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    Bummer about Canoga. I bought a bunch of EOS lenses there back in 2009 or so. They were great to deal with, better service than B&H or any of the big-name places. Sorry to hear they are closing.

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    Yep, It was a great little place at one time. They seemed to change sometime in the late 80's or early 90's. They became more like a Ritz Camera to a degree, with more floor space given to frames and albums and such. They were still pretty good, but they weren't like before.

    Maybe the place in San Bdno was Davis Camera on D Street? I think they're still there.
    I would say the last local Inland Empire store that closed was the Arlington Phototorium as I recall the name. It had a few names over the years including a Wolf and or Ritz too. Not sure the ending name but was only a year back now when I read about it going out of business altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Images View Post
    I would say the last local Inland Empire store that closed was the Arlington Phototorium as I recall the name. It had a few names over the years including a Wolf and or Ritz too. Not sure the ending name but was only a year back now when I read about it going out of business altogether.
    Yep, that was a great place in its prime. It was at the end a Ritz. I was there last a few years ago after Ritz went bankrupt and they were one of the remaining ones that hadn't closed. The guys there were surprisingly cool about me being a film user- no negativity at all.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Empire Camera, which was along the 10 in Colton, moved here after Redlands Camera closed, and then they closed in November 2011. It hurt to see it go, but Claude the owner was ready to retire, especially with the financial struggles after the economic crash, and his sons didn't want to continue with the retail business. They kept the part going that interested them more, which is digital photo services like custom printing, restoration, PS work, etc., and moved to a new location with a new name.
    Closed in November 2010, actually.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben 4 View Post
    I haven't lived in the area for decades, but I bought my first camera there in 1975—an OM-1. I still have (and use) the camera! Sorry to hear the news.

    --Ben
    I maybe sold you the camera, we sold a lot of om-1's and nikkormats.. I worked there as a kid..16-18. Chris and his dad ran a good shop, it was in the middle of the block then, every saturday morning I would hose down the front sidewalk, good memories. Reuters White House photographer Larry Downing might have sold it to you as well before he went to washington.
    Last edited by paulmoorestudio; 03-18-2014 at 07:33 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I worked at the store for two years. There was a lot of tension with the sales people and the owner. The father was a good guy, but when the son took over and the father retired that pretty much killed the business. Due to a very strong sales force they all left and their customers followed the sales team. I was an employee for about 2 years and pretty much hated the place; actually hated the owner! The other people were great. Needless to say when this amazing sales team gradually left, probably in less then a year, that was the end of the company.

    If anyone is interested check out Woodland Hills Cameras and Telescopes. (818) 347-2270. I worked there for a short time and we all had fun at the new place and that was the demise of Canoga. If the owner was a good guy, like his father was, which isn't hard to do, we would have continued employment. I think they were in business since the 1950's and within 2 or 3 years of the sales force leaving, the owner couldn't recover.

    Woodland Hills Cameras and scopes can usually match the New York prices. They also have a very good used camera trade in program. Oh, Woodland Hills Camera also bought a darkroom and printing company. As you all can see it's sad when a company folds, however in this case it was a good thing.

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    WH Camera bought The Darkroom Workshop that was in Northrige. The Darkroom appears to still have a lab set up in Chatsworth (at least they did a while ago) but I'm not too sure how it all is operating. WH also had film a while ago. Haven't been there recently though. WH Camera is a decent "old fashioned" camera shop.

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    <<sigh>>
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    <<sigh>> and <<boo hoo, too>>

    You have reached Canoga Camera!

    We have permanently closed this Website as well as our Retail Store. Our inventory has been completely sold out.


    We can be contacted at:
    email: sales@canogacamera.com
    phone messages: 818-346-5506
    mailing address: P.O. Box 456, Newbury Park, CA 91319

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    I just received an email from a photog buddy in the San Joaquin valley area telling me his favorite camera store in Fresno closed a few months ago. He said "Boots Camera" was no longer in business. He had moved from the area and was only back visiting when he discovered it had closed not too long ago. He had been buying there in the 1960's when he actually lived in Fresno.
    "Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care"

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