Places to buy in NYC
Old 10-06-2014   #1
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Places to buy in NYC

Hey all,
The ol' lady and I are making the trek to the city in about a week and change and are entertaining the idea of picking up something with a red dot on it...finally.

I know the question was asked a few years ago but are there any places/vendors you would recommend?

Definitely heading to Adorama and B&H.

Hoping to fall in love with the right m6 classic.

Long walks on the beach promised....
...with or without the wife depending on how carried away I get.

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Old 10-06-2014   #2
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Check their inventory online before you go. Tamarkin used to have a store in NY, but they moved to Chicago. There may be other stores offering red-dotted merchandise, but frankly, out of the biggies, I don't know. Best of luck!
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Old 10-08-2014   #3
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I see Leicas at K&M on Broadway near Chinatown. They're definitely worth a visit and they WILL be open when Adorama and B&H are closed during the Jewish holidays (which may overlap with your visit).
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They don't sell Leicas but visit the Leica Gallery near 8th Street and Broadway. It's a neat, little place that's worth a stop.
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There is also the Leica store in soho
460 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-7799

note : its west broadway not the Leica gallery on broadway
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I can't imagine the Leica store sells used cameras....
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B & H is a favorite of mine.

New York is a fabulous city. My son worked at 50th and Rock for a while and we visited him and had a wonderful time. He gave us the nickel tour of NBC, at that time was part of GE.

For business I used to attend a convention in the early 70's and what a nice change for the better now.
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But anyway -- definitely check out Photo Village, but if you're looking for an M6, see if they have any listed at their website.

As for Adorama and B&H, we are past Yom Kippur so they ought to be open (never on Saturdays, of course), unless your trip coincides with Sukkot.
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I went to B&H on my last trip there and found it great for hard to find filters, decent stock of film and darkroom supplies, light meters and other accessories. Their stock of used equipment at the time was very low and frankly not of interest.

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I can't imagine the Leica store sells used cameras....
Actually, I believe they do... I pretty sure I saw used bodies there (unless they were for show in which case they weren't properly on display). And in these parts, and especially for people from New Jersey, NYC is certainly "The City." It is commonly referred to as such by locals around the "Tri-State Area" which Midwinter certainly is...
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I've checked all the websites, doesn't appear to be an affordable chrome M6 in the collective boroughs.

Thanks for the tips everyone!

Hope something comes up by the end of next week!
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Definitely you have to check leica store soho. They do sell used leica camera n lens. I just went there and I have to say the price is okay (I was tempted by cron dr complete with the eyes for $750) , we'll some of them pretty good actually.... Of course every item they sell suppose to be on their Standart quality check. The best part is they give you return policy with no question asked.
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Or those that don't live in "The City" that we are talking about can just stay out of the thread. Nobody from this area has been offended...
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The Leica Store in DC sells both used & demo bodies & lenses, so I can't imagine it would be different for NYC.

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Actually, I believe they do... I pretty sure I saw used bodies there (unless they were for show in which case they weren't properly on display). And in these parts, and especially for people from New Jersey, NYC is certainly "The City." It is commonly referred to as such by locals around the "Tri-State Area" which Midwinter certainly is...
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Foto Care on 22nd street usually has a bunch of used M's. Their film prices are usually pretty expensive, and I've never priced any of the used cameras, but I've done a lot of ogling... last time I was in there they had a bunch of M2's and a nice M4. Might be worth a look.
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Do New Yorkers really imagine that ANYONE except New Yorkers and a few benighted yokels from nearby imagine that NY is "THE City"?

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Roger, it is local speak... why can't you get that? I'm sure there are many places, where people live in the suburbs or the countryside, in which people refer to the closest city to them as "The City."

This isn't some NYC superiority complex... it was simply how someone from the area refers to NYC when they don't live in it.
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You can call up some guys on craigslist, lots of red dot stuff there
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Trying to actually help the OP, instead of dealing with semantics..

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...%20york%20city
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I think it's pretty clear that when someone gives his location in NY state and says he is going to the city and mentions Adorama and B&H, that he means New York City and specifically Manhattan.
I'm sure every region has its city but I wasn't confused or slighted in any way, reading the OP, and I'm not from the US.
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I like craigslist. There are plenty of M6's there. And also you get to meet someone at a coffee shop who probably shares a love for film.

Not much of a nicer NYC experience than that.

In regards to calling it "The City". I do all the time. Mainly with other New Yorkers though.

Mind you, I don't think Manhattan is the center of the universe. I have a lot of love for lots of cities. I think the thread that combines them is that, like New York, the ones I love the most are walkable. New York is fantastically walkable (more of an anomaly in the US but less so in other countries).

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Update:
I'm in NYC, of course adorama and B&H are closed for the holiday.
First visited the Leica store in Soho, struck up a conversation with a former LHSA officer and got to handle some goodies that are well out of my price range.
They only had one m6 and it was immaculate. It also was being sold as a package and was pushing my budget. Almost went for it but I'm hoping for a chrome or to version and this one was black. Still, it was a great experience, the employees really seem to care a out the products.

