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Jun 27, 2015 19:57 |  #1

Hi Guys, I live in Vegas and frequently shop online at B&H and Adorama. Are there any comparable big Camera stores on the West Coast? In Vegas we only have B and C camera. They are ok but kind of a store that you only shop when you can't wait to have it shipped. Also, their store policy is No Returns at all, only store credit which I don't agree with. Would love to know of a store maybe in California that I could go to and have a day of just wandering around and spending my "Wife given" allowance. Thanks. Dave




  
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Jun 28, 2015 18:45 |  #2

'Good and big' camera stores are largely an oxymoron these days.
The 'good' ones are generally not that large any more.
The NYC mail order stores have reduced the 'big' to a very small handful.

Kinda like 'big hardware store where you can get lots of good advice about how to do things'. Everyone shops the big box hardware stores for price, and you cannot get good information very often.

If you are in SF Bay area, go to Palo Alto (about 30-40 minutes south of SF) and try Keeble & Shuchat or try Bear Images. Both are 'good', K&S is a reasonable size with a pro oriented store across the street from the other 'consumer' store. Bear is smaller but carries more esoteric stuff that K&S doesn't. In SF, you can try Calumet.


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Jun 29, 2015 14:48 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #3

Thanks, I'm actually in Monterey till Thursday and fly out of SFO. I'll have to try to stop by there Thursday morning. Have a great day!




  
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Jun 30, 2015 10:40 |  #4

Samy's is big anyway :)


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Jul 01, 2015 18:58 |  #5

Wilt wrote in post #17613781 (external link)
'Good and big' camera stores are largely an oxymoron these days.
f you are in SF Bay area, go to Palo Alto (about 30-40 minutes south of SF) and try Keeble & Shuchat or try Bear Images. Both are 'good', K&S is a reasonable size with a pro oriented store across the street from the other 'consumer' store. Bear is smaller but carries more esoteric stuff that K&S doesn't. In SF, you can try Calumet.

K & S is one of my favorite places to visit. Also don't miss the used gear department if your into that kind of thing. Its is the pro level store where lighting gear is as well.

Never been to Bear. I'll have to seek it out next time I'm there which should be later this summer.


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Jul 03, 2015 13:19 |  #6

Samy's Camera in Los Angeles is pretty big. The Main store on Fairfax in the Mid-City area is fun to browse around in.


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Jul 03, 2015 17:34 |  #7

swldstn wrote in post #17617405 (external link)
K & S is one of my favorite places to visit. Also don't miss the used gear department if you're into that kind of thing.

K&S is definitely a fun place to get lost in for awhile. Also, the used gear is across the street and is definitely worth checking out as well.

The best part is that you will pass right by it driving from Monterey to SFO, so have a great time!


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Jul 03, 2015 20:28 |  #8

Calumet is only in IL (3 locations). All other stores are closed as far as I know.They do have a presence on Amazon, and I shop there for their line of stands.


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Jul 03, 2015 20:41 |  #9

The two big camera stores in LA are Samy's (as mentioned earlier) and Bel Air Camera. The big Samy's store (multiple floors, lots of stuff) is the one on Fairfax. Both are on the west side of the city. Bel Air is near the UCLA campus.

There are other interesting stores catering to the video business. Film Tools in Burbank is one of the nicest. They have some photography equipment and lots of stuff that works for both like lighting, storage, etc. It is easy for me to spend an hour or two wandering there.


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Jul 04, 2015 06:30 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #10

Thanks for all the replies!




  
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Jul 08, 2015 15:26 |  #11

bpalermini wrote in post #17619737 (external link)
Film Tools in Burbank is one of the nicest. They have some photography equipment and lots of stuff that works for both like lighting, storage, etc. It is easy for me to spend an hour or two wandering there.

I ALWAYS end up spending money when I go there...


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