Covid-19 Update April 23, 2021


In-person – Virtual/Online – Delivery operations – Curbside Options

Current Updates:

  • We are open for both in-store shopping and curbside pickup
  • In-store shopping is available Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Now offering passport photos again – please call for appointments for groups/families, walk-ins available for individual passport photos
  • Now offering camera/lens/equipment rentals
  • Merv 16 Filtration on 3 HVAC air Handlers
  • EME-H Halo In-Duct Air Purifier on 4 HVAC air Handlers
  • We will resume limited outdoor events beginning May 1 – distancing and masking guidelines provided

Current Safety Measures:

  • We will have limited capacity in store (for both employees and customers)
  • Masks covering both nose and mouth required at all times for both customers and employees
  • Mask policy includes public and non public areas of store
  • Plexi-glass has been installed to provide physical barriers
  • Social distancing is required at all times (at least 6 feet)
  • We will be utilizing extra store space (using store next door for easier distancing)
  • Frequent hand washing practices (before and after interactions with customers)
  • Frequent disinfecting will occur storewide
  • Signage will be available to implement our new safety standards
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Bergen County Hazardous Waste Days 2021

Hazardous Waste Days open to Bergen County, NJ Residents Only

Most photo chemicals are considered hazardous waste so this is a great opportunity to safely dispose of what you are no longer using. This event is open to Bergen County, New Jersey residents only with ID. The following items are no accepted so please do not bring computers, electronics, batteries (only car and rechargeable accepted), or tires to these collections. If you have questions please call the Bergen County Hazardous Waste Hotline 201-807-5825. Information for other New Jersey Counties can be found at the NJ Hazardous Waste Coordinators website. Businesses must pre-register before the collection day by calling 201-807-8696 to make arrangements.

Bergen County Utility Authorities Hazardous Waste Day Flyer – Full Flyer

Covid-19 Update

In light of the unprecedented developments posed by COVID-19, we want to share with our community the steps we’re taking during this challenging time to try and remain at your service and simultaneously insure the safety of our clients and staff. We’ve seen and risen to many challenges in our forty years of service to our greater community and it’s together that we’ll overcome this challenge and resume our full schedule of activities when conditions permit.


To insure all remain healthy, comfortable and to limit the spread of Covid-19, we’re enacting the following protocols until further notice:


Store Environment:

Demo cameras and rental cameras will be wiped with isopropyl alcohol at regular intervals.

We will be cleaning all touch surfaces on a regular basis

We will follow best practices for social distancing with no handshakes or close personal contact.

Employees will be required to wash hands frequently and always after customer interactions.


Events and Gathering:

All classes have been cancelled

All focus sessions have been cancelled

Trips and Meetup planning has been put on hold.


As a company, we are asking any employee not feeling well to stay home and rest. We ask the same of our customers. While visiting our retail store, if you need to cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your upper sleeve.

Visit the CDC’s Cornavirus page to stay up-to-date on the latest news and hygiene tips to keep yourself and others safe. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV

We will update everyone with revisions to our protocols if future travel and/or social gathering restrictions are enacted.

We have been closely monitoring and will continue to follow the recommendations of the WHO, the CDC and local Bergen County and Westwood government agencies .

We continue to operate under their guidance and recommendations.  With the protocols we are taking, our store is safe and will remain open for business. We’re here in person, over the phone and on the web for processing online orders.

We recognize this is a time of uncertainty and unease and we wish for everyone in the community to stay safe. We trust that in our solidarity there is great strength. At the core of this company’s purpose is a desire for service , and we take it to heart in good times and especially during challenging times.

Thank you for your continued support and trust in Bergen County Camera, we’re always at your service!

Tom and Bob Gramegna

and the entire staff at

Bergen County Camera

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Bergen County Hazardous Waste Days 2020

Hazardous Waste Days open to Bergen County, NJ Residents Only

Most photo chemicals are considered hazardous waste so this is a great opportunity to safely dispose of what you are no longer using. This event is open to Bergen County, New Jersey residents only with ID. The following items are no accepted so please do not bring computers, electronics, batteries (only car and rechargeable accepted), or tires to these collections. If you have questions please call the Bergen County Hazardous Waste Hotline 201-807-5825. Information for other New Jersey Counties can be found at the NJ Hazardous Waste Co-ordinators website. Businesses must pre-register before the collection day by calling 201-807-8696 to make arrangements.

