Central Camera Company

Central Camera Company PLEASE NOTE: Facebook may incorrectly show hours of operation during holidays, weather-related incidents, and other events beyond our control.

Operating as usual

12/28/2021

Update on our hours: Central Camera Co. will remain closed until Monday, January 3rd, 2022. We will see next year!

12/27/2021

We will be closed today 12/27, due to COVID. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope to open again soon.

Central Camera Has limited amounts of 4X6 folders and Canon 108 Selphy packs Call 312-615-1072 and ask for Don for more ...
12/24/2021

Central Camera Has limited amounts of 4X6 folders and Canon 108 Selphy packs Call 312-615-1072 and ask for Don for more information.

Central Camera Has limited amounts of 4X6 folders and Canon 108 Selphy packs Call 312-615-1072 and ask for Don for more information.

12/22/2021

Just a heads up, due to COVID Central Camera will be closed until Monday, December 27, 2021. We will NOT be open Wednesday, 12/22, Friday 12/24, or Saturday 12/25.

Looking for a start in film photography? Or to get back in to film? We have options for you! Stop in to play with the to...
11/29/2021

Looking for a start in film photography? Or to get back in to film? We have options for you! Stop in to play with the toys. #wedofilm #centralcamerachicago #centralcamera #film #nikon #canonae1 #olympusom1

Looking for a start in film photography? Or to get back in to film? We have options for you! Stop in to play with the toys. #wedofilm #centralcamerachicago #centralcamera #film #nikon #canonae1 #olympusom1

The Leica M10-R’s high resolution sensor is optimized when paired with some of the best lenses in the world – Leica M-Le...
11/26/2021
M10-R

The Leica M10-R’s high resolution sensor is optimized when paired with some of the best lenses in the world – Leica M-Lenses. Each lens in the M family from Leica is an engineering marvel of sharpness, compactness and an image signature that comes alive when mounted to a Leica M camera.

Photograph by Nathan Kellum

Taking excellence to new heights

The Leica M10-R is constructed by highly-trained specialists, who assemble the elaborately engineered components into a ...
11/18/2021
M10-R

The Leica M10-R is constructed by highly-trained specialists, who assemble the elaborately engineered components into a camera that is much more than the sum of its parts. The rangefinder alone is comprised of over 100 individual parts, the majority of which move together in harmony with every turn of the lens.

Photograph by Nathan Kellum

Outstanding Craftsmanship

11/05/2021

The phones are back up!

11/05/2021

As of November 5 2021 at 11am. Our phone system is down for matanince You can call us at 312-615-1072 or 312-778-0377.

10/29/2021

As of October 29th 2021 at 10am. Our phone system is not behaving today. You can call us at 312-615-1072 or 312-778-0377.

10/11/2021

Phones are working again!

Central Camera has Leica Q2 cameras IN STOCK! We also have the M10-R and popular Leica Binoculars in stock now. Contact ...
08/03/2021

Central Camera has Leica Q2 cameras IN STOCK! We also have the M10-R and popular Leica Binoculars in stock now. Contact us or stop by the shop for details.

Photo: GillyBerlin from Berlin, Germany
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Central Camera has Leica Q2 cameras IN STOCK! We also have the M10-R and popular Leica Binoculars in stock now. Contact us or stop by the shop for details.

Photo: GillyBerlin from Berlin, Germany
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07/28/2021

Guess what! We will be open this Thursday (7/29/2021) 10am to 2 pm for Lollapalooza as well as Firday and Saturday!

07/17/2021

We just received some new Leica cameras in stock. Their flagship camera the Leica M10-R. As well as the M10 Monochrom. Also, we have a Leica Q2 in stock. But we also have the limited edition (only 650 made) Leica M10 Monocrom "Leitz Wetzlar". we have only one of these in stock. Supplies are limited on these cameras, please call us for more information and availability at 312-427-5580.

