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North Tampa Photography Inc

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44

years

in Business

Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Phone: (813) 933-2112

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Brands:
Canon Cameras, Nikon Cameras, Tamron
Payment method:
master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex
Neighborhoods:
Northwest Tampa, Forest Hills
Categories:
Photographic Equipment & Supplies, Photo Finishing, Photography & Videography
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Parking: Lot

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08/20/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Arrogant and smug

Used to spend a lot of money in there buying gear and several digital cameras, speed lights, etc. Wife went in on a rare occasion to purchase me a very expensive camera bag. After giving me the bag she relayed her impression of the store: one of the most unfriendliest places she's ever shopped. ""How can you stand to go in there?"" she asked. I'm very tolerant, but after going in a few more time I decided I didn't need to take their arrogance and started buying gear online at a much cheaper price. After several years of not shopping there I decided to give them another try the other day. Saw a few new faces but got the same smug, arrogant, unfriendly attitude. You would think that with a bad economy and internet competition they would have better customer service.

07/02/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Arrogant Know-it-All Camera Store

I have to agree 100% with the reviewers who said that the employees at North Tampa Photography are arrogant and talk down to their customers.

EVERY time I go in there the employees questions EVERY purchase I want to make. I've been a full time professional photojournalist for over 15 years. I KNOW WHAT I NEED more than some hack that works in a camera store and hangs out all day reading message board threads on Fredmrianda or other photography websites and blogs.

I have real world experience pal. If you ACTUALLY knew what you were talking about and were a halfway decent photographer rather than a camera store clerk with an attitude, then you'd be in the field actually making a living as a photographer and not a sales clerk.

I've got over $70K worth of equipment that I generally buy online because I CAN'T STAND the attitudes of the know-it-alls who work there. I like too spend my money locally, and I really don't mind paying a little more if it means I'm helping to keep a local shop in business, but EVERY SINGLE TIME I go in there they try to talk me out of what I know I need and they do it with this attitude like they're some sort of photography Gods.

News flash camera clerks!! I've never heard of you. My fellow professionals have never heard of you. You are a nobody in the photography world and really, your job is to ring up my purchase and leave me the hell alone. If I ask you for an item, and you have it, then grab it, walk to the register and start hitting buttons.

It's not only the fact that they question every purchase, but the WAY that they do it that is so disrespectful. Every time I go in there I walk out SWEARING I'll never go in there again, but then I end up needing a little widget or something and have to be exposed to their nonsenses again.

05/29/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIER IN TAMPA

Located just north of downtown Tampa, North Tampa Photography is the best photograhpy store in west central Florida.

I have been a customer of theirs since 2007 when I bought my first digital single lens reflex camera. Since then I have bought several cameras over the years, both new and used.

Each and every time I visit, the staff is very patient and knowledgeable about anything I ask regarding the use and features of the cameras. When I have bought used equipment, they have always told me that if I have a problem I can come back within two days for a full and complete refund. This is a policy I have not found at other stores where used equipment is sold.

If I purchase something new or used, they will offer an extended warrenty beyond the manufacturer's warrenty for a nominal fee. This is like extra insurance in the event that there is a problem with the equipment.

Not only is their staff knowledgeable, but they also offer classes for those interested in learning about photography.

As far as I know they are the best store for obtaining chemicals and paper for film photography. It is the only local supplier for professional photography equipment, such as backdrops, tripods and lighting equipment.

I am glad the owner and employees are so considerate of me and my inexperience with this fascinating hobby. I often have to shop with my two grandsons, ages 3 and 1, and they are very cooperative with helping me find what I need, even with my extra ""help.""

05/28/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
North Tampa Photography - Best small business

I have been a customer of North Tampa Photography since 1999. I started with a Nikon Coolpix and recently purchased a used Canon Digital Rebel T1i. I have purchased Tamron lenses, digital point and shoot cameras, inkjet printers, camera bags, external flash in addition to my digital SLRs. The staff is curteous and knowledgeable. They stand by the products they sell. In addition there are many training opportunities offered by the staff and experts from Canon, Nikon and Tamron. I live in Virginia and traveled to an intermediate digital photography class in November 2009. The presenter was personable and relayed information to the participants in a way that all could understand.

North Tampa Photography provides great equipment, new and used. You can be confident that they will stand by your purchase. You will never be just a number which is far different than national retailers and strictly internet retailers.

