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    Purchasing a new camera.. Where to buy..

    Good evening All

    So, I'm looking to possibly upgrade my trusty Canon 350D probably to the Canon 70D and I'm just looking about for places to buy.

    Usually, I go to Jessops as I've bought a few cameras and lenses from them over the years and they've always been great service, but I'm looking around at other places and I've come across a couple of online places, namely panamoz.com and SLRHut.co.uk who both offer considerable discounts on the likes of Jessops and Wex.

    So, I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with either of those or can recommend other places to buy etc.

    Thanks all
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    If you're in Lancashire it has to be Wilkinsons - proper service from a proper shop (with all the benefits that brings).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb1780 View Post
    If you're in Lancashire it has to be Wilkinsons - proper service from a proper shop (with all the benefits that brings).
    Another one for Wilkinsons, you may pay more but you pay for quality service and assistance which is second to none.

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    Just to make you aware - SLRHut has a Mailboxes Inc address listed as their address on their site. Plus, in their company policies page, they list their number in an American style format "02035-149-372". The company has also failed to file their accounts with Companies House for 2012-13!

    Also Panamoz is a Hong Kong based company, with a UK presence. After looking at their FAQs and About Us, they seem to be importing cameras from other markets and re-selling them, then providing a warranty here (not the manufacturer's warranty). I've not got proof of that, but that's the impression they give!

    If you're going to use one of these "no name" online sites, be sure to do thorough checks on the company before doing so.

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    I bought my 60D from DigitalRev a couple of years ago - ordered on a Friday afternoon, and it was sitting on my desk on Monday morning coming all the way from Hong Kong. Same deal as Panamoz so you take your chances.

    If you're after a non grey import then have a look at Wex Photographic.

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    Yup, these cheaper cameras are probably genuine, but they are imports which means if you want to claim on the warranty for the camera you have to send it to a warranty centre in the country it was intended for. That's how I understand at least anyway.

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    I've often bought from the Canon factory outlet on ebay. Had some real bargains from them with full manufacturer warranty. In fact the 350D I bought from them back in the day developed a fault after 18 months, I had a chat with Canon who said send it to our repair place in Colchester and it was repaired and cleaned FOC even though technically they could have weaseled out of it and I didn't even have to ask. Repair came to about £180

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    I used LCE when I bought my new camera, they have been very good.

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    also managed to haggle quiet a bit when buying as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Just to make you aware - SLRHut has a Mailboxes Inc address listed as their address on their site. Plus, in their company policies page, they list their number in an American style format "02035-149-372". The company has also failed to file their accounts with Companies House for 2012-13!

    Also Panamoz is a Hong Kong based company, with a UK presence. After looking at their FAQs and About Us, they seem to be importing cameras from other markets and re-selling them, then providing a warranty here (not the manufacturer's warranty). I've not got proof of that, but that's the impression they give!

    If you're going to use one of these "no name" online sites, be sure to do thorough checks on the company before doing so.

    Yeah, I realise they're not truly uk based and just have a UK office. I was leaning more towards Panamoz for them though as SLRHut did seem a little too cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    I bought my 60D from DigitalRev a couple of years ago - ordered on a Friday afternoon, and it was sitting on my desk on Monday morning coming all the way from Hong Kong. Same deal as Panamoz so you take your chances.
    Aye, that's it, it's a chance, hence asking who has and who hasn't. Glad to hear you had success with yours, so we'll see.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bananas View Post
    I've often bought from the Canon factory outlet on ebay. Had some real bargains from them with full manufacturer warranty. In fact the 350D I bought from them back in the day developed a fault after 18 months, I had a chat with Canon who said send it to our repair place in Colchester and it was repaired and cleaned FOC even though technically they could have weaseled out of it and I didn't even have to ask. Repair came to about £180
    I might check that out and see if they still have an outlet on there.


    I think if I go for a UK one it will either be Jessops or Wilkinson that get the business, it's just the usual cost thing. Thanks for all your responses so far and other suggestions for shops.

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