Your lens is on back-order and now the flash shoe is broken? While waiting for parts, your camera was deemed obsolete? Novice or pro, old school or digital, searching for the best camera store can become a hair-pulling experience. Here are some of the best camera stores in Miami. — Cynthia Roby
World Wide Foto
5040 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
Frequented by professionals, World Wide Foto, hands down, is staffed with the most knowledgeable shutterbugs in Miami. They make you glad you came in. Digital or dinosaur, if World Wide doesn’t carry it, they’ll do their best to find it for you. Feel comfortable bringing in or searching for video equipment as well. Stocked with supplies from Perutz film to Heico fixers to Rockland liquid light, it’s worth the trip. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
260 Crandon Boulevard, Suite 11
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Bristol’s, often visited by the locals as well as gangs of tourists, marries the latest technology and trends. The best of Nikon, Cannon, Olympus and Cassio are among the frontrunners in this off-the-beaten-path shop. The small staff is knowledgeable and whatever your level of photography enthusiasm, they can assist. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Pitman Photo Supply
13911 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33176
A warehouse of photo accessories, services, equipment and a digital color lab, Pitman offers a wide variety to customers at every level. The staff is knowledgeable and can help even when you aren’t exactly sure about your photo needs. Pitman’s abundant in-house stock includes Quantum, Lowepro, Lexar and Nikon. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Ritz & Wolf Camera Image
7563 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33156
The service is great and the staff is definitely not camera shy. For a photo shop, Ritz & Wolf steps outside the box in its trendy mall environment with its offerings. Personal photo gifts, netbooks, MP3 players and all things photo related make the list. The best place for the photo-treasure enthusiast, yet something for everyone. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.