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Bromfield Camera
Steve Centamore / Globe Staff Photo by Jonathan Wiggs

Steve Centamore's family has owned Bromfield Camera since 1966. He knows a thing or two about film, repairs -- and Robin Williams.

A Q&A by Courtney Hollands
Boston.com Staff

Do people still buy film cameras?
Ninety percent of our business is in digital cameras. But we also sell dinosaurs that still use film; about 8 to 10 percent of our customers are looking for film cameras. There's a certain romance about film cameras; they render colors differently, with depth.

Do you have any boxes of discontinued Polaroid film kicking around?
Not a one. We can still get it, though. But at the price they want now, it'll cost you almost two bucks a picture. There's a segment of the population that like the soft focus of Polaroids, the very muted colors. It's almost a cult.

So there's a Polaroid film black market?
Yes. [Laughs.] We get it out of New York. I will get you some after trying my darndest to talk you out of it.

Your staff repairs cameras. What's the craziest excuse you've heard for a broken camera?
The dog ate it. Literally. This guy's dog ate through the gadget bag and then left deep gouges in the camera. Someone else left a camera on the roof of his car, drove off, and then ran over the camera when he went to get it.

Do any celebrities shop here?
We just had Robin Williams in here a week ago ... he's the same in person as he is on-screen. So funny. His hotel called us and asked if we would help one of the high-profile guests learn to operate his camera. And in walked Robin Williams.

Bromfield Camera
10 Bromfield St.
Boston
617-426-5230
www.bromfieldcamera.com

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