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  1. #1
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    How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    I visited my "local" camera shop today, and their shelves were bare of new cameras. They still have quite a bit of accessories available for purchase, and used cameras, both digital and film.

    I asked about when they expect new cameras, and they informed me that they are slowly getting gear in from Nikon, Canon, and Sony, but they have waiting lists to purchase almost every camera model that they sell.

    Times are tough! How's your shop doing?

    WM


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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Closed at beginning of the pandemic...after 40 years... They just quit. Didn’t even try to sell the business
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Mine is about the same as your experience.
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    My "local" shop is about an hour drive. They have a popular online store, so they've been able to weather the storm and remain in business. Selection is spotty: bodies and lenses are hit or miss. Tripods and bags are almost completely gone.

    I generally avoid going there because of the distance. Anything I order online arrives at my door within 2 days and shipping is cheaper than the gas I'd spend. Been there twice since March, and this social distancing crap makes for a lousy shopping experience.
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Had no problems when I got my second D500 in May. Called, they had it in stock and I picked it up the same day.

    Haven't been there since.
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Closed at beginning of the pandemic...after 40 years... They just quit. Didn’t even try to sell the business
    What was the name of the shop, if you don't mind, Fred. I visited a camera shop in PSL when I live in Stuart in the '80s. (Back in the '80s , when we all thought that the area had exploded with people and didn't know that it really hadn't, yet.)

    WM
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynne View Post
    Had no problems when I got my second D500 in May. Called, they had it in stock and I picked it up the same day.

    Haven't been there since.
    So you're carrying two D500s now, Marilynne? I'm thinking about getting another D500, but I have to wait until our house refinancing closes, which could be up to two months since the credit union processors have so many applications. (I had to wait over two months to even turn in my application, by appointment.) I am also thinking about getting a D850, instead of the D500. I just can't make up my mind.

    Wayne
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Browncoat View Post
    My "local" shop is about an hour drive. They have a popular online store, so they've been able to weather the storm and remain in business. Selection is spotty: bodies and lenses are hit or miss. Tripods and bags are almost completely gone.

    I generally avoid going there because of the distance. Anything I order online arrives at my door within 2 days and shipping is cheaper than the gas I'd spend. Been there twice since March, and this social distancing crap makes for a lousy shopping experience.
    My "local" shop is also over an hour away, but we have occasion to drive over that way every so often, and when we do I try to visit. They deal with a lot of used gear and often have some really interesting items in stock. I spent about thirty minutes in the store yesterday while my wife and daughters were elsewhere, and I was the only patron in the shop the entire time.

    Theis shop will also entertain offers on some of the used gear; yesterday I got a MB-D17 for my D500 for a bit over $150. It still has the registration card and has no flaws on the outside. I know that I once said that I was done with these before, but I like the idea of having the battery pack on the D500.

    I agree with you about the convenience of current online shopping. The problem I see at my house is that it's too easy; there seem to be purchases arriving at our door every day.

    WM
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    So you're carrying two D500s now, Marilynne? I'm thinking about getting another D500, but I have to wait until our house refinancing closes, which could be up to two months since the credit union processors have so many applications. (I had to wait over two months to even turn in my application, by appointment.) I am also thinking about getting a D850, instead of the D500. I just can't make up my mind.

    Wayne
    I dropped the first D500. It still works but the rear display cracked and you can't read/see anything. I used it for two months before I decided to get another. Waiting for Nikon to get back on track before sending it in.
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    Re: How's Your "Local" Camera Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynne View Post
    I dropped the first D500. It still works but the rear display cracked and you can't read/see anything. I used it for two months before I decided to get another. Waiting for Nikon to get back on track before sending it in.

    Ouch! Now I believe I remember you posting about it earlier. I dropped mine in June, but it was onto very soft ground and only from about two feet. So far, I've not discovered any issues with it; I was very fortunate. Knock on wood!

    Wayne
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