5 camera shops to visit in North Texas

Edward Ruiz, Contributing Writer

You need an eye for your subject and a good camera to take a great photo. For most people, buying a digital or film camera is an investment. Whether you are a hobbyist or professional, it is good to know where to get photography equipment in your city and surrounding area. 


Here is a list of five camera shops in the North Texas area to check out. 

Competitive Camera Ltd

2025 Irving Blvd. Suite 107

Dallas, TX 75207

Competitive Camera is the largest camera specialty retailer in the U.S., according to their website. Competitive Camera is family owned and stocks well-known brands. They have a great service reputation from building long-term relationships over three decades in business. Competitive Camera is located in a 5,000 square foot building on Irving Boulevard near downtown Dallas, where visitors can browse shelves looking for those hard-to-find specialty camera items. The owners are very knowledgeable and hands-on with the equipment.  


Don’s New and Used Photo Equipment

 2731 Irving Blvd. 

Dallas, TX 75207

Don’s inventory is film oriented with a large selection of vintage cameras and equipment. They carry darkroom paper and all a photographer’s film and chemistry needs. Located near downtown Dallas, this is a great place to visit in person because of all the vintage, one-of-a kind photo gear. They also purchase used camera equipment from individuals and estates.


Garland Camera Repair and Photographic Imaging

1401 Northwest Highway 

Garland, TX 75041

Garland Camera sells, services, cleans and repairs most makes and models of cameras and lenses in-house. Garland Camera also processes film and offers enlargements and lab printing. Photographers can even have film processed by mail and negatives scanned to disk. Garland Camera also hosts events and classes. 


Denton Camera Exchange

117 Piner St. 

Denton, TX 76201 

Denton Camera Exchange is the only camera retail outlet in Denton. It is a brick-and-mortar shop with wall-to-wall vintage film cameras. They offer some digital equipment, but mostly carry film cameras. Denton Camera Exchange is an independently owned, all-in-one camera shop. The shop buys and sells cameras.  


Arlington Camera

544 W. Randol Mill Road. 

Arlington, TX 76011

Arlington Camera is family owned. They are located between Dallas and Fort Worth, filling the camera gap for enthusiasts between cities. The staff is friendly and will help visitors  find the right equipment without upselling.