Where to buy Nikon D3 body in the UK

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dave, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I wish to buy a Nikon D3 body, but are not too sure where to get it
    from. I'm looking for the cheapest *decent* place.

    I looked at Simply Electronics (the cheapest I could find at 2548), but
    a search of the internet reveals they are not too decent/honest and are
    based in Hong Kong. I've bought other stuff from places like them,
    without fuss, but are not going to risk it on a D3, as there it too much
    money involved.

    Grays of Westminster is another option, but at £2799 they are the one of
    the more expensive. They have the advantage of a good reputation and two
    years warranty. They are looking quite attractive though at this minute
    in time.

    Amazon has them at £2771, but its on the Amazon market place which I'm a
    bit more suspicous of. I've bought loads of books via the amazon
    marketplace, but not willing to do so on an expensive camera.

    John Lewis, who offer one of the best customer service policies around
    do not unfortunately sell them. (I did think of asking if they could get
    one in, but I doubt it).

    I did think of Jessops too, but at £2849 they are the most expensive.
    But I know when I bought an F6 from them, I managed to get it below
    their list price, but it also took a long time to come in.

    I'd rather find someone that has one physically in stock, where I can
    collect one and is a reputable UK dealer. I'm not looking to save the
    last penny, but neither do I wish to pay an excessive amount.

    Any ideas who I might have overlooked?
    Dave, Aug 4, 2008
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  2. Google UK ?

    "nikon D3 body" 1st hit 3rd link

    SRS in Watford appear to have them over the counter at £2,699.

    michael adams

    michael adams, Aug 4, 2008
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  3. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    I have been doing the same exercise for the D300
    Never the cheapest but they are VERY good and service second to none.
    You get what you pay for,

    All the others you listed bar Jessops are not exactly photo specialists?
    IF you are looking for a D3 that is a lot of money to spend on a whim
    for a supplier.

    Go and get a UK digital Camera magazine. Look at the adverts, better
    than the Internet.


    AJ Purdy
    Camera Warehouse
    Walters Video
    Chris H, Aug 4, 2008
  4. Dave

    DubDriver Guest

    Purely Gadgets £2495
    Free Postage with code PGCPBA8FD
    DubDriver, Aug 5, 2008
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    You need to be careful when there is a lot of money involved. I'm not
    too bothered about taking a risk to save a bit of money on cheaper
    items, (I bought an SB-800 and a Nikon 1.4x teleconverter from the far
    East) but I'm not taking an chances on an expensive camera.

    Yes, I am aware of their service. I think I might well buy from them. I
    could be there in about 90 minutes from home.

    If SRS in Watford have them in stock @ £2699, then I think Jessops would
    match them. That's if I could find a Jessops store with one. (Watford is
    a long way from me.)

    £100 difference from Grays and SRS is quite a bit of money. If it was
    £50, then I would not consider it, but I can have quite a few beers for
    £100. But perhaps on such an item, £100 is not too significant.
    I'd trust John Lewis, but they are unable to supply one. At least with
    them if anything was wrong, I know there would be no arguments.
    Yes, I've been doing that. I suspect its worth phoning places too, as
    often prices are lower than printed. I found Kingley Photographic have
    them on their web site at £2899, which is the most expensive I've seen
    them anywhere. They might well sell cheaper than that thought. (I've
    used them before, know their shop has been there at least 15 years, so
    trust them).

    Thanks for those suggestions.

    Dave (I am the original poster, but a different computer, so name a bit
    Dave, Aug 5, 2008
  6. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I don't get a good feeling about Purely Gadgets. Cheap yes (actually
    £2595, not £2495), but not somewhere I'd trust too much. They might be
    fine, but they don't inspire confidence, and that I want when spending
    this sort of money.
    Dave, Aug 5, 2008
  7. SRS have a shop on the parade around the corner from Rayners Lane Tube
    station. The guy who manages the shop stops in at Watford on the way to
    work each morning and so could arrange collection from RL.

    Its doubtful if Jessops managers are given any discretion over pricing -
    they certainly won't match the prices in Jacobs across the road from them
    in New Oxford Street.

    michael adams

    michael adams, Aug 5, 2008
  8. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    Personally I shall be buying my D300 from Calumet at the end of the
    Chris H, Aug 5, 2008
  9. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Thank you.

