Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR Camera

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 09:18
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I am looking to buy the above camera, it appears from net searches that I can pay less by purchasing it over the net from the USA and having it sent out.

Has anybody had experience buying camera gear from the States and if so can you provide any clues as to the pitfalls. I have heard of people sending their money over and then being ripped of.

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Reply By: GLD - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 09:39

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 09:39
Paul T

I haven't had any experience buying cameras over the net, but you will find quite a few friendly folk on that have bought cameras over the net with considerable savings.

I would be very interested to know what you think of your new digital Canon SLR when you have had a bit of experience with it. I use Canon EOS 35mm cameras at the moment and will be looking at digital in the not to distant future.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 14:19

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 14:19
I got Lex the EOS 300D for xmas as the EOS 35mm lenses & flash fit the digital & it takes great photo's + saves me a fortune on developement costs as she only get inlargements she wants done, put the rest on cd as every time we go some where she takes 100's of shots.
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Reply By: Mark - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 10:17

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 10:17
A friend at work has just ordered a EOS ID 11 from
They are in New York i believe, he has bought from them before without a problem. Shipping is US$68 & he tells me you will be expected to pay 10% gst on arrival in Oz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 20:47

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 20:47
yep 10% GST on everything including shipping costs and Custom Tarriffs
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Reply By: grahama - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:15

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:15
Whilst not having bought a camera, I have purchased several batches of film from B & H Photo Video. This is New York's biggest camera store and all shipments, done via UPS, have been here within a week.
As well as GST on arrival, customs will also probably sting you a processing charge. Their charge and GST is not on the actual cost of the product, but their assessed cost.
Even so, professional slide film costs less than 50% of the local price.
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:53

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:53
If you are going to buy 'off the net' then try to use someone with some 'history'. This company do not have a physical shop, only sell on e-bay. If you check out their buyer status you will see they have a 98% positive feedback.

Occassionally they offer the same camera with 2 additional lenses (just closed last one a couple of days ago I think) Do a search on e-bay using "canon 10d digital" and see what comes up.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 12:22

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 12:22 I think it is, thats where I got my S602Z from.

No hassles, and even easier with warranty if need be...

You can also get ripped off buying from Australia...

Gettin my GPS from USA.. Got a few $1000 worth of N Scale trains no hassles from USA.

If you get things, go Via Paypal etc then at least you have a real name and bank details to work with... Also get the thing insured, I had one parcel go missing, no hassles what so ever from the dealer, claimed insurance, and reshipped items no questions.

Remember buying ANYTHING anywhere is always a risk...
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 16:12

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 16:12
PS if you get from USA, get teh seller to open packaging, insert batteries, and send it to you as used.. No duty :)
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Reply By: Hedonist - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 13:36

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 13:36
1. Don't buy expensive cameras from anyone on Ebay - too many scams to list - mostly from vendors with with excellent customer feedback.

2. I have bought Canon gear from B&H in New York - Excellent service, Customs Fee $60 + GST on cost landed in Oz.

3. There is an excellent worldwide forum for all things relating to the purchase and use of Canon cameras + photography in general at - There are plenty of experiences from Australian buyers in the marketplace forum if you do a search on international sales, and some good info on dodgy vendors and scams.

4. Enjoy the camera! (And start saving for (L)enses!)

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Reply By: brian - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 13:56

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 13:56
I just purchased a camera (Olympus) here in Australia after finding out the warranty is only valid for the country from where it is purchased. I was going to buy overseas, but didn't like the idea of shipping it back if it develops a fault. Also check the battery charger handles our voltage. I've heard plenty of good reports about B&H in the US through my Yahoo Olympus users group. I'm sure there is a Yahoo Canon EOS Digital group- see what other users think.

Enjoy your new cam.

Brian G.
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Reply By: Member - Lindsay S (Int) - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 20:49

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 20:49
Have a look at This is a great resource when internet buying from the states as there are ratings for the retailer as well as the gear.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce (San Diego) - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 15:27

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 15:27
I use mysimon all the time to get the best prices, I just got a Pentax 1std 6.3 digital ( I already have some really good Tamron Pentax mount lenses) I ended up getting it from Willoughbys in New York.

When you get one of these high Pixel cameras just remember when taking high resolution photos it really eats up the memory card. a 256 card will only hold about 25 images.

If you are not a professional photographer or using the photos for publication there is little use in using over 3 megapixel ( which will blow up fine to 11 x 17". A computer screen won't show that resolution and if you a using the web it will take an hour to send the file through.

The best prices I have found for 1 gig Compac Flash cards is about $180.00 US.

If anyone is interested in getting them I could bring them over in June on a trip to save on postage and GST.


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Reply By: Glenno - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 02:04

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 02:04
I was going to import a Nikon Film SLR through B&H, then i discovered The price difference was not that much so i purchased locally. Camera and lens arrived within 2days.

If you want a good digital get the Nikon D70, walks all over the Canon.

Im just biased :)


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