Opened in 1975, or ’76 depending on which shop owner you ask, Kucha Choudhary Market, known colloquially as the photo market in Chandini Chowk, is a photographers dream.

You can get every type of camera and essential accessory you could ever imagine {and that’s not hyperbole} around every corner. Here are our favourite spots for buying cameras and accessories.

Modern Camera Care

Located right on the Chandni Chowk main road is Madan Jee and Co. The famous store, first opened in Peshawar before moving to Delhi in 1955, is one of the largest and most extensive photography stores in the area.

Perfect for all your DSLR needs, they sell the latest Nikon and Canon cameras, and do all the necessary repair work in-house. As we explored the store the proprietor was on the phone informing a long-time client that his specialised lens had arrived {good to know, boss!}.

Madan Jee had every modern camera accessory you would ever require, {and some you wouldn’t!}, even rolls upon rolls of Kodak film, which we were sure had been discontinued. If they don’t have what you need, you can be sure they know where to source it.

Specialised Stores

PhotoMarketRepair Go Camera Crazy At The Chandni Chowk Photo MarketAfter exploring the lanes outside we decided it was time to step foot into the main photo market, and found ourselves in the lane with some of the better-known specialised stores. Chief among them were Pritam’s Digital Camera Repairs, Kandhari Flash Experts and Royal Photo Sales.

Pritam’s {an offshoot of the famous Pritam’s Studio on the vintage camera road} merely consisted of a dusty cubby with a series of ancient looking devices strewn across the table. The repairman, one of the nicest, has been working on cameras since before they were even wires in them.

Adapting with the times and technology, Kandhari exclusively sells flashes; handheld, digital, and manual. Royal Photo Sales focuses on photo printers and has a good stock of Epson brand printers.

Vintage Cameras

PhotoMarketVintage1 Go Camera Crazy At The Chandni Chowk Photo MarketThree of the oldest stores around are Rattan Studio, opened in 1948, Ashoka Studio, circa 1953, and Prem Studio, around since 1965. These stores, functioning as old-school developing studios, still sell a variety of old cameras, pricing them anywhere between INR 5,000 to INR 10,000.

We found a gorgeous Yashica 635 from the ‘50s {talk about old-school} and a stunning Kodak Colourburst 250 instant camera {we don’t know if they even make the film for this anymore} at Prem Studio.

At Rattan Studio we came across a series of cameras from the ‘70s and ‘80s, with names we had long forgotten. The likes of Minolta, Nikkormat, Vivitar and Cosina lined the shelves. It made us just want to rip out our wallets and scream ‘TAKE MY MONEY’; till we realised we were broke.

Keep in mind they only sell, and do not repair, these cameras.


PhotoMarketDelhiPhoto Go Camera Crazy At The Chandni Chowk Photo MarketA new kid on the block {only about 15 years old} is Delhi Photo Store. Head here for all your accessory requirements; they have the widest collection of tripods we’ve ever seen.

With a ton of accessories for on-the-go shoots, the store has many brands of SD cards, camera bags, tripods, studio lights, and camera filters. Talk to any of the customers, or even shopkeepers, in the market and they all recommend stopping by Delhi Photo Store for your gadgets and gizmos.


PhotoMarketWholesale Go Camera Crazy At The Chandni Chowk Photo MarketExhausted and ready to leave the market, we grumbled as a member of our LBB photography team grabbed us and led us up two flights of stairs to one of their favourite haunts.

All that complaining stopped as we entered the wholesale Varun Photo Store. We gasped as our eyes ran over the seemingly endless number of Nikon cameras on one wall. And lo and behold what did we find on the other wall, but a series of Canon cameras! Definitely check this place out if you’re not sure which camera you want, but are eager to browse through many, many, many options.

Photos: Aditya Keswani


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