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    Chicago - Central Camera Appreciation Thread

    Made it to the loop today and gosh was it fun to visit Central Camera. For those from not around here, Central is Chicago's oldest camera store (since 1899). The place was hopping. I had excellent service, tons of selection, and what was most special to me was a group of students walked in, some with analog cameras/some with something else, and all were shooting the breeze, with the sales folks, talking whatnot (lenses, film, storage, prints, whatever)....was real happy to just wait my turn in line, bought a bunch a film. I believe they have their own house brand of photopaper, anyone use it before?

    Some shots of the shop for those who have not had the chance to make the trip.

    film counter


    camera counters


    darkroom supplies (sorry the photo is so bad).....
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    I've been there years ago. Wonderful place off of Wabash I think. Good to see the pic of darkroom goodies. I want to go back now.
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    Great place. I always try to stop in when I'm in Chicago.
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    It's been a while since I've seen a clerk standing behind a counter and in front of all those yellow boxes.
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    I go to Chicago every April and make a point to stop in and buy a few things. Last time I was there, I asked the guy in your photo if he sold memory cards, and he said he did. I told him I didn't know what kind of card my camera took, or even where it went. He asked me to show it to him. I opened my little red LowePro bag and pulled out my Leica IIIc, and played dumb. He said it wasn't a digital camera but was an old camera that used film. He said he would trade me brand new little digital camera for it.


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    Thanks zsas for posting the pictures. Sure has changed (modernized) from when I was last there (60's) yet, still the same in a lot of ways. Always been my favorite, still buy from them mail order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    Always been my favorite, still buy from them mail order.
    Which means they have a mail order link. Care to share it? Always good to know of such outlets for analog stuff. Never mind, I googled and found it.

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    They also have anything you might imagine. I once went there and asked whether they have a 48mm orange filter for a Canon rangefinder I had at the time. As far as I know, Canon rangefinders and rangefinder lenses are about the only cameras that used a 48mm. He pulls 2 out from a drawer and asks which brand I wanted.
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    The Canon drop-in filter holder for the big white teles also takes 48mm filters with thin rims.

    I remember stopping in there once with my 4x5 Technika over my shoulder to buy a box of Tri-X, and the young man at the film counter thinking it was really cool to see someone using a press camera handheld, and it being a Linhof in the wild.
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