Available on-line, but where on the high street?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Justin C, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Justin C

    Justin C Guest

    I've narrowed my choice of camera down to three. To make the final
    decision I need to handle each one - there is no way I am going to
    commit myself to a >£500 spending decision without at least handling and
    trying out each model. The trouble is, I can't find a retailer with
    stock. Actually, that's rubbish, they've *all* got stock, just not stock
    of what I want to see. What they've all got stock of is the
    point-and-click no-brainer compacts, budget DSLRs and one or two "nice"
    DSLRs. What they haven't got is compacts that bridge the gap between
    the two. It's not that there aren't any, and I don't think it's that
    they don't sell - surely the manufacturers would have realised long ago
    and there would be no models. So why can't I find any?

    If anyone can please suggest where, in the south-east, I can get my
    hands on any of the following (I don't mind travelling) I'd be most
    grateful: Canon Powershot G6, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 (that's not the
    recently anounced one, it's the 2004 model), or the Leica Digilux 2.

    Thank you for any replies you can give.

    Justin C, Mar 19, 2006
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  2. Is there a London Camera Exchange shop anywhere in your area? The
    ones around here (Southampton) are fairly well stocked, though I can't
    say whether they have those specific models.
    Måns Rullgård, Mar 19, 2006
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  3. Justin C

    Justin C Guest

    Thank's for the suggestion. I've searched their site and they've none at
    any of their branches.

    I'm interested to know, now I've been looking at availability, how
    others choose their cameras. Do you (you in general, not specifically
    Mans!) go into a store with a model in mind and, if they haven't got it,
    try out a few others and end up (perhaps after trying other stores)
    buying a different model? Maybe you buy on-line knowing that you, for
    example, like the EOS-100 so the EOS-300/350 will be right up your

    Perhaps I'm just too late for the models I want, maybe they carry stock
    when the model is 'fresh' but now they're onto what is 'fresh' now?

    Justin C, Mar 20, 2006
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