Despite all the post on Nikonians that make it seem to the contrary. Its not that easy for me to get to a Camera shop in Va. (a Real camera shop not Walmart or Sears) For me the nearest one is two to two and half Hours away.) If I go to North Carolina about 2 hrs away. I have to do camera business on line. At one time there was Ritz Camera In Danville and Roanoke, but Ritz went busted and are strictly an online outfit now. Shortly before Ritz went bust Wolfe Camera was bought by them.
Some of the pros here, its nothing to hop on a Plane and go to New York or where ever to try out a Lens. But the days of the neighborhood Camera shop are long past in the US except in certain Urban areas. 30 years ago I remember where there were two Camera shops in my city and any city and town had at least one. No Longer.