    I have negotiated deals with Jessops managers for non-trivial amounts of

    I bought a Nikon F6 at a price below the Jessops list price at the time
    in the shop in Tottenham Court Road. It took some time to get it though.
    I've no idea how he justified the price, but I got the F6. It was soon
    after the F6 was released.

    In the New Oxford St store, I was going to buy a Nikon 80-200 F2.8 IF-ED
    VR lens, but I was aware Grays of Westminster gave a two year warranty
    on their lenses. Jessops then did a 'price match' of the lens, at a
    price *below* that of Grays (or anywhere else reputable for that
    matter). Effectively the manager lied on a form about a price found

    They then sold me a 3 year warranty for the standard price of the
    warranty - that was not discounted. The net result was I got a lens + a
    3 year warranty which included accidental damage at the same price as
    from Grays with a 2 year warranty, which would not included accidental

    Things may have changed a bit - it was a good few years ago I bought the
    F6 and the VR lens was not exactly recent either. But I had some success
    in two central London Jessops stores.

    Dave, Aug 5, 2008
  10. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    I agree. .
    I am not going to the cheapest (which is a mail order of shore place)
    but going to a local (30 miles) branch of Calumet.

    The main sellers are within 15 GBP /30 USD of each other. So it is not
    worth saving 15GBP and going mail order over a local supplier where I
    can walk in and pick up the camera.
    Not the cheapest though. There are other reputable places in the same
    Jessops are a good bet even if they tend to focus on (no pun intended)
    the low end consumer. They don't actually stock the D300 in the local
    branch let alone the D3
    Save the 100 GBP unless you are a professional photographer who is
    likely to make use of Grays other support and services.
    John Lewes just supply boxes. The other places mentioned do have more
    than a passing interest in photography.
    That is worth at lest 30 GBP in my book. A shop you can trust.

    If you are in London www.calumentphoto.co.uk they have a London branch
    and do mail order. I looked at a camera in the local Birmingham branch
    but as they did not have the special package t I wanted I did it mail

    Just going to pick up a D300 and lens tomorrow from the Brum branch. I
    could save 10-15GBP but I would probably loose that on shipping Also you
    can't beat walking into a well informed shop and checking the contents
    of the box before you pay.....
    Chris H, Aug 6, 2008
  11. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I think that is taking the ****. I'd personally register the warranty
    with Nikon, then take the camera back saying I wanted my money back and
    making sure they knew the warranty was registered. I reckon they would
    give a LOT more than a 1 GB card, as they could not sell it as new - it
    would be worth less than an ex-demo model I feel.

    Very true, but it's probably the best we can go on though. I got a lens
    and flashgun from Japan, which came over marked as "no commercial
    value". I paid no VAT/import duty on them. Worked out very well. Not
    sure what would have happened had they got damaged in shipping, but they
    did not so I was OK. But I'm not going to take such a chance on a D3. A
    few hundred pounds I could afford to lose if the worst came to the
    worst. A few thousand I could not!

    Dave, Aug 6, 2008

  12. Your link is wrong. Its calumet without the "n"

    michael adams


    I looked at a camera in the local Birmingham branch
    michael adams, Aug 6, 2008
  13. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    I am slickdyixic. :)
    That is mail order from Calumet

    That said there are quite a few other reputable places as per the last
    list posted
    Chris H, Aug 6, 2008
  14. ....

    He should have returned it, and demanded new box stock opened in front
    of him. After first having phoned up and informed the manager of the
    situation - explaining patiently that he's prefer not to have a shouting
    match in the shop in front of their other customers. This is to allow the
    manager time to get the replacement item from another branch if necesary.
    This once happened to me, only they were stupid enough to leave in an
    SD card with inerior shots of the shop on it. Mainly demo-ing a remote
    flash. Not Jessops.

