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When it comes to offering customers high quality products and excellent customer service, Camera Land stands at the top! Our product line includes some of the finest optics, cameras, and bags available anywhere in the world and our service department is second to none. Whether you're looking to order prints, purchase optics or cameras, or have equipment repaired, we can help. What started out in 1957 as a small local photo shop has grown into one of the oldest & most knowledgeable Photo Specialty & Sports Optics stores in New York City? Ed Paymer was the original driving force at Camera Land. Ed's famous line from virtually every store meeting is "The difference between them and us is us." With that as our Mantra, everyone at Camera Land is there to help fill the customer's wants and needs with the right product while educating the customer and not just handing a box over the counter, the way most of our competitors do. Our customers become part of the Camera Land family when they come to see us. How many NY stores can you go into and the employees know you by name? In the Eighties when Joel and Doug Paymer joined Camera Land the expansion continued. Camera Land is now one of the largest Sports Optics dealers in the country under Doug's leadership, carrying Binoculars, Spotting Scopes and Rifle Scopes. Our digital camera and accessory departments have expanded in leaps and bounds under Joel's supervision, as have our acclaimed Frame and Album departments.
* Canon * Fuji * Leica * Nikon * Olympus * Olympus Micro 4/3 * Panasonic * Pentax * Sony, Sony, Tamron
Payment method
amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Between 51st and 52nd Streets
Midtown East, Midtown Manhattan, Turtle Bay
English, Spanish


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The store has a lot of different cameras

The store has a lot of different cameras for everyone who is an amateur, just starting out or a professional. If you're not sure what you are looking for the staff is very knowledgable and will help you find what you want. The equipment tends to get very pricey but luckily they have a lot of sales. Sometimes the cameras can get as low as forty percent off.



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Friendly and helpful

I was in the market for a pair of binoculars and happened across Camera Lands website. I was set to purchase one pair, when they had a sale on another, yet better pair. I researched the manufacturer, but didn't find a lot of information or reviews for the particular pair of binoculars I was interested in, so I called Camera Land. The gentleman I spoke with was very friendly and helpful and I purchased the binoculars. I ordered on Tuesday afternoon and received them Friday, quick shipping, excellent service, I would not hesitate to purchase from Camera Land again.



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Camera Land excels

Camera Land excels in the area where most other camera stores in the area fall short: customer service. If you want advice, you can actually get it here, which is something you can't get at a lot of other camera stores in the area. This is why I'd go to a retail store in the first place, instead of ordering online. I could ask a dumb question like, ""what's available in Pentax-compatible zoom or telephoto lenses, and how much do they cost?"" here, and not be answered with contempt and a curt ""we're out of that."" This same question got me absolutely nowhere at B&H. You can ask a question here and actually get an answer, and that counts for a lot.

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You'll find it about 10% cheaper here

The store definitely has a lot of photographic equipment. They carry all of the major brands like nikon, canon, olympus, etc. They even have digital cameras as well. The prices are on the cheaper side. You'll find it about 10% cheaper here in this store if you pay in cash of course.



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This place has a lot of cameras for great prices

This place has a lot of cameras for great prices. The downside is that it is not a chain, so their return policy is not that great. However, if you are touring New York City and your camera battery suddenly dies, you can drop in to buy a new one. They advertise in local papers, and deals look good.



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helpful with Information

My first experience with Camera Land, and it won't be my last. I looked around the Web and Camera Land seemed helpful with Information, and they would answer questions on the Web when ask. Their Ad's said to call for a good price and maybe some add on's, my kinda deal.



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Shipped on time

They advised me not to jump ship to the much more expensive and virtually identical Leica DLUX4 when I was wavering two weeks later. And when Camerland said orders would ship last week - they shipped last week. All this with precious little accurate info from Panasonic. A father and two sons run this busines - and it shows.



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Camerland had the INTEGRITY to cease taking orders for LX3 at a certain point and put notice on the website to that effect



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add a personal touch to every sale

within my package was a picture of their staff along with a free sample of coffee/espresso (which was absolutely fantastic). You couldn't ask for this kind of service from a large vendor...CamerlandNY really goes out of their way to add a personal touch to every sale & if I ever need anything again, I won't hesitate to go with them.



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totally honest

I placed the order for a product that was backordered (the Panasonic LX3 camera). They were totally honest about there being an t uncertain wait due to poor info from Panasonic to them



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my photo equipment merchant of choice

I had not heard of Cameraland NY until I started reading forums They are now my photo equipment merchant of choice



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Great products, fair prices

Bottom line - Great products, fair prices, fair charge for USPS shipping (needed to my military address) and the secret ingredient of old fashioned personal service



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people at Camera Land are so nice

The people at Camera Land are so nice. I was calling constantly to ensure that my prints for my photo project would be ready in less than 24 hours and they never got nasty. I dropped a roll off at 1pm and received my prints the next day at 1pm. I will definitely be hitting them up for all of my future needs.



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excels in value, quality products

This merchant excels in value, quality products, and the secret ingredient of being a family business with a huge focus on honesty and personal customer service

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What a fantastic find!

What a fantastic find! I purchased a very hard to find Panasonic LX3 camera (they were the only ones to have it in stock AND not charging an insane price due to its unavailability). In fact, their price was very competitive & included free shipping.



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service is more personal

I bought a digital camera here and was very happy with it. The service is more personal than what you would find in a larger chain electronics store and I was also able to get him to lower the price a pretty decent amount. I bought it about two years ago and only had one problem since then. I brought it into the store and they fixed it for me free of charge.

kathleen fowler


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Great Camera, great Price, great Service

Great Camera, great Price, great Service, what's not to like.



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easy to use, wonderful Pix.

I called about a Canon SD880 P&S, they had a deal with a carrying case, two battery's and two 2 gig cards shipped for about what every one was asking for the Camera. I placed the order and the FedX guy was here the next day with my package, great service. While the battery was coming up to full power I gave the Manual a quick glance so as not to break anything while installing the Battery and Card. easy even a caveman could do it, everything works great and the Software is easy to use, wonderful Pix.



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legitimate/honest business

The good experience I have with Camera-land restores my confidence that there are still good people in NYC that operate legitimate/honest business. This is the store that I will go back for other accessories, even though it is a bit out of my way.



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This is a gem in mid town

What a great find. Needed a Nikon camera and not only did they have a showcase full of D300's but they were the same price as B and H on the camera and less on the lens I wanted. They took the time to show me the camera and explain all of its features. Scott was a very patient salesman and knew the product in and out.
No reason to go to the west side any more. I checked a few items on their website afterwards and they are the same price as the """"big"""" stores.
This is a gem in mid town


Phone: (212) 688-3782

Address: 575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022


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