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London Camera Exchange in focus

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ath is one of the world’s most photogenic cities, it’s also home to an ever growing community of highly rated professional photographers as well as enthusiasts, and even the best of bloggers are using real cameras to capture superior imagery. Central to it all, many of them will be regular customers of Bath’s best camera and optical store; the London Camera Exchange. There has been a photographic store on the abbey corner of Cheap Street for more years than most can remember, with the small independent LCE taking over from Cyril Howes in the mid 80s and despite the huge advances in photographic and optical technologies, the core principles of LCE remain the same – it’s all about the professional expertise and most all the great customer service the staff offer. With their broad knowledge they are always happy to give help or advice. Some of them, including Mark the manager, used to be professional photographers and some are avid Bird watchers, so know exactly what their customers might need, and they are of course, pretty adept at problem solving. LCE’s main speciality these days are in cameras and binoculars. For photographers they are a Nikon Professional dealer, Panasonic Lumix Elite centre, Sony Professional centre and also keep ranges of Fujifilm, Olympus and Canon cameras. When it comes to optics they have a huge array of binoculars and spotting scopes, priced from £19.99 to over £3,000. Top end brands include Nikon, Swarovski, Vortex, Bresser, Opticron and Carl Zeiss. With close links to the now closed outlet in Chew Valley; Bath LCE is fulfilling all optical business – which is why the shop have a great variety of stock available, and also is the centre for most of the company’s online binocular and spotting scope sales. As the name suggests LCE will buy or part exchange equipment so customers can bring in their old gear to upgrade to newer models. It’s almost a form of recycling, but also a great way to purchase quality used equipment from a trusted source. The LCE team also like to be fully involved in local photographic and optical affairs and their expert knowledge can be found as they support local camera clubs. Throughout the year they organise various events and some major shows where top camera and optic manufacturers also take part to advise and give demonstrations. These include in store days, camera walks and training sessions in local venues. The Bath shop also hosts two major photographic shows at The Guildhall. Set in the wonderful ballroom, with a great variety of equipment on display, customers can see the latest gear, attend seminars and take advantage of all the special offers on the day. Coming up soon – their first show is on Saturday 8 June and the autumn event takes place on 19 October. Put the dates in your diary. The shop is open seven days a week including most bank holidays and customers are alway assured of a very warm welcome form Mark and the team. n Get in touch. London Camera Exchange Bath 13 Cheap Street, Bath BA1 1NB Tel: 01225 462234

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The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath

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The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath