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Regrettably RG Lewis, a Leica Premier dealership in London has closed its doors after more than 100 years of trading because its proprietor is retiring.  I was in Croydon Photo Centre yesterday (formerly called High Street Radio and Photographic), which is a family business owned by 84 year old Reg Roach and has specialised in Leica and Roberts radio products for over 50 years.  Reg's son Paul showed me a large amount of Leica accessories (hoods, filters, caps, Visoflexs, adaptors etc) that Len at RG Lewis had passed on to the shop when he shut the doors at RG Lewis.

 

Croydon Photo Centre already offers a wide range of classic Leica goods but Paul told me that it will take some time to load all of the former RG Lewis accessories onto his website.  He told me that if anyone is looking for Leica accessories then please contact the shop by email or telephone on the weblink above.  Paul's very happy to talk to people over the phone or if you happen to be in the area on a day that the shop is open (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) then call in for a chat and a rummage.

 

(For full disclosure I have no connection to Croydon Photo Centre or its goods other than to have been a satisfied customer over the years who enjoys the 'days gone by' feel of the shop with shelves stacked high with all sorts of goods and hidden gems and drawers filled with more and staff who know their products well who are happy to spend time talking to you.  I have only posted this message as a service to other forum members who may be or may have been looking for a particular for some time.)  

 

 

For those who know Reg he unfortunately fell and broke his hip recently so he's in hospital at the moment but is in constant contact with Paul by phone as I witnessed while Paul was looking for an IROOA for my Rigid Summicron, which he successfully found with Reg's telephonic guidance.

 

Pete.

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Sorry to hear about Reg, after his earlier ill health. Hopefully he'll be back in the shop soon.

 

I always stop to look in the window when I'm passing - which can be a mistake as there's usually something of interest saying 'buy me'

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Reg and Paul are great.  I bought from them over the phone (they are happy to email photos of any item on their very straightforward single-page website) with total satisfaction, and I had the pleasure of meeting them in person during my one visit to the actual shop last year.  They represent a bygone age before things Leica became more than a little pretentious, and their shop was a refreshing experience.

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