I purchased a new Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G lens at a going-out-of-business sale at the area's last remaining camera store. This lens has been on my NAS RADAR for years, but it was not at the top of the acquisition list. My NAS overwhelmed me when I was shown the $1759.99 price. I have never owned a lens faster than my old manual focus 35mm f/2; my previous 24mm was a manual focus f /2.8. I will greatly miss the friendly and knowledgeable staff, even though most were Canon users! My D800E was purchased from this store last May, followed soon after by a 24-70mm Nikkor. The other camera store that was in the area closed a few years after I purchased my D200 from them.
Congrats on your new lens, Randy! That one's a beaut! I would also like to get it in future.
It's sad when a local photo store closes; I remember when my favourite one did, several years ago. It really had a lot of unique character, friendly staff I knew well, and was a local one-of. Now, only two chain store branches are the only well-stocked stores in my area.
Congrats on your new lens! It's a sweet lens, and my first choice for environmental portraits.
It's always sad when a camera store goes out of business. I buy all my new stuff from brick-and-mortar vendors. Here in the DC area, the only remaining multi-location store meets New York prices (within $10 or so) on pro Nikon bodies and lenses.