Great small business!

05/11/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
APPALLING SERVICE, ATTITUDES & MANAGEMENT

I used to be an avid client of North Tampa Photography. But over the years I have watched their attitude deteriorate into something akin to negative customer service if there ever was such a thing. Today I decided once again to give the shop a try and not only did I receive adversarial attitudes as if I were a basic idiot, I couldn't even obtain consistent information. When I requested the manager's name, I was denied the information. I finally persisted and after 4 calls was connected with the ""alleged"" general manager. It quickly became clear why all the employees attitudes have gone from informative and helpful to smug and snarly. This man was belligerent, condescending, a bully, talked over me, put words in my mouth and then argued against them. I was in utter shock as I really thought perhaps I may entertain buying a fairly expensive piece of equipment from them. It is a pity that Tampa doesn't provide an alternative because I for one will never, never return nor recommend North Tampa Photo. In fact I will caution ""buyer beware"". They may have equipment and some knowledge but they certainly should not expect clients to enjoy the experience of being berated for exchange of their hard earned money with the insults that come along with the products.

10/08/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Disappointing

The tipoff should have been my experience registering for a Canon event held here. I registered with the owner by e-mail and they confirmed my registration. When I arrived after an hour and a half ride, I found they didn't know who I was and did not have any record of my registration. Fortunately there were seats still available.

I had hoped to see several tripods that fit my particular size requirements. Since I have a neck injury I had hoped to find several tripods that gave me an extra bit of height. The saleperson repeatedly tried to push me onto something they had in stock that absolutely did not fit my request. When he found out I was not a hot prospect for his ""expert"" salesmanship, he dropped me like a hot potato.

A side comment on the event I attended:

They were completely unprepared for this event held in an adjacent store bay with no AC or power. It's hot in Florida folks. I left early.

I won't be back

08/15/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Fantastic and Friendly Store

I was very impressed with the friendly and helpful sales people. This was our first visit and after reading a few of the reviews we were concerned that as a first time shoppers we might not get help. That was not the case at all. Several people helped us, gave us great advice and even though we are novice photographers, never made us feel like our questions were stupid. Prices are very reasonable. I would highly recommend the store.

02/07/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
North Tampa Photography. The only photography store in the bay area that knows what they are talking

I have used North Tampa Photography as a photographer for the last 15 years. I have always found them to be friendly courteous and helpfull. I do my photography on a fixed budget. They have always worked with me to find the right equipment I need for the money I can spend. I have shopped in consignment they have case on many an occasion because I could not afford the new equipment. They have always been just as helpfull to me as they are to the photographers buying new. I have never once felt unwelcome in the store. Once I became able to buy new they were of course more eager to help me. When I upgraded to my 40D they found ways to help me get into what I needed. All of my equipment is now upgraded to the best I can afford on my budget. I would recommend to anyone that if they want to go to a quality store with excellent knowledge of the field of Photography and great customer service. North Tampa Photo is the only place to go. They will get you into what what will best fit your needs for your budget if you are just starting out or a top end pro. They stand behind what they sell. If you are not sure what you need go to North Tampa and they will work to set you up with what you need and can afford.

01/26/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best Photography store in Tampa

I have used North Tampa Photography for over 30 years, as a professional photographer as well as for my individual hobby. There was a lapse in time that I did not have a need for their service, but with the new digital advances I was drawn back to NTP and the photography world. I discovered that the same family still owned the store and they and their staff were as eager to help as years before. Over the years, I have looked elsewhere including internet and have found in the long run it is better to support the local store. You can see what you are buying, they stand behind everything they sell, their employees are very knowledgable of the equipment. They do their best to order what you need, if they do not have it in stock.
For me the bottom line is they have integrity and care about their business and their customers.

07/14/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Not receptive to outsiders

I have been in this store a number of times. Everytime I go in, my expierience is worse than the time before. For starters, the hours are not that great. I either have to go in on my lunch break or wait until saturday. Good thing I live and work close. Everytime I walk in the door, I get looked at like someone they would not want in the store, but leagally they cant aske me to leave. No one will speak even though I speak to them. After being follwed or watched for about 10 mins somebody will ask if I need some help. When I asked about a certain camera, I was shown the used equipment. I aked about lighting, and was only shown one lamp. I hate that this is really the only ""Photographers"" store that I can find in the area. I would rather shop at Ritz Camera or shop online.

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