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Fishermans Wharf, Northeast San Francisco
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Photographic Equipment & Supplies

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01/07/2011

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Know the exact item, and exact price you want

Purely curious about what they had, I walked in and asked for a wide-angle, fixed aperture lens for a Nikon D700. Smooth as silk the sales man pulled it out and attached it to my lens, then said it was $800. Well, my mental BS alarm went off and I talked him down to $100 and would have just left if my husband hadn't pulled out a $100 bill. Leaving, I had a bad feeling so I did some online research and found ONE website retailing it for $30.

Some afterthoughts...
First he said they only accepted cash, but when I said I only had plastic, suddenly they took credit cards too. HMMM

11/05/2009

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Dodgy camera sharks YES - BUT can find good deals there

Simply what everyone says here is true. They will rip you off. I don't advise you go there. I got scammed with the Zice CCD lense but managed to get away by not paying to much. (This was back on 2007)
They sold me the wrong telephoto lens for the Nikon D50 I bought but they did send me back the right one a week or two later (but at some of my expense). So that was annoying but they did sort it out.

I also got a good deal on my Nikon and lens. Well it was slightly cheaper than the other cheapest place I found so that was ok.

Mixed review here, but I would suggest you give someone more morally credible your money.

08/31/2009

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do not trust

beware these people will rip you off and lie to your face.
best thing to do is not go there

08/31/2009

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sucking scumbags of the eartTH

The people who run this place and sell camera gear should be put on a shooting range. ""MO"" the sales assistant is a sucking freak with no morals.
DO NOT TRUST THIS SHOP OR LISTEN TO THE lies THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH.

WHAT EVER PRICE THEY GIVE YOU ON A ITEM TAKE OFF AN EXTRA 90PERCENT.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED DO NOT BUY.
IF THIS WAS GOING ON IN AUSTRALIA THIS SHOP WOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN .

05/31/2009

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New name: Global Digital but still horrible

They tried to sell me on 2 lenses, one they claimed was $1000 and it sells online for $155 and another one they claimed was $800 and it sells online for $55.

06/04/2008

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Twins Camera

NEVER NEVER NEVER go to Twins Camera. These guys have no morals or values tricking me into buying the Zice CCD lens. I knew this company had other products that were high end. When they told me it was regulary $1000 i said no i will never spend that but after an 1 hour and a half i got him down to $100 thinking i got a steal. Even though i tried to leave they kept me there during that time. They brought out their managers to go in on the act, they guilt you making you feel that you are not taking their gift to you. Thier examples seem so real but watch their hands as they change camera settings and change angles of sho to make it look real.
After i bought the item i immediatly surfed the internet because i was suscicious. I found after searching for awhile that the product was a fake. The next day i went back yelling at them demanding refund and threatining to call the cops but this did no good thay didnt budge and put on another fantastic act coaxing me to leave the store and making me feel that i was out of line. None of them were americans it seemed so their values only poision ours in AMERICA.....secure our borders please

03/17/2008

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The Worst Shoping experience

I guess if you are reading this it might be too late you already have had the BAD experience
I have been shoping and buying for over 50 years the experience at Twin Camera was the worst I have ever had. Items are over priced then you are given a discount that brings the item down to three times higher than normal retail !! I tried to return an Item I was told NO Returns, look at your slip. I states a 20% restocking fee I said Ill pay the fee just take the stuff back. The sales person called the Manager/Owner and said again No Returns. I started talking to the man on the phone, He said come back on Wed. It was mon 3-17-08) I said NO you instruct your sales person to take care of Me the customer NOW. the man then said ""get the f--k out of my store"" I said what he repeated the statement. I then got mad!! I can not remember any one saying that to me in a store! finally i received a small credit on my card. I paid 3 times the going rate for the equipment i purchased. My sister in-law also purchased a lens and wanted to return it they would not accomodate here either. We foud the Wide angle lens on the internet for 40 to 200 dollars she paid $1000 I am too imbarrased to say that the 1600 nikon lens @B&H new york cost me $3899 that is the final price after the shouting match with the owner.
PLEASE DO NOT SHOP HERE it is the worst. I guess the worst part was I actually know better! but your in S/F having a good time getting ready to have dinner and you say I need a battery for my camera for the sunset that is soon to come what an expensive battery!!!!

02/18/2008

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Please stay away!!!!!!!!!!!! from twins camera inc.

these guys oversold us by about 1000 i told my gf lets go like 5 times and she didnt listen i got home and did price checking they ripped us off im so angry i feel like standing outside there stor and telling people who go in there tho stay away and avoid the store ...i think i may do that ...whats worse after money was exchanged i didnt know it but my gf signed something saying no money back!!!!!! so mad anyone wana go protest?

12/10/2007

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- - - W A R N I N G - - -

... now I can laugh about it. But everyone who should enter this store must know that it could get a very expensive experience. I must have been a complete fool to buy a ZICE - CCD lens for nearly USD 800,--.
In my language ZICE listens like Z E I S S which is one of the best ( and most expensive) optical factories worldwide. But Z I C E is . . . ! ! !
Back home I realised, that I have paid USD 799,-- too much.
In my believe these guys are absolutely criminal and if I ever will visit San Francisco again I`ll visit them too and bring them back their lens.

09/14/2007

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Avoid Twins Camera Inc. in San Francisco

On March 15, 2007, I purchased a CanonXTi camera from Camera Twin Inc. That was the start of my downfall. As i was walking toward the door, the salesman actually took the bag out of my hand, and started opening the box, all the while talking about the Zice lense i should buy from them.He could make me such a deal , $320. and It was supposedly worth $1000. (and is actually worth $30.) It went on and on from there, until my final price out the door was $1400. All of this because the camera i had purchased , and had been looking at before, at other stores, was advertised at $699. After i got home and checked out the lense, and the flash attachment ,ect., i found out i'd been scammed. My husband went up there with me to see if i could at least exchange and put the $320. toward another lense. You guessed it, even my husband got scammed, and bought another zoom lense. It's hard to explain how this could happen to someone who's usually so carefull about buying. Embarassing actually, that they could pressure you so easily against your better judgement. I tried going through my Visa to get a refund, to no avail. I don't understand why they are still allowed to do business in San Francisco. From what i see on this site, we certainly weren't the first to be taken to the cleaners. You'd think with all the bad reviews, something could be done to shut them down.

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