2001 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Phone: (415) 643-9275
Opening Times: MON to FRI 8 AM – 6 PM SAT 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Calumet Photographic is the top drawer in the photographer's toolbox. Whether you enjoy the slosh and spill of chemicals in the traditional darkroom or prefer the immediacy of the digital darkroom, Calumet has what you need from cameras and cables to studio lighting and computers.
In 1939, Kenneth Becker formed Calumet Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Originally, he sold sporting goods and just a few cameras through the store. Eventually, Calumet began to manufacture stainless steel developing trays and other darkroom equipment.
In 1955, Kodak decided to get out of the view camera business, selling Calumet the rights to its Master View 4×5 camera. It set the course for other photographic innovations by Calumet in the 1960s, such as the Caltar large format lens line, the C-2 roll film holder and the nitrogen burst film and print processors.
In 1980, after 40 years of manufacturing and selling its mostly large-format proprietary product lines, Calumet became a full-line supplier of professional photographic products. The result was the first photo supply catalog. Calumet sells high-quality products. We never sell “gray market” products, products that are not kept within the manufacturer-to-distributor-to-dealer network. For example, we sell only fresh film and paper.
“Calumet makes purchasing equipment and supplies, as well as equipment rental, extremely easy. Since it is a nationwide network, I usually pick up supplies for a shoot when I arrive if the location is near a Calumet retail outlet. Otherwise, I have Calumet FedEx whatever I need to wherever I am,” said Daniel Peebles, a Calumet U.S. customer.
With the uniting of Calumet Photographic in the United States and Keith, Johnson and Pelling, a retail chain in the United Kingdom; Netherlands, Belgium and Germany locations followed. The company developed a global focus. This global focus expanded further in 1998, when Calumet launched its website and moved the company into the digital age. Almost 70 years in the business, Calumet continues to grow, adding products and services to our stores and warehouses every day. Currently, we have more than 30 retail stores across the world.
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