Samy’s

Best Camera Stores, June 2007
 
Ask camera aficionados where to shop and they’ll probably have one word for you: Samy’s. Thanks to owner Samy Kamienowicz, a mainstay in the photo business for nearly 50 years, this super-emporium holds four overwhelming stories’ worth of all things imaging. Since it opened in 1976, Samy’s has been known for its huge selection and savvy staffers—with some salespeople boasting several decades behind the register. Trying to get a question answered can be intimidating, what with the hordes of Industry techs and lighting gurus snatching up gear around you. If you’re not ready to play with the big boys, Samy’s branches in Venice, Pasadena, and Santa Ana carry the same stock but in a more low-key atmosphere.