Cambridge World?

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  1. KenR

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    I'm looking in the Widelux f8 camera. At the moment there seems to be a lack of used cameras. Cambridge World has them for $1675.00 - new? Anyone dealt with them? They use paypal so there is some consumer protection - but I am rather reluctant to deal with a firm that I don't know. Perhaps I should just wait for some to appear on the used market.
     
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    Did you talk to someone from Cambridge World to make sure they actually have one? They list a lot that they don't have. Be careful if you order online.
     
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    Charlatans, pure and simple, especially when it comes to unusual or expensive items. They've always been that way, and presumably always will.
     
  5. David A. Goldfarb

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    I've bought from Cambridge when I could walk into the store, see the item, and pay for it on the spot, because they do have a fairly deep stock of discontinued products new in the box. I don't know that they have a storefront anymore, but I wouldn't buy from them any other way.
     
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    JLP is completely correct...be very, very careful.
     
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    I bought my first zoom lens from them almost 30 years ago, a "Cambron" 80-210 if I recall. A complete piece of junk. You get what you pay for but I still felt ripped off. More recently I was looking for a foot switch for a Jobo timer which they had "in stock" so I bought it on the website but the transaction never occurred. I was never billed but I did not think it was worth the effort. I agree with David.
     
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    they are satan's spawn. check out what the bbb has on file about them
     
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    "Be ve-e-e-e-w-w-y caawweful."

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    Time for the way back machine... Years and years ago when I voraciously read every issue of Modern Photography and Popular Photography, Cambridge Camera would run multi-page ads with every issue. They were schlokmeisters then, and apparently they still are. One wonders how they stay in business with a reputation like that.
     
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    Ken, if you're patient you can probably get a better deal. I got a Noblex 150 for $900 on Ebay, but it took me a while.
     
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    I agree with Paul. The basic medium format Noblex 150 is going for around $1000 or even less occasionally these days.
     
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    I was once bought a condensor for a durst m800 from them, I was already aware of their bad reputation but they were the only ones selling them so I jumped for it, and at a high price too. Three months later the condensor still hadn't arrived. I had to call them to get my money back. I guess they just had a reputation to live up to. I too wonder how a company that practically only gets negative comments can stay in business. By the way has anybody seen their adds on ebay. It just screams "stay away".
     
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    Back in the days when they were Cambridge Camera is bought fairly regularly from them. I do not recall any problems. My "secret" was to have the items sent COD. They shipped quickly because they wanted the money. My understanding years ago was that one of the reasons they stayed in business was because they were around the corner from the NYC diamond market and the goal was to get cash for transactions there-on. Whether this was true or not, I do not know. but that is what I heard.
     
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    Were they in the Diamond District at some point? I remember visiting the shop long ago before moving to New York, I think on Broadway wasn't it? around 18th St.?, and then after B&H moved up to 34th St. in the 1990s they were in the old B&H space, which I think was on 17th St., if I remember correctly.

    Maybe you're thinking of 47th St. Photo, which was near the Diamond District. Professional Camera Repair was right in the middle of the Diamond District.
     
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    David-Is Wall Street Camera still around?
     
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    Wall Street Camera closed a few years ago. I remember stopping in there during their last months and seeing a very attractive Focomat II englarger in the center of the shop, but I didn't have any room for it. Eli Kurland, formerly of Wall Street Camera, has his own shop currently in the venerable Brooks Bros. Building that houses the Leica Gallery.
     
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    That brings back memories. The only thing i ever baught from them that ever lasted. Was my cambron power winders for my olympus om10's. There were all plastic & cost 49.95.
     
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    Yes, I recall Eli very well....Eli and his white dog I believe, correct?

    He is very active on that auction site I think.