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B&H Photo Video joins the Lens Band family

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We are pleased to welcome B&H Photo Video, to our Lens Band family. Next time you are in Midtown Manhattan, be sure to stop by B&H Photo Video to see what 70,000 square feet of photography heaven looks like click here for directions. If you can’t make it to NYC, you can still encounter this euphoric experience by visiting their website here. Make sure you add a few Lens Bands to your shopping cart, while bundling your purchases.

B&H opened as a storefront film shop on the Lower East Side run by Herman Schreiber and his wife, Blimie (the store’s name comes from their initials). The store quickly outgrew its space. B&H moved to a large loft on West 17th Street in the Photo District in the 1970s. Catering to the needs of neighborhood artists, B&H expanded to selling film equipment as well as photo products. In 1997 the store moved to its present location. It now has a staff of over 1,500 employees. B&H’s flagship store is located in West Midtown Manhattan at 420 Ninth Avenue (at the intersection with 34th Street). On Tuesday October 30, 2007, B&H opened a second floor above its original sales floor making a total of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) of sales space. The first floor encompasses pro lighting, binoculars and scopes, video, audio, darkroom, film, and both home and portable entertainment; the second floor focuses on both analog and digital photography, computers, printers, scanners, and related accessories.

The store is patronized by professional photographers and videographers, serving 5,000 customers per day, while a considerable amount of the company’s business comes from its internet operation. It also runs a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On its website, B&H claims to be the “world’s leading retailer of imaging products.” The store carries a wide range of products as well as professional and specialty equipment.

The business is owned by Herman Schreiber. Schreiber and many of the store’s employees are observant Satmar Hasidic Jews who close the store on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The website is open but orders are not taken or shipped between Friday evening and Saturday evening and on Jewish holidays. Surpassed only by the Diamond District in terms of Orthodox employment, the company is a vital part of the community’s financial health, with hundreds of Orthodox Jews on staff. An Orthodox Jewish bus company provides daily service to and from Kiryas Joel, a Satmar village in Orange County, New York. On Fridays, vans that carry workers to their homes are parked outside early in the afternoon, so the men can leave work on time to get home by sundown, when the observance of the Sabbath begins. The store does not reopen until Sunday.

In 2007, Google announced that they added B&H as a merchant accepting Google Checkout. When discussing their third-quarter financial results on a October 18, 2007 conference call, Sergey Brin, President and co-founder of Google, said that B&H is his favorite camera store.

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Lens Band available at Adorama NYC Store

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The next time you are in the neighborhood of 42 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), by Adorama’s New York store, be sure to drop in and say hello when you pick up your Lens Bands.

For details on Adorama’s New York store, please read their details below provided by their website:
Focused on the experience We love photography. We love the art and science and passion of photography. We love the photographers, both well-known and well-intentioned, who create works both famously and anonymously great.

Our store brings it all together—a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling photographic overload (take your time, you could get a bit lightheaded). Experience the very latest, the proven workhorses, the must-haves, the smart add-ons and the unexpected surprises.

The Photography People All things photo and visual have brought together an incredible staff of experts who are anxious to share with and learn from our customers. We’ve earned our reputation for exceptional service and integrity one interaction, one sale, one gem of advice and one respected customer at a time.

We shop long and hard and thoughtfully to make your shopping experience a wide-angled panorama of the very best in photographic/visual gear. Smart buying on our part means savvy saving on your part. At Adorama, we pride ourselves on keeping the cost of remarkable photography remarkably low. We are constantly comparing and competing to keep our shelves stocked with the best equipment at the best prices.

Whether you’re looking to add the latest gear to your bag, enhance your visual experience or just share a camera-friendly word with people who care—welcome to Adorama.

Adorama Store, 42 West 18th Street, New York City, NY 10011. See Map / See directions

Store Hours:
Sun. 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am to 8:00pm
Fri. 9:00am to 2:00pm
Eastern time.
Saturday we are closed

Mail Order Hours:
Sun. 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am to 7:30pm
Fri. 9:00am to 2:00pm
Eastern time.
Saturday we are closed

Customer Service Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 9:30am to 5:30pm
Fri. 9:30am to 1:30pm
Eastern time.
800-815-0702
212-741-0466

Travel Directions
Adorama is accessible by public transportation

By Subway: Please be sure to check for any schedule advisories
Take the to 14th Street and 6th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 6th Avenue
Take the to 23rd Street at Broadway
Take the to Union Square
Take the to 18th Street and 7th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 7th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

From the Port Authority: (NJ Transit and Other Buses)

Follow the signs inside the Port Authority to the passageways that connect the terminal with the lines going downtown.
See the stops above.

From Penn Station (Long Island Railroad, NJ Transit and Amtrak trains)
Follow the signs in the station to the lines going downtown, see the stops above. Or leave the station and walk east to 6th Avenue at Herald Square and take the downtown; see the stops above.

From Grand Central:
Take the downtown to Union Square.
Walk west towards the Adorama building, at 42 West 18th Street.

From the PATH train:
Take it to the 14th Street stop.
Walk north on 6th Avenue to 18th Street, Adorama is at 42 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

We would like to welcome 17th Street Photo

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We like to welcome our newest addition to the Lens Band family, 17th Street Photo. They have been one of New York’s leading sources for camera equipment for both the professional and amateur since 1992. Their sales staff consists of camera users, rather than pushy sales people. This is a great family run camera business that takes pride in serving their customer with respect and professional courtesy. I met with Dov and Scott during our visit for the PDN expo. These guys are the epitome of the perfect customer service team. They are very knowledgeable, funny and welcoming to their guests. This combined with excellent personalized service is the reason why 17th Street Photo should be your go to camera store. If you’re ever in the neighborhood please stop by and say hi. By the way don’t forget to pick up a few Lens Bands while you are there.

Their store is located at:
33 West 17th Street
(Between 5th&6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
T. 212-366-5248
F. 212-929-5714

Visit them online at http://17photo.com
For general questions email them at: info@17photo.com.