|Panasonic Lumix GF2|
Hong Kong is known for sourcing camera equipment to professionals and amateurs alike. So I did my research on the interwebs. A couple of places had good reviews. Instead of going a couple days to every camera shop in Hong Kong, Mark and I decided to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui as there are plenty of reputable stores there. We eventually found Tin Cheung Camera- it had relocated from the street shop to the third floor of the mall on the same block. Walking into the shop was like walking into the local Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Ferrari dealership. Leica, Canon, Nikon, 35mm, medium format, DSLRs, college education price tag lenses, you name it. Camera heaven.
Yu's Camera was second on the list and after wandering around, we finally found it. The camera I was hunting for was an old model and my timing couldn't have been better. Stores like Fortress (the equivalent of Target) even said it was discontinued and I'd have to go to secondhand shops. The owner Alan had reduced the price only a couple days ago. Judging by my research, it was the cheapest one could find in Hong Kong. Armed with the pride of my findings, I made sure and walked away from the deal and eventually bought my new Lumix GF2. Mark acted as my Cantonese interpreter and Alan even knew some Tagalog. With the deal, I was able to afford a tripod, case and UV filter as well at Tin Chueng. With my limited exposure to camera shops, I would recommend his shop over any place in Hong Kong.
Take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Tsim Sha Tsui exit D2.
Up the escalator, turn left, cross the street.
The 3rd or 4th shop to the left, inside the walk-through building.
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 7:40pm
Sunday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
|Dim Sum: cheap and only served for lunch.|
|Spider Handroll & Matcha Tea|
|Deep-fried Oyster & Seasoned Octopus|
|Swordfish & yet another cup of Matcha|
What I like most about Hong Kong is that it's gigantic. What would be considered "downtown"- Central & Tsim Sha Tsui is relatively small, but Hong Kong Island, plus Kowloon, Lantau, the Outlying Islands, and the New Territories make up the country of Hong Kong. Next time, I'll bike and hike around Lantau and the New Territories and report back on my adventures.
Until next time.