Do camera stores carry stock any more?

BirdsOfPreyDave

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I'm a big believer in online shopping so I guess I only have myself to blame that there's no such thing as a well-stocked camera store in my area. I'm really thinking about the Canon EF 24mm-105mm f/4L IS USM as my first piece of "L" glass. I wanted to actually look at it and try a few shots before committing, though. More importantly, there was a big festival in town this weekend, and if I liked it, I was looking forward to getting some use out of it.

I called every store listed on Canon's web site within 120 miles of me. I also did a Google search, then did an EBay search to see if any of the Buy-It-Now auctions were near Virginia. Not only could I not find anyone within driving distance with the specific lens in stock, I only found two stores that had any Canon L-series lenses at all. (One store had one lens, the other store had two.)

Guess you've got to live in NYC to walk into a store and buy a nice lens any more?
 

bob100

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May 31, 2008
I'm a big believer in online shopping so I guess I only have myself to blame that there's no such thing as a well-stocked camera store in my area. I'm really thinking about the Canon EF 24mm-105mm f/4L IS USM as my first piece of "L" glass. I wanted to actually look at it and try a few shots before committing, though. More importantly, there was a big festival in town this weekend, and if I liked it, I was looking forward to getting some use out of it.

I called every store listed on Canon's web site within 120 miles of me. I also did a Google search, then did an EBay search to see if any of the Buy-It-Now auctions were near Virginia. Not only could I not find anyone within driving distance with the specific lens in stock, I only found two stores that had any Canon L-series lenses at all. (One store had one lens, the other store had two.)

Guess you've got to live in NYC to walk into a store and buy a nice lens any more?

I guess so. Stores like Best Buy, HH Gregg, etc. have replaced the local camera stores.
Adorama and B&H have a 30 day return policy so you can try out a lens and if you don't like it return it
 

photo_chick

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Mar 1, 2007
I guess I'm lucky to have a handful of full service camera shops here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that do stock all thngs Canon and Nikon here. And one or two that have the "other" brands.
 

Smooshdog

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Aug 14, 2006
I'd suggest renting it before buying! I rent all L series glass before buying! try borrowedlenses.com.
 

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