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Samy's Camera

Camera Store and Electronics Store
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • sam s.
    "Walking up the stairs is more entertaining than taking the elevator."(4 Tips)
    Jackie A.
    "Go to Jessie in the 1st Floor."(2 Tips)
    Peter S.
    "Friendly and helpful staff."(5 Tips)
    LA Weekly
    "professional cameras and everything photography"(5 Tips)
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 4, 2013
    Huge selection of consumer and professional cameras and everything photography related. Skip the elevator and take the stairs to check out the displays of rare Rock'n'Roll photos in the stairwell! Read more
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Audball L.
    Audball LAugust 2, 2012
    Patrick is -the- guy to go to for cameras/lens. He knows everything and is super informative and patient. I've been buying from him for almost 10 yrs. Tell him Audree sent ya and get hooked up!
  • APhotoAssistant
    APhotoAssistantMarch 9, 2012
    Samy's is great for camera, lighting, and grip rentals. But, the line can be long. Give me a call and I can pick up gear for you, whether or not I'm assisting for you! Tim 612-867-0085
  • Julian B.
    Julian BleeckerJanuary 5, 2011
    Always, always disappointing. Nothing beats B&H and this place is just anemic in comparison. Crap hours, underwhelmed staff — except for the commodity stuff you can get on Amazon, horrible inventory.
  • Erin G.
    Erin G.September 20, 2010
    Rent photog equipment on Friday after 3, and return monday before 11 for only a one-day charge. But reserve your favorite lens in advance to avoid slim pickings.
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 16, 2013
    Samy's camera is one of the best camera shops in the entire country. The staff know their stuff and they also have classes and rentals.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KJune 29, 2013
    Always, always a good learning experience though a bit busy at times. Great selection, the girls & older gentleman are best for help
  • Dan B.
    Dan BurkeApril 29, 2011
    Consistently the most unfriendly, condescending and rude camera employees. Patrick B in Olympus dept will be sure to make you feel unwelcome. Don't ask any simple questions.
  • John C.
    John ColeJune 28, 2012
    They will always try and push the expensive stuff first. So keep asking about alternatives until you get what you need. Love this place.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchwabApril 14, 2013
    Friendly and helpful staff. Great selection. Ask for James in repairs- he's the man and does great camera cleanings
  • Brian R.
    Brian RoddaJuly 18, 2012
    Sometimes these guys have soooo much attitude...and sometimes not. It's hit or miss I say, but the products are amazing!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KJune 29, 2013
    If you like the awesome B&H in NYC then, go 2 B&H in NYC. no use wasting time & energy 2 complain & compare something on the East Coast:-)
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 9, 2012
    This is Los Angeles's answer to New York's B&H. It's a huge and impressive store with wildly knowledgeable employees.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HumphreyFebruary 9, 2014
    Some of the employees might be nice, but prepare for eye rolling and short answers about 95% of the time.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KoughanFebruary 2
    Amy Koughan is a talented professional photographer. She received her first camera at an early age and began developing her skills.
  • Jen Pollack B.
    Jen Pollack BiancoJuly 12, 2012
    Customer service here is NOTORIOUS for not calling back-- especially the repairs department. Be pro-active about following up.
  • Debra D.
    Debra DNovember 2, 2012
    These guys are great...they'll work with you and come up with a better deal!
  • Jim Techfrog A.
    Jim Techfrog AldenAugust 16, 2011
    This is the every photographers camera store. Best place for renting equipment too
  • Monica A.
    Monica AlfaroOctober 25, 2013
    Very helpful staff! I always find what I want and get the answers to my questions.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DillinJanuary 9, 2011
    See Patrick to buy cameras he is the most knowledgeable, helpful and has a great sense of humor.
  • Hank F.
    Hank FortmanNovember 18, 2011
    The stairs to the 3rd floor make me feel like I'm gonna have a heart attack...every time!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LeeJuly 31, 2012
    Lots of great stuff but the salesman are assholes - unless you're a hot chick
  • sam s.
    sam sanchezApril 23, 2011
    Walking up the stairs is more entertaining than taking the elevator.
  • g o.
    g oconnorMarch 24, 2015
    Great selection of used lenses, best source of 4X5 film.
  • Grant K.
    Grant KirkwoodApril 17, 2011
    It's like crack for people serious about photography and videography.
  • Nic A.
    Nic AdlerJanuary 12, 2014
    Use the stairs, it's good for you.
  • Keu R.
    Keu ReyesSeptember 24, 2014
    Well stocked and knowledgeable.
  • Andres Ivan L.
    Periplo here are very friendly, good advice.
  • Jackie A.
    Jackie ArceJuly 12, 2010
    Go to Jessie in the 1st Floor. She's Super Awesome.
  • Temma H.
    Temma HankinOctober 16, 2015
    Bad for my wallet. Good for my equipment shelves.
  • Alberto J S M.
    Alberto J S Moreau DAugust 11, 2015
    Really good, well organized
  • Biosbook B.
    Biosbook BiosbookJanuary 11, 2011
    Biosbook it' s free for all of U Read more
  • Adam Bouska
    Adam BouskaDecember 4, 2010
    Big selection and great for last minute photo needs Read more
  • Julio C.
    Julio CortezMay 15, 2011
    Jessie on the first floor is off the chain!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BlancoMarch 27, 2013
    Ooof. Only when there is no other option.
  • fito p.
    fito pardoAugust 11, 2014
    best camera place in town
  • Michael C.
    Michael CamachoJuly 5, 2010
    Rabbit punch a DSLR sales representative.
  • Linda P.
    Linda PosnickMay 2, 2015
    Great repair dept.:-)
  • Be Be GCS
    Be Be GCSOctober 6, 2009
    This place is so busy.
  • Jia L.
    Jia LiJanuary 15, 2015
    Not really like B&H
  • David L.
    David LuevanoApril 25, 2014
    La mejor tienda para que cualquier fotógrafo que traiga un niño dentro se dievierta...
  • Sergey 136th
    Sergey 136thJune 8, 2012
    Пиздатый трехэтажный магазин фототехники! ;)
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