Camera Stores in Paris

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We've all been there before. You pack your camera and your tripod, and it isn't until you get to your destination that you realise you forgot your battery or your tripod plate and you find yourself scrambling for a camera store in a foreign country battling a language in which you can barely order a coffee. I won't openly admit how many times it has happened to me, but it is enough to make me blush. Or maybe you just come from a smaller town without access to high-quality premium camera stores. Whatever your reason, we have compiled the best (and the adequate) camera stores in Paris to get you sorted.

The very first photograph ever taken was taken in France by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. With such a long tradition of photography, you can expect nothing less than the very best camera stores to be located in Paris. Some of the stores below specialise in a particular field or brand, format or age, so we have gone to great lengths to break them down for you. At the end, you will find a handy Google Map that we have created to make sure you can locate them quickly.

I have broken down this list into three categories, Quality, Quirky and Quick.

  • Quality: The best camera stores, with a wide selection, often with English speaking staff, where you can find pretty much everything you would want.

  • Quirky: Specific camera stores that specialise in one thing or another.

  • Quick: they're not camera stores that we recommend, but if you are after a new SD card or something basic, these will suffice. Open later, and available more widely across Paris.

You will notice that a lot of the best stores are located around Bastille on the Boulevard Beaumarchais. This is the camera street in Paris, and all of the best shops line the boulevard. You can be assured that you will find anything and everything you need along this street in one of the many stores located there. Please note that a lot of shops close for lunch, see the times below. For those who don't take lunch, I have written "without interruption" next to the opening hours. Most of these shops will be closed on Sundays, Public Holidays and typically most of August.

Quality

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Cirque - Photo Vidéo Store

9 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris

One of the largest camera stores in Paris, you will find everything you want here stocking professional and consumer goods from Medium format cameras to tripods and bag, lighting and stands, video and much much more. In reality, it is three stores next to each other; each building specialises in something different - Stills Cameras, Video and Second Hand. They have been around for over 70 years, the staff are attentive, knowledgeable and helpful and you usually don't need to wait long to be served. Prices are competitive.

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am until 1 pm and 2 pm until 6:45 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Objectif Bastille

11 Rue Jules César, 75012 Paris

My personal favourite camera store in Paris. The selection is impressive, and the service is second to none. What sets them apart from their competition is their specialist range, and professional service, from walking into the store, all the way through to after-sales service. They truly are a professional camera store, so you won't find so much consumer gear here. They tend to be a little more expensive, but they have some excellent deals from time to time.

Monday - Friday 9:30 am until 6:30 pm without interruption.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Prophot

103 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Another professional photography store on the Beaumarchais. They stock all of the leading brands and have friendly staff. They've been around for over 30 years although their service can be a little slow at times. Compare prices with Cirque which is located just up the road and open on Monday, which Cirque isn't.

Monday - Friday from 10 am until 1 pm, and then again after lunch from 2 pm until 6:30 pm.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

QUIRKY

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Odéon Photo

73 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

If you want anything second hand, this is the place to be. One can spend endless time staring through the giant glass windows on the Beaumarchais at the collection of used lens and film cameras on display. Inside they stock chemicals and paper for your darkroom treasures. If you're looking for a very specific, rare or out of issue lens, they will surely have it, if not, you've got Buckley's chance of finding it anywhere else. The cost might be a little pricey, but it comes with a guarantee of quality from the most trusted second-hand dealers in Paris.

Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 am until 1 pm and then again after lunch from 2 pm until 6:39 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Nikon Plaza

99 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Not so much a quirky store, but a specific one, the Nikon Plaza is the flagship Nikon store in Paris and is a gallery, repair centre, and retail store all merged into one. Once located along the Beaumarchais, they moved to the other side of the river to be annoying in 2018. Exceptional service and knowledge that you would expect from Nikon, with the utmost quality that you would expect from their flagship store. It is worth popping in if you have a Nikon just to have a poke around.

Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am until 12 pm and then again after lunch from 1:15 pm until 6 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Le Moyen Format

50 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris

Le Moyen Format, or in English, the Medium Format is another excellent professional camera store on the Beaumarchais selling new and used cameras. Despite the name, they do deal in cameras other than medium formats. However, if larger formats tickle your fancy, you are in for a treat. They stock a good range of Medium Format cameras and also have a specialist in Large Format cameras who attends the store on Thursdays.

Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am until 1 pm and then again after lunch from 2 pm until 7 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Lomography Gallery Store Paris

17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France

The plastic cameras produced by the USSR have a unique and kitschy quality to them that has made Lomography the hipster choice for spontaneous art photography. This particular style of camera has bread a complete movement of photography, and their flagship store epitomises this feeling. From instant cameras, guide books, and the famous Diana F camera, the Lomography store is a happy place to remind you that imperfections are to be celebrated, not dreaded and that photography should be, above all things, about having some fun.

Temporarily closed

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Euro-Photo

89 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

It is stores like Euro-Photo that genuinely baffle me. A minuscule shop on the Beaumarchais, its doors are filled the floor to ceiling with second-hand lenses and cameras stacked on top of each other. It is like a camera museum crossed with your obsessive grandfather's attic. Despite the apparent clutter, everything is in place. Ask for a specific lens, and he knows exactly where it is located. After carefully pulling five lenses off each other you are assured he is mad, then voila, the exact lens you asked for is produced. The prices are well over what they are worth, and many people call it a scam, but it still amuses me, and I love the madness of the store, just for a look.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 11 am until 7 pm without interruption
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Leica Store

52 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris
105-109 Rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

Leica has boutiques across a number of FNAC stores in Paris, Cirque, Objectif Bastille, Lui et Elle in Montmartre and their own boutique inside the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, but it is their flagship standalone stores that are the ones you want to come to if you are a real Leica fanatic. If you are after anything Leica, need a repair or a clean, want advice, or if you just want to browse their gallery which hosts 4 or 5 exhibitions a year, or look through their extensive library, pass by one of their Flagship stores on either the Beaumarchais or Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Just make sure to stop off at the bank beforehand to boost your credit ceiling.

Saint-Honoré
Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 7 pm without interruption.
Closed Sunday

Beaumarchais
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am until 1 pm and then again after lunch from 2 pm until 7 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

QUICK

FNAC

FNAC is a large retail chain selling all kinds of electronic products from TVs and computers to hi-fi equipment and cameras and can be found in large commercial centres across Paris. Therefore their camera section is modest, and the range will vary from store to store. Their advantage is they are numerous and have better opening hours than the specialist stores. If you are just in need of something generic, like a memory card, or a basic lens, they can be convenient, but don't expect anything in terms of service or knowledge from their staff. They're open Sundays, and some locations are open quite late; particularly the Champs Elysees store.

Forum des Halles
Montparnasse
Italie 2
Ternes

Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 8 pm, without interruption.
Sundays from 10 am until 7 pm, without interruption.

Champs Elysees
Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 10:30 pm, without interruption.
Sundays from 11 am until 8:45 pm, without interruption.

Bercy Village
Monday to Friday from 11 am until 8:45 pm, without interruption.
Saturday from 10 am until 8:45 pm, without interruption.
Sunday from 11 am until 7 pm, without interruption.

Beaugrenelle
Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 8:30 pm, without interruption.
Sundays from 11 am until 7 pm, without interruption.

If you find yourself in Paris and you have all of your camera gear, but want some assistance using it in the real world, come on a one-on-one photography tour of Paris with Aperture Tours. We offer three-hour street and night tours of the City of Light and will make sure you come home with images to make you proud.


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Author: Alexander J.E. Bradley

Alexander is the founder of Aperture Tours which run photography tours in the most photogenic cities across the globe. A professional photographer for over a decade, Alexander enjoys shooting the surreal by mixing dreamlike qualities into his conceptual images.