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Good Used Camera Shops in San Francisco

Zac Peckler , Dec 17, 2005; 05:42 a.m.

Hello everybody, I'm wondering if any of you could recommend a camera shop in San Francisco (or the rest of the Bay Area) that has a good selection of used goods at reasonable prices. I'm specifically looking at medium and large format equipment.

Thanks a bunch! Zac Peckler


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William Linne , Dec 17, 2005; 10:16 a.m.

No such animal. Calumet doesn't have any used gear right now, Gasser's is overpriced and Discount Camera, well let's just say that their name is a misnomer. None of the stores in SF have ever sold a lot of used gear in my experience and since the advent of ebay, the pickings are even slimmer.

Reed George , Dec 17, 2005; 10:32 a.m.

I like Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto. They don't have too much used MF and LF (some though), and a large selection of 35mm. They're quite reasonable in my experience and good to deal with.

I left the Bay area in September, but they were still selling lots of used stuff when I left.


Rich 815 , Dec 17, 2005; 11:46 a.m.

What William said.

Allan Chen , Dec 17, 2005; 01:19 p.m.

The only place I've seen with much selection is Camera West, in Monterey. So if you're willing to drive lik 2.5 hours they're not so bad :-)

Prices aren't great, but selection is good.


dean matsueda , Dec 17, 2005; 05:13 p.m.

Yes, I'm afraid what William said is all too true. I get all my classic stuff either through photography forums like this or on That Auction Site -- same with all my MF gear. I do like Gasser's though... they are a bit expensive but they're convenient for me and sometimes my time is worth the extra price.

Eugene Folger , Dec 17, 2005; 08:19 p.m.

Zac: My last two visits to Orange were timed just right for the monthly gathering of used camera dealers at the Sequoia facility. I understand you are in San Francisco. These gatherings of used camera sellers & buyers probably occur in your area as well. They have it all.

Steve Chan , Dec 18, 2005; 03:58 a.m.

Check out ICamera on Franklin in oakland, they have a large selection of used cameras, with some medium format (didn't notice much large format). Gassers had some stuff, but they are pretty expensive (imo). Check out the camera show listings on the camerabooks.com site.

Bob Camarena , Dec 18, 2005; 05:17 p.m.

They're not in the Bay Area, but you might want to check out Gluskin's in Stockton and both Camera Arts and Pardee's in Sacramento. All three are easily accessible with parking (not like SF) and have fairly good selections of quality, used equipment. Prices are reasonable but not rock-bottom discount (I would expect that there is some room for negotiation) and all are traditional, full-service camera stores with knowledgeable staff.

You could call them first to check out inventories and even hit them all in a day trip with an I-80E, I-5S, I-205/580W (or reverse) loop.

paul moore , Dec 19, 2005; 01:20 p.m.

give ray a call at pro camera they are off 3rd st. out around 25st. they are mostly a rental house but have some med and large format used stuff. have been known to neogoiate. honest folks there that service the pro market - what is left of it...

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