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As the owner of the Photo Zone I would like to introduce myself and give you a little background on my experience in the photo industry.
My father was a photo hobbyist for most of his life and in 1960 he was presented with the opportunity to purchase a little camera store in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
He gave me my first camera, an Agfa box camera, which I still have. I began taking black and white photos and learned to develop and print them. I also loved working in my father’s camera store. I was fascinated by the equipment. I fell in love with photography and with the equipment used to make the magic work. Back then we had cameras from many companies that no longer exist (Miranda, Kowa, Petri, Chinon, and others), as well as many still familiar names such as Nikon, Pentax, Canon, and more.
Over the next 35 plus years I had the opportunity to handle and use an amazing array of equipment. Not only did I get to play with the cameras we sold in our store, I also got to handle many pieces of equipment brought in by various manufacturers and by our customers. I learned what people wanted from their cameras and what they needed to get their desired results. In dealing with everyone from the working pro to the family snap shooter, I developed an understanding of what type of equipment fit the needs of different users. It has been this insight that has helped me to succeed in the camera business.
My reviews are intended to be short and simple. They are intentionally without a lot of technical talk. I want you to be able to get a quick overview of the product from which you can decide if it is the type of product that might fit your needs. You can then go to our product listings and do a comparison of the specs. I always recommend that you handle any piece of equipment before you make your final decision. After all, how it feels and functions in your hands is often the ultimate decision maker. I will always do my best to be unbiased. I do not recommend products simply because I use them myself. After all, each of us has different needs and to that end I will try to point out why a piece of equipment may be of value to you.
I hope I can help you to get the most from your photography and find the product that best fits your needs and your budget. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.