B&H Photo and Video, New York City
This is perhaps the biggest shop for photos, camera, computers....electronics in general. It has many stores, it's very dark (like every shop in NY!), lighted by artificial light only and most of the assistants are jews (many of them, "chassid" with a white shirt, black suite and curly hair hanging down their ears). Once you have understood where is the section you are interested in, you have to wait in a long line (but there are at least 30 counter desk, so the line is long but the wait not that much). After deciding to buy something, you'll receive a receipt in order to pay the item (in the groundfloor) and, afterwards, to collect it. They have a wounderful automatic warehouse.
What to buy: Every type of photo stuff, computer, cartridge and accessories.
Pay attention, as they are Jews, they are closed on Saturday and on Friday afternoon but open on Sunday.
This shop is like Mekka and the Holy Grail for photo enthusiasts and professionals. It is the worlds largest photo store, and the prices are achordingly (cheap).
PS: The shop is closed on saturdays, but open on sundays. Also check out the holiday schedule on the website.
What to buy: Anything that has to do with photo/video.
What to pay: Less than you are used to...
Located near Penn Station, B&H is one of the biggest suppliers of photography equipment in the US (so I was told by one of the sales people) and it truly is a photographer's dream. It has been described in guidebooks as confusing and mobbed, however we did not find this the case at all.
As soon as you enter the doors, you are relinquished of any bags or packages for security reasons, which is ok because your hands are free to shop! The place is organized like clock-work; departments are identified by big signs hanging from the ceiling, and there are plenty of information people wandering around asking if they can help direct you. When you go to one department, you line up like at the bank, and you get the next available agent.
The process of purchasing an item is fascinating. A rail system snakes through the store. After talking to a sales agent, your item order is sent via computer to the store room and the item magically appears in a box via the rail at your agent's feet a few minutes later. You are shown the item and if it's what you want, again, it goes down to the cashier in a box on the same rail. All your items you wish to purchase are collected near the cashier. When it's time to go, you pay, and then present your bill to another counter. All your items are bagged up and ready to go! Ingenious.
What to buy: Any photography item! Just remember that because the owners are Jewish, the store is closed Friday afternoon and re-opens on Sunday.
What to pay: I did my research and they did offer the lowest prices of the items I wanted
The largest professional photography shop in the world, with used goods department, many employees are Jew.
Close after Friday 2pm, entire Sat and open since Sunday 10 am.
What to buy: All kinds of cameras, accessories, electronic image processing equipments.
Both B&H and J&R have a great selection of photo equipment, usually cheaper in B&H. They sell all kinds of other electronics too, usually at better prices in J&R which is located on 23 Park Row, Manhattan.
They are both run by Jewish, mostly orthodox in B&H.
B&H could be remamed to camera-word. They sell everything from all camera and films to photo printers and paper. Even photography books.
They also have accessories like camera cases, earphones and memory cards. It's all here in this wonderful store. They have even extended their procuts lines to include gadgets such as ipods and creative Zens.
Not only do they sell everything to do with camera, they are very cheap in comparison to other vendors.
However, it can be overwhelming so make up your mind what you want before you get to the store. Or at last have your questions ready for the staff.
There are plenty of staff who will answer your questions; they know everything there is to know about cameras. One guy took a glace at my camera and told me what type and speed SD card I would need! They?re very friendly and will sometimes throw in extras like the digital photography book they gave me.
Just remember they are a Jewish owned shop so they close on Friday afternoons till Sunday mooning and all Jewish holidays.
What to pay: What you expect to pay depends rally on what you're buying. A few dollars for camera accessories to hundreds for top-of-the-line cameras
A huge warehouse of photo and video supplies, B&H has been in Manhattan forever. Their catalog is like the Sears catalog of professional and consumer audio/video/photo supplies. The store itself is wacky. The store is organized with conveyor belts. Ask a clerk for a certain item and follow its twisted path overhead to the checkout counters. The best part is the video display. A small model train set is assembled on a table, and all the top video cameras are pointed at it. Want to see want the new Panasonic 24p camera looks like? Go play with it; see how the train set looks through its lens.
This shop should visit just to see how it works, and extraordinary delivery system runs above your head. Also has a big offer in any kind of photo, video, audio,...
Interesting notes: all the cash employees are jewish and make sure its not saturday because you will find it close.
Just next to the shop there is a Dinner where you should enter to eat something.
What to buy: Any photo,audio,video stuff
What to buy:
Positive film ( 200 degree / Kodak ) in China Town is about 8~10 USD , the same film in 34th street B&H , a professional photo video store , everyone wear little black hat ( Jew's ) , only cost 3~4 USD !! and inside the store is amazing . so regret to buy a 8 USD film in China Town before compared price .
What to pay: 3 USD~ unlimited
Shopping here is quite an experience. The place was completely packed when I got there and this probably has a lot to do with the fact that the electronic goods here are a lot cheaper than at most other places in Manhattan.
The staff are friendly and they have a really cool system of delivering items from the stock room to the check out point. The items are placed in a basket which is placed on a conveyor belt which moves from the stock room to the check out point. Its very efficient!!!
Expert or Novice, this shop overwhelms with the range of kit they have in stock. Everything seems well priced and quite often they will have a number of specials that can seriously help deliver a good bargin.
There are a number of experts on hand to help offer good advice. During my first experience of the shop, the salesman seemed very sharp, but this seems to be the business like style of the place and they always take time to help you.
If you are not bothered about buying a new camera, DVD, Home entertainment system etc, just check out the layout and frenatic pace of the place. The way the goods are transported around the shop to the pick up point via a internal conveyer system is worth taking a peek at.
What to buy: My favourite camera shop. Good for SLRs or digital, the range seems extensive.
What to pay: How much have you got.... How many toys do you want or really need.
Pro Image is a full service film and digital lab. Great quality, professional service and best prices.
Many New Yorkers recommended. Its high-tech services come with "lowest price guaranteed" deals: Free digital files(CD) with every film processed, and digital photos only at 29 cent.
Workers are very helpful and friendly (unusual in Manhattan!) The lab said it won national awards and had the largest number of professional photographers among customers. Probably the right place in New York to develop photos.
What to buy: -Film Developing, digital camera printing and other photo and printing services shown in its 10 page service list.
-Also Kodak films and various digital memory cards to buy.
What to pay: Film developing cost was about half the prices in Europe.
Digital print with 10x15 cm size is 29 cent.