Hi, The following is my own personal experience which was posted on the web at the time (about 18 months ago) of visiting NICHOLAS in Camden Town London (UK).. My experience of Nicholas... I had noticed the ads by Nicholas in AP (Amateur Photographer) magazine for ages and noted they seemed to have lots of rare items. The prices though are without any doubt the highest by some margin in the whole of the UK. In fact the prices, frankly are a complete rip off and have no basis in reality. I was in London early this year so went to find the place. I had a shock when I got there. It is a tiny old victorian shop front in Camden town. The front looked like it had not been painted since the last war. I looked in the shop window...no prices on anything and cameras & lenses were haphazardly strewn along old chipboard shelves. More worryingly there was a thick, approx half cm layer of thick black dust over all the gear. I was shocked..it looks like the place NEVER gets cleaned. I looked inside and saw (at 3pm) one assistant with someone and the other standing behind the counter eating a chinese takeout from one of those foil trays...I was wondering if this could get any worse at this point...so I looked through the door.. ....there was a huge pile of boxes, tripods, other equipment and assorted rubbish heaped up in a 'bonfire' style. it was about 3 feet high and about SIX feet across. I was stunned. It filled the floor of the shop as you went inside. There was only a narrow corridor of free space on the floor about 18 inches wide in front of the counter. The shelves inside and the counter top was covered in cameras and lenses..they were just scattered all over the place and heaped up on top of each other. The storage and safe keeping of all the stock in there was abysmal. I shudder to think what condition items are in after the treatment there. Considering the prices and the impression the ad's give, I was just gobsmacked at what I found. I seriously considered contacting the local health & safety officer as I am convinced several laws were probably being broken ( I have retail management experience) I was later at the camera fair in London..photographica and got talking to an old chap during lunch. I mentioned Nicholas and he said I should steer well clear, that they had an awful reputation in the trade. I have since been told the same thing by about seven others. the AP forum on their website has had several mentions of this shop, all saying the same. Others are taking the shop to court for reasons they would not say. So, be very very wary. No one believes anything the owner says..from my own best guess having been there, I would guess they actually have about a tenth of the items they claim to have..and as to the condition.... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. cheers Steve.M.