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Green Mountain Camera

Green Mountain Camera

When Bob and John Ste. Marie opened Green Mountain Camera in Waterbury Center in 2005, the father-son team ignored conventional wisdom, choosing not to offer in-house film processing. Instead, they focused on building an extensive inventory, from new, used and antique cameras, to equipment, accessories and even frames. The pair’s foresight paid off. And so did another valuable asset: The store is staffed entirely by avid photographers, so customers can count on sage advice from people who’ve really been there.

SEVEN DAYS: What are the most important features of a new camera to splurge on, and which bells and whistles can amateurs do without?

JOHN STE. MARIE: Hands down, a good and fast memory card is necessary. Not all memory cards are built the same, and not all of them operate at the same speed. We find most customers are using the video feature of their digital cameras … The lenses [for digital SLRs] are an investment, but a worthwhile one. Digital cameras change frequently, but the lenses continue to be compatible with future generations of these cameras. A good lens will give you better, noticeable results right away.

—Megan James

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