out what you get in this package - 10.2 megapixel and two lenses!

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11238544&search=Cameras1123&Sp=S&Mo=6&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&N=0&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=Cameras1123&Ntt=Cameras1123&No=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

bigmac
11-27-2007, 11:33 AM
I've had good luck with: http://www.adorama.com/ with both the Cannon video stuff and the Nikon digital still.MasterCrafter, Mac user, and a Nikon photographer. You are clearly a discerning consumer, Mike.

MYMC
11-27-2007, 01:30 PM
MasterCrafter, Mac user, and a Nikon photographer. You are clearly a discerning consumer, Mike.
Thank you sir...I have added the new D3 to the ever growing want list.

rrbooker
11-27-2007, 01:41 PM
I just Bought my Canon 40d at BestBuy.com It was cheaper than most places i found on line! One thing that i also bought was the 4yr service/warranty! It covers all of the factory warranty plus accidental coverage. So if it gets wet or if i drop it and break the lens they will fix it! Well worth $170! IMO.

bigmac
11-27-2007, 01:43 PM
Thank you sir...I have added the new D3 to the ever growing want list.

Mine too. About mid-spring, I think. What an amazing camera.

Mikey
11-27-2007, 01:46 PM
Another good site to check out is www.buydig.com They seem to have some of the best prices I have seen and they also have free shipping and no tax on most of their camera's.

MYMC
11-27-2007, 01:58 PM
Mine too. About mid-spring, I think. What an amazing camera.
Do you think price/demand will have settled by then? I guess I can wait that long but it was going to be a Christmas wish.

east tx skier
11-27-2007, 02:31 PM
Thank you sir...I have added the new D3 to the ever growing want list.

Let me know when you get tired of it and it has been holding up your wall long enough to thoroughly depreciate. :)

MYMC
11-27-2007, 02:43 PM
Let me know when you get tired of it and it has been holding up your wall long enough to thoroughly depreciate. :)
How about a D1H? If I do get to go this route she'll need a home...

Mikey
11-27-2007, 02:48 PM
Has anyone used www.zipzoomfly.com for their digital camera needs? It looks like they have some pretty good prices and some good reviews.

bigmac
11-27-2007, 02:52 PM
Has anyone used www.zipzoomfly.com for their digital camera needs? It looks like they have some pretty good prices and some good reviews.


Their rating is not so good....

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/ZipZoomFly

bigmac
11-27-2007, 02:55 PM
Do you think price/demand will have settled by then? I guess I can wait that long but it was going to be a Christmas wish.

I think it's going to be February or so before:
supply will catch up with demand
initial new-model bugs are identified and addressed.



ICBW but that's about the time frame I saw for those things with the D2X and the D200.


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starman205
11-27-2007, 02:57 PM
I have used B&H for all of my Nikon equipment. A top notch retailer IMHO. :)

76S&S
11-27-2007, 02:58 PM
I started down the path of the deep discounted .com when I bought my DSLR Canon. When they called to confirm the order and asked what battery, camara strap...........etc. that I wanted to add to the purchase, I promply canceled and went to a local company. A friend had just purchased from the local company and I received a nice discount along with some other perks which evened the pricing out and I now have an individual behind the counter that I can discuss things with.

rektek
11-27-2007, 03:00 PM
Beach or B&H, stay away from bestbuy, cc.

MYMC
11-27-2007, 03:12 PM
I think it's going to be February or so before:
supply will catch up with demand
initial new-model bugs are identified and addressed.



ICBW but that's about the time frame I saw for those things with the D2X and the D200.


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If you start getting ready and the coast appears clear let me know!

bigmac
11-27-2007, 03:24 PM
If you start getting ready and the coast appears clear let me know!

I track this stuff by following the D3/D2/D1 forums at DPReview.com. The signal/noise ratio can be a little low, so I scan those forums more than actually reading them, but it does tend to give a good sense about these availability issues.

I would have bought a D2X, but those forums tipped me off to the problem of blistering of the rubber coating and that it wasn't covered under warranty.;)

Mikey
11-27-2007, 03:35 PM
Their rating is not so good....

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/ZipZoomFly

Thanks Bigmac, I looked at the ratings on pricegrabber and they were pretty good but after looking at the ones you referred me to, I think I will go with someone else. Hopefully you saved me from a mistake.:)

Ric
11-27-2007, 04:05 PM
finley if you want to keep it simple I'd recommend the canon powershot D750 (hope I got that number right!) on a pretty good free shipping deal from best buy right now 249.00

Leroy
11-27-2007, 04:18 PM
I went with the local professional camera shop. They were so helpful and I know I can always drive 10 minutes and they are there for any question. The price differential was small.

The entire online photography business is rife with fraud, so you're wise to be very careful.

Best place, most reliable is B&H Photovideo. Not the cheapest, necessarily, but utterly reliable. Also, NewEgg.com sells some digital cameras and maybe they sell the Rebel. They are also reliable and very likely cheaper.

Wherever you buy, check the store out at http://resellerratings.com before you execute.


edit:

Rebel XTi at NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120070)

Rebel XTi at B&H (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/457506-REG/Canon_1236B002_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XTi.html)

bigmac
11-27-2007, 04:35 PM
I went with the local professional camera shop. They were so helpful and I know I can always drive 10 minutes and they are there for any question. The price differential was small.Certainly a valid consideration, depending on a few factors, not the least of which is where you live.

...the local camera store will almost always charge more. That's OK, as long as they do provide good service that you're willing to pay for. Also, they will have to charge sales tax while most online resellers like B&H won't (unless you live in New York). From my standpoint, throw in the fact that the nearest camera store to me, that sells the kind of camera equipment I want, is two hours from here. So...4 hours on the road to visit them, and higher prices to boot. Hmmmmm.....

VirtualWi
11-27-2007, 04:53 PM
I went with the local professional camera shop. They were so helpful and I know I can always drive 10 minutes and they are there for any question. The price differential was small.

I second this...and some of the others! If I can find it at my local place (The Camera Company), I'll get it there...otherwise, I go to B&H or Adorama. Also, you can find some good deals if you look around. For instance, I was looking for a backup small camera and found a clearance Canon A640 for $190 (being replaced by the A650) at one of our Target stores...they just wanted to get rid of them so I picked it up that way. You can usually find these at the big box stores cheap or at places like Staples, etc. Don't expect to find your higher-end DSLRs that way, though!

MYMC
11-27-2007, 04:58 PM
I track this stuff by following the D3/D2/D1 forums at DPReview.com. The signal/noise ratio can be a little low, so I scan those forums more than actually reading them, but it does tend to give a good sense about these availability issues.

I would have bought a D2X, but those forums tipped me off to the problem of blistering of the rubber coating and that it wasn't covered under warranty.;)
I follow the same and Nikonians...the Nikonian board tipped me off about the D2 as well, not only the blistering but most didn't feel like the D2 justified the move from the D1.

east tx skier
11-27-2007, 05:38 PM
How about a D1H? If I do get to go this route she'll need a home...

Sorry, I thought you meant the ski. 8p

Leroy
11-27-2007, 06:14 PM
Bigmac; You are a special shopper even if it were not for the 4 hour round! trip.

Certainly a valid consideration, depending on a few factors, not the least of which is where you live.

...the local camera store will almost always charge more. That's OK, as long as they do provide good service that you're willing to pay for. Also, they will have to charge sales tax while most online resellers like B&H won't (unless you live in New York). From my standpoint, throw in the fact that the nearest camera store to me, that sells the kind of camera equipment I want, is two hours from here. So...4 hours on the road to visit them, and higher prices to boot. Hmmmmm.....