[quote="Masked Avenger"]... I live in a part of the world where camera stores are still plentiful (I hear things are bleak in the States) and while finding Olympous cameras is fairly easy, lenses are another matter.
Hi Masked Avenger:
I also never buy bodies online, it s worth the overhead to be able to go into the local store with a card and click off a few on a demonstrator and if you end up not liking it, having the flexibility to exchange, etc.
Lenses though are another story and I wouldn't be so hesitant to buy used or online.
Most local retail outlets of even bigger chains don't stock every lens and demonstrators are often limited to very common kit lenses......so they have to order it in for you from thier warehouse....I have bought a number of used items here in Canada from Henry's online and I like this because you have the option of buying a warranty for a reasonable price on most used items, so your not stuck with a $500 anchor if something goes wrong in three weeks.
They are not always the most inexpensive, but the service is good.
Can't believe you don't have an equivilent store and online dealer in the UK ???