136 W. 21st St., near Sixth Ave.
Photographers from all over the city come here to buy cameras,
scanners, and lighting equipment or to rent gear (pro Nikons
and Canons start at $20 a day, plus the cost of lenses). The
staff is happy to talk apertures, but they don’t cater
378 Fifth Ave., near 35th St.
This shop carries professional-level and consumer cameras
and lenses in all the major brands (Olympus, Leica, Nikon),
but the main draw is a huge selection of affordably priced
point-and-shoots (from $50) and manual-focus cameras (from
$99). The Canon PowerShot digital camera is $339.99.
2 W. 45th St., near Fifth Ave.
With a dazzling selection of plasma TVs (from $4,000 to $25,000),
Harvey is still the best place in town to shop for hang-it-on-the-wall
theater options. The stylish chain also offers plenty of other
conventional electronic gear, including high-end stereo components
like amps ($500 to $14,000) and even old-school turntables
($330 to $1,000).
Music & Computer World
1-34 Park Row, near Beekman St.
Low prices and a vast selection have made J&R a New York institution
for more than 30 years. You could spend an entire afternoon
browsing through all the twists and turns of this charmingly
idiosyncratic series of spaces and still not see everything
on display. Hot items: 3.2-megapixel Fugi digital cameras
($149.99), Audiovox portable DVD players ($169.99), and fifteen-inch
Coby televisions with built-in DVD players ($239.99).
& Repro Equipment Corp.
33 W. 17th St., near Fifth Ave., fifth fl.
You’ll feel like you’ve been let in on a special
secret when you see L&R’s fabulous stash of hard-to-find
vintage cameras, available for sale or rental (at daily, weekly,
or monthly rates). There’s also an excellent selection
of new film and digital cameras from makers like Mamiya (from
$2,000), Nikon (from $200), and Canon (from $200).
1221 Lexington Ave., near 82nd St.
One of the oldest electronics boutiques in Manhattan, this
top-notch seller offers quality stereo equipment from Mark
Levinson, Marantz, Audio Research, Classé, Revel, and
B&W. Start building your system with, say, a five-disc CD
player from Rotel ($599) or a fabulous top-of-the-line CDP-100
CD player ($3,500).
1515 Broadway, at 44th St.
This kid- and teen-friendly store sells all manner of MTV
gear. The emphasis is on logowear, but there are also cool,
colorful electronics items like prepaid wireless phones from
Virgin Mobile starting at $139. Check out the exclusive merchandise
offers and promotional giveaways, but steer clear on weekday
afternoons when the Total Request Live studio attracts
a mob of screaming teens all fighting for airtime.
Camera & Lens Company, Inc.
1265 Broadway, near 32nd St., second fl.
Amid the chaos of Herald Square, Olden Camera stands out as
a quiet paean to photography’s past. It has new cameras
($35 to $2,000), but we’re particularly dazzled by the
broad, ever-changing range of used Leicas, Hasselblads, and
Super-8s (from $50). Olden accepts trade-ins toward a new