Best Camera Stores In The Peninsula

July 10, 2012 6:00 AM

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There is so much imagery to be found in the Peninsula that it’s hard to imagine not being compelled to take pictures of it all. Every moment can be captured and recorded with the most innovative photo technology. Visual minds come alive and really grasp new thoughts through the use of a good camera. One can easily find a camera store to start on an artistic photo-taking journey here in the Peninsula. Tourists and locals alike will find these stores to be the best places for a great value on your photo capturing needs.
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Keeble & Shuchat Photography
290 S. California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94036
(800) 854-8996

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If you head south, you’ll stumble upon Keeble and Shuchat Photography. This is the superstore of camera shops, offering up new or used equipment, rental services, classes and seminars. You will also find a gallery showcasing a different exhibit approximately once a month, a great source of inspiration for your own photos. Brands include Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Hasselblad. Bring your camera in for cleaning and it will usually be back to you within a week. Repairs are accepted, but typically sent off site.

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Kaufmann’s Cameras Inc.
154 W 25th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-3429

There’s no appointment needed when you stop in to Kaufmann’s Cameras. These guys offer everything from professional photography services to passport photos to used equipment, for those who do not want to spend a fortune to start a new hobby. One can walk in with film to be developed, digital shots to be printed out, or even transfer old photos onto a CD file.

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International Camera Technicians
2455 Old Middlefield Rd., Unit J
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-5825

This is the shop to take your favorite camera for repairs, which is International Camera Technicians’ specialty. If your camera is a Hasselblad, Fuji, Mamiya, Bronica, Pentax 6×7, Linhof, Graflex, there is a good chance these guys can fix it. Also, they specialize in any vintage leaf shutter you may have. Having been in the business almost 40 years, International Camera can tackle any issue.

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Bear Images Photographic, Inc.
417 Lambert Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 321-2327

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Here’s a place where you can find assistance in becoming a certified photographer, with classes going on each month. Specializing in digital view cameras, Bear Images Photography even offers on-site support at your photo shoot. There are apps on the website that one can use as resources, and the staff is more than willing to help you find your way through all the photography options.

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New Age Communication
4123 George Ave. Unit 3
San Mateo, CA 94403
(415) 860-0588

If you’re in the business for a security or surveillance camera, New Age Communication should be your first stop. If you have little ones who are being babysat all day while you’re at work or are going on an extended trip and looking for some peace of mind, these handy cameras allow you to monitor your home right from your smart phone. The experts at New Age will even come and install the camera for you, then teach you how to work it and monitor footage.

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