RFI: Any good camera store in San Francisco area?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Richard, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I'll be visiting California next month from Europe and would like to
    buy either a Nikon 500 or 600mm. lens, especially with the dollar at
    an all time low.

    Any suggestions for a good reliable camera store where I could get
    one, even if they have to order it in advance?

    Either that or I'll order one from B&H and get them to send me one to
    some hopefully reliable hotel address (not my best idea!).

    Many thanks,

    Richard, Nov 23, 2004
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  2. Buy it from B&H and have it sent to your hotel. The savings will pay
    for your airfare!
    Dave Herzstein, Nov 23, 2004
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  3. Richard

    Jim Phelps Guest

    Betcha a Buck B&H won't send it to a Hotel.
    Jim Phelps, Nov 23, 2004
  4. Richard

    bmoag Guest

    I live elsewhere in the state but am in SF frequently. Offhand I cannot
    think of any stores in SF itself that would likely have that item in stock
    as there is not a lot of demand for those lenses. I would check this link
    and contact the stores to see if they stock these long lenses or would have
    to special order. If you can get to LA contact Samys or BelAir Camera
    stores. With the Euro the way it is if the big mailorder houses in the US
    will ship to Europe I would deal directly with B&H, Adorama etc. as you will
    be charged in dollars on your credit card but pay in Euros at home.
    bmoag, Nov 23, 2004
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    Bob Salomon Guest

    Loads, gasser, Keeble&Shuchat, Bear Images, Looking Glass, Reeds,
    Camera's West, Monterey Bay Photo are a few.
    Bob Salomon, Nov 23, 2004
  6. If you add the hotel address as a secondary address to your credit card,
    then they probably will.
    Steven M. Scharf, Nov 23, 2004
  7. You may want to call B&H and explain what you need. There may be a way
    that they can ship it directly to a local Fed Ex office for you to pick
    up. Note that the shipper MUST request that the package be held at Fed
    Ex for pick-up without a delivery attempt, the buyer cannot do this.
    What you would do is the following:

    1. Register the hotel address as a legitimate "ship to" address for your
    credit card.

    2. Order from B&H, using your hotel's address, making it clear that you
    want them to authorize Fed Ex to hold the shipment at the Fed Ex
    location with no delivery attempt.

    3. Hope that Fed Ex doesn't send the package out for delivery, ignoring
    the instructions to hold it, as they often do.

    This works only with Fed Ex, not with UPS.

    As to camera stores, there are no discount stores in the Bay Area.
    Keeble and Schuchat in Palo Alto is your best bet in terms of them
    having the item, or getting it for you in advance. You can take the Cal
    Train there from San Francisco (exit at the California Avenue station in
    Palo Alto and walk about two blocks west).

    Address: 290 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    Hours: Open Mon-Sat
    (650) 327-8515
    Steven M. Scharf, Nov 23, 2004
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    Crownfield Guest

    try calumetphoto.com .
    they will have availability and price,
    and also the store number and location.
    Crownfield, Nov 23, 2004
  9. Richard

    Jer Guest

    Steven M. Scharf wrote:


    I've purchased stuff when I'm on the road, and have FedEx deliver to the
    hotel on a regular basis. Did one last week. I suppose there's no way
    for the e-tailer to know if I'm some sort of scammer, but they didn't
    ask nor refuse.
    Jer, Nov 24, 2004
  10. No, they are all in Piqua, Ohio.
    Uranium Committee, Nov 24, 2004
  11. They will if you pay with cash, or an international money order.....Probably
    not if you pay with a credit card......
    William Graham, Nov 24, 2004
  12. But, you'll have to pay an 8% "sales tax" on anything you buy in the state
    of California.....My advice is to buy by mail order from B&H or Adorama in
    NYC, and have the item(s) shipped to your hotel management. You can do this
    if you give yourself lead-time, and pay by money order and snail
    mail.......Not only will you save the sales taxes, but the prices of those
    two establishments beats anything you can find in San Francisco, too.......
    William Graham, Nov 24, 2004
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    xyzzy Guest

    Gasser's, in San Francisco, has lots to offer, but don't look for bargains.
    Reed's in Walnut Creek is a good store, too, and may offer a better deal
    than Gasser's but still nothing like B&H. Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto is
    the best browsing store, and the staff can be very helpful, but still no

    If price is important (and when isn't it?), the B&H route is worth the extra
    effort to get it shipped to the hotel. Check with your credit card company
    now and and find out what they require to enable this purchase method. The
    product will be the same, but you'll get maximum advantage of the currency
    exchange rates (credit cards always exchange at international bank rates
    rather than store rates).

    Bob in Las Vegas
    xyzzy, Nov 24, 2004
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    prep Guest

    From old memory :) it is closer by drive time from SFO to Palo
    Alto than to downtown. Just have to go a bit southish first!

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    Big Bill Guest

    You lose.
    If you pre-arrange it with your CC bank, and let B&H knows about this,
    they (B&H) will check with the bank, and, upon verification, ship it
    Big Bill, Nov 29, 2004
  16. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Thanks for all your helpful replies.

    I'll probably go the B&H way.

    Richard, Nov 29, 2004
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