Photography Equipment in Beijing

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Nathan and his new toy

I’ve been meaning to document this here so I can find it easily in the future. Where do you go to buy photography equipment when you’re in China? Look no further than the Beijing photography city. If I remember correctly, it’s about 2 stories filled with a hundred different stores/booths.

I didn’t buy any big-ticket items, but I did pick up some accessories that were fairly inexpensive. Prices are comparable to US retail store prices, although online US prices are still slightly cheaper. Be careful when buying though, because I believe those gray market items do not include the manufacturer’s warranty.

If you want to check out photography equipment in China, visit the “photo gear mall” in Beijing.

Beijing Photography Equipment City
Address: Beijing, Haidian District, Wukesong Road No. 40
Phone:010-88119728 88119763 (Chinese only)
Store hours: 9:00am – 17:00pm (Winter), 9:00am – 18:00pm (Summer)

地址:北京海淀区五棵松路40号
电话:010-88119728 88119763
营业时间:早9:00—晚18:00

Subway: No 1 line, Wukesong station, Exit B to the North East of the Wukesong intersection, Walk 1km (10 minutes) to the north (east side of the 4th ring road). The place is on the right side of the road.

Image taken in Hong Kong, 2009. I think the picture looks a little too cartoon-y. Not sure what it is. I just remember the lighting was pretty bad in the tiny cafe place we were at.

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

I guess there’s really nowhere to put that small “baby on board” sign that people place in the back window of their cars to encourage safe driving. I can’t imagine my sister biking around like this with Abby.

Image taken while I was riding my bike. I don’t really like it because it’s slightly blurry. I suppose I should have adjusted my settings a little better.
Narnia (Beijing, China. 2010.)

Photo-biking in China

I’ve spent the past 5 summers with students in China. I don’t shoot as much as I usually do because I feel like I’m “at work” and need to make sure the project is going well and that everyone’s doing well. That’s probably why I’ve posted very few pictures from China here on the blog.

Anyways, my colleague Dan (who’s a great photographer) did a good job of setting aside time to shoot. He found a migrant neighborhood across the railroad tracks from our school. By the way, our students were studying at one of the largest university campuses EVER, so traveling by bike was a must. In the states, people go on photo-walks. Here is my first ever photo-bike tour. Quite challenging trying to bike and shoot at the same time, I tell you–and over some unpaved roads too!

Entrance to our Narnia 2010. It led to an underpass beneath some railroad tracks.
Narnia 2010 gate

The tunnel/underpass to Narnia. The length of the crossing is like crossing from one subway platform to another. Try going through something like this after a torrential downpour. NOT pretty when biking through a foot of water and debris.
Tunnel to Narnia

This is me and my bike. Notice the green and black rubber horn. It made a sound similar to that of a circus clown’s bike. I used it a LOT — for both safety and entertainment purposes.
photo-biking in china

Check out the sidewalk BBQ with a customer sporting the Beijing bikini.
photo-biking2

The following image should give you an idea how close I got to cars, trucks, and buses. Btw, that’s my colleague Dan biking in front of me.
photo-biking3

I’m slowly going through my images now. We’ll see if I get around to posting more.