Second hand store in London ?

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  1. p0ussin

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    Hi !

    I'm french, but I'll be on London next week. I will bring my Digital camera with me ( 450D canon ), but I'm dying to buy a film based camera. I was just wondering if I could find a good second hand store in London. I thought about buying a EOS 1n ( then I'll be able to mount my canon lenses on it ) or maybe a Nikon F5, or any 6*6 camera. I don't have a lot of money so, could you please advise me any good store ? (I'll be on Oxford Street and have no car)


    Thanks in advance ! =)

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    You certainly don't need (or want) a car in the centre of London!

    Try Aperture in Museum Street (near the British Museum and not far from Oxford Street). If you get there at lunchtime you can eat there too as it's a combined café and secondhand camera store.

    http://www.apertureuk.com/about.htm

    They have a link to a map.


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    Thank you for your reactivity ! I will go there then and have a look. First time in Central London, no need for a car (only good shoes !!) I will walk a lot !!
     
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    As Steve says Aperture would be a good place to start, there are some good lower priced Canon EOS's and you should be able to find a body at a very reasonable price, if you stay with Canon then you save on lenses, and perhaps could get a 6x6 as well :D (Maybe later).

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    Just a little north of Oxford street - http://www.nicholascamera.com/

    Don't know what they are like, but judging from the price lists, they may be willing to haggle.
     
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    This is the only store that MUST be avoided, they have a terrible reputation, there's many comments in other threads on this Forum.

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    Thank you ! nicholas seems to be more expensive judging by their price list. But I'll check also. Anyway, I've got a whole week to find my camera =) =)
    By the way, I take the opportunity to ask if anyone is selling any film camera, just let me know :tongue:
     
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    Thanks for the warning - The only information to hand was some old magazine adverts.
     
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    mr cad is like an aladdins cave for secondhand gear but give them a call or check the website first as they are about 10 miles out of town. avoid nicholas cameras too!!
     
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    I went into Nicholas Cameras a couple weeks back and was amazed at the amount of equipment they had.....I've never seen so much kit. Everything from 5x4 monorails through 6x6 and 35mm down to something they call dig***l?

    While I was there grazing, I saw them deal with several customers, and have to admit they are not the place to go if you don't know "exactly" what your looking for and what the going prices are. Pricing seems to be made up at the time of asking.

    It's like an Alladins cave of kit, god alone knows how they know what they have in stock as there was photographic equipment lurking in every nook and cranny!

    When I mentioned their website, the salesman just rolled his eyes and pleaded with me not to talk about it as it has not been updated for years apparently !

    Mike (btw, i have no affiliation with them)
     
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    Thanks a lot for your answers, I'll go and check then, Mr ca seems to be pretty expensive too :s
     
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    There's also Jacobs Digital on New Oxford Street who have a surprisingly well stocked and well priced second hand section.

    If you come out of Aperture, turn right and right again (I think!) there's a store called Camera City which is worth a quick look, I've never bought anything there though. There's also a Canon Pro shop near there, off Pied Bull Yard who have a great second hand collection. There's a Leica store there as well.

    I have to say that Aperture are great, I've bought a fair bit from them in the past and I've never been disappointed.
     
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    I don't think Jacobs can be haggled but Mr. Cad loves a good haggle, so his prices are suggestions especially if you're buying something else from him like some film, you can usually get him to knock off a bit of money somewhere.
     
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    Ahah that's the thing ! If i get a camera round there, i'll probably get som films too =).... I will haggle !.. well i'll try to cause i'm not pretty good haggler, especially when it's not my country lol
     
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    Hey everyone !

    My journey was awsome ! London's an amazing city ! But one week's not enough, I wish I could still be there. I went to aperture shop next to the british museum, I was a little upset because they don't have a lot of canon stuff but I finally bought a nikon F90X Pro... It seems to be allright, and not expensive. Let's do some pics now !!

    Thank you very much for helping me !

    "Please mind the gap and keep clear of the door"
     
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    Mr Cad is generally prices on the high side, at the camera fairs then tend to do everything half marked price, but don't offer any haggle room past that.