Next sent to K&M, as per recent forum post. They had some really great stuff. They had a black TTL for a respectable price but it was a little worn and I couldn't make myself fall in love with it. Again, wrong color scheme.

Another note: I asked permission the cycle the cameras at both shops and the Leica store example was noticeable smoother.

Photo Village is my first stop tomorrow.

The adventure continues!

PS: seriously considered the CL but have a policy against dropping more than 1k "off the books"
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Good luck with the hunt. It is exciting isn't it!

The beauty of the M6 is that there are so many varieties that one is bound to be irresistible!!

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I bought a black paint MP with 0.85 VF'er from the Leica Store. A 2004 model that was very gently brassed and recovered in Griptac. Came boxed.

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Roger, it is local speak... why can't you get that? I'm sure there are many places, where people live in the suburbs or the countryside, in which people refer to the closest city to them as "The City."

This isn't some NYC superiority complex... it was simply how someone from the area refers to NYC when they don't live in it.
Roger,

The "City" certainly is a collocialism understood by many. NYC is the largest city in the U.S. with a population of 8.4 million. Decades ago when someone said they were going to the "City" it refered to Madhattan and not the other four bouroghs.

In the early part of the last century bankers around the world called London the "City," but now that term is dated, is obscure, and no longer applies.

Today the term the "City" is not so local and is used to mean all 5 bouroughs of NYC.

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When I lived and worked in London at the turn of the century, people still referred to the square mile as the "City."
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Photo village was a bust.
Sales person only looked up from her phone long enough to exchange greetings.
No m6s in stock.
Think that ti in the classifieds is looking real good right now...
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May be http://www.fotocare.com/
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Update:
I'm in NYC, of course adorama and B&H are closed for the holiday.
First visited the Leica store in Soho, struck up a conversation with a former LHSA officer and got to handle some goodies that are well out of my price range.
They only had one m6 and it was immaculate. It also was being sold as a package and was pushing my budget. Almost went for it but I'm hoping for a chrome or to version and this one was black. Still, it was a great experience, the employees really seem to care a out the products.

Next sent to K&M, as per recent forum post. They had some really great stuff. They had a black TTL for a respectable price but it was a little worn and I couldn't make myself fall in love with it. Again, wrong color scheme.

Another note: I asked permission the cycle the cameras at both shops and the Leica store example was noticeable smoother.

Photo Village is my first stop tomorrow.

The adventure continues!

PS: seriously considered the CL but have a policy against dropping more than 1k "off the books"
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They don't sell Leicas but visit the Leica Gallery near 8th Street and Broadway. It's a neat, little place that's worth a stop.
Leica Gallery is on Broadway between Great Jones and Bond. What would be 2nd and 3rd Streets. The name changes as you go west from the Bowery. As well, K&M are on Broadway, just west of Chinatown. 368 Broadway.

Not sure if I would buy a Leica from K&M. If you are really interested in purchasing equipment, I would still go to one of the big guys -Adorama, B&H, or Photo Village. They are located near B&H on 9th Avenue, 369 W. 34th Street, 2nd Floor.

Extremely thin pickings, in terms of shops, in the city these days.

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May I know what's wrong with photo village ? I never went there, but some of my friend bought some stuff from them.
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The young lady in Photo Village is like a greeter you have to talk to the
guy in the back. B&H and Adorama should be opening on Sunday I believe.

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The young lady in Photo Village is like a greeter you have to talk to the
guy in the back. B&H and Adorama should be opening on Sunday I believe.

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It was only my wife, the greeter and myself in the store. Shame though, the CV 1.1 was singing to me. I acknowledge this was probably a fluke, but was just weird. I hate the feeling that I'm inconveniencing. Ettiquite dictates that I do my best to avoid repeating those circumstances.

In their defence, I'm youngish, wear a "Seattle Tuxedo" everywhere and speak like a complete loser in person.
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That's not good, she's nice but really does not know camera's I would go back and
see if the guy is there, he's really good. If your still here tomorrow you can check
B&H and Adorama their opened.

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I have purchased several cameras and lenses from Photo Village. Will and Rich are very knowledgeable and fair. I bought my black M6 from them.

They had M6s there a couple of weeks ago.

I have an almost mint chrome M6 that I plan to sell, but the vertical focus needs to be aligned. I will probably consign it at Photo Village.
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It's a new day and I've calmed down, almost went back to photo village but I doubt they acquired much new stock overnight.
Heading to the Leica gallery after lunch!
Unfortunately I leave this evening.
Looks like I'm not going to fall in love this trip, a shame but it's been great fun.
Time to bark up the classifieds tree!
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I stepped out of the Leica Store an hour ago (with new 35/2 in hand)...they had several used bodies there, although can't remember anything else except a nice looking M3. Open till 7pm tonight...Carl and Craig both super knowledgeable!

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