Don't go there, or anywhere else you haven't checked out on www.resellerratings.com You'll see that "the camera pros" have a lifetime rating of 0 out of 10.
There are plenty of shops who support Nikonians, such as www.robertsimaging.com or www.berger-bros.com They have a level of support and honesty that easily outweighs saving (or thinking you will save) $50 from an unknown.
Another funny thing is that there are NO Nikon professional authorized dealers in Brooklyn. I'm not making this up! Just use Nikon's "Dealer Search" function, select a pro body (say, D2x) and then punch in a Brooklyn ZIP code prefix. Zilch, nada, nothing.
I personally get all my stuff from Roberts, Berger, B&H or Adorama and just don't even bother shopping around anywhere else. I know I'll get the best legitimate price and reliable service.
My first D200 order was with Royal Camera and Video - from the package names it looks like they're affiliated with these guys. I first called and asked if they had the D200 in stock and they said yes, so I placed an order over the web. They said I had to call to verify, talked me into a better lens (that wasn't too difficult, I must admit) but then said I needed a battery - they offered a "6 hour" at $399 and an "8 hour" at $449. I cancelled the order.
I'm nervous that the D200 is at The Camera Pros is $1479 and the D200 "with battery" is $1999 - shouldn't ALL D200s come with a battery and charger?
Disreputable dealers will indeed sell you a D200 for 1479. And that's what you'll get. No battery, no charger, no manual, no nothing. They then try to sell the items that should have come with the camera as separate items at marked up prices. Many also apply some sort of pressure to try to get you to buy all sorts of other things, like "6 hour" and "8 hour" bstteries, which are almost certainly not the Nikon battery that should come with the camera.
Roberts Imaging is still showing the D200 "In Stock Now" at the MSRP of $1699. They are a reputable dealer.
The Brooklyn camera dealers are an unethical bunch. My attitude is I will not buy from a store located in Brooklyn. As a group they need to clean up their act.
The one exeption is Abe's of Maine. I have dealt with them for years and yes, they are typical of many high-pressure salesmen (for example I bought my 18-200VR lens there in December. The salesman spent an inordinate amount of time trying to sell me filters, which I refused) but their prices are pretty much in line with the major stores.
Isn't B&H in Brooklyn? Surely you do not lump them in with the others. When you started to mention "one exception" I assumed you would mention B&H. When you went on to say Abe's of Maine I almost laughed out loud. But hey, if you're satisfied that's what matters.
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>Isn't B&H in Brooklyn? Surely you do not lump them in with >the others. When you started to mention "one exception" I >assumed you would mention B&H. When you went on to say >Abe's of Maine I almost laughed out loud. But hey, if >you're satisfied that's what matters. > >----------------------- >There are 10 kinds of people in this world; those who >understand binary, and those who don't.
B+H's store is in Manhattan and they have a distribution somewhere else in the area, but I don't believe its Brooklyn.
New camera shop on the block, talking outrageous prices? Not me! These guys are looking for the unwary. Don't get fleeced. Ask around on photo.net forums, here or Fred Miranda's site. Use B&H or another highly respected source.
Reminds me of a local car dealer that said buy a Chevy Suburban and will thru in a Geometro in for $1.
What they did not tell you is that the suburban is full of options, and they will sell you the car with options at ONLY full MSRP. But wait: you get the Geo Metro for $1. You will save gas with the metro!!!
>I've been looking online for a D200 body and ran across "The >Camera Pros" out of Brooklyn. They claim to have instock the >bodie and a number of "kits" at incrediable prices. > >They also claim these have USA warranties, new, etc. > >Anyone heard of these guys? I thinking the pricing, etc., is >too good to be true. > >http://www.thecamerapros.com/welcome.asp > >~Apollo
If its too good to be true, it probably is.
Its general knowledge that B+H, Adorama, Berger Bros., and Keh are all reputable dealers. Unless you're buying from a dealer in your local area, I wouldn't stray too far away from the ones listed above.