About Carmarthen Cameras
Carmarthen Camera Centre Ltd was established in 1998, at the time specialising primarily in Good quality second hand cameras and lenses alongside Francis Photographic who dealt with all the new stock. We built the business up and by 2003, had the largest selection of second hand cameras in Wales. With a varied selection from collectable Range finder Leica,Classic Nikon F, 35mm SLRs and lenses, as well as a huge selection of medium format cameras and secondhand Digital Cameras, Used Digital cameras.
In August 2006 we took over Francis Photographic and after an extensive re-fit we started to fill the shop with all the best photographic goodies available. As a keen photographer myself I tried to choose stock that I would want to buy and using the benefit of 25 years experience in photographic retailing we now have a huge selection of Digital SLR cameras and lenses, Tripods, Flashguns, Camera bags as well as the smaller items such as sensor cleaning systems, Hoya filters, etc. People are often amazed at the stock we carry and the selection on show.
We are Proud to be The only dealership in Wales to be awarded the "Nikon Premier Dealership" and hold extensive stocks of Nikon Equipment from 10.5mm fisheye lenses to the Nikon 200-400 F4 super zoom lenses,Nikon D3X to Nikon D3000 SLR cameras as well as selling Nikon Refurbished stock.
We are official Canon Main dealers and are heading towards becoming Canon PRO Dealers in the near future. Stocking a large selection of Canon Lenses as well as the Canon EOS Digital bodies From the EOS 1D mark IV to the Canon EOS 1000D. The Canon 5d MKII has been very popular with us as is the new Canon 7D digital which is flying out!
We are Pentax PRO dealers and Ricoh Platinum Dealers carrying the new GXR stunning SLR in stock. Also Olympus Main Dealers with again all the stock on display to try before you buy.
We also carry the biggest selection on display of Manfrotto Tripods and heads, Slik Tripods, Velbon Tripods and Giottos Tripods, We can supply any Gitzo tripod and accessory. The advantage of trying out the equipment before deceiding on which Tripod/head combination is of the utmost importance.
We carry a huge range of Camera / Laptop bags in stock again on display from all the leading brands including Tamrac (PRO Stockists) Crumpler, KATA, Roots and Lowepro. Again the advantage of trying your gear in the bag before you buy it is just Soooo important!.
We hold stocks of Hoya Pro-1 UV filters and Polarizers, Hoya HMC filters, B+W filters and Kenro filters in all the sizes from 27mm up to 86mm in stock. We are also stockists and carry in stock Cokin P series filters including the popular ND grad filters And ND2, ND4 ND8 filters + holders and all sizes of adaptor rings.
We Carry larger stocks of Kenro, Proline and Lastolite Studio lighting and accessories including lighting stands, background supports and backdrops, Many diffusers and reflectors in various sizes and shapes. With our helpfull staff we can make sure you buy the right kit for your needs. We also supply Bowens lighting, Elinchrom lighting systems and photax lighting
All full time staff at Carmarthen camera centre are experienced in Photography and can answer the majority of questions immediately. We do not employ staff who are not enthusiastic about cameras. Each member of staff has his own Niche interest.
Mathew is the owner and (he would like to think) brains behind the business and so far has 25 years experience working in photographic retailing. 35mm SLRs Medium format through to pro Digital SLR cameras. An avid 35mm film user his favourite and current kit is a Canon T90 with a set of FD lenses from 17mm through to 500mm mirror. A Contax T3 for quality snap shots and an early Nikon F +50 f1.4 (no meter) for true Raw photography! Canon EOS 5D kit is also proving to be a lot of fun as well!
Ray (the manager) Is from a Panasonic background and keeps upto date with all the new intresting technology that is available to the keen photographer.
Mark is the Classic camera expert, he still uses a darkroom and is our resident photoshop wizard.
Jamie loves his macro photography and landsapes, and has finally come over to the digital world on his Nikon D1. If your after a telescope then he is also the person to ask.
Wayne, enjoys his landscapes and is exploring the surrounding mountains with his D5000.
Joe, well he is the token Canon guy. he is normally to be found at weddings and parties with his camera. he is the techno geek amongst us prefering a mac to pc.
The shop is going from strength to strength and we are always striving to improve displays and the website. Our pricing is on Par with the Leading Internet dealers and please please please talk to us if you come across a better deal! If you don't ask we can not help you.
The Internet is unfortunately becoming the biggest market place when people are looking for new equipment to the expense of Camera shops, Please be aware that not all sellers are Genuine and not all stock is UK Genuine stock. Many sellers source the equipment from abroad and it is only if the item goes wrong that you realize the difference in the price!
Also when you are spending £1000 on an item is it really worth saving that £50 ish and having zero backup service. On most Camera and lenses we work on Approximately 6% mark up so you can normally tell when the sellers is importing or selling genuine UK stock.
Our customer base now covers the whole of Wales with people travelling from miles and over two hour car journey to get to us as well as the Internet buyers.
I think the main difference with our shop over many camera shops is that we reply "How many do you need" rather than "I can order it for you". And we enjoy our jobs!