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)
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.