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#1 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

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what a shame. I still buy gear from them

Saturday mornings in their Leeds branch in the merrion centre was pure bliss, stocking up on chemicals, paper and film and checking out what the next bit of equipment I was going to be after in the coming months. The staff were and are always helpful and knowledgeable.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

They can claim they were killed by the grey market but the rot set in when they tried to become a photography lifestyle store rather than a camera shop. The level of knowledge they used to be known for is not in any of the branches local to me any more.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

The sad thing is that people were using Jessops to get a look at the stuff they wanted to buy,then just getting it for a few quid cheeper on the internet.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

It's where I've bought much of my new kit from. I also remember that we always had to look round the York branch when we had family days out as a kid, whilst my Dad eyed up cameras, and later video-cameras.

Their pricing did seem a bit all over the shop however; they were competitive on camera prices, yet a memory card that cost £11 delivered from Amazon they wanted £40+ for.

I suspect that even if they manage to keep some stores going, my local store (Halifax) will be one of the first to close due to it's small size and location.

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#5 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

It's where I've bought much of my new kit from. I also remember that we always had to look round the York branch when we had family days out as a kid, whilst my Dad eyed up cameras, and later video-cameras.

Their pricing did seem a bit all over the shop however; they were competitive on camera prices, yet a memory card that cost £11 delivered from Amazon they wanted £40+ for.

I suspect that even if they manage to keep some stores going, my local store (Halifax) will be one of the first to close due to it's small size and location.


the York branch was a good one, and as you imply there doesn't seem to be much point in the fax one.

Jacobs' their notional competitor went belly up last year. Their stuff seemed to be more higher end, certainly in the digital era.

There was another shop I frequented in the early days called Gratispool, a Glasgow based firm but with a branch in Leeds. They sold their own make of film, which was absolutely ghastly, and stocked some weird and wonderful second hand stuff.

I didn't possess a camera bought from new until about 1988.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

the York branch was a good one, and as you imply there doesn't seem to be much point in the fax one.

Jacobs' their notional competitor went belly up last year. Their stuff seemed to be more higher end, certainly in the digital era.

There was another shop I frequented in the early days called Gratispool, a Glasgow based firm but with a branch in Leeds. They sold their own make of film, which was absolutely ghastly, and stocked some weird and wonderful second hand stuff.

I didn't possess a camera bought from new until about 1988.


As it happens I just bought a Jacobs tripod strap off ebay - someone obviously bought a job lot of the liquidation stock.

I also remember looking around a couple of other places in York and Leeds when I bought my first 35mm film camera, although it was just a compact. It was a 2nd hand Yashica, with a Ziess lens; even as a kid using it as a point and shoot I used to get some decent photos from it compared to my Dad's Canon SLR. i think it was probably a T2.

I seem to recall it broke in the end and was replaced by my first digital camera somewhere around 2003ish. A Nikon E3500, which again produced some great photos until it got nicked, by I suspect a light-fingered removal man when I moved house. :(

http://www.nikon.com.../2002/e3500.htm

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Latest in a line of specialist retail knowledge to disappear from the highstreet that I am not sure will be replaced adequately by the internet.

Soon we will be unable to touch anything before we buy it.

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#8 JohnM

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

Gratispool! a blast from the past.

Then there was Tecno, rescued by Richer Sounds I recall.

I've always found Jessops not bad. Got my Nikon D200 from there some years ago and current on-line price for Nikon D7000 is competitive. However being competitive on price may not be consistent with running a business if the costs are too high and efficiencies low.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Reading various opinions on this news, it appears that the service available depended on which branch you visited.

Several people have mentioned Jessops' helpful, knowledgeable staff, but you can also find many who have had rather different experiences, myself included. Went in there once - left, vowing never to return.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

As it happens I just bought a Jacobs tripod strap off ebay - someone obviously bought a job lot of the liquidation stock.

I also remember looking around a couple of other places in York and Leeds when I bought my first 35mm film camera, although it was just a compact. It was a 2nd hand Yashica, with a Ziess lens; even as a kid using it as a point and shoot I used to get some decent photos from it compared to my Dad's Canon SLR. i think it was probably a T2.

I seem to recall it broke in the end and was replaced by my first digital camera somewhere around 2003ish. A Nikon E3500, which again produced some great photos until it got nicked, by I suspect a light-fingered removal man when I moved house. :(

http://www.nikon.com.../2002/e3500.htm


my first camera was a kodak brownie 127 that my mam bought me in the scilly isles

first 35mm was a halina paulette I bought at uni, followed by a zenith b.

I really got going with a minolta S1, basic but with a great lens. I've still got some of the pics.
Thuis was folowed by a soligor tm with stop down ttl metering, then a pentax spotmatic F which I still have.
My firest fancy camera was a pentax me super coupled with a yashica 35mm rangefinder camera, which was superb.
After wearing out the me super I bought a pentax super A, then went over to autofocus with a minolta 7000, which I uswed for loads of my work for fev. After another minolta, I had one or two small digital cameras, before buying a nikon D80 and a canan G7, then a G12. and a nikon d3000something or otherI now use a nikon D90 and a panasonic lumix gx1.
I used a yashica TLR which is promised to gingerjohn, when I get round to it,

how's that for boring.

