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May 16, 2009 13:25 |  #16

Thanks David...

Adding them to my rotation of vendors as well


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May 16, 2009 13:57 |  #17

Is this a major warehouse type store, or are we talking strip-mall retail store? Trying to get an idea of the scale of this business' operation.


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May 16, 2009 14:08 |  #18

Well it has been almost 36 hours and I have not yet heard from them that it has been shipped, which seems kind of strange to me. I have just emailed them to ask if the item was actually in stock.


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May 16, 2009 14:15 as a reply to  @ ozziepuppy's post |  #19

Well, sometimes they ship and it and brown gets it home before I even get the mail from them.

After verifying that they were an authorized canon dealer I have so far purchased a 24-105 (back when it first came out) and more recently a 50D. They are very good people to deal with. They are a smaller operation and I'd like to help them grow into bigger competition for the NY stores when I can, especially as they are closer to me in CA :-)

I usually get my stuff from amazon but switch to B&H (and always price compare with Roberts) only when amazon is out of stock.


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May 16, 2009 14:34 |  #20

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Is this a major warehouse type store, or are we talking strip-mall retail store?

Their downtown store is neither - probably a 5000 square foot store.

Google Maps street view (external link). It's the door entrance next to the alley.


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May 16, 2009 14:58 |  #21

ozziepuppy wrote in post #7933527 (external link)
Well it has been almost 36 hours and I have not yet heard from them that it has been shipped, which seems kind of strange to me. I have just emailed them to ask if the item was actually in stock.

Why don't you call them? They have the phone number listed on the page. I called before ordering to make sure they had a 50d and Bg-e2n grip in stock before I ordered.


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May 16, 2009 16:23 |  #22

Karl C wrote in post #7933635 (external link)
Their downtown store is neither - probably a 5000 square foot store.

Google Maps street view (external link). It's the door entrance next to the alley.

Yeah, but according to the sign on the bridge, they are in the Wholesale District, so that must mean their prices are good :)


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May 16, 2009 16:33 |  #23

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Well it has been almost 36 hours and I have not yet heard from them that it has been shipped, which seems kind of strange to me. I have just emailed them to ask if the item was actually in stock.

Marci, have a little patience. When I said that I ordered my stuff that morning, what I didn't tell you was that it was at 2:00 am in the morning (bad stuff happens when I stay up late). What that meant is that the order was waiting for them first thing in the morning, before they even opened up.

Do understand that on smaller shops that it take time for them to even get you order. Often times, smaller camera stores will pay someonelse to host their website and take orders for them. Then the hoster will send orders to the camera store. This takes time.

As you have seen above, Roberts is not a huge warehouse type shop. They are a smaller mom & pop shop. You sent your order on a Friday. It is highly possible that they just didn't get to it in time. Most places I know have an order cutoff where orders placed past a certain time of day won't get fulfilled until the next business day. I almost guarantee you that the order will ship on Monday if it didn't ship on Friday.


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May 16, 2009 21:37 |  #24

Robert's is one of the best places out there.


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May 16, 2009 23:16 |  #25

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Marci, have a little patience. When I said that I ordered my stuff that morning, what I didn't tell you was that it was at 2:00 am in the morning (bad stuff happens when I stay up late). What that meant is that the order was waiting for them first thing in the morning, before they even opened up.

Do understand that on smaller shops that it take time for them to even get you order. Often times, smaller camera stores will pay someonelse to host their website and take orders for them. Then the hoster will send orders to the camera store. This takes time.

As you have seen above, Roberts is not a huge warehouse type shop. They are a smaller mom & pop shop. You sent your order on a Friday. It is highly possible that they just didn't get to it in time. Most places I know have an order cutoff where orders placed past a certain time of day won't get fulfilled until the next business day. I almost guarantee you that the order will ship on Monday if it didn't ship on Friday.

Oh. OK. ;)


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May 16, 2009 23:47 |  #26

BTW, you will love the 100mm Macro. I sold one because it just set in my bag. Looking back, I should have just kept it. It's an amazingly sharp lens. I am actually still contemplating buying one from Roberts. They are still selling it at the old price of $490 while everyone else is selling it for $525 (before rebates).


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May 17, 2009 01:24 |  #27

I've never used them myself, but some higher-profile photogs I know swear by them.


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May 17, 2009 10:28 |  #28

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BTW, you will love the 100mm Macro. I sold one because it just set in my bag. Looking back, I should have just kept it. It's an amazingly sharp lens. I am actually still contemplating buying one from Roberts. They are still selling it at the old price of $490 while everyone else is selling it for $525 (before rebates).

Yes, I agree. I used to have one. Then I sold it to buy the 60mm Macro because I figured I would never go to FF. Then I bought a 5DMkII (go figure) and had to sell the 60mm Macro because it would not work on the FF. Now I am back to buying another 100mm Macro. Sigh. I am really looking forward to having a macro lens again! [And yes, I CAN be somewhat impatient! ("Lord, please give me patience and please give it to me NOW!" LOL)]


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May 17, 2009 10:58 |  #29

BigBlueDodge wrote in post #7935732 (external link)
BTW, you will love the 100mm Macro. I sold one because it just set in my bag. Looking back, I should have just kept it. It's an amazingly sharp lens. I am actually still contemplating buying one from Roberts. They are still selling it at the old price of $490 while everyone else is selling it for $525 (before rebates).

if you are going to buy a dust collector may i suggest the 50 1.8 :D?

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May 17, 2009 14:11 |  #30

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if you are going to buy a dust collector may i suggest the 50 1.8 :D?

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Bought it. Sold it. :p


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