Best Camera Retailer in America!


What is your camera equipment source? When you think of a provider for all of your photography needs who comes to mind? Wouldn’t you want to deal with the Best Camera Retailer in America?

  1. Do you just do a Google search, read reviews and hope for the best?
  2. Will you drive to the camera store that you’ve always used and find out they’re now out of business?
  3. Do you go to the Big Box Store and run around looking for someone that can help you? Finally, they send over a 16 year old kid who knows nothing about cameras or your needs?

If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, we need to talk. You see, I have found the Best Camera Retailer in America.

Introduction to Hunt’s Photo & Video

A few years ago I was chatting with John Gregor of Cold Snap Photography in Two Harbors, MN on Lake Superior. I was asking him about a Filter System for my camera. He gave me a recommendation and sent me to “His Guy”. He gave me the contact information for Alan Samiljan of Hunt’s Photo & Video out of New England.

I thought to myself, why in the world would I go to Alan when I could just search on the internet and find anything that I want? Why indeed. John convinced me to contact him.

I was looking to get a set of Neutral Density (ND) Filters that would allow me to get some very long exposure images in the middle of the day. Take a look at these examples to get an idea of what I was attempting to do.

Weisman Art Museum

Best Camera Retailer in America Frederick R Weisman Art Museum Minneapolis designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry
Frederick R Weisman Art Museum Minneapolis designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry

This image of the Weisman Art Museum designed by the brilliant Frank Gehry at the University of Minnesota, is an attempt to capture this amazing piece of architecture but it needed something extra to make the image that much more spectacular.

I needed a day with some clouds and then take the image with a 10 or so minute exposure allowing all the clouds to flow buy creating that smooth milky sky. In order to do that, I would need to stack several different ND filters to block out basically all the light.

Banff National Park

Best Camera Retailer in America Gorgeous Mountain Lake Banff National Park Alberta Canada
Gorgeous Mountain Lake Banff National Park Alberta Canada

Secondly, I wanted to capture that same smooth milky feel that I captured in the sky in the image above, in the water of a beautiful mountain lake while we were up in Banff National Park Alberta Canada.

Again, I would need multiple filters stacked to block out much of the light.

I had looked all over the internet; I had read all the reviews of filter systems and by this time I was getting very confused. In general these types of filters are quite expensive and the price varies pretty widely but that price swing is not necessarily based on the quality.

When I contacted Alan, he immediately understood exactly what I was attempting to do and he had the perfect recommendation for the quality and price level I wanted.

Alan recommended the VU DN Filter System for me. What would he recommend for you?

You see, at Hunt’s, and with their amazing staff like Alan, it is all about the personal care and customer focus. Alan is building a lifetime relationship with his customers.

Second Experience with Hunt’s Photo

The second time I experienced Hunt’s was on a trip to Boston. We were touring New England visiting some family and we were going to be taking in as many sights as possible. Of course as a photographer I was going to be attempting to capture as many images as possible along the way.

The first day of the trip was relatively uneventful, but on the second day came quite a surprise. We woke up expecting to have a very full day. I realized that after charging the batteries for all my cameras and devices, I had put my camera battery in backwards and now it was stuck. My camera would not work and I was in a panic.

I had to get my camera fixed. Pictures were one of the main reasons for doing this trip.

Take a deep breath and think. Then I remembered Hunt’s Photo was in Boston. After the first amazing experience I had had with Hunt’s, they were the first camera resource that came to mind.

So I searched for a store close by. Shazam, there was one right over by Fenway Park which was planned to be our first stop of the morning.

We called an Uber and got right over to the shop. They fixed my camera in moments and it was at No Charge.

They had me over the barrel, I would have paid anything to have my camera fixed and they happily did it for nothing. I was elated.

Can you see why I love them so much??

About Hunt’s

Three generations of Farber family ownership have established Hunt’s as a trendsetter in the imaging equipment industry. Begun as a pharmacy in 1889 and acquired by pharmacist Solomon Farber in 1952, Hunt’s began building its camera business during the 1950s under the visionary leadership of Solomon’s son, Jack. As interest in photography grew, Hunt’s began shifting its emphasis from the pharmacy business to the business of cameras and accessories. By 1993, imaging equipment became Hunt’s primary focus.

Led today by Jack’s sons, Scott and Gary, Hunt’s proudly serves a diverse audience of individual, corporate, educational, law enforcement and government clients as one of the country’s largest retailers of photo, video and digital imaging products. Visit Hunt’s 30,000 square foot flagship store at 100 Main Street, Melrose, or one of its satellite locations in Boston, MA – Cambridge, MA – Hanover, MA – Holyoke, MA – Providence, RI – So. Portland, ME – or Manchester, NH to discover how Hunt’s Photo and Video can help you create your own picture-perfect experience.

My Next Camera / Your Next Camera

As I was sitting here writing this post, I was on the phone with Alan upgrading my camera to the NEW Sony A 7 Mark III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and I must say I am very excited about it. It is an amazing camera at a fabulous price. It is beating all the competition.

Check out the Review of the Sony A 7 III

If you are looking for this camera or something similar be sure to contact Alan.

Alan Samiljan
Hunt’s Photo & Video
100 Main St.
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 462-2383

His hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:30-5:00 pm eastern


If you are looking for an old world place that is all about customer service, then you will certainly want to work with Alan Samiljan and Hunt’s Photo & Video or any of the other great people at Hunt’s. I hope it is obvious why I love Hunt’s so much and I am sure you will love them as well.

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