The iconic Leica look with no limits. Receive a free M-Adapter L with a purchase of a Leica SL2, SL2-S, or SL2/SL2-S bun...
07/01/2021
Leica M-Adapter L Promotion

The iconic Leica look with no limits. Receive a free M-Adapter L with a purchase of a Leica SL2, SL2-S, or SL2/SL2-S bundle. To learn more, contact us at (312) 427-5580.

Limited Time Offer

06/29/2021

Hello, Monday, July 5th we will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will be open again on Wednesday, July 7th, as well as Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 2pm.

The new Leica M10-R, black paint finish, features a high-gloss finish, 'Ernst Leitz Wetzlar' engraving, perfectionism, a...
06/25/2021
New Leica M10-R, Black Paint Finish

The new Leica M10-R, black paint finish, features a high-gloss finish, 'Ernst Leitz Wetzlar' engraving, perfectionism, and a focus on a sleek design that blends right in down to the very last detail, including the absence of the red Leica dot. Contact us at (312) 427-5580 to learn more.

Limited Edition | Learn More

Introducing a new design variant of the Leica M10-R.  With its black paint finish, the new Leica M10-R perfectly embodie...
06/24/2021
New Leica M10-R, Black Paint Finish

Introducing a new design variant of the Leica M10-R. With its black paint finish, the new Leica M10-R perfectly embodies the classic Leica look. Over the years, glimpses of brass will gradually start to show on the corners and edges. Contact us at (312) 427-5580 to learn more.

Limited Edition | Learn More

06/02/2021

Starting Saturday June 5th. We will be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 2pm. As well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you have any questions, please call us 312-427-5580.

A new powerful zoom lens has joined the Leica SL lens portfolio- introducing the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH...
05/24/2021
New Leica Vario-Elmarit 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH.

A new powerful zoom lens has joined the Leica SL lens portfolio- introducing the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH. To learn more or to pre-order, contact us at (312) 427-5580.

Pre-Order Today

Central Camera Co. is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm. Stop by and see us!
04/22/2021

Central Camera Co. is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm. Stop by and see us!

Central Camera Co. is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm. Stop by and see us!

Just In! Ilford 16x20 paperMatt and glossy in fiber and pearl and glossy in RC
04/12/2021

Just In! Ilford 16x20 paper

Matt and glossy in fiber and pearl and glossy in RC

Just In! Ilford 16x20 paper

Matt and glossy in fiber and pearl and glossy in RC

Back in stock! Stickers! Now $2!!!
04/05/2021

Back in stock! Stickers! Now $2!!!

Back in stock! Stickers! Now $2!!!

01/25/2021

Fuji Pro 400H 120 Pro Packs available.

Limited quantities per customer.
In store only.
Call 312 427 5580 or visit Mon Wed Fri 10-2pm for price

12/02/2020

NOW IN STOCK!

Fujicolor RA4 Paper 8x10 100 sheets in glossy and matte.

Kodak color 4x5 E100, Portra 160, and Portra 400. Also TX in 8x10. We also have Ilford and Kodak B+W 4x5 films.

We also have a stock of batteries for your classic film cameras.

Please call the store to check to see if we have the specific battery and films you are looking for before coming down to the store.

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings. It’s been such a challenging year, and we hope you and your family are ha...
11/27/2020
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Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings. It’s been such a challenging year, and we hope you and your family are happy and healthy. This time of year we’d usually be having our Black Friday Sale and spending the day with you at our favorite place: Central Camera Company on Wabash Avenue. We look forward to the day when we can do that again. In the meantime, you can visit us virtually at our online shop. We have Central Camera t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and stickers available. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your ongoing support. Stay safe and be well. Better days ahead!

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11/13/2020

Hello,

We will be closed today November 13th, 2020 due to a death in the family.

Thank You
Don Flesch

11/01/2020

Good evening Central Camera Patrons! Most of you have already visited the temporary space at the former Kramer’s Health Foods. As of right now we’re continuing to operate Monday Wednesday Friday 10-2PM We will be extending hours in the future. We offer film developing and repair services. We carry many types of Kodak, Ilford, Fujifilm, CineStill, FPP, and B&W & C-41 Chemistry. We are expecting 8x10 Fujicolor paper by the 11th of November. We will keep you up to date when new items arrive. Thank you for your patience and continued support. We are excited to see you!

