Photography Equipment in Beijing

Olympus
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.

Timbuk2 Love and Lost

I’ve had my Timbuk2 bag for well over 10 years now. I called it my “superman bag” because it was red and blue with the yellow logo. That bag has traveled with me all over the U.S. and Asia. It’s well-made, but some of the materials were dying, so I figured I’d drop it off at the store to see what they could do about it. And then they lost my bag! My heart sank a little, but the 2 guys at the factory (I forgot their names) were awesome. They helped me customize a brand new bag (good thing they had the same fabric available as my old bag!) and sent it right over.

So here’s my new boring inconspicuous brown bag:
New Timbuk2 bag
Timbuk2 bag

In case anyone’s wondering, here’s how I carry my photography gear:
Tenba photo insert

I have a Tenba insert (wow, the price has gone up since I bought it) which I just stick into the bag to hold everything. I like this set up because it doesn’t look like I have a camera bag, although carrying everything with one strap might not be the best for my back issues.

I’m proud of my bag and the fact that it was handmade right here in San Francisco. Oh, they have a blog too.

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