20 Aug 2014
Hong Kong is a photographer’s paradise, and there is a wide variety of camera stores in Hong Kong to choose from whenever you are ready to buy the latest and greatest equipment. And although I have previously recommended buying photography equipment at the various computer centres in Wanchai and Mongkok, I’ve had a few recent bad experiences with bait-and-switch and upselling tactics that have made me begin recommending Stanley Street instead.
Stanley Street is a short 2-3 block side street in the Central district of Hong Kong. A few camera stores have come and gone, but I think most of the ones that are still there have been there for ages. The shopkeepers are usually older chaps and very proficient in English. Here are the camera stores currently on Stanley Street (all prices were for the “Hong Kong goods” version of the camera, better explained in this older post):
This camera store is the first one you’d see on Stanley Street if you are coming from D’Aguilar Street or Lan Kwai Fong. They’ve got plenty of gear and accessories in their display window, although for some reason I’ve never found them particularly friendly.
Price of a Nikon D5300 w/18-55mm kit lens: HKD5850
**UPDATE 20 Jan 2015: I’ve heard that this location has closed and re-opened at 64 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan.
Chung Pui Photo Supplies
No fancy storefront (or doorway for that matter) here, just camera gear and good friendly service located right off the Pottinger Street steps (the area selling Halloween costumes in October). Although they are not always the cheapest, they are usually not off by much. I have generally recommended my photography class students to go here – I have personally seen the shopkeepers here patiently answer question after question to first-time camera buyers with reasonable advice.
Price of a Nikon D5300 w/18-55mm kit lens: HKD5880
Tin Cheung Camera Co.
The new kid on the block, albeit a branch of the long established Tin Cheung camera store chain. Lots of Leica equipment in shiny glass cases, and also a reasonable inventory of camera bags and tripods to try out. The store feels like a boutique camera shop which is great to browse but I generally don’t expect to get the best price here.
Price of a Nikon D5300 w/18-55mm kit lens: HKD5580
Right next to Tin Cheung yet at the same time the complete opposite in style – this place is old school. Lots of used and vintage equipment on display for sale – I bought my first Nikon flash here, a shabby old SB-28. This store has a small place in my heart, and competitive pricing to boot.
Price of a Nikon D5300 w/18-55mm kit lens: HKD5200
**UPDATE 9 Jul 2015: This store is now closed – unaffordable rent according to several sources =(