Photo Cullen

★★★★★
  • 551 Valley Rd A Store A

    Montclair, NJ 07043

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  • 973-746-1234

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Photo Cullen is the most unpleasant buying experience I've ever had the misfortune to suffer though. They were rude, over-expensive, and slow to get me my pictures. They failed to follow directions and then acted like like I was in the

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Photo Cullen is the most unpleasant buying experience I've ever had the misfortune to suffer though. They were rude, over-expensive, and slow to get me my pictures. They failed to follow directions and then acted like like I was in the

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I've been going to Photo Cullen for years and although the owner is indeed on the gruff side I have never had a problem with the service I received. My father-in-law has a Rolleiflex camera from the 50s and we take his film there to be

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I've been going to Photo Cullen for years and although the owner is indeed on the gruff side I have never had a problem with the service I received. My father-in-law has a Rolleiflex camera from the 50s and we take his film there to be

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Yes, Photo Cullen is one of the last small photo stores in the area--that is exactly why I wanted to take my business there. I wanted so badly to support it, almost to the point where I walked around the shop's isles looking to make

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★★★★★

Yes, Photo Cullen is one of the last small photo stores in the area--that is exactly why I wanted to take my business there. I wanted so badly to support it, almost to the point where I walked around the shop's isles looking to make

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The Hallanders have had Photo Cullen since 1959. That is 50 years + in the business, and Kent has seen it all. The fact that his store remains as one of the few retail shops in New Jersey should be testament in itself. So he might be odd, but he knows his stuff w.r.t. photography and equipment. For the retail shop these days you have to sell experience because you certainly cannot price compete the B&H's and the Best Buys.

Kent knows his way around the darkroom as well, and is one hell of a restorationist. He took a picture that was in hundreds of pieces, assembled, re-photographed, retouched, and printed a beautiful final product. There are few with these talents.

If you are a bargain hack, go to Best Buy, but if you want to learn something, go see Kent.

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★★★★★

The Hallanders have had Photo Cullen since 1959. That is 50 years + in the business, and Kent has seen it all. The fact that his store remains as one of the few retail shops in New Jersey should be testament in itself. So he might be odd, but he knows his stuff w.r.t. photography and equipment. For the retail shop these days you have to sell experience because you certainly cannot price compete the B&H's and the Best Buys.

Kent knows his way around the darkroom as well, and is one hell of a restorationist. He took a picture that was in hundreds of pieces, assembled, re-photographed, retouched, and printed a beautiful final product. There are few with these talents.

If you are a bargain hack, go to Best Buy, but if you want to learn something, go see Kent.

Pros: Can't beat his knowledge

Cons: He might be a weee bit arrogant

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I never take the time to write these reviews but I had to let everyone know about my experience. I have NEVER been treated so horrendously than by Kent Hallander, the owner of Photo Cullen. I really don't know how they stay open because I am not the only person to have the same experience with this store. After my encounter, I heard many many horrible stories about Photo Cullen. I paid $10 for each print for my college portfolio so I expected high quality. The photos he printed for me were the worst quality I have ever seen! I could have gotten better quality and must nicer service at CVS. While I was talking to him he turned his back to me, laughed at me, and told me I was ignorant. What happened to customer service? Or even respect for others? The bill was $400 and fortunately I was able to deny them all. I WILL NEVER GO TO PHOTO CULLEN AGAIN!

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★☆☆☆☆

I never take the time to write these reviews but I had to let everyone know about my experience. I have NEVER been treated so horrendously than by Kent Hallander, the owner of Photo Cullen. I really don't know how they stay open because I am not the only person to have the same experience with this store. After my encounter, I heard many many horrible stories about Photo Cullen. I paid $10 for each print for my college portfolio so I expected high quality. The photos he printed for me were the worst quality I have ever seen! I could have gotten better quality and must nicer service at CVS. While I was talking to him he turned his back to me, laughed at me, and told me I was ignorant. What happened to customer service? Or even respect for others? The bill was $400 and fortunately I was able to deny them all. I WILL NEVER GO TO PHOTO CULLEN AGAIN!

Pros: None

Cons: Everything, especially the owner Kent Hallander

 

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