Where is best place to buy Canon 5D Mark II ?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by model mayhem gallery, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. I finally got my money together to purchase a Canon 5d Mark II. I've been wanting this upgraded Canon 5D for over a year. Just purchased it online at RitzCamera for $2699.00 but they said they want have any for 2-3 weeks plus 2-7 days for shipping. I saw it for $2399.00 at Abes of Maine and they have them in stock now. However, I have seen bad reviews on Abes.
    Amazon is too expensive, B&H and CDW don't have any in stock either. I though by waiting for a while after the release date the price would go down a little and it would be readily available by now? What gives? Are there still problems with this camera I though the new firware had fixed everything.
    Does anyone know where I can walk into a store and buy this camera otherwise who has it online (in-stock)?
    Thanks
    Desperate for my new toy :)
     
  2. Are there still problems with this camera I though the new firware had fixed everything.​
    The problem is the demand is greater than the supply so dealers can't keep it in stock very long. New FW can't fix supply problems, or so they say! However, lots of other dealers have it in stock. You just have to shop around. I've seen it in stores locally and the price doesn't vary much from online. Lots of online dealers have them in stock, just google for 5 seconds and you're in like flint:
    http://www.badgergraphic.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=2722
    Plus Badger is one of the good guys. But then it could be out of stock in mere seconds, so hurry...
     
  3. KEH shows the 5DII in stock and they have a good reputation.
    https://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/home.aspx
     
  4. Check the list here:
    http://www.nowinstock.net/digitalcameras/canon5dmarkii/
    I just got mine from Best Buy a couple of weeks ago.
     
  5. Right now, the answer is to get it where you can find it. although it seems to be loosening up a little. That's one reason there aren't very significant discounts on it either.
    Always check the performance of any vendor at Resellerratings.com.
     
  6. If you are in military or retired military or have a dad or mom who is,
    then $2,166.65 delivered is best legit price I've seen for USA model 5D Mark II:
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/750031/0
    For a couple days last week Bestbuy website had them for $2499 once you added it to your shopping cart. Then with additional 10% coupon available in postoffice moving kits that dropped the price to $2,249 plus your state's fees & you pick up at store in your neighborhood.
    I'd guess we're not far off from the big internet camerastore giants having a price competetion on 5D Mark II as it was announced what, like 10 months ago now?
    If 5DII had an articulated viewscreen I'd pay admission price. It's almost always instock now at B&H. Well more often than not. Look 3 times a day and you'll see what I've noticed there. Almost everyday its instock for a little while. Since it doesn't have articulated screen I'll wait for 5DMarkIII to see if Canon adds this feature for video ergonomics.
    I am sitting on a pair of 5D so I've got time to be picky.
     
  7. If it were me buying it, I'd order from B&H and wait until it comes in. I suspect it would not be a long wait. Call B&H and ask about the wait time.


    800.858.4793
     
  8. Better by it online before the US value added tax kicks in. I'd say B&H, or Adorama would be good places
     
  9. KEH, B&H, or Adorama. Amazon in a pinch. I wouldn't buy new camera stuff any other place. KEH is my first choice since I have bought so much great used stuff from them that I find it worth supporting them keeping their door open. I have never bough camera stuff at Best Buy, but they screwed me so much with computer gear that they wouldn't see another penny from me even if they were the last store on the planet. Jusy my 2c.
     
  10. Buy it used from someone - www.fredmiranda.com in the buy/sell section is a good place to look.
     
  11. If 5DII had an articulated viewscreen I'd pay admission price.​
    I broke the articulated LCD off a Canon Powershot a few years back (tripod mishap). It's an accident waiting to happen. Of course I had no choice but to use LV on the Powershot. With my 50D and 40D I rarely touch LV. So if the 5D 3X had an articulated LCD, I'd wait probably wait it out. Gives me the creeps. However, I'd like some of the features of the original EOS 5: ECF and shiftable DEP mode.
     
  12. I buy ALL of my gear from Woodland Hills Camera. The guys there are sharp and the person I work with is Scott. The store is located in California. Scott matches or comes real close to matching the big NYC stores. http://www.whcamera.com/

    By the way Ritz has filed for bankruptcy, not sure if the store will make it. http://www.whcamera.com/canon-eos5ddigitalslrcamerabody128megapixel-1.aspx
     
  13. Kenmore Camera - Saw them on the shelves Saturday!
    www.kcamera.com
     
  14. Hello
    Thanks, A. Flick
    http://www.nowinstock.net/digitalcameras/canon5dmarkii/
    I canceled my order at RitzCamer as they won't have camera for 2 -3 weeks. Once I get the money back in my account I will purchase from Adorama Camera who has it in stock at the same price + no shipping and no tax.
    Bestbuy charges for both which adds a combined total of $281.00 just enough savings for me to get the battery grip :)
    Can't believe this camera is so hard to obtain after being releases for so long now.
     
  15. I purchased mine from Allens Camera / Levittown PA - price was the same as B&H Photo, lightening fasrt shipping and great service. I now purchase all of my photo products from them. 1-888-547-2841. Also when I needed an extra Canon 5D Mark II battery and no one had them including B&H and Adorama - Allens did and that did not jack up the price due to supply & demand.
     
