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Ringing Endorsement of Calumet Photo

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I want to give Calumet Photo in New York City a full (and free) endorsement. I was in NYC recently and went to B&H Photo, Adorama and Calumet looking for a few pieces of equipment I really wanted. While all the shops were good, I was completely and totally impressed with the folks at Calumet. It’s what a real “camera shop” should be.

The NYC shop is located in Manhattan at 22 W. 22nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. For those visiting the city, it’s a nice walk from Times Square. Plus, if you walk down 5th Avenue, you’ll see St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Street), Rockefeller Center, and all of the high-end fashion stores on the famous avenue.

I suggest the walk. I also suggest a stop at Jamba Juice located at 176 Fifth Avenue, it’s right around the corner from Calumet and it’s a nice place to stop and relax after your walk to the store.

Now I have nothing against Adorama or B&H. These two companies are photo equipment retail giants. B&H in particular has an amazing selection of gear in the store but it’s a little too “Now Serving Customer 3,282” for me. I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m just another guy in a long line of other people waiting to pick up the next item in a long line of items. I don’t expect the whole store to stop and bow to my every needs, but I do like a sense of customer service.

Calumet did just that. Although it was busy both days (yes, I went two days in a row) the sales staff took time to answer my questions and help me find the products I was looking for.

Although Calumet has a Web presence, if you live or are visiting in a city where there’s a retail store, I highly recommend the stop. You’ll be glad you did. Also, if you’re looking for a rental supplier, they have a full line of equipment ready to go at reasonable rates.

Store Locations in the U.S.:
Oak Brook, Illinois
Boston
Chicago
Los Angeles
New York
Santa Ana, California
Santa Barbara
San Diego
San Francisco
Philadelphia

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Written by jeremyparce

April 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

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