Where TO buy Camera's!

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    Where TO buy Camera's!

    Since I noticed there was such a prominent thread about where NOT to buy a camera, I decided to make a thread on where TO buy a camera.

    I can't say I've been to Hong Kong for that long and admit I am likely missing out on some very good shops. That being said, I've had some pleasant experiences at Broadway - one of the big box franchise stores. Though I have to say their Canon selection of accessories, is disappointingly slim for live inventory.

    I've been to Digital Rev and they are quite overpriced, but the service, etc. there is exceptional. They only have two locations in Hong Kong I believe, but have tons of professional etiquette.

    I also should mention T-Dimension, a grey marketing eBay seller. I'm not sure where they get their products for, but I recently purchased a Canon 580 EX II, and a Canon ST-E2 transmitter from them and saved thousands. They were selling the Canon ST-E2 for well below eBay prices, and far below MSRP - 30+% cheaper than anywher else I've found locally. The Canon 580 EX II was also $500 cheaper than anywhere I can find locally, as most places I've noticed were selling for around the $3,200 range. I managed to pick it up for $2,700.

    I should mention though - as T-Dimension sells grey marketed items (I'm assuming from Japan or Singapore, etc.), that manufacturer warranties are likely void. I could be wrong, but then again, I could be right. Though they do have an inclusive warranty from their own organization and their eBay feedback of 20,000+ seem pretty reputable.

    Of course - I'd prefer to find an even better shop! If anyone is aware of any shops that carry lighting gear, etc. for in-store browsing, I'd really love to check it out!

    Any other recommendations are appreciated! I recently just bought a Canon 5D Mark II and am looking for some spicy new gear!

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    Wing Shing in Mongkok, Kowloon Photo in Yau Ma Tei and Tin Cheung in Tsim Sha Tsui are the places I usually use. Plus the second hand shops in Champagne Court, TST for second-hand stuff. And the computer centres for memory cards etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dipper
    Wing Shing in Mongkok, Kowloon Photo in Yau Ma Tei and Tin Cheung in Tsim Sha Tsui are the places I usually use. Plus the second hand shops in Champagne Court, TST for second-hand stuff. And the computer centres for memory cards etc.
    Have used Tin Cheung in the past and am pretty happy with the service.

    Have also used a couple of the stores in Wanchai computer centre to by lenses and stuff.

    Also Stanley Street is pretty good.

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    I bought my DSLR from Broadway, they kept on throwing in accessories without increasing the price so that I couldn't say no in the end.


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    I bought two cameras over a two month period at a Broadway Mong Kok location in late 07 and 08 and the price was fine and there help in choosing the right cameras was spot on. A business partner got me thinking of a fancier model that neither my wife nor I'd any clue how to use properly and settled for one that was cheaper but closer to my ability to use it based solely on 3 salesmen telling me the Pentax took better pictures than the Sony.

    I also bought a cell phone there. Where I did err there was taking the special offer of the cheap shaver for extra $$. That was dumb of me as I didn't need it.


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    Broadway is fine for simple stuff but if you want a range of lighting gear, lenses, decent tripods etc (as the OP suggested he was looking for) or a higher end camera then you'll need to go to a specialist store like those above.

    If you're just looking for a basic point-and-shoot then the likes of Wing Shing will sometimes be a little cheaper than Broadway/Fortress but not by much so by all means take it easy and buy from the chains, they're never usually far off street price, they just don't carry any specialist gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipper
    If you're just looking for a basic point-and-shoot then the likes of Wing Shing will sometimes be a little cheaper than Broadway/Fortress but not by much so by all means take it easy and buy from the chains, they're never usually far off street price, they just don't carry any specialist gear.
    Can be a bit of a difference though, For a sony t77 its $2600 in broadway but if you go to an independant in mongkok then its nearer $1800. Only difference is that Broadway throws in the memory stick and an accessory pack which you probably really don't need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    Can be a bit of a difference though, For a sony t77 its $2600 in broadway but if you go to an independant in mongkok then its nearer $1800. Only difference is that Broadway throws in the memory stick and an accessory pack which you probably really don't need.
    Hey Jimbo, are you sure that your quote $1800 is not for a Gray Import goods as the official price even on Sony Hk website is HK$2690 for T66.

    http://www.sonystyle.com.hk/ss/produ...ot/dsc_t77.jsp

    some shops in Mongkok will have the goods with 2-3 prices listed on it, the highest price will be for a official good, then you have the gray import and not sure about the cheapest price as its in chinese, some shops will have 2 prices listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia
    Hey Jimbo, are you sure that your quote $1800 is not for a Gray Import goods as the official price even on Sony Hk website is HK$2690 for T66.
    Not 100% sure as I went to one of the camera shops in the mongkok computer centre, They had the model on display and the one price only and I just went for it. Got the warranty card etc and came with a HK plug for the charger.

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    Does anyone know of any locations that SPECIFICALLY only sell grey marketed goods?.. Or at least is prominently known to sell them?

    I don't really mind taking the risk of damage on most goods, unless it is one hella expensive lens or something - in most cases, the savings, at least to me, are worth it.


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