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B&H closed for Passover... Adorama? Alternatives in NYC?

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thuesen says:

I'm going to New York late in April and I had planned a few purchases at B&H, including a travel lens I would be using while there. Unfortunately B&H is closed for Passover pretty much the entire time I'm there, except for the last few days of my trip...

I haven't been able to find the Adorama's holiday schedule, does anyone know if they're closed as well? I read somewhere that Adorama, like B&H, is Jewish, so maybe also closed?

If so, can anyone recommend another photo shop in New York with similar prices as B&H and Adorama? I was looking to buy a Tamron 18-270mm PZD, a Nikon EN-EL15 and a Lexar 32GB SD card.

Thanks.
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kentgoldings says:

I work in Manhattan. I'll visit B&H occasionally when I'm not sure about a piece of gear. I'll almost never visit Adorama. This is more of a location issue then anything else. the 9th avenue store of B&H is very convenient. But, I almost always do my shopping online.

You want the B&H superstore shopping experience and you won't find that at Adorama. Adorama has a much more traditional camera store operation. Not to mention the Adorama store is much, much smaller.

B&H will certainly be closed for Jewish holy days. Much of their staff are Orthodox Jews. My advice is to shop online and save the room in your baggage and spend your time doing something else. You won't be bored in Manhattan.
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thuesen says:

Thanks for your suggestion, kentgoldings, but unfortunately that doesn't work for me :)

1) Shopping online means I can't get to see/try the lens first.

2) Shopping online might not be able to ship to my hotel - and I might not be able to want to count on the hotel signing for $800 worth of gear - and trust them to make sure I actually get it upon arrival.

3) You can't go to Manhattan and not visit B&H !! (I'll go there anyway when they open, day before I depart, just to check out the place - again - but I'll still need the lens on one of the first days I'm there).
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kentgoldings says:

My point is that you can't visit B&H by visiting Adorama. If the store is closed, you're S-O-L. In addition, B&H won't fulfill your online orders on Jewish holy days either. If the store front is closed for religious observance, the entire operation is down. Ordering online from B&H while your in Manhattan and having them ship to your hotel is an altogether preposterous notion. I didn't mean that at all.

I'm all for visiting B&H. But if it is closed, no where else will fill the void. B&H is the Disneyland of Camera gear and it has no equal.
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thuesen says:

"B&H is the Disneyland of Camera gear" - exactly, and that's why I'm going there the day before I leave, just to visit, even though I will probably have made my purchases elsewhere already :)

My goal with this thread was simply to:

1) Find out if anyone knew whether or not Adorama will also be closed for Passover holidays? Otherwise I'll just contact them directly and ask, of course.

2) Get some tips on other photo shops in Manhattan worth shopping at? I found Calumet, but their online shop doesn't have the new PZD version of Tamron 18-270, only the old one, so I don't know if they'll have the new one in shop.
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kentgoldings says:

I lifted this for their website.

www.bhphotovideo.com/find/HelpCenter/HoursOfOperation.jsp

Purim Sunday, March 20 Closed
Passover Eve Monday, April 18 Closed
Passover Tuesday, April 19 - Tuesday, April 26 Closed
Memorial Day Monday, May 30 Open 9AM - 7P
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thuesen says:

I know, that's why I created this thread - cause B&H is closed while I'm there, so I'm looking for alternatives.
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D_N_F [deleted] says:

B&H = "Beards and Hats" 100% kosher.

Adorama is the same.

Here's an alternative during jewish holidays in nearby NJ:

store.uniquephoto.com/e/
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CHGOFOTO1 says:

@thuesen - Why not order now, have it shipped to your home (thinking you live in the US) and avoid paying sales tax, NY has one of the highest sales tax in the country.
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Mightyhorse says:

Well I guess you could always convert to Judaism and this way your travel plans will probably not interfere with your religious obligations.

Short of that I'm guessing there are many stores in Manhattan that will let you try that lens.

In my area (considerably less metropolitan) there are two camera shops. One is run by Orthodox Jews and closes on Saturday, the other is closed on Sunday. Between the two my heathen soul is well covered.
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thuesen says:

@digital+film - thanks for the suggestion. I checked out the shop. Unfortunately I don't have a car and it seems it would take 1.5 hours in public transportation to get there, plus the way back, so that's at least 3 hours. Not too crazy about that to be honest.

@CHGOFOTO1 - I live in Europe, the lens is around $200 more expensive here.

@Mightyhorse - too late, hotel and plane already booked :)
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oldmanwillow21 says:

www.calumetphoto.com
www.jr.com

Neither are 'similar' to B&H, but not terribly more expensive. I'd go with Calumet over J&R. They've got more stuff and more knowledgeable staff IMO.
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str8pipe338 says:

I don't know what B&H's policies are but why don't you take a chance and order from them, if it lives up to your expectations, keep it, if not return it on the day they will be open. If you have the money, order 2 and keep the best one.

This is just a suggestion, unless you google for all the photography stores in New-York to see if they have it in stock and if they price match.

Good luck
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Lairton Junior says:

You can try 42photo (www.42photo.com) :
42nd Street Photo
378 5th Avenue
Between 35th & 36th ST

Not so big, but there are some gear.
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thuesen says:

42photo seems pretty good. They're just 1 mile from my hotel and they're $10 cheaper with the lens than B&H. Good tip, thanks :)

Will also check out J&R just in case, and keep them in mind.
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*labaronesa* is a group moderator *labaronesa* says:

You might want to check out this forum for other suggestion:

photography-on-the.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-157975.html
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thuesen says:

Thank you
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Helen Oster Adorama Camera says:

No, the Adorama store won't be open during the week of Passover.

Helen Oster ☺
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
HelenO@adorama.com

twitter.com/HelenOster
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bandhphoto says:

@thusesn - We're very sorry our schedule is incompatible with your travel plans.

kentgoldings says: Much of their staff are Orthodox Jews.

Some. but certainly not all. We're a diverse batch. Some very orthodox Jews, some quite a bit less so, and our diverse staff includes many non-Jews too.

Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video
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