If Santa didn't bring you that new camera you were hoping for, now's your chance. We've trained our viewfinder on the city's camera stores and picked the three with the best combinations of customer service and low prices. So you can exchange some of those unwanted gifts and snap up an affordable camera in the time it takes to say "cheese."
B&H Photo-Video serves neophyte and professional photographers with equal price-slashing zeal. Right now, B&H is offering the following specials: The Canon EOS Rebel 2000 is $349.95 (list price $560); the Minolta Maxxum STsi, $299.95 (list price $590); the Pentax ZX-7, $344.95 (list price $750); and the Nikon N80, $549.95 (list price $826). Deals on digital cameras include the Nikon Cool Pix 800 for $479.95 (originally $599.95) and the Minolta Dimâge 2330 for $429.95 (list price $549).
Adorama also offers a massive selection and competitive prices, and the staff will bend over backward to help even the most confused amateur. Until the end of the month, the Nikon F80 is $374.95 (originally $400), the Canon Digital Powershot is $559.95 (originally $619.95), and the Mamiya M645 pro TL body is $1,395 (originally $1,599). During the week of January 15, "Sales & Bargains" readers receive a free Canon camera bag with the purchase of a camera costing $150 or more.
For professionals, or serious amateurs, Lens and Repro is the go-to place for hard-to-find and collectible cameras, like the Linhof or Fuji medium-format. Lens and Repro also maintains one of the largest equipment-and-camera-rental houses in the city. During the month of February, "S&B" readers get a 25 percent discount on all rentals and will receive a free USB-card reader ($40 value) with the purchase of any digital camera.
B&H, 420 Ninth Ave., at 34th St. (800-606-6969; 212-444-6615; www.bhphotovideo.com); Adorama, 42 W. 18th St. (800-223-2500; 212-675-6789; www.adorama.com); Lens and Repro, 33 W. 17th St. (212-675-1900; www.lensrepro.com).
Picks of the Week
The News is clearing men's and women's samples and some stock from Martin Margiela, Clements Ribeiro, Susan Cianciolo, United Bamboo, and others for about 80 percent off, mostly $20-$350. 495 Broadway, near Broome St., fifth floor (212-925-9700); A.E., M.C., V.; Fri.-Sat. 11-7; 1/19-1/20.
Resurrection's fab men's and women's vintage clothing, including jean jackets, new-wave sweaters, disco dresses, and tweed suits, is up to 50 percent off. 217 Mott St. (212-625-1374); Mon.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-6; 123 E. 7th St. (212-228-0063); Mon.- Sat. 2-10, Sun. 2-9; A.E., M.C., V.; 1/15-1/31.
Cappellini Modern Age is taking up to 60 percent off selected items from its stock of super-sleek modern and contemporary furniture and home accessories, and 15 percent off all orders. 102 Wooster St. (212-966-0669); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 11-7, Sat.-Sun. noon-6; 1/18-1/21.
Goldin-Feldman furs and shearlings are 25 to 50 percent off. 150 W. 30th St., fifth floor (212-239-0512); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-4; 1/15-1/27.
Schrager Furniture's sale means 40 percent off custom-made cherry, oak, or pine armoires and cabinets (and 60 percent off floor samples). Prices are mostly $700-$1,500. 1624 First Ave., near 84th St. (212-879-0400); Mon., Wed., Fri. 10-8; Tues., Thurs., Sat. 10- 6; 1/19-1/24.
Roberta is clearing high-end lingerie and loungewear at 20 to 50 percent off. Designers include Hanro, Donna Karan, and La Perla. 1252 Madison Ave., near 90th St. (212-860-8366); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 10-6; sale starts 1/15.