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Australian camera shop reviews

Updated on November 13, 2013

My pick when it comes to online photographic equipment shopping.

Let's face it, more and more stores are moving into the online environment. There are so many options for online consumers these days it is often hard to work out where to begin. Which stores are trustworthy and deliver on time? Where can you get your yes best bang for buck when it comes to camera bodies, lighting equipment and accessories. In this lens I have provided a list of online stores I trade with when it come to photographic equipment. To make it simple and easy to understand, I have divided the review into a list of pros and cons. Please note this lens is specifically aimed at Australian online buyers.

Cameras Direct -

This is usually my first choice when it comes to expensive items like lens and camera bodies. They have an excellent range of products at competitive prices while also being backed with an Australian warranty. The delivery time is excellent and I know I can rely on them for time critical deliveries.

  • Fast delivery time. If you place your order before 10am they will usually ship it the same day (most of the time) if it is in stock. In Australia that means you will normally receive it the next day if you select express delivery.
  • A massive range of stock for both Nikon and Canon cameras including lens manufactured by companies like Sigma and Tamron.
  • Fast check out. If you pay with credit card your order is paid for on check out.
  • A selection of delivery options including the ability to ship to an office address.
  • Up to date stocking details so you know if your item is available for dispatch.
  • Very regular discount sales meaning there is always a bargain on some usually expensive items.
  • Excellent customer support that is responsive and helpful. They can easily be contacted by phone, email or Facebook support and are usually quick to respond. Most customer service officers are also photographers so they know what they are talking about. Friendly, professional and a non-arrogant approach to sales.
  • Attractive and easy to use website including images of most products as well as user submitted reviews.
  • Testimonials from customers available.
  • They also have a physical store giving you piece of mind of their authenticity.
  • For more information and to read feedback from customers, check out their Facebook page -

Camera Store -

I haven't had a lot to do with this store in the past, but recently I bought a camera bag from them. They stock most major brands when it comes to cameras and equipment. While not the cheapest, the service is reliable and customer service is good.

  • Excellent customer service through phone support and email. Most enquiries are answered within an hour of sending a message.
  • Usually delivered within 24 hours after making the order. In my instance I ordered it on a Monday afternoon and they had it to me Tuesday morning.
  • Up to date stock numbers are not displayed on their website. If you want to know if your item is available you will need to email them. The response is usually quick.
  • Not a huge range of stock and not particularly aimed at the professional or advanced amateur. I bought a camera bag from them and was pleased with the product.
  • Camera store is the online presence of Diamonds so it backed up by a chain of reliable bricks and mortar stores.
  • Customers are not billed on their credit card until they call you to confirm your card details, so check out is not instant.
  • No choice when it comes to a delivery company but you are able to deliver to an office address.
  • Linked to the physical camera store "Diamonds" giving you piece of mind when it comes to authenticity.

Fotogenic -

I recently used this store to buy some lighting stands and soft boxes. Despite the products being incredibly cheap in price, I have found them to be of excellent quality and use them regularly when it comes to location shooting.

  • A huge range of cheap self branded photographic lighting equipment. I would challenge you to find it cheaper anywhere else. Excellent for strobist (speedlight) soft boxes and umbrellas.
  • Both an online store and very flexible bricks and mortar shop located in Sydney Australia. Pick up options are available.
  • Excellent customer service with a prompt response time. If they are unable to deliver your product in a timely fashion, or your item is delayed, they will provide you with the option of a refund.
  • Instant checkout means your credit card is billed simply and easily at time of purchase.
  • Stock levels on the website are not entirely accurate, so it is worth emailing the store to check the current status of your item.
  • Easy to use website and simple purchasing.
  • Testimonials from customers available.
  • Check out their Facebook page for customer feedback -

Protog -

So far I have bought several items from this store including light stands, soft boxes, umbrellas and wireless flash triggers. The quality has been pleasing considering the price, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to setup a cheap studio at home.

  • An excellent easy to use website with express checkout. If you're with ANZ it is even easier as they use ANZ gateway with verified by VISA. Payment is instant at checkout.
  • While they have a limited range of stock, the equipment is some of the most useful items you may need in your home studio. Protog is an excellent store if you are looking for lighting equipment for still photography and video.
  • Protog also features an excellent range of rechargeable battery options for flashes and cameras. They feature probably one of the best ranges I have seen when it comes to rechargers.
  • Delivery is usually a 24 hour turn around. The site features a counter indicating when you need to get your order in to ensure you get it the next day. So far I have received my items the next day after making the order which has been hugely appreciated on a few occasions.
  • Delivery options are provided including a choice in courier services as well as the option to have your item delivered to a business address.
  • Prices are considerably cheap and are likely to fall within the budget of an amateur or someone just starting out in studio photography.
  • Check out their Facebook page for customer feedback -

Ted's Cameras -

I haven't bought a lot from TED's online since I have often opted to purchase from my local bricks and mortar store. Their product range is mainly limited to basic photographic equipment and accessories. In the past I have bought lens filters from them since they were quite competitive on their prices.

  • Both an online and bricks and mortar store ensures shopping security for consumers. All products are backed by an Australian warranty.
  • TED's stocks most camera brands including DSLR's, compacts and professional cameras. Prices are average and stock availability seems to depend on the popularity of the item.
  • A great online store for those looking for basic photography equipment and commonly stocked lens and accessories. I wouldn't recommend them for professional photographers, but certainly for intermediate and beginning photographers.
  • Check out out and ordering is relatively easy, however order turn around time can vary from next day to about a week depending on stock.
  • Supported by a chain of physical stores giving your piece of mind.
  • Check out their Facebook page for customer feedback -

Vanbar Imaging -

While I haven't shopped from these guys a lot, their services are professional and their range quite extensive. I have often relied on this store for smaller items or replacement parts since they seem to stock a reasonably large selection for most makes of photographic products. Their products are reasonably competitive in price, however their strongest point is their range of products.

  • Good prices and reasonably competitive when it comes to product prices.
  • A good selection of payment solutions and reasonable freight prices.
  • While not always overnight delivery, delivery times are reasonable and you usually receive your product within the week after placing and order.
  • They also have a physical store giving you piece of mind of their authenticity.
  • Also posses a physical stores for piece of mind.
  • Brilliant range of studio strobe lighting, as well as excellent kits for beginners and professionals.
  • Check out their Facebook page for customer feedback -

Possibly the best book to learn photography from. - From legendary and charismatic photographer Bryan Peterson.

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Of all the photography books I have found most useful, this one would have to be my favourite. In an easy to understand format this book covers everything from composition to using the correct aperture and shutter speed when taking photographs. This book could easily be applied to both film and digital photography, professional or amateur. Bryan Peterson's books are fun to read and are accompanied by stunning images. Many photography schools and colleges are now using this book as a text book and it is easy to see why.


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