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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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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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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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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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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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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/news/2002/e3500.htm

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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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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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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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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.

In the end its the photos that matter.

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how's that for boring.

Pretty good!! :D

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In the end its the photos that matter.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Sorry I wasn't saying there wasn't any, I was saying they are getting a lot less, in the last 12 months or so they have lost about 50% of the shops, interstingl the three that have tumbled are all on the high priced, high footfall streets.

Maybe camera shops in the future should be looking at being niche shops in side street locations which are much cheaper but the camera buying public will be still willing to search out.

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Sorry I wasn't saying there wasn't any, I was saying they are getting a lot less, in the last 12 months or so they have lost about 50% of the shops, interstingl the three that have tumbled are all on the high priced, high footfall streets.

Maybe camera shops in the future should be looking at being niche shops in side street locations which are much cheaper but the camera buying public will be still willing to search out.

You have been the real camera co then!

And I know, I agree they are thinning out, its sad a town the size of Wigan can't support one. Have heard decent things about Mathers in Bolton mind, but never used them yet.

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You have been the real camera co then!

And I know, I agree they are thinning out, its sad a town the size of Wigan can't support one. Have heard decent things about Mathers in Bolton mind, but never used them yet.

Mathers in Bolton has an excellent reputation, how long it can last in the current climate is doubtful.

The problem is something that was highlighted earlier, people using shops to get their hands on the gear and then buying on-line.

I used to always give Wildings an offer to compete with on line prices and if they came close give them the business. As long as they weren't silly money out they could have the custom.

The problem is people don't give the small retailers the chance to compete, they take the price tag in the window as gospel, tell them what the Internet price is, take into account P&P and a small percentage for the less hassle if things go ######$ up and you can usually strike a good deal.

You could say well the price in the window should be their best price, if that's so then every retailer on the Internet would come back with the same price on every product, the best price is the best price for you and not the customer, there is a somewhere in between that is the best price for you both.

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John Lewis could be dark horses, was in there Cheadle store yesterday and there selection is decent, staff knowledgeable and the only thing that let them down was stock, things went pear shaped when I'd decided to buy and a manager got involved and started going on about click and collect from a Waitrose. The range of kit was excellent, so if they could sort out stocking issues or a slicker way of transfering stock to there own shops they could be an option.

As it is Calumet Manchester will be getting my business today for a Fuji X100 and the Real Camera lads will be treating my DSLRs to a sensor clean whilst I try and extract knowledge from them about micro focusing a 300mm lens hopefully without needing to set up a laptop and be 50m away as one guide explained yesterday!

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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.

They were probably always doomed if they wanted to stay the size they were. Back in 1998 I bought the missus a camera for Christmas at Jessops in Swindon and they were very helfpul - it was a really good but basic camera that still used film. Then I bought her a fairly basic digital camera at Jessops when digital cameras were just coming onto the market. Again, they were very helpful.

Now, she carries a camera all the time - it is easily as good as that first digital camera I bought her. It arrived through the post from Vodafone and comes with a built in phone.

Increasingly, your average man on the street who just wants to take holiday snaps and pictures of his kids in the park doesn't need a camera. They have a phone just handy all the time. There probably aren't enough people who do want a decent, specialist camera to sustain a chain like Jessops.

That's just the way it is. It won't mean the end of specialist camera shops altogether, as there'll always be a demand to sustain some, but it will mean the end for lots of them. And you'll probably have to travel to the big cities to find them, they won't be on your local high street.

Sad, but there you go. The world moves on.

It's desperately sad for the Jessops workforce of course and they'll have my sympathy for another few weeks. After that they'll be workshy, curtains closed, benefits fiddling, scrounging bastards that sponge off the taxpaying, hard working strivers like me. I'll probably spit at them if I see them in the street. They should be ashamed to go out in public.

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