Samys - Photo Con LA
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For 40 years, Samy’s Camera has been the leader in sales of high quality imaging products and the ultimate resource for the professional and amateur photographer.


Knowledgeable sales staff, exceptional customer service, and an impressive up-to-date inventory are the reasons that Samy’s Camera enjoys a loyal following. Samy founded Samy’s Camera in 1976 with a vision for a full service store. This vision is exemplified in all of our locations including our flagship store on Fairfax Boulevard, with three floors stocked with the latest and most exciting selection of photographic, video and electronics equipment available.


Our Camera Department carries an extensive selection of digital SLRs, lenses and point & shoot cameras from every major manufacturer. Samy’s realizes that professional photographers, as well as amateurs and students are always seeking the most advanced photographic and video technology. Samy’s Rental Department constantly updates its extensive rental inventory to provide one easy stop to prepare for any shoot or project. For those looking to “trade up” or find a rare and unique camera, our Used Camera Department buys and sells an extensive selection of used cameras and lenses.

Samy’s DV & Edit is the one-stop source for Digital Cinema, Broadcast, Educational, Industrial, Corporate, and Event Videography.  We carry a full range of professional filmmaking, video, audio, lighting, and grip equipment. Digital Cinema is our specialty.


We outfit many well-known productions, including reality shows, indie and studio features, documentaries, sports and news. With experience in production and post, our staff has encountered practically every situation on the set.  We have everything filmmakers need to realize their ideas. Matching them with the ideal gear to fit their needs and budget is what we do best.


We are one of the largest photo programs on the West Coast. In 2012 we held over 300 classes serving over 5000 students. Our photo school is for all levels starting with our camera specific classes and a wide variety of specialty workshops and events.


Our curriculum includes subjects like Fundamentals of Photography, Basic Portraiture, DSLR Video, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Digital Black and White, Street Photography, Fine Art Travel, Studio and Location Lighting. We have 3 classrooms at the Fairfax location including a computer lab and a 50 seat seminar room with Leica projectors. Samy’s Photo School also offers classes at our stores in Santa Ana, Pasadena, Culver City, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.


Samy’s Camera rents a huge assortment of photography equipment, including digital cameras and lenses, photo lighting and studio grip gear. Our clients include students, professional photographers, movie studios, and more. We offer lighting equipment, a wide variety of digital cameras and lenses, camera kits, tripods, scanners, underwater photography equipment, video gear, and film cameras from 35mm up to 4×5 and 8×10, plus panoramic format cameras. You can pick up your rental gear at one of our locations throughout Southern California or we’ll be happy to ship it to your location.


With six locations and the web to serve our customers, Samy’s Underwater Photo & Video strives to provide the best possible sales, service, and education for the underwater photo & video community.



The first Thursday of the month a guest speaker shares their underwater photography experience. Spend some time with other underwater enthusiasts while eating pizza and salad. Located at Samy’s Camera Culver City from 6:30-8:30pm.


Everybody needs a little help once in a while. And when you do, the experts at Samy’s Camera Digital Service Bureau have the knowledge and creativity to bring your vision to life. Specializing in all forms of digital media, our skilled staff can produce high-resolution scans and custom fine art prints. If you need assistance in the creative department, our talented artists can lend a hand with retouching, restoration, layout services, and even mounting & finishing. Located on the mezzanine at the Samy’s Camera main store on Fairfax, the service bureau offers a full range of imaging, scanning, and printing solutions for you and your images.


Created in 2009, Samy’s Camera Photo Camp has taught thousands of students across Los Angeles. The afterschool course teaches fundamental concepts within different fields of photography, culminating in a gallery show of the students’ work.  To bring Samy’s Photo Camp to your school, please call 323-938-242-x1286, e-mail, or visit the website for more info.


Samy’s Camera Outreach is the goodwill division of Samy’s Camera dedicated to giving back to the local community. Portraits hold a unique power to instill joy and purpose in an individual.  Samy’s Camera Outreach provides empowering portraits for children’s and women’s causes, seniors, hospice patients, and animal shelters. Photography gives people a voice and a vehicle for positive change.  Samy’s Camera Outreach provides free education to scholarship students, Title 1 elementary schools, youth groups including the Sheriff’s Department Youth Activities League, and STEM low-income high schools. Samy’s Camera Outreach is operated by Deborah Cloyed—photographer, author, instructor, and the director of the afterschool program Samy’s Camera Photo Camp. For information, volunteer opportunities, and all media inquiries, press kit or photo requests, please contact