I find myself trying to break away from shopping on Amazon all the time, but I just can’t seem to beat their prices.  I have bought a considerable amount of photo gear from Amazon at very affordable prices.  However, sometimes that affordability comes to bite me in the arse!  Many of the steals I think I am getting, wind up being complete junk.

I remember when I first started up in the world of off camera lighting.  I purchased a bunch of “Cowboy Studio” lighting.  I thought man this stuff is so cheap!  I can get pro grade stuff at a low grade price!  Little did I know until I started using it that it was all junk, complete junk actually.  I went to tighten a nut on the light stand and over torqued it and it snapped in half.

Some may say I don’t know my own strength, but geez, since when is hand tight over torqued?

Since then I vowed to never buy anything labelled “Cowboy Studio”, I guess that was my first mistake, ordering something with the name Cowboy Studio.  Cowboys don’t belong in a studio anyway.

I have had several success stories with some of the “cheap stuff”.  Like extra camera batteries for under $5.  Oh and how about my shutter release  I paid $6 when Olympus wanted nearly 40 for the same thing!


I guess my losses compared to my wins are a wash really.  Inevitably I think I have broken even or better.  However, it leads me to my question and I am curious to know your responses as I will be in the market for a new camera and some gear this year.

Where do you find your great camera deals?  Online, local shops, whats your secret?  

Blake Rudis
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