Bergen County Utility Authorities Hazardous Waste Day Flyer

TBT – Nikkormat EL

Post by Paul Brodek our Used Equipment buyer

Nikkormat EL front view shown with 50mm f2 lens

The Nikkormat EL is a fan favorite here at BCC, both for how it feels / handles and for what it represents. Introduced in 1972, it was Nikon’s first camera with an electronically-controlled shutter, and the first with aperture-priority exposure. Nikon managed to do this utilizing their original non-Ai lenses, since the Ai system wasn’t introduced until 1977. The FE is still the only Nikon camera to offer aperture-priority metering with non-Ai lenses. 

The electronic shutter does usher in the bugaboo of battery dependency, and eliminates the charm of mechanically timed shutter speeds, but it also eliminates the charm of inaccurate shutter speeds and the need for expensive, and not infrequent, shutter cleaning/adjustment. Aperture-priority metering significantly speeds handling, minimizes missed moments, and increases your hit rate. Being an early implementation of aperture priority, the EL doesn’t have a separate adjustment dial for under/over exposure compensation, but an inward press of the self-timer lever locks exposure to make compensation easy for the knowledgeable photographer.

Nikkormat EL Top View

The EL also takes the prize for weirdest, best-hidden battery compartment in the camera world. The battery lives in an easily-overlooked compartment at the base of the mirror box, shown in the last photo.

The ELs simple control interface, and its build quality, is what makes it so endearing. Not being the step towards compactness taken by the FM/FE series, it fills your hands with brass and steel, and feels like a top-quality, all-mechanical, ’50s-’60s piece of hardware. Having that heft and smoothness combined with an electronic shutter and aperture priority is what makes the EL so endearing, and keeps bringing a smile to our faces when we pick one up, even today, 47 years (!!!!) later.

Our example is very well preserved, has been serviced, and is paired with a very clean 50/2 Nikkor non-Ai lens, for the low, low price of $279.99.
BTW, say hello to Gnomey, our camera gnome—cheese!       

Tamron 500mm f/8 Adaptall Mirror Lens

Story written by our Used Equipment Buyer – Paul Brodek

So there’s kind of a lot of ground to cover today for just a puny little lens. What you’re looking at is a vintage Tamron 500mm f/8 Adaptall mirror/catadioptric/reflex lens, which is a mouthful. Mirror lenses, typically telephoto designs, are a very lightweight and compact alternative to standard glass-and-brass super-tele lenses.   They aren’t easy to describe, but they basically use light bounced off of curved mirrors, instead of light reflected through multiple glass lens elements, to magnify the subject and deliver a sharp image to film/sensor. They look a lot like catadioptric telescopes, because they’re basically the same design. The mirrors greatly magnify the image and shorten the light path, and far less glass is required. So compact and lighter overall—check out the comparison with a Canon 400mm f/5.6.


Besides size/weight, mirror lenses eliminate some types of optical aberrations common to standard tele lenses, but they introduce one weird one of their own: out-of-focus specular highlights are annular, meaning donut-shaped. Mmmmm, donuts….. We included a photo to illustrate the Donut Phenomena.

Mirror lenses also don’t have aperture mechanisms. There’s no way to control how much light comes through the lens, so in the film world, where you can’t change your ASA/ISO rating from frame to frame, you can only control exposure with shutter speed, or neutral density filters. And that fixed aperture is usually not as fast as a standard lens. With a digital camera, which does allow changing ISO sensitivity from frame to frame, you do have more flexibility.
Oh, and one last weird mirror thing: filters can’t be attached to the front of the lens, they thread in _behind_ the _rear_ element. So you have to take off the lens to change filters.

So why bother with mirror lenses? Because they’re so much more compact and lighter than standard lenses, making them great for field use, and for occasional use. Oh, and they’re usually much less expensive than glass equivalents. And they’re terrific in the digital age, especially easy to adapt to mirrorless cameras.

We also need to talk about Tamron’s Adaptall system, which allowed a single lens, when paired with camera-specific Tamron Adaptall mount attachments, to fit many different cameras. Tamron made mounts for dozens of cameras, making life easier for multi-brand users.
Our sample is a not-for-sale demo lens, with some front elements scratches and a few internal fungus spots. Still gives a nice, sharp image. We’ve got another on tap, available soon. Retail is usually in the $125-$150 range for a clean one.