Where The Stores Are - Shopping Local This Holiday Season

REVISED DECEMBER 2016
It’s prime holiday shopping season and whether you’re buying a gift for a loved one or for yourself, visiting your local camera store can be a huge help.

Get advice from those in the know and be assured they’ll support you long after the sale. They’ll even be happy to help the person you gifted when the holidays are over.

So if you’re thinking of getting your wife her first digital SLR but not sure which to choose or you’re looking for a tripod for your son but are overwhelmed with the options or simply need a few stocking stuffers, let the folks at your local camera store help.

Already know what you want and don’t want to leave the house? No problem! Most of these stores offer online shopping and offer free shipping. So this Holiday Season, keep it local and support your nearby camera stores. Find one near you listed below.

District Camera (previously called Photo Craft)

  Full service camera stores family owned since 1978.

VA Location: 6025 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015
Phone: (703) 250-5555
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm   Fri/Sat 10-6pm
Open Sundays 12-4pm from Black Friday thru Christmas
Website: https://www.districtcamera.com/
 
DC Location: 1225 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 483-0090
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm   Saturdays 10am-5pm
Website: https://www.districtcamera.com/
 
What They Offer 
Both stores carry every major photographic line (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax and more). Their knowledgeable staff are very customer service oriented taking time and care to meet your needs in a friendly and professional environment.
 
Take advantage of the many onsite services they offer. Visit them for repairs and rentals, as well as online digital printing, custom printing, canvas, and metal printing. 
 
Want to sell your old camera and lenses? Photo Craft and Embassy buy used equipment and offer a great selection to purchase.
 
Their goal is to offer the best possible service with the best possible prices so shop local! Shop with confidence as they have a 100% price guarantee with Amazon or BH.

Don’t want to leave the house? Order online and enjoy free shipping on orders over $100.
 

Pilot Imaging, Inc.

Location: 663 Southlawn Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301)-838-9006
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat in December 10am-2pm, Sun Closed
Website: pilotimaging.com

What They Offer
Located in Rockville, Maryland Pilot Imaging offers new and used camera equipment including Canon, Nikon, & Tamron. You might want to phone to confirm they have the gear you want to look at as the depth of their inventory is not robust. Additional product lines stocked are Black Rapid, Delkin, Domke, Giotto, Hoodman, Photosol, Pocket Wizard, Manfrotto, Savage, Think Tank Photo, Tap, Tiffen, Visible Dust & Westcott.

Sensor cleanings are completed in house with next day service Monday through Friday. 1 Hour sensor cleanings are available by appointment.

Pilot Imaging also offers a full range of photographic services including raw processing, retouching, photographic printing, album design, albums, photo books, press printing, gallery wraps, inkjet printing, photo gifts & specialty products.

A 1300 square foot studio is on premises and available to rent. It comes equipped with lights and a variety of props and light modifiers.

They buy used gear for top dollar and pay higher amounts for trade towards new equipment. They offer repair service on many types of camera gear.

Pilot Imaging is just a short distance from Rockville Town Center and Rockville Pike. Their staff is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Their goal is to offer the best customer service with the highest customer satisfaction.

Ritz Camera

With only a handful of Ritz camera stores in country, we’re lucky to have one in our area.

Location: 6917 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 652-5646
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 7pm   Sun - 11am - 6pm
Website: http://www.ritzcamera.com/

What They Offer
You’ll find a full service photo lab offering the standard 4x6 prints up to 24"36” prints in house.  Also available are metallic paper, aluminum panels, and canvas prints from 8x10 to 30x40 (most canvas sizes available in store within 24 hours).

If you’re in the market for greeting cards, they can print flat or folded cards. They offer many options for the creation of photo books as well as a wide offering of photo-gifts.

Additional services are photo restorations and archiving services from prints, negatives (of all sizes), slides, and all of your home movies (VHS, 8mm, MiniDV, 16mm, Hi8).

Want to try out some equipment before purchasing? Check out their rental department with extremely competitive rates (even with online companies).

And of course, they carry a large selection of digital SLR bodies, ILC’s, compact and pocket sized cameras, lenses, printers, lighting equipment, and all the accessories you may need! 

If you’re in search of film you’re in luck as they carry a lot.

Don’t want to leave the house? Order online and enjoy free shipping on orders over $100.

Service Photo

Location: 3838 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (410) 235-6200 (800) 344-3776 toll free orders
Hours: Mon-Fri  9am-5pm Sat 10am-3pm   Sun Closed      
Website: http://servicephoto.com/ 

What They Offer
Up in Baltimore, Service Photo offers new and used gear, Fuji, Nikon, & Canon and a little bit of Leica, and their inventory is HUGE with more in stock now than any time in their history! Their staff is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
 
They buy used gear and they pay top dollar for great stuff - especially when it is traded toward new gear. They offer high quality accessories, like Think Tank, Black Rapid, Promaster and many others. 
 
Service Photo is a destination and many photographers travel long distances to see them.  Their goal is to make high quality items available to photographers everywhere.
 
Although they have a large following, they enjoy meeting new customers, showing them who they are, what they do, and why they should consider Service Photo in the future.    

Don’t want to leave the house? Order online and enjoy free shipping on most camera and accessory orders.

A few more stores to shop local are listed below, all offer a wide selection of cameras, lenses and a full lineup of accessories not to mention services such as repair and image printing.

Ace Photo

In Ashburn, http://acephoto.net/

Dominion Camera

In Falls Church, sister store to Ace Photohttp://www.dominioncamera.com/

McClanahans

in Warrenton. http://mccamera.com/

ProPhoto

In DC on Pennsylvania Ave http://www.prophoto-dc.com/

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