We can also special order most any item and it shall be at a reduced cost when possible, and less than the MAP price, to say 'Thank you for your support.' We now have 620 B&W Film in Stock, Paterson 2 reel tanks+reels, and other items...many hundreds of accessories are on the way for late next week delivery. Thank you for all your support and good wishes. You are the best!!!

Please call us Tuesday night (11/3) or Early Wednesday (11/4) morning, and check social media to make sure we are open.

312 427-5580 Store Phone

312 778-0377 Alt. Store Cell Phone

10/29/2020

In regards to our opening tomorrow!

This is a soft opening. Most of you have already visited our stall inside the temporary space at the former Kramer's Health Foods next door to our original space. We can also special order most any item you need and which shall be lower in cost than the MAP pricing to say 'Thank You' for your offer. We also have 620 B&W Film in stock, Paterson 2 reel tanks+reels, and other items...many hundreds of accessories are on the way for late next week delivery. Thank you for all your support and good wishes. You are the best!!!We will be operating as a stall until we gradually receive more features such as shelves and camera stock. That being said as of right now we are continuing to operate Monday Wednesday and Friday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We will be extending hours in the future. We are still offering film developing services. We carry various Kodak and Ilford Films and B&W chemistry. We also carry C-41 processing kits. We are expecting Fujicolor paper roughly next week in November. We will announce when new stock arrives. Thank you for being patient and we're excited to see you tomorrow!

Central Camera Company
312 427-5580 Store Phone
312 778-0377 Alt. Store Cell Phone

Please note our social media manager works remotely and can't answer direct inquiries about film or stock.

10/12/2020

For those in the Chicago area, this evening at 7pm, WTTW Channel 11 will be broadcasting a segment on us on Chicago Tonight,.

10/12/2020

While we wait for work to be completed on our temporary space, we are open in front of 230 S Wabash Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM to 2PM.

Our new projected date to move into the temporary space at 228 S Wabash, is now October 30th, please call for further information.

Address

230 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
60604

Central Camera is easily reached from the Adams/Wabash elevated station on the Green, Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines. From the Red and Blue lines use the Jackson station and walk just a block or 2 east to Wabash Ave. If you drive, discounted parking is available at the Adams Wabash Self Park (over the 7-11 store).

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

(312) 427-5580

Products

New and used cameras, lenses, accessories, film and memory cards, and other photographic equipment.

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Sending you best wishes and PSAs from students in my Chicago Film History course at Columbia College Chicago. The PSAs were their homework! Enjoy.
Congratulations! There's many of us out here pulling for you. You have more support than you know!
I have an Argus with flash attachment and a Poleroid - in original cases from the early 60s - would be happy to give them to you for your store. My cousin was one of the Firemen trying to save your shop.
Hello Due to the rough year can you tell me if you are open and do you see telescopes that I could attach a 35 mm digital camera to.
Are you guys open today?
Your colleague Anna was just here and showed us these photos.. since 1899.. Amazing #believeinfilm persistence..
I hope you can rebuild quickly and I'm so glad you weren't hurt!
Don, thinking of you at this time. When I was a freelance photographer, your store was the only place to buy my equipment and supplies. My father and uncle had bought all of their equipment from your store and they had introduced me to you, your dad and Jean. I always loved coming in and seeing and talking to everyone. It has been many years since I last saw you (probably at Jean's memorial), but I was so, so saddened to see what was done to the store. I loved hearing your responses to the reporters and I am sure that you will rebuild and make it even better! Can't wait to see the new Central Camera!
Is there anyway we can help with clean up?
what is your association with dennis bell ????
I don't make it into Chicago all that often but when I do, I usually but something, film, batteries, something from Central Camera.
I've always loved Central Camera, your response to your store burning was beautiful and thoughtful and caring. I will continue to love and shop at Central Camera always