May is National Photography Month and a great excuse to start to explore or reconnect with the art of photography. There are so many possibilities to investigate, from cameras designed for hobbyists, or beginner photographers to professional equipment used by the pros of nature photography, advertising and more. These shops offer excellent options, both new and used, from top brands, such as Nikon and Canon along with a plethora of great accessories, including mounts and custom backpacks. Great cameras and equipment are not the end of the story with several of the shops offering photo-processing services, expert guidance, repairs, workshops and other exciting extras.

Electric Avenue
259 E. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 579-5998

Electric Avenue is a shop carrying a wide variety of electronics, including a massive selection of cameras and camera equipment. The equipment and accessories stock encompasses batteries, printers, lenses, flashes, tripods, cleaning accessories, supply vests, lighting, backgrounds and more. The selection includes used and new products, products for hobbyists and professionals and even underwater camera equipment and gear. The well-merchandised shop also carries photography books and DVDs with in-depth explanations for specific camera models from the likes of Nikon and Canon and an impressive range of camera bags including hard cases, holster cases and specially designed backpacks.

Pitman Photo Supply
13911 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 256-9558

Founded in 1928, Pitman Photo Supply is an expansive Miami warehouse of cameras and related equipment and accessories. The products, from such brands as Nikon, Sigma, Sony and Canon, include cameras, battery packs, charging adapters, memory storage, filters, speedlights, tripods, cables and others for a one-stop-shop sort of photography shopping experience. Photo processing services are also include printing for such special orders as canvas prints. Pitman Photo Supply is another promoter of the art form and even hosts photography exhibitions in store.

Reef Photo & Video
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(954) 537-0644

Reef Photo & Video uniquely specializes in innovative equipment and solutions for underwater photography. The merchandise in store includes cameras, lenses, mounts, cases, bags, books on how to identify tropical fish and more. The used gear and accessories encompasses the likes of specialized ports, lighting and underwater housing to keep cameras safe and dry. The shop promotes the art by hosting numerous events and even special trips featuring workshops in exotic locales.

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WorldWide Foto
5040 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 756-1744

WorldWide Foto offers cameras for sale from 35mm models to large format styles. The cameras and associated accessories, gear and equipment come from brands such as Ikelite, Aimex, Olympus and Vivitar. The products cover necessities from lighting to studio equipment to darkroom chemicals. WorldWide Foto offers photography workshops and lessons and they promote camera rentals via an affiliation with Carousel Studios.

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Midtown Video
4824 S.W. 74th Ct.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 669-1117

Midtown Video specialized in audio visual equipment including cameras since 1984. The store sells digital cameras in addition to accessories that include memory storage, mounts, cables, connectors, projectors and cases. Post-production equipment is also on offer and rentals may be made any time of day, 365 days a year. Midtown Video offers expert advise to customers and they even handle repairs as a Sony Certified Professional Repair Facility.

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