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Mar 20, 2009 11:01 |  #1

I'm considering getting either a Canon 100-400 or the Sigma 150-500.

I would like to try a few first though, and am wondering if anyone has experience with good shops around Boston to go to when you want to take a few test shots.

Ideally i would like to take a couple shots from several copies of each lens. Will they laugh at me and tell me to take a hike? I know they don't mind a few shots to test a lens. But can i try 3 100-400 and make a note of the serial numbers, then come back after pixel peeping at home?

I would think they might be eager to sell the lens, but not so eager to have me handling them all.

So... any comments on this plan? Places to go? Suggestions for smooth talking a clerk? :lol:

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Mar 20, 2009 11:07 |  #2

The Camera Company in Norwood on route 1 is a great store with lots of inventory in stock for you to try. I have purchased My 50D and a 17-55 and a 70 -2002.8 from them with great luck.


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Mar 20, 2009 11:25 |  #3

You might want to wait a week a see if Canon releases an updated 100-400 L. Try Calumet in Cambridge. I know that Hunt's frowns upon customers looking at lenses because they are tired of people who look at their stock and then buy from B+H.

Craigslist in Boston is full of these lenses, it's a good option if you want to save some cash and don't mind testing out a few lemons. If you really want to save some cash wait for the Canon rebates, and then buy it from Calumet after a good test. If you are going to ask for a few lenses to test you should come prepared to buy during that visit.




  
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Mar 20, 2009 11:26 as a reply to  @ tstawarz's post |  #4

Another very popular place is Hunts Photo (they have a few of stores around). I've only been in the big store in Melrose and it is huge :). Although I've never bought a lens from them I've seen people trying them out in the store. There prices seem much higher then online (at least the things I've priced out) so take that into consideration.


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Edit: I posted the same times as Matthew so I guess we have the Hunts answer :)


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Mar 20, 2009 11:27 |  #5

EP levine does lens rentals I believe that are fairly cheap. Was looking into this recently, havnt tried it yet tho.


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Mar 20, 2009 13:24 as a reply to  @ Subimatt's post |  #6

I second the Camera Company in Norwood as well as Newtonville Camera in Newton.


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Mar 20, 2009 14:14 |  #7

Thanks for the tips!

As far as i can tell, Calumet doesn't carry the sigma 150-500. (i drive by it every day, so that was my first choice)

Part of what I would like to do is compare the two lenses. But the other part is actually take shots and make a note of the serial number on the lens. Then I would come back and buy that specific lens (checking the SN before buying). So it's not just a comparison of the two lenses in general, but an attempt to avoid sending back three lenses before i get that "good" one people talk about.

maybe if I phrase it that way the Hunts people won't be so protective of their glass? I see the Hunts advertisements all the time in the Metro, but have never been to their stores...

I would be willing to pay a little more to have that piece of mind** that I'm not going to be sending a lens back to sigma for repairs or calibration or whatever service will make it the best it can be. So Hunts is an option, as is Calumet if i opt for the 100-400.

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Mar 20, 2009 18:38 |  #8

Matthew Patrick wrote in post #7562813 (external link)
...they are tired of people who look at their stock and then buy from B+H.

yeah, I know what they mean. I've spent about $5k at B&H and $500 at a local shop. They just can't compete on price. If you know exactly what you want, B&H is a great option.




  
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Mar 20, 2009 20:39 |  #9

speaking of B&H....just left their site as I was going to order a lens but they say they are not accepting anymore orders on line until 8:30 pm Saturday night! What's with this????
ps: just for the record I looked at 9:35 pm )eastern) Friday 3-20


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Mar 20, 2009 20:56 as a reply to  @ trmwf's post |  #10

B&H is very upfront about their respect for the Jewish Sabbath.


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Mar 20, 2009 21:46 |  #11

That is all and well but its also my biggest pet peeve with B+H and Adorama...No offense to their religion but in this day and age I don't think it is asking too much to hire employees who are not Jewish to work those hours. People do in fact depend on these companies for their businesses from time to time, and they might be losing money because of those policies.


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Mar 20, 2009 22:03 |  #12

Same here, no disrespect, but they lost my order tonight. I guess I never thought someone had to be present for their computor to accept an electronic transaction. All I wanted to do was fill out some information and push the order button so I did just that,
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Mar 20, 2009 22:28 |  #13
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MCB wrote in post #7562655 (external link)
I'm considering getting either a Canon 100-400 or the Sigma 150-500.

I would like to try a few first though, and am wondering if anyone has experience with good shops around Boston to go to when you want to take a few test shots.

Ideally i would like to take a couple shots from several copies of each lens. Will they laugh at me and tell me to take a hike? I know they don't mind a few shots to test a lens. But can i try 3 100-400 and make a note of the serial numbers, then come back after pixel peeping at home?

I would think they might be eager to sell the lens, but not so eager to have me handling them all.

So... any comments on this plan? Places to go? Suggestions for smooth talking a clerk? :lol:

thanks,

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Mar 20, 2009 22:33 |  #14

I also agree with Papa Carlo.


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Mar 21, 2009 00:34 as a reply to  @ MCB's post |  #15

I like Calumet. The folks at their Cambridge store are very professional, but as you said they do not carry Sigma 150-500.

I have been to Hunt's in Harvard Sq., but was not really impressed.


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