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I'll be at a conference in Ventura (just outside of LA) in mid-March and, since most camera gear is significantly cheaper in the US compared to Australia, I'll probably be taking the opportunity to make a few upgrades. Any advice on the best stores in the area?


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check out Sammy's Camera. Good stuff. Lots of locations around LA. Have fun!!

http://www.samys.com/


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Thanks for the tip.

... but hmm. It seems that the price differences aren't that great any more. 3-6 months ago I would have made a killing on the exchange rate; now it works out more or less even. Mad


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As a climber, you ought to take the pilgrimage to the Patagucci store in Ventura. It's a beautiful old building, and you can see the shed where Chouinard used to make pitons while he waited for surf to come up.


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I might just do that. Smile


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Don't know about Cali stores but as far as online I got a Nikon d700(which is frickin sweet) retails for around $3,000 for less than $1,700 at www.Shopdigitaldirect.com. Great deals but their customer service department blows.


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Hennessey wrote:
Don't know about Cali stores but as far as online I got a Nikon d700(which is frickin sweet) retails for around $3,000 for less than $1,700 at www.Shopdigitaldirect.com. Great deals but their customer service department blows.

wtf I paid $1300 for my 40D. Pises me off... :(


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Hennessey wrote:
Don't know about Cali stores but as far as online I got a Nikon d700(which is frickin sweet) retails for around $3,000 for less than $1,700 at www.Shopdigitaldirect.com. Great deals but their customer service department blows.
I don't think I'd trust this place for any deal. Have you actually received your D700 yet?

http://www.resellerratings.com/.../Shop_Digital_Direct


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chanceboarder wrote:
Hennessey wrote:
Don't know about Cali stores but as far as online I got a Nikon d700(which is frickin sweet) retails for around $3,000 for less than $1,700 at www.Shopdigitaldirect.com. Great deals but their customer service department blows.
I don't think I'd trust this place for any deal. Have you actually received your D700 yet?

http://www.resellerratings.com/.../Shop_Digital_Direct

I was wondering the same thing. Having dealt with too good to be true sellers, I know how this can end.

Mine was over a $210 flash, that they were advertising for $150. Since it was more than $40 cheaper than the next best price I went for it, and it took 4 months to get the flash, after a bunch of attempt by them to squeeze me for more cash. They even threatened to charge me a 20% restocking fee for an item I never received!

I did get it eventually, after threating to contact both the BBB and the attorney generals office.


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Hennessey wrote:
Don't know about Cali stores but as far as online I got a Nikon d700(which is frickin sweet) retails for around $3,000 for less than $1,700 at www.Shopdigitaldirect.com. Great deals but their customer service department blows.
I don't think I'd trust this place for any deal. Have you actually received your D700 yet?

http://www.resellerratings.com/.../Shop_Digital_Direct

Yes, I recieved it a little less than two weeks after I ordered it. My only complaint with the company is the customer service sucks. it takes them forever to respond to emails and phone calls


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