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Aug 06, 2013 07:49 |  #1

Where do you all buy your 3rd party lenses? I'm looking to buy the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and Amazon is not selling it. Where is a good place to buy a lens like this that will have a no hassle return policy if I need to get another one?




  
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Aug 06, 2013 08:04 |  #2

B & H


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Aug 06, 2013 08:06 |  #3

I purchased a Tokina from Adorama that stopped focusing within the first two minutes of use. The whole process to exchange for a replacement was very easy.


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Aug 06, 2013 08:33 as a reply to  @ Craign's post |  #4

I think it's safe to say that B&H and Adorama are the top two companies that forum members regularly order from. All my gear has come from one or the other. Their prices are usually very close to one another; one may offer free shipping on an item that the other doesn't. Both have great customer service and return policies.


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Aug 06, 2013 08:39 |  #5

In addition to the excellent suggestions above, Norman Camera, Canoga Camera and Buydig are very good. I wouldn't buy from Newegg. They ship lenses with absolutely no padding in the box.




  
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Aug 06, 2013 08:52 |  #6

All of my gear has been purchased from either Adorama, B&H or Amazon. All three vendors offer competitive pricing and very good service.


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Aug 06, 2013 08:55 |  #7

Calumet...

I have a corporate account and I've had one for a couple decades...

Their personal service can't be beat.




  
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Aug 06, 2013 09:22 |  #8

I use Amazon for the most part on third party lenses, especially if I anticipate possibly getting a bad copy (e.g. Sigma 50). Their return policy can't be beat. B&H is great but their return policy is a little more strict.


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Aug 06, 2013 10:07 |  #9

My first choice is B&H then Adorama then Amazon.


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Aug 06, 2013 10:24 |  #10

B&H or Amazon.com.


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Aug 06, 2013 10:39 |  #11

Adorama and B&H - both have fair pricing, great selection, and ship product immediately
J&R - usually matches Adorama/BH pricing, and sometimes has discount coupon, but shipping of product has sometimes taken several days
Amazon - now that they charge TX state taxes, I don't order big dollar items from Amazon
NewEgg - lens pricing used to be in line with Adorama/BH, DSLR bodies were sometimes lower pricing, and I could use my NewEgg line of credit for 0% interest for a year. NewEgg went thru major changes and now Canon lenses are on avg $100 more than Adorama/BH.


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Aug 07, 2013 09:14 |  #12

Thanks for all the great Adorama feedback - and don'r forget I am easy to get hold of by email: Helen@adorama.com (external link) if you need any advice or after-sales support.

BTW we always do or best to price match to equally reputable retailers - you only need drop me an email with the relevant links (tho forgive me if I'm slow to respond for the next 8 days as I'm in Crete on vacation....)



  
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Aug 07, 2013 21:30 |  #13

brian4646 wrote in post #16185211 (external link)
Where is a good place to buy a lens like this that will have a no hassle return policy if I need to get another one?

I bought an expensive Canon lens from Adorama. Had some issues with the lens and had to return it. Adorama made it easy to return and gave a fast refund. Can't ask for more.


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Aug 07, 2013 21:34 |  #14

B&H never have let me down, unfortunately amazon and adorama have...


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Aug 07, 2013 21:44 |  #15
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HelenOster wrote in post #16188109 (external link)
Thanks for all the great Adorama feedback - and don'r forget I am easy to get hold of by email: Helen@adorama.com (external link) if you need any advice or after-sales support.

BTW we always do or best to price match to equally reputable retailers - you only need drop me an email with the relevant links (tho forgive me if I'm slow to respond for the next 8 days as I'm in Crete on vacation....)

Helen, I like it when you enter into these forms to fix up issues...but when you go on a promotion spree...not so much. Commercial promotions have no place on these boards...just my opinion.




  
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