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    I just received my new lens from MPEX and am so pleased I had to write.

    After numerous orders Jim has always been willing to answer questions and ship promptly.



    BTW - My "new" Fujinon 400T looks brand new. The only flaw I found was a very small scratch on the mounting ring. Besides that it looks new.

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    Yep, same experience here. One of the very best places to do business, and THE best place for used LF gear. You need to check the site fairly often though, they really turn over the LF gear. I recently had a problem with a new camera purchased there (a manufacturer's problem) and support was outstanding. One of the best "tests" of a dealer is the support you get when you do have a problem.

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    I have dealt with Midwest on a couple of items. The results have always been outstanding service and merchandise as described. I like this place... a great business.

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    Ditto! MPX has always been a trusted source of LF gear for me. When I bought my first 4x5, a Speed Graphic at the local flea market, I needed a lens. I called them from their ad in Shutterbug (in my pre computer days), told them I was new to LF and was looking for an lens I could get started with. I got a 135mm Ektar in a supermatic shutter, in the original box, with the 1941 Kodak inspection paperwork, for under $50. It didn't have a scratch on it, and it is still a valuable lens that I use to this day.

    I have since bought 8x10's, 5x7's, and more 4x5 gear than I probably should have. They are always the second place I send people after my local shop here in Raleigh, NC, Southeastern Camera.

    Patrick
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    I concur as I have spent several thousand dollars there over the years and the service has been great and the products even better.

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    I don't remember exactly where, but somewhere on photonet there is a forum that contains feedback from customers on virtually every photographic retailer. Of all the retailers I don't know if there was a single negative comment about MPEX.

    If you ever think about ordering something through the mail, I advise you to go to that site and get a feel for who you may be dealing with It could save you a lot of money and headaches. There is also some very funny posts by individuals who have gotten burned by various less than honest operations.

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    And luckily they're a short 3 hour drive from Pittsburgh. I find an excuse to go there every spring and give them my bonus check. It's also an excuse to get to BD's Mongolian Barbecue. I got hooked in Reading UK few years ago, we don't have a decent one in here.

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    I got spoiled going to school in Athens and having MPEX an hour and a half away! I can't think of a single complaint. Great to deal with in person or over the phone. I bought my Linhof from them back in high school and more recently got a whole strobe system through them and they are far and away the best dealers I've ever had the pleasure to do business with. A quality operation to the last detail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPhil
    I just received my new lens from MPEX and am so pleased I had to write.

    After numerous orders Jim has always been willing to answer questions and ship promptly.



    BTW - My "new" Fujinon 400T looks brand new. The only flaw I found was a very small scratch on the mounting ring. Besides that it looks new.
    Dude! Did you happen to win that lens via auction on eBay? I was bidding on a lens from MPEX, but decided to purchase a newer version from them directly - the auction actually went slightly over their retail price, so I ended up saving a few bux.

    I'm still waiting for my lens, however. There was a shipping snafu that delayed the shipping a week. Not happy about that, but it happens. Hopefully I'll get it today, since I'm heading to the mtns. this weekend, weather permitting.

    And I'll agree with what you said about Jim. Very helpful.
    Cheers!

    -klm.

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    The lens was listed in their Garage Sale flyer. I don't even think that the lens made it to their website. Within an hour of the flyer's arrival I had secured spousal approval and placed the order. With my wista 4x5 now partly broken, I'll have to start shopping for a new camera too! MPEX, here comes more of my money!!
    Facts are facts; however, perception is reality.

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