    michael adams

    michael adams, Aug 6, 2008
  15. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    Then it was second hand.... You should have had it replaced. There is
    a limitation on the mirror operations It is high but 3K5 is a lot of
    wear for a new camera.
    I would have had a couple of 8Gb cards or a quick trip to the local
    newspaper for a story about Jessops selling second had gear as new... on
    the way round to trading standards
    Jesspos are a consumer/low end photo store. A supermarket. Calumet and
    others are a cut above this. However now you have mentioned it I will
    check the photo number when I pick up the camera tomorrow.
    Chris H, Aug 6, 2008
  16. Dave

    Chris H Guest

    Trading standards.... local press.... free lens?
    You were lucky. Very lucky. BTW they can still chase you fro the VAT so
    keep quiet about it.
    Chris H, Aug 6, 2008

  17. Oh and it wasn't SRS either. I only know about them because they had a
    particular lens in stock sitting in the shelf in Rayners Lane - and at
    the keenest price - when all the other suppliers had the lens on order
    and were awaiting delivery in 3-4 weeks.

    michael adams

    michael adams, Aug 6, 2008
  18. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I rather expected that - they tend to concentrate on the lower end
    stuff. But I've found the one in New Oxford Street had an F6 body in
    stock when it first came out, and a 70-210 VR lens, which was a pretty
    expensive lens.

    In theory Jessops can transfer items between shops, but as I found out
    when I bought the F6, if one shop thinks they will sell an item, they
    are reluctant to send their only one to another shop. When I bought the
    F6, (which I had to get from Jessops as I got vouchers for them from my
    insurers following the theft of an F3) one Jessops store had and F6, but
    said they were waiting for a customer to view it, so would not transfer
    it to another shop. Yet when I phoned that store as a potential F6
    customer, they said they had one in stock and I could take it away.

    Eventually it was transfered from one Jessops shop to another, but
    rather reluctantly.
    I did actually buy the D3 from Grays yesterday. On the way to London on
    the train, I decided to ring around some places in London to see where
    was the best place to get one, who had it in stock. I phoned up the
    London Camera Exchange and they quoted me a price in excess of that from
    Grays, but did not have one in stock anyway.

    But then it got interesting....

    Next, someone from the London Camera Exchange rang me back on my mobile
    and said they would have a *used* one in that afternoon or tomorrow
    (i.e. today as I write). This struck me as odd - why would anyone be
    selling their D3 now? The guy from the London Camera Exchange said
    quite a few people have bought D3's, but swapped them for D700's since
    they are smaller. Which got me thinking. So when I went to Grays, I
    looked at both cameras. I personally found the D700 a bit uncomfortable
    to handle - the D3 felt betting in my hands, despite it being
    significantly larger and heavier.

    It's undoubtedly true I could have got one cheaper, but I don't feel
    conned - I made an informed decision. It might have been a bit of hassle
    to find somewhere else with both bodies conveniently placed and to be
    able to play with both. I'm not one of these people who believes in
    looking at things in one shop, wasting their time, with the intension of
    buying elsewhere.

    Believe it or not, I've not got as far as to put the battery in yet. I
    charged them (I bought a spare) overnight, but my wife is asleep still,
    and I don't want to wake her with a shutter clicking. So at this point,
    I'm itching for her to wake up so I can try it out!
    I doubt the staff at John Lewis's photographic department would have any
    less interest in photography than those in Jessops. (I would not argue
    such a point compared to Grays or Calument). But I know who offer the
    better service of Jessops and John Lewis. I have a friend who works for
    John Lewis, and I'm amazed at just what they will do for customer
    service. It has also been my personal experience shopping with them.

    John Lewis will also match anyone else's price who has one in stock. If
    I know what I want, John Lewis would win in my opinion. I would buy more
    from them, but they can't match prices of internet based companies. On
    less valuable purchases, I'm more keen to use the internet to get the
    cheapest I can find.

    If I don't know exactly what I want, John Lewis would often win as well.
    Their staff are not paid a commission on what they sell, so you don't
    get the hard sell you will get in many places.

    But it's clear John Lewis are not going to know as much the differences
    between a D3 and a D700 as Grays.
    Yes, agreed there is a lot to be said for that. I felt most comfortable
    buying from Grays for this reason. But their price on a memory card was
    a bit excessive, so whilst I bought one from them, I would not go back
    to Grays to buy another.

    Dave, Aug 7, 2008
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