Jessops share price slumps on profits warning

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Tony Polson, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Hello Woody. Thanks - I always thought of Cameo Cameras as being simply a
    Nottingham company. If the shop in Nottingham was originally Colwyn Cameras
    and then became Cameo Cameras then we can see what happened.

    By the way, as well as a double-fronted shop in Nottingham there was also a
    kiosk in a market in one of the main shopping centres. I think that the
    kiosk used the Cameo name befor ethe shop did.

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Mar 14, 2007
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  2. Tony Polson

    harrogate3 Guest

    My apologies - I realised the morning after I sent that post that I
    was getting mixed up with Campkins.

    However Cameo were a family business that had a shop in the middle of
    Sutton-in-Ashfield where I once bought a camera - an Olympus 35SP f1.7
    rangefinder beasty that I still have and that still works perfectly.
    IIRC it cost me £56 in the mid '70s!
    harrogate3, Mar 14, 2007
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Hmmm, yes, I remember them too. Had forgotten just how many good camera
    shops there used to be in Nottingham. None now, really.
    Probably worth a bit more than that now, though it's hardly kept pace with
    inflation! Wonderful lens on the SP, and where else would you get a
    rangefinder with a spot-meter? - I love mine.

    Bandicoot, Mar 15, 2007
  4. Tony Polson

    Tony Polson Guest

    Thanks to Jessops, that is true of many major towns and cities.
    Tony Polson, Mar 15, 2007
  5. Hi everyone.

    I remember a vsiit to Sheffield only a few years ago and finding a camera
    shop with about six assorted enlargers in stock. I felt really sorry for the
    shop because those enlargers must have been worth a reasonable amount of
    money a decade or so ago but now .........

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Mar 17, 2007
  6. Tony Polson


    Dec 29, 2007
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    I used to work at Cameo Cameras!

    Back in the late 70's.
    At the time there were several branches. Nottingham (plus kiosk), Mansfield, Derby, IIRC Grantham. They expanded and contracted a little over the years and I think finally closed in the early 90's.

    Cameo Cameras was the trading name of Collwyn Cameras Ltd. Nothing to do with escaping creditors. ;)
    We had a good knowledgable staff and some great clients. I was only a kid though. The owners were both great characters and I learnt a lot from them.

    At the time Jessops was a new(ish) business and they had only two locations, the big superstore and a smaller one in Leicester centre. They had a great reputation as well as really good prices. Nothing at all like Dixons.

    By the time I left though the writing was already on the wall. SLR sales were falling, although digital was years away, and there is not the profit in a compact autofocus camera - a one off sale. Price wars were a real problem, although we did beat off the grey marketeers.

    I remember Castle Cameras, but not the name of the owner, a big burly fellow as I recall but ace with Pentax. I was always a Canon guy.

    Found this forum as I was searching for some info on one of the owners of Cameo Cameras - Ray Bird.

    In these shops we taught as much as sold, particularly with SLRs where they were usually the first 'serious' purchase. It is hard to imagine anyone, these days, knowledgeably explaining the modern equivalents of such topics as the merits of aperture or shutter priority automatic on a camera, or why one might look out for a metal blade focal plane shutter if one was going to do a lot of flash photography.

    Good days.
    dustybin, Dec 29, 2007
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