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Where did you buy your last 'proper' camera?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Damien_Demolder

    Damien_Demolder Well-Known Member

    It is probably old-fashioned to suspect those self-service counters in the supermarket add only the impression of speed to the activity of buying a bottle of Chianti. They rarely wish you a nice weekend or share a joke as they check your age, bleep and spit out the receipt and a coupon for pet insurance.

    My dry cleaner, on the other hand, is so friendly that I often feel the urge to pop into the shop as I walk past, just to experience his warm greeting – which I am sure would be undiminished even had I nothing for him to clean.

    We have endless high-speed, convenient methods of buying almost anything, but nothing quite beats a bit of human interaction at the point of sale; a friendly word of advice, a social connection, some unexpected added value. I realise that buying online can be done in a painless manner, but not the waiting in for delivery, and I often take a blind chance in the absence of the ability to ask a question.

    With Jessops gone, and so much of the high street devoid of camera stores, I really hope the business of selling nice and specialist photographic equipment does not head entirely online. That could only result in more photographers buying the wrong camera.


    Take part in this week's poll - Where did you buy your last 'proper camera? by visiting the AP home page.

    Damien

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  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    The last camera I bought was used and I got it from Jacobs in Oxford Street.
     
  3. ianwaite

    ianwaite Well-Known Member

    My last camera came from Mifsuds in Brixham, Devon. As far as I'm concerned are the best camera dealers I've ever dealt with. Before that did buy one from Jessops not a nice experience, but not quite as bad as buying from A.J.Purdy (now closed thank god).

    Regards
    Ian
     
  4. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    CameraWorld just off Oxford Street. Where I now do a lot of my shopping for camera equipment.
     
  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Not having the luxury of a place nearby - the last three have been online. Suits me! :)
     
  6. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    Last "real" camera from a local independent, now sadly gone. And the lens from Jessops!
     
  7. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Bought my last camera from independent camera store on eBay. I did try but no local stores could get anywhere near their price and, what with petrol and parking, it would have been at least 100 quid more. They assured me it was new, sealed and not a grey import and so it turned out to be. It arrived the next day SD. Very happy.
     
  8. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Last two DSLRs both from Calumet - because they had the stock there and then. Very pleasant experience.
     
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    LCE, Leamington. Cheapest non-grey price for the camera, and nice people, too. It's also where I bought the one before.
     
  10. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    Wilkinson Cameras in Preston, though it's probably going on for 3 years ago now.
     
  11. londonbackpackr

    londonbackpackr Well-Known Member

    Jessops in Bromley, camera was a little bit more expensive than on-line but I needed the camera for the next day and was happy to pay the extra for the convenience of having it the same day.
     
  12. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I cannot vote - my last 'proper' camera was bought at a London Camera Exchange shop, an outlet not covered by the Poll.

    PS - your poll seems to indicate that more proper cameras are bought online, as there are more online options in the poll than shop options. Is this fair?
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  13. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    I am not sure whether my source fits in either. It's the Calumet establishment in Milton Keynes. It's not a proper retail outlet but they will sell to callers and they have been very helpful on several occasions. I always check their stock with a 'phone call before calling in.
     
  14. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    I've never bought a 'proper' camera. My first ever camera was a Box Brownie inherited from an elderly deceased relative. The next was a Panasonic 35mm compact camera; a birthday present from my mum. The first digital camera I ever had was a Nikon compact as a birthday present from my dad. Eventually I got a D40 as a birthday present from my wife and the D7000 was a Christmas present from my wife, 4 years later. Who's been a lucky boy then? :D
     
  15. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    My last DSLR from Currys
    My last film slr from the local flea market
    My last digi compact from argos
    My last film compact from a charity shop
     
  16. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    From the choices given for voting, I'm not sure which category describes Jessops
     
  17. ianwaite

    ianwaite Well-Known Member

    I guess either of the top two depending on wether you went into the store or bought on-line. Must admit towards the end it was difficult to decide what they were.

    Ian
     
  18. Bejay

    Bejay Well-Known Member

    No vote from me, what is defined by 'proper' camera?
     
  19. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Park cameras, but not sure I would again as they kept me waiting for 20 mins before they were prepared to serve me - and that was in spite of having reserved it before I arrived. The assistant then appeared surprised when my debit card was authorised for the purchase.

    Roger
     
  20. velocette

    velocette Well-Known Member

    No vote from me either as my last proper (?) camera came from Amazon which is not included in your categories.
     

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