Where to buy and sell used cameras and lenses in Hong Kong?

14 Jan 2016

Where to buy and sell used cameras and lenses in Hong Kong?

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When it comes to buying and selling second hand camera equipment in Hong Kong, there is no shortage of options in Hong Kong. There are used camera stores in the Central, Wanchai, Mongkok, Sham Shui Po, and Tsim Sha Tsui districts of Hong Kong – and those are just the stores that I have seen personally. Here are the stores that I would recommend:

Used Digital Camera Shops

My favorite place to go to buy used and new camera equipment is Sim City in Mongkok. It is on Shan Tung Street between Nathan Road and Sai Yeong Choi Street, only a block away from the MTR station. It is easily recognizable by its (incredibly gaudy) neon sign above the escalator entrance. The mall has 3 floors of used and new camera shops including branches of a few local reputable “chain” camera stores like dcfever, tin cheung and cam2. Generally when I come here I’m looking for a specific used lens or camera body and scouring the used stores to find who might have one for sale. One of the first stores off the 3/F escalator is called Hi-Tech Pro Shop at Shop 301 – a guy named Ray has helped me out several times there.  He always seems to have a good selection in the gear that I am looking for (usually Nikon, Canon or micro 4/3s Olympus or Panasonic), and I have found his prices to be at least comparable or cheaper than other stores in the mall.  He’s also just a nice guy.

Used Film Camera Shops

Hands down the biggest selection of used film cameras and lenses are at Champagne Court at the corner of Kimberley Road and Carnarvon Road in Tsim Sha Tsui (not to be confused with the nearby Kimberley Street or Cameron Road). There is so much to love about this place – the ground floor shopping centre of sorts inside Champagne Court is a bizarre mish-mash of used watch stores, hostels, a pizza joint, a famous pork neck and cheese instant noodle shop, and of course used vintage cameras and lenses galore. Not that there isn’t any digital camera or lens equipment there, but unless I was shooting analog I probably would go somewhere else.

The two entrances to Champagne Court’s camera shops are a bit discreet. This is the entrance from Carnarvon:

Then there’s the entrance from Kimberley Road:

6 Responses

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  2. Feye

    I’d like to sell my Olympus E-PL3. You mentioned second hand stores in Central and Wan Chai area, can you recommend one?

  3. Azhar

    How is the Hong Kong used camera market when compared to the one in Bangkok? I am looking to travel to either Bangkok or Hong Kong to buy cameras and accessories, what destination would you recommend?

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