Whether you are a novice or expert photographer, when you take a picture, you want the best photo possible. There is expertise available, if needed, in the form of camera shops. Here is a listing of a few stores in the Baltimore area. Each store specializes in the field of photography and has a unique offering for its customers.
Service Photo Supply
3838 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
Service Photo Supply offers the best in photographic equipment and supplies. Located in the Hampden area of Baltimore City, this company was founded over 50 years ago. According to the website, “when you contact Service Photo, you’ll find that our staff has your best interests in mind, taking care to match the best items to your style of photography. In addition, our high level of customer service includes offering our customers the lowest everyday prices on our entire inventory.” This shop has been lauded as one of the best in the area.
518 E. Belvedere Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21212
This store, founded in 1988, touts a great and understanding staff as well as a quality photo lab. Services provided include film processing, printing and scanning, digital printing, photo restorations, pop art portraits, and passport photos. Online services are also available.
854 Kenilworth Drive
Towson, MD 21204
This store is one of two in the Baltimore area. It offers supplies for the beginner as well as the expert. Some products offered include still and video cameras, lenses, lighting and other accessories. There is even one-on-one photo consultation services available to meet the needs of the customers. Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Baltimore Photo-Electronic Services
1726 Reisterstown Road, #107
Pikesville, MD 21208
This is a quaint little mom-and-pop type shop whose services, according to the website, include camera and photo equipment repair, digital cameras, audio and visual and projector repair, video repair, office equipment repair, and other services. The site further states that this is “one of the best-known and best-equipped photo and electronic equipment repair companies in North America.” The company has been in business since April, 1995. Lena Samsonova, a loyal and energetic employee for seventeen years, says this is the best camera shop because her boss, Lev Gutman, has been able to stay in business for twenty years when other shops have come and gone. She said he has talents, is old school, and is trained to fix old cameras. She further stated that because he has been able to switch to digital, he has managed to keep his business alive. Gutman has been in the field for forty-five years.
1957 E. Joppa Road
Parkville, MD 21234
MicroCenter is most noted for selling and repairing electronic products, including computers, cameras and accessories. The store offers online as well as in-store shopping. Free in-store clinics are available hosted by the tech support staff. An in-store pick up option is available to reserve merchandise. Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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