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#11 JohnM

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

how's that for boring.


Pretty good!! :D

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

In the end its the photos that matter.


exactly...which is why I don't enter the forum comps!!

#13 gazza77

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

In the end its the photos that matter.


True. Good to remember how things have moved on sometimes, both through techology advances and the ability to spend more every now and again. :)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

Sad to see them go, but my experiences locally were similar to Ginger Jons, bought my first DSLR from them and still always have a look at the high street to buy from before hitting the internet for kit as I do like to have a look before I buy. But of late the skills seemed to have been lost, especially in branches such as the Trafford Centre were staff gave the impression they'd never handled a camera let along got the knowledge to answer any tricky questions.

One thing I could never get my head around, given there great selling point was you can get hands on before you buy was they could never match there own website prices in store, yet you could stand in store and buy at the internet price on your phone then wait around for them to get your gear ready having selected the collect in store option!

Wonder how long it will be before we have manufacturers show rooms on the highstreet so we can have a look before we buy off the internet!

In the meantime, Manchester still offers London Camera Exchange and Calumet as shop options for those not wanting to buy on the web so there are still options. Plus the Real Camera shop for you old school proper snappers!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

Years ago, I remember walking up Tottenham Court Road and admiring the window displays of loads of camera shops. I tend to avoid central London these days - wonder how many of these places are left.

Not far from there (Holborn), R.G.Lewis still appears to be in business. It was started by the travel writer and occasional Bugatti racer Norman Lewis.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Years ago, I remember walking up Tottenham Court Road and admiring the window displays of loads of camera shops. I tend to avoid central London these days - wonder how many of these places are left.

Not far from there (Holborn), R.G.Lewis still appears to be in business. It was started by the travel writer and occasional Bugatti racer Norman Lewis.

I have found a few gems still operating in London.

The Wigan Jessops shut ages ago, I'm not surprised it was woeful. Unfortunately we also lost Wildings last year a small independent, which means Wigan has no camera shop. With Jacobs going at the back end of last year Manchester is now thin on the ground for decent camera shops.

Its looking bad when the best camera shop around could end up being Curry's, though 30 odd years ago Comet was one of the best camera outlets going.

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#17 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

I have found a few gems still operating in London.

The Wigan Jessops shut ages ago, I'm not surprised it was woeful. Unfortunately we also lost Wildings last year a small independent, which means Wigan has no camera shop. With Jacobs going at the back end of last year Manchester is now thin on the ground for decent camera shops.

Its looking bad when the best camera shop around could end up being Curry's, though 30 odd years ago Comet was one of the best camera outlets going.


currys/pc world are hopeless for photography stuff: limited range of cameras, and no peripherals eg lenses, flash equipment and so on.

the thing about cameras and their associated hardware is that you need to handle them to choose them. You need to talk to somebody who knows what they are on about.
I've just bought a new camera. It isn't the latest model, but it was from a range I'm familiar with and because it isn't the latest I got a great deal for a semi pro spec camera. I bought it on line.

If I hadn't been familiar with the range-my previous ones being bought at Jessops. I think I'd have been taking a risk.

It's a damn shame
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

currys/pc world are hopeless for photography stuff: limited range of cameras, and no peripherals eg lenses, flash equipment and so on.

the thing about cameras and their associated hardware is that you need to handle them to choose them. You need to talk to somebody who knows what they are on about.
I've just bought a new camera. It isn't the latest model, but it was from a range I'm familiar with and because it isn't the latest I got a great deal for a semi pro spec camera. I bought it on line.

If I hadn't been familiar with the range-my previous ones being bought at Jessops. I think I'd have been taking a risk.

It's a damn shame


Curry's may be hopeless but they could end up being all that's left, that's the worry.

Camera manufacturers should be concerned about the collapse of the high street as it could result in people only sticking with what they know and be reluctant to invest in anything too new that is a gamble if you haven't pushed the buttons.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Camera manufacturers should be concerned about the collapse of the high street as it could result in people only sticking with what they know and be reluctant to invest in anything too new that is a gamble if you haven't pushed the buttons.


I think they probably are. When I bought the wife a Canon last Xmas (in store) I was able to redeem a coupon for £20 which made the camera cheaper than I could buy online. Thus I could handle the choices available and get a good deal although it took three weeks for the cash to come through. I assumed this was Canon supporting the retailer.

Probably too much of a faff for today's folk though - need it cheap - need it now!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

Manchester is now thin on the ground for decent camera shops.

Three I mention above are ok, and thankfully all abit different, if you've not been to the Real Camera Company, that is well worth a visit, I'll be honest I find it abit intimidating myself, bit like walking in a proper Record Shop. Would never go to the London Camera Exchange for advice, but there 2nd hand gear is always worth a look and Calmuet always seem well stocked and there workshops look decent thinking of having ago at some in 2013.

Camera manufacturers should be concerned about the collapse of the high street as it could result in people only sticking with what they know and be reluctant to invest in anything too new that is a gamble if you haven't pushed the buttons.

Bang on the money that - how many threads do you see on various forums between people agonising between Canon and Nikon for the first DSLR and the decent advice always includes going getting your hands on one and having a feel, seeing what fits best, at the end of the day specs are all very similar in the same price brackets so the feel can be a big decider.




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