Looking Glass Photo & Camera

★★★★★
  • 2848 Telegraph Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94705

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  • 510-548-6888

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Looking Glass is funky - perhaps the last stand of non-corporate, personal service stores- the sort of service that died in most other stores years ago. They carry all the requisite digital stuff from cheap cameras for your kids to the nearly $8000 Canon 1Ds Mark III and the whole line of Nikon DSLRs and lenses. Excellent supply of inkjet paper, photo paper, bags, film and used film cameras. Decent selection of printers, scanner etc. Reasonable rental department with most of the poplar Nikon and Canon digital SLRs and lenses. The prices are slightly higher than online retailers, but the folks behind the counter are knowledgeable and friendly, so I think it's worth a few extra bucks.

It is a little cramped, and you may have to wait for 5 or 10 minutes on Saturdays, but there's a reason there's a line at Looking Glass - it's the only real camera store in the East Bay, and better vibes than any store in the City, though I suppose Calumet has a better selection of expensive high end gear.

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★★★★★

Looking Glass is funky - perhaps the last stand of non-corporate, personal service stores- the sort of service that died in most other stores years ago. They carry all the requisite digital stuff from cheap cameras for your kids to the nearly $8000 Canon 1Ds Mark III and the whole line of Nikon DSLRs and lenses. Excellent supply of inkjet paper, photo paper, bags, film and used film cameras. Decent selection of printers, scanner etc. Reasonable rental department with most of the poplar Nikon and Canon digital SLRs and lenses. The prices are slightly higher than online retailers, but the folks behind the counter are knowledgeable and friendly, so I think it's worth a few extra bucks.

It is a little cramped, and you may have to wait for 5 or 10 minutes on Saturdays, but there's a reason there's a line at Looking Glass - it's the only real camera store in the East Bay, and better vibes than any store in the City, though I suppose Calumet has a better selection of expensive high end gear.

Pros: Great service, great selection; convenient hours.

Cons: Somewhat cramped, occasionally there is a wait.

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This place has been around forever, and it looks it. The tiles are broken, the shelves are old. But they carry a good stock of both digital and film stuff - all the Nikon and Canon cameras, lenses and accessories, plus epson printers, and a huge selection of fine art inkjet paper. Huge selection of bags. Decent selection of tripods, lighting - not quite a massive selection, but this place is not very large.

The people behind the counter really care, and know what they're talking about - no condescending looks like from Calumet. Prices are perhaps 5% more than say B&H on some items, but the extra service and see/touch/feel factor makes up for it. I mean, if these guys go out, there will be nowhere to go in the East Bay.

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★★★★★

This place has been around forever, and it looks it. The tiles are broken, the shelves are old. But they carry a good stock of both digital and film stuff - all the Nikon and Canon cameras, lenses and accessories, plus epson printers, and a huge selection of fine art inkjet paper. Huge selection of bags. Decent selection of tripods, lighting - not quite a massive selection, but this place is not very large.

The people behind the counter really care, and know what they're talking about - no condescending looks like from Calumet. Prices are perhaps 5% more than say B&H on some items, but the extra service and see/touch/feel factor makes up for it. I mean, if these guys go out, there will be nowhere to go in the East Bay.

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One of the best camera stores in the bay area that holds its character. They have a huge selection of photographic equipment for sale and rent. The prices are reasonable compared to other camera stores around the area. The service can't get any better.

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One of the best camera stores in the bay area that holds its character. They have a huge selection of photographic equipment for sale and rent. The prices are reasonable compared to other camera stores around the area. The service can't get any better.

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Looking Glass Photo & Camera have a wide selection of supplies if your a hobbyist or professional. They carry the professional films that you can't find at your local Walgreens or Wal Mart. The service is great here and they are well knowledgeable of photography.

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Looking Glass Photo & Camera have a wide selection of supplies if your a hobbyist or professional. They carry the professional films that you can't find at your local Walgreens or Wal Mart. The service is great here and they are well knowledgeable of photography.

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Before I switched over to digital photography I used to purchase most of my black and white supplies here at Looking Glass Photo. It's a little drive from the freeway but well worth the trip. They have a wide selection of equipment and supplies here at Looking Glass and the staff is very knowlegeable. I was able to rent out a lens I was wanting to buy here and tested it out a whole day before I went out and bought it.

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Before I switched over to digital photography I used to purchase most of my black and white supplies here at Looking Glass Photo. It's a little drive from the freeway but well worth the trip. They have a wide selection of equipment and supplies here at Looking Glass and the staff is very knowlegeable. I was able to rent out a lens I was wanting to buy here and tested it out a whole day before I went out and bought it.

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Looking Glass is good local Camera shop with employees who know they're stuff. They have a good on stock of photographic supplies and could order anything out or not usually stocked items. You can rent stuff from them like lenses which is cool. A lot of students from UCB go there to buy supplies too so don't be surprised by the traffic in and out.

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Looking Glass is good local Camera shop with employees who know they're stuff. They have a good on stock of photographic supplies and could order anything out or not usually stocked items. You can rent stuff from them like lenses which is cool. A lot of students from UCB go there to buy supplies too so don't be surprised by the traffic in and out.

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Even though it's a little cramped and smells of photo developing chemicals, Looking Glass Photo is the premier spot for all your photographic needs. Lights, paper backdrops, camera accessories, and of course cameras themselves can be found, and even special ordered. The people that work there are familiar with photography. They're a little pricier than online deals and steals, but we should support stores like this one.

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Even though it's a little cramped and smells of photo developing chemicals, Looking Glass Photo is the premier spot for all your photographic needs. Lights, paper backdrops, camera accessories, and of course cameras themselves can be found, and even special ordered. The people that work there are familiar with photography. They're a little pricier than online deals and steals, but we should support stores like this one.

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