Sergio Ortega , Feb 14, 2000; 09:55 p.m.
By far, the most professional, newest, cleanest, and most well-stocked camera store in Miami is Pitman Photo, located right on South Dixie, in South Miami. They carry the full line of Nikon, Canon, Minolta, some Hasselblad in stock, full line of meters, flash and lighting equipment, Kodak films, bags, tripods, chemicals, etc., etc. They carry very few Fuji films. Prices are quite good on a lot of equipment, though on many things not as good as the NY mail order places, like B&H. They do some film processing, mostly C41, no custom processing of any kind, and no in-house E-6. They're open 7 days a week. Plenty of free parking. Nice store.
World Photo, located just north of downtown Miami, on Biscayne Blvd. (and about 50th St), is a good place for all kinds of professional films, in all formats, at good prices. What little camera equipment they have is typically overpriced. I believe they still rent equipment. The place looks like hell, though, and the help is typically "Miami".....which means lots and lots of attitude.
There are many other camera stores in the area, some selling both new and used equipment. Whatever you do, stay away from anything in the downtown Miami area. Downtown Miami is jammed full of cheesy, flea market photo/video/electronics/anything-you-can-imagine stores, catering mostly to gullible Latin and Central American tourists. Some of these dumps actually have shills standing out front on the sidewalk, hustling customers. The downtown Miami business area has come to resemble nothing more than sleazy, third world marketplace, full of hucksters and charlatans. Shop at your own peril!
Wolf Camera has numerous stores all throughout the area, mostly in the larger malls. They sell mostly low-end, amateur stuff--tons of point-and-shoots, Canon Rebels and what-have-you--and their prices are totally ridiculous.
If you're interested in used equipment, e-mail me privately and I'll tell you which camera stores are out-and-out thieves and crooks. I'd rather not offend anyone specifically on photo.net.
Cannot recommend any local camera clubs.
Good luck, Sergio.