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Dave Makin , Aug 11, 2007; 03:01 a.m.

Hello all, I am traveling to Los Angles (well, staying in Orange County) late September. I want to pickup a couple of Nikon Lenses.

Any tips on large Camera stores that carry stock ? Orange County area is good, but I am prepared to travel up to LA

Thanks all


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Dave Moss , Aug 11, 2007; 03:22 a.m.

in OC there are,

Calumet, Samy's and Pro Photo Connection. In LA there are more too. There's a Samy's up there, and Sunset photo (i think they are still around), and some more in long beach and south bay areas.

the three in OC are within ten minutes of each other, and they all rent gear too. Samy's probably has the most gear in the store (overall), but they are all very well stocked with nikon glass. Pro photo even has some used stuff too.

Shun Cheung , Aug 11, 2007; 09:26 a.m.

Bel Air Camera seems to be pretty good. They are in Westwood, not far from the UCLA campus, but that is not in Orange County, though: http://www.belaircamera.com/index.php

Frank Skomial , Aug 11, 2007; 10:40 a.m.

www.canogacamera.com, Hooper Camera, Woodland Hills Camera - all far west walley area.

Shun Cheung , Aug 11, 2007; 12:11 p.m.

Since Dave is from Australia, just to clarify, Westwood/UCLA is to the north west of Orange County where Disneyland is. Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, etc. are in the San Fernando Valley, which is further north-west from Westwood.

Susan M , Aug 11, 2007; 12:11 p.m.

There's also Bill's Camera in Huntington Beach:


They do rent equipment but I don't see it mentioned on their website.

L DaSousa , Aug 11, 2007; 12:25 p.m.

Belair was always one that I liked to deal. There was also Del's that was a very good guy but he ended his store some years before. But I know for someone who is not living in greater L.A. area the distance from OC seems like much bigger than to one who is become accustomed to it. If you know what lenses you want it may be good to ask by e-mail from Samys or Calumet or Prophoto just before you come, if they have those lenses. Then you will know if you need to drive away to some other stores or not.

Dave Moss , Aug 11, 2007; 12:29 p.m.

all three (oc stores) have a host of nikon lenses. but i would email too to make sure. but yo can check them all out (the stores) within a fifteen minute drive of one another, and they are all within ten minutes of john wayne airport. pro photo is less than a mile from the airport.

Berg Na , Aug 11, 2007; 01:28 p.m.

You should find everything you need at Cal's Camera in Orange County.

Dave Moss , Aug 11, 2007; 01:57 p.m.

cal's has really gone downhill in the last decade. calumet and sam'y would probably be best, as far as if something goes wrong. calumet is nation(even world)wide, and have a great return policy that could be utilized ib case of problems. so does samy's. pro photo and cal's are local outfits.

cal's is off the beaten path compared to the other three as well.

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