A Brief Look at B&H in New York

I think anybody who is interested in video gear has to have ended up on the website of B&H at one time or another.  They are a gear “Superstore” based in New York.  My guess (and it’s only a guess) would be that next to Amazon and Ebay, they are the largest gear retailer in North America.

I like two things specifically about them.  One: they almost always have stock, especially of products new to the market.  I try to shop locally/nationally when I can, but the demands of the film business are unforgiving.  When clients need something, they want it Yesterday, forget about 2-3 weeks from now.  Two: I like the organization of their web site.  Even if I don’t intend to buy from B&H, their website is an incredible resource to compare and discover categories of gear.

A business as big as theirs is not without some controversy, I’ll let you decide how you feel about that.  I also wish they would stop sending out their paper catalogue.  It’s 3/4″ thick.  Is there anyone who uses it in the age of the internet?  That’s a lot of dead trees.