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Would you buy Nikon from B&H Photo or Ritz Camera?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by sjfrellc, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. sjfrellc

    sjfrellc CLM

    Dec 26, 2004
    Novi, Michigan
    I have a Nikon D70 with the excellent DX 18-70 Nikon lens. I also use the Nikon G 70-300 telephoto.

    I'm going to get a 18-200 VR Nikon lens. Since none are available now I'm thinking about buying the D200 kit with the 18-200 lens for $2400. They are in stock this week at both of these shops.

    But I'll probably just wait and add the new lens to my D70. The backlog on these lenses should clear up by Christmas this year.

    Would you go with Ritz (from whom I bought my D70 with lens)Ritz link or B&H Link or is this six of one, half dozen of another?
  2. Go look at

    B&H is second to the best, with a rating of 9.61.
    Ritz has a rating of 4.71 out of 10.

    Some have complained that Ritz took the order without having the item in stock. They seem to do well with stocking Nikon products, however.
    Forgot to mention shipping is free at Ritz.

  3. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    I have ordered from B&H in the past for smaller items (lens, bags, so on). I will order from them again, hopefully soon :)
  4. Fred

    Fred Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    For me, I'd buy from B&H, but not Ritz.
  5. Aaron S

    Aaron S

    Nov 10, 2002
    Kalispell, MT
    I'd buy from B&H first, but would buy from Ritz if they were the only ones that had what I wanted. I ordered from CameraWorld which I think is part of the Ritz empire and they wouldn't give me the FedEx tracking number.
  6. fellow14

    fellow14 The Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    Wichita, Ks
    I like B&H they have pretty good service overall, though their jewish crap irritates me sometimes. Sometimes I NEED my order processed on friday after 1:30 PM.:upeyes:

    I'm not trying to knock jews I just don't think they should stop all business because of their religion.

    I had placed my order Thursday night, Friday morning they sent me an email telling me there was a problem with my CC. I called them at 1:00, they told me to call my CC company. I did, and called them RIGHT BACK, bam they were closed. That's BS and kinda crappy customer service, but I cut them slack cause it's religious stuff, whatever. They could have at least allowed me to call back and processed my order.
  7. also look in at adorama. Their prices are very close to BH and sometime cheaper

    if your ever in NYC or on the Nj side and near the lincoln tube , you have to visit B&H store. It's very cool store and sometime they have unannounced local sells and good prices on demo items.
  8. All of my stuff has come from either B&H or Adorama. That said, i worked for Wolf, which Ritz owns, for about a year and they do offer no shipping and no tax anywhere in the US if you order something over $100 from them online.

    They will try to sell you a personal protection policy, which will cover just about anything but fire or theft.

    I'd probably just find the company that has it and make sure someone has heard of them and get it there. Several companies on the web will offer the camera for a real low price, but it wont come with the battery, manual or cables. If you try to order the body alone, they will be 'out of stock,' and if you order all the parts it will cost more than it would at the other places.

    The only other nice thing about ordering it from Ritz is that you have a better chance of being able to take it to a store and deal with a real person if you have any trouble with it. Not all stores are created equal and i'm sure some people will chime in with issues they've had at a wolf or Ritz, but you still have a better chance of getting good answers when dealing with someone in person, IMHO.

  9. After buying locally from Ritz/Wolf and I will only order from B&H. I got sick of buying Nikon equipement from Ritz and being told it was sure to break if I didn't buy the service policy!
  10. The service policy is like most insurance. It sucks to pay for it and not need it, but nice to have it when you do need it. I'll say up front that i probably wouldn't buy it, but after seeing so many people come in with relatively new cameras that they dropped once and stopped working, i can understand why it's nice to have the policy when you need it.

    We had one lady put her one week old camera in a bag, but forget to zip the bag, and have the camera land in the pool when she tossed her bag on her shoulder...

    To each there own. Some people hate the policies, some people swear by them.
  11. heavyduty


    Oct 18, 2000
    North of I-80, IL
    Have you tried a 18-200 yet? I was curious about it myself, so I rented one for two weeks from Glad I did - I wouldn't buy one mailorder. The one I rented was soft, soft, soft (and I was the first renter of a brand-new lens) - there appears to be a lot of sample variation with the 18-200.

    Try before you buy!
  12. tat2guy

    tat2guy NRA Life Member Silver Member

    I stay away from Ritz because when I got my BFA in photography I applied for a job with them. First they made me drive to a store 2 hours away from the store to which I was applying and take the "Reede Battery" test (if I remember the name correctly) which I felt was pretty lame, and then they told me in no uncertain terms that they wouldn't hire me because the owner of the company doesn't like guys with long hair. Never asked, "would you consider a haircut?", never said, "look, we have a dress code you would need to adhere to"- just straight up said that the owner of the company doesn't like long haired dudes, so they can't offer me the job. They saw my hair when they handed me the application to fill out. They saw my hair before they sent me to take the dumb test 2 hours away. I left the store and have never spent another penny (out of the literally thousands of dollars I've spent on photo supplies since then) with them.

    My 2 cents.
  13. bwphoto

    bwphoto Lifetime Member

    Jan 28, 2006
    Generally zoom lenses are softer than their prime counterparts at their same focal lengths. Like a Glock - less parts, less complications.
  14. crash141


    Jun 11, 2005
    I have the 18-200 VR and I really like it. I've also bought many items from B & H(including cameras, lenses, and about everything else) and never have had a problem. I highly recommend them.
  15. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    B&H are very reputable
  16. jolly roger

    jolly roger

    Apr 28, 2001
    Knob Creek
    B&H is top notch along with in Atlanta
  17. sjfrellc

    sjfrellc CLM

    Dec 26, 2004
    Novi, Michigan
    I have not heard the lens was too soft from reviews. Give us an example.

    Saw this when browsing the web on this lens:

    "was it on a D200???? I had a huge amount of trouble of soft focus on my new cam. until I insisted the local rep fix it - which he did - it seems to be a big problem around the world judging by the number of posts on various forums - everyone is looking at every other fix except the camera itself - it is adjusted by software by an official Nikon repair guy - mine said the sensor was adjusted 50 microns ( didn't say which way "
  18. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    Depending on the lens, it is common to hear that they are soft with all brands/makes. A lot of times it comes from autofocus which may not pick the same focal point as the one that you want. Sometimes you just get a bad copy of a lens. If you are worried about it, buy from a place that you can exchange it for another.