I had heard about Mr CAD in Croydon, South London some time ago but never visited. However, I needed a close up lens and some filters for my Pentax ME that I am using for Black & White photography at the moment.
Now I have to confess that Croydon is not one of my favourite places. I find it too busy, too aggressive, confusing to drive around and impossible to park in.
When I arrived at Mr CAD, I thought that I had died and gone to Heaven. They have a car park with spaces available. When you go inside, the place is packed to the rafters with old and new photographic equipment of all shapes and sizes. I was greeted,(I think by Mr CAD himself), who is quite a character and as knowledgeable and helpful a person as you could possible wish to meet.
I picked up the close up lenses and filters I needed and a couple of other items that I didn’t know I needed, and all second hand at very affordable prices. I then had a browse around for an extremely enjoyable half an hour and listened in to the discussions going on at the counter with enormous interest. All the place needs is a coffee shop and they’d never get rid of us.
If you live anywhere near Croydon, I can’t recommend Mr CAD too strongly. If you don’t though, a good second choice might be to visit the web site. www.mrcad.co.uk