Cool! I'm in Irvine (Woodbridge). Moving next week to near the Irvine Spectrum. Do you usually go to the camera expo show? I hear it got moved to Mission Viejo or something like that. What is this "Regional Focus Group" on Apug anyway? I think I missed a memo
Yeah Shmoo. Nelson's for sure. Great people and a large, diverse selection. I usually grab a good lunch while I'm in Little Italy. Another friendly shop with a small gallery is North County Camera in Escondido -- a bit if a drive for me though.
I'm actually in Santee (east county). Hometown is Huntington Beach.
Aggie's compiling a listing of photo stores, photo labs, darkrooms, etc. by region. She has a template for her database. If you PM her, she'll send it to you. I've done the L.A. stores/labs/darkrooms that I know about(West LA, Hollywood), but I'm not familiar outside of my area. You might want to help her with other areas (the Valley, OC, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Berdoooooooooo).