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About us


The beginning falls in the year 1903. Eugen Helmich founds his trading business for photographic articles with a studio in Dortmund. For 60 years it was considered one of the leading specialist photo shops in Westphalia. In 1944 the commercial building on Hansaplatz fell victim to the bombs. New start in 1947 at Westenhellweg 35.

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His grandson Gerd Helmich and Joseph Janssens founded the photographic wholesaler "Cinephot GmbH" in Cologne in 1968 to supply German specialist retailers. Renamed to the current CF Photo + Video Technik GmbH. The two company founders were active in the very successful market with film projectors, film cameras, film viewers and film processing. The first film lights came on the market.

The rapid development of a sales network for the photo trade, professional photographers, industry and authorities showed rapid success. Semi-professionals and tech-savvy hobby photographers and online retail were added. Our portfolio currently includes LED photo lights, studio flash units and state-of-the-art studio equipment for professional and ambitious photographers. You will all find the right accessories for your photo equipment with us.

“Photography is our life” for four generations now. Time and again we have brought imaginative products onto the market. Customers and industrial partners have been visiting us at the Photokina in Cologne for 40 years.

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Well-known manufacturers from many countries have entrusted us with distributions in Germany. We have been associated with photography for 118 years and have grown continuously thanks to the requirements of our customers. The future lies where individual wishes are met. We keep this knowledge to this day.