  16. I've seen it in stores locally and the price doesn't vary much from online.​
    It is the same at the local shops in my area, they are very close to the pricing of the Internet guys, plus you don't have to pay shipping or wait for it to arrive. And its not such a bad thing to hold the camera, look through the view finder, get some help learning the new menus, etc. All things you can't do when buying online.
     
  17. Come to HongKong... This is the best place to buy 5D Mkii plus the firmware is already upgraded with worldwide warranty.
     
  18. Whow! didn't know Ritzcamera had filed for Bankruptcy. There service in the stores is pretty good, there online support is terrible. I suggested would leave my order with them if he could give me an accurate delivery date. The guy got irritated with me asking and suggested I buy the camera somewhere else. I even asked him to check inventory at all stores in the bay area offering that I would drive up to 100 miles to get the camera. He swore non of the stores anywhere in the Bay Area ever had one on the shelves only speacial order. He then tried to sell me an original 5D for $2100. I am through with RitzCamera.
    For those who already own the new 5D mark II. Is it really worth all this effort? Have you or your customers noticed an improvement in your work since upgrading to this camera?
     
  19. If you can find it on-line buy it. However, I would think you would have better luck just having your local camera store order it. They will get it just as fast as the on-line vendors, maybe even faster.
     
  20. I purchased mine from Allens Camera / Levittown PA - price was the same as B&H Photo, lightening fasrt shipping and great service. I now purchase all of my photo products from them. 1-888-547-2841. Also when I needed an extra Canon 5D Mark II battery and no one had them including B&H and Adorama - Allens did and that did not jack up the price due to supply & demand.​
    Swede. You are so right. I have been buying from Allens Camera, since i found out they have cameras/lenses/batterys/etc, that are OOS in NYC. Customer service is great. Prices are not jacked up. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go there. They have 'toys' that I never knew existed. Nick
     
  21. PC Nation has it in stock $2699.00. I've had great luck with them. They'll usually sharpen their pencil a bit if you call rather than place an online order. Three day shipping is free. I've never had a surprise with them. I've purchased almost all my Canon equipment from them over the years. Everything is Canon USA warranty.
    http://pcnation.com/web/filtersearch.asp?searchtype=RNeW&list=DIGC&url=Digital%20Cameras&showall=9w3d7p&attributevalue=Brand+Name&displayvalue=Canon
     
  22. PC Nation has it in stock $2699.00. I've had great luck with them. They'll usually sharpen their pencil a bit if you call rather than place an online order. Three day shipping is free. I've never had a surprise with them. I've purchased almost all my Canon equipment from them over the years. Everything is Canon USA warranty.
    http://pcnation.com/web/filtersearch.asp?searchtype=RNeW&list=DIGC&url=Digital%20Cameras&showall=9w3d7p&attributevalue=Brand+Name&displayvalue=Canon
     
  23. I've orderred numerous photographic items from Abe's without ever having any problems. Service, price and delivery is always excellent.
     
  24. Hello Bob
    What? Abes of Maine, is the only place I saw that had a good discount on this camera at $2399.00. This is where I originally wanted to order, but everyone told me I would be a fool to order from them that they are a bait a switch company with nothing but problems.
    Are you saying you never had bad experience with them? What did you purchase?
    Thanks
     
  25. stp

    stp

    7.78 rating (last 6 months) for Abe's of Maine -- not bad.
    http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Abe_s_of_Maine
     
  26. I just read another lousy experience someone had with Abe's of Maine. I'd avoid them, particularly with the 5D II showing up more frequently at B&H and elsewhere. It was in stock for about four or five days straight a week or two ago.
     
  27. Canoga Camera, consistently good prices and top notch service.
     
  28. Swede and Nick, I too buy all my camera stuff from Allen's Great prices, Great service. Lee Smith
     
  29. B&H is regarded as a reliable vendor and has the 5D II in stock right now . Act fast though - it usually disappears quickly.
    Dan
     
  30. Dogg! I am so upset. I am still waiting for my refund from RitzCamera. I was going to purchase from Adorma that was three days ago now. I like B&H even better because no tax on for $5.00 extra I can get it UPS in 3 days. If all works out well I will have camera before next weekend. Can't wait.
    Are there any accessories I should definetely get at time of purchase. I want, but don't need the batter grip and a couple fast cards but again not required I have several Sandisk 2GB Ultra II cards and 1 Lexar 4GB 133x card. I figure this will be enough for me to get a couple quick shoots to try to make some of my money back.
    Looks like B&H photos tonight at 12:01 when the money gets released in my Bank account.
     
  31. I've ordered many items from Abe's of Maine. No problems at all, no hassle, quick shipping.
     
  32. By the way, those Sandisk Ultra II and Lexar 133x cards will feel dog slow on the 5DM2. You really need a UDMA card. I'd recommend the Lexar 300x. Files sizes for that camera are huge, so you'll also need larger capacity than 2GB eventually.
     
  33. Get a 16 GB card, probably two of them.
     
  34. If you need help on tracking Canon 5D Mark II, check out http://www.zoolert.com/canon-eos-5d-mark-II-tracker/
     

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