Re: Dirt Cheap Cameras experience?
another tack that I would strongly suggest is to visit a camera shop and tell them of your long term photo equipment plans. They're usually quit willing to discount if they perceive you as a potential long term customer. I have found that a substantial amount will be shaved off the advertised prices if they know that you'll be purchasing alot of 'stuff' over the ensuing months or years. It may not be 50% but you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I have not dealt with the cheap places because their advertised prices are much higher than the prices that I can negotiate face-to-face with camera stores in Melbourne.
And on the subject of warranties, I think we consumers have statuatory rights (may vary from state to state) that exceed the manufacturer's warranty. That is, if you paid $15,000 for a big Canon lens and it died after the 12 months' warranty period, you would be entitled to expect that the manufacturer would repair it free of charge. That's because it would not be unreasonable to expect a product of such high quality (and price !) to last longer than 12 months before failing.
Good luck in your re-equipment journey.
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