Leica shop in HK

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by tim_tan|1, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. Does anyone purchase leica gear in HK recently? Would like recommendation for a reliable and resonably price dealer/s in HK.
    Thanks
     
  2. Yes search out seller; etefore one ebay. Poon is excellent!
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  3. Nee How:

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    I bought some stuff from Francisco's in Lock St in Kowloon, just
    behind the Hyatt, a 2 min walk from the Sim Tsa Sway( Sp is horrible)
    metro stop. Prices were OK, selection is excellent and they know
    their stuff, but you need to negociate. They are registered dealers
    and I would NEVER touch anything in HK that is not from a registered
    dealer.

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    Cheers & Joy Kin
     
  4. Wing Sing in Mongkok. HONEST dealer !! I bought a M6 TTL with 35mm/f2
    ASPH recently for $19200HKD, to convert it into US$, divide HK$ by
    7.8. That's the only place I'll get my photo gear - may not be
    cheapest, but U won't get cheated
     
  5. Hi Tim,
    I live in Hong Kong. There are a few reputable photo dealers here,
    they all offer grey market products as well. The price quoted by jeff
    above is presumably grey products. I also brought grey products which
    is just as good as those without the original service guarantees.I
    brought all my leica gears from Kinefoto at 66 Stanley Street,
    Central. They never push you to make a purchase, you'll feel
    comfortable looking around inside the shop and they are also
    authorized leica dealer offering original service guarnatees. Their
    prices are one of the lowest in Hong Kong. Good luck to you.
     
  6. I would just like to add my 2 cents worth on this topic. I also live
    in HK, and I've done endless research into which shop was the
    best/cheapest before I plonked down my hard earned cash to buy an M6.
    I'll start off by saying that I ended up buying my M6 and 50 cron
    from Francisco's in Tsim Sha Tsui. I paid HKD$11100 for the body, and
    HKD$4850 for the lens. Keep in mind that these prices are for grey
    market goods. The owner there was very helpful and indeed knew what
    he was talking about.

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    If you're after Leicas with international warranty, then your best
    bet is to go to Wing Shing/Man Shing (same owner) in Mongkok. They
    sell only authorized goods there. As Jeff has pointed out, they are
    honest and reliable. Their shop is large and well stocked. Their
    quoted price for the M6 body was HKD$12800.

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    As for Kinefoto on Stanley St., I've had mixed experiences with them,
    sometimes their attitude can be very good, and sometimes shocking.
    Their prices are not the cheapest, however OTOH I also know some
    satisfied customers.

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    My advice is just to go and look at all the shops before you buy. And
    keep in mind that shop owners might quote a higher price to
    foreigners. Unless prices have changed dramatically, you can use the
    prices I've given above as a rough guide.

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    Hope this helps.
     
  7. The only two places where I would buy photo equipment in Hong Kong
    are Wing Shing and Man Shing in Mong Kok. They are the only two
    honest shops that I know of in Hong Kong. The sales people are
    generally friendly, but don't expect much service in terms of giving
    you product information, etc. You can expect to get very fair prices
    and complete products without stuff taken out of the box (adapters,
    caps, etc.). There isn't much bargaining at these places because the
    prices that they quote are pretty good to begin with. I bought a new
    M6TTL from Man Shing two months ago for HK$12,200. That was the
    price he quoted right off the bat and there was no room to move.
    Credit card payments are not charged another 2-3% like some other
    places, but they don't like American Express. Happy shopping.
     
  8. I forgot to mention that they only sell official products with
    warrantees. The current M6TTL grey price is only HK$800 less than
    the official product which I purchased at HK$12,200.
     
  9. Thanks Guys for all the valuable input
     
  10. Three places I'd recommend: Fully warranteed stuff: Wing Shing and Man Shing (under the same owner) in Mongkok. Honest dealers, fixed prices, salespeople can be a little grumpy, which is nothing unusual in Hong Kong. Grey market or used stuff: Tin Cheung in Tung Ying Building, on 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Another honest dealer; younger salesguys are a little inexperienced. Owners are one Mr. Lee and his wife Jennifer--really nice people; will give you a little discount if you act like a good customer. Grey or warranteed stuff: Kinefoto on S66-68 Stanley Street, Central. Also an honest dealer; Simon's the one I usually deal with, his colleagues can be grumpy at times, but they're OK. Tips to shop for cameras in Hong Kong: don't look for the cheapest place, look for a place where the prices are reasonable and which has a good reputation, and don't judge a place by the attitude of the salespeople. In the above mentioned places, the salespeople will feel insulted if you drive a hard bargain and treat them as if they're trying to cheat you. Instead of bargaining, ask for a little discount or a free accessory item. Seek out the older guys (who're more experienced and usually know their stuff) instead of the younger ones (who usually pretend to know what they don't know). Hong Kong is a strange town--most shop people can't seem to act cheerfully even if they know for sure that you're bringing them business!
     
  11. I am also a HK resident and regret that no-one has given a plug to Paul Chan and colleagues at Kowloon Photo Service, 5 WooSung Street, Yaumatei, Tel +852 2384 9302. They are occasionally cheaper than Wing Shing (esp for accessories), but friendly honest well informed and (more than any other photo. shop I have used in HK) and willing to be helpful. I doubt however if they would deal in grey market goods.
     
  12. I just go to William's Photo Supply in Prince's Building, Central. He's always been
    excellent to me, and the prices are reasonable. All his stuff is official and with
    warranty.

    E-mail me if you have any questions.

    Ken
     

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