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28 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Hi Roland,

    Do you have the email contact of theEcho Photo & Audio shop? I’m visiting HK in October and I’d like to buy a couple of lenses and accessories. Since I’ll stay for two days I’m trying to check prices and ensure stock remotely.

    Last time I was in HK I shopped from New Sankyo Camera near Nathan Road. Its a very small shop (two clients maximum at the same time if they are not bying large zoom lenses ;-) ) and I got very glad with the deal.

    Kind regards,
    Rui

  2. Hi Julius,

    No, I don’t use flash at concerts for 2 reasons:-

    1. the performer would be too far away most of the time for flash to be effective
    2. they do not usually allow flash photography at concerts

  3. Hi Roland,

    You have the patience of a “saint” in the manner that you have responded to comments from Guoki!

    Can you recommend a good book on how to use “Lightroom”? Going through the manual on the internet has not been as helpful as I thought.

    Happy Holidays.

    Julius

  4. G’day Roland,

    I’d like to thank you for your review of the 40D. My wife and I have a first generation 300D and I’ve been trying to convince her that we need to upgrade it. Based on your review, it sounds like the 40D is a significant improvement. Thanks for helping all of us by writing up the review.

    Regards,
    Doug

  5. Hi Roland,

    Happy New Year! I was wondering if you know if Tina Cheung Camera accepts trade ins. I have the Canon 70-200mm f4.0 L USM and was thinking of getting the 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM that you use for concert photography.

    Also, do most concert promoters in HK allow people to come in during the concert with the big zoom lens to shoot pictures as long as you don’t use a flash?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  6. Hi Julius,

    Happy New Year to you too!

    I know Tin Cheung deal with 2nd hand cameras and lenses. They have a section that display all all the 2nd hand stuff. I am not sure whether they will accept trade in though. The best thing to do I guess would be to call them and ask them.

    Yes, in general, most concerts in Hong Kong would allow photography. The only concert I have been to in recent years that didn’t allow photogrpahy was the Jacky Cheung concert last year.

    Roland

  7. Hi Roland, tremendous review, thanks. I have two questions for you. First, I’m often hearing (and feeling) a shutter or mirror shift noise through many basic actions and maneuvers (aside from taking a picture) that I never heard on my 10D, 20D, OR 30D, and I can’t find where Canon or any of you reviewers mention this noise. Is this a sign of something gone awry? I have noticed it since the day I bought it last week. Also, I’m getting the error 99 at an increasing rate, and I have the updated version of the firmware. Is there a resource you can recommend that would help me troubleshoot and remedy this issue? Thanks!

    Wayne

  8. HI
    I have just been given a Cannon EOS 40D, I would like to use smaller images, how do I change the setting so that I can get more , images on the card instead of only 400 , not quite so high in resolution but more practical for me ? Thank you for any help you can offer ?

  9. Thanks for the information on Tin Cheung Camera in TST. I was able to trade in my Canon 70-200mm F4.0 L USM lens for a Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS USM. I dealt with the General Manager, Ernest Tsang via email and with a very helpful gentleman by the name of Kenneth Tam at the store. It’s a treat to be able to go to a store and not have to worry about haggling for prices and having professionals deal with you. I would highly recommend this store to anyone going to HK.

  10. Hi Roland,

    Just found your site on a link from an AVforum. Congratulations on a site that covers all my interests, AV, photography and cuisine.
    I also lived and worked in HK in the early eighties for CL&P, have recently taken early retirement and set up a small consultancy business to keep me occupied. We moved at the same time to live in the the Highlands of Scotland, next to the sea and mountains. Photogenic like HK but in a much different way.
    We hope to visit HK in the future so your site will have much more meaning.

    Once again thanks for sharing and best of luck,

    Paul.

  11. Hi Roland
    thanks once again for your help I bought the 40D from Mong kok at Wing Shing Photo Supplies they were very helpfull.The kit was 11780 plus lens hood,spare battery,hoya uv,hoya pl-c,tripod tr-130, case& 2mb card all for HK13,310 now thats with out bargening.My thanks goes out to wing shing and to you Roland I had a good holiday took plenty pics both in China and HK weather was bad but there
    is always other times. Like the cammera verry much still have a lot to learn about it.So to all in HK and around the world Kong Hey Fa Thui.

    Regards Louis
    From down under
    P.S price of camera here is $2500*HK7

  12. Hi Roland
    sorry to bring up Elements but both the wife and i did not think it that impressive so why the fuss there was hardley a shopper there a bit of shame advertizing goes along way.there should be no skin off your nose to say the least they dug the hole.
    regards down under
    Louis

  13. hi roland!

    just saw your site now and obviously you are an authority in cameras. i would really appreciate it if you can give me some recommendations on the best compact or ultracompact digital camera on the market now. just to let you know, i am more of the point and shoot type and i don’t know much about photography. all i want to do is to be able to take beautiful pictures of the places i visit. i will be in hongkong on the 22nd to the 25th and i would appreciate it very much if you can get back to me asap. thanks!

  14. Hi Dani,

    Thanks! I am glad you found my site helpful. There is really no such thing as the best compact digital camera IMHO. However, most of the major digicam makers do make decent digicams. Cameras and brands to try includes Canon PowerShot SD850 IS, Canon PowerShot A720 IS, Fujifilm FinePix F50fd, Fujifilm FinePix F31fd. Panasonic and Casio also make pretty good digicams and you probably won’t go wrong with any of them.

    If you would allow me to give you just one small bit of advice though. Cameras, no matter how good, cannot take great pictures. Camera is merely a tool. It is the photogrpaher that can take great pictures, not the camera. So even with a good camera, you will still need to learn some basic photogrpahic techniques to help to take good photos.

  15. Hi Roland,

    I was thinking of trading in my 17-85 IS USM lens for a 24-105 f/4.0 L IS USM lens. I’d like your opinion on the 24-105 mm lens as a “everyday…walk around” sort of lens.

    Thanks

  16. Hi Julius,

    The 24-105mm f4L IS USM is a very good lens with optical quality superior to the EF-S 17-85mm IS USM. However, the problem is that, the 24-105mm is a zoom lens with a zoom range designed to be used on a full frame camera like the 5D or 1Ds series rather than a cropped frame camera like the 30D or 40D. The 24-105mm fitted on a cropped frame camera would have a 35mm focal length equivalent of 38.4-147mm. Of course it really depends on what you would like to shoot with lens, but as a “everyday, walk-around” type of lens, I think this zoom range is rather awkward with a rather limited range at the wide end, 38.4mm won’t be wide enough in many situation.

    Unless you plan to upgrade to a full frame camera soon, I don’t think the 24-105mm is a good choice as a everyday, walk-around lens. If you upgrade to a walk-around lens with superior optical quality on a cropped frame camera than the 17-85mm, maybe you should think about the EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM.

  17. hi roland, came across your blog by accident while surfing for info on camera shop in hong kong.

    I am a fellow photography enthusiast from malaysia. do you have a facebook account that I can add?thanks.

    • Hi Lee Wye Joe,

      I have a facebook account that I use to connect with my real life friends. I will probably open another facebook account to connect with other people I meet on the net. I will post it on my blog once I open the new account.

  18. Good day Roland, the Wife and I are off to Jiuzhaigou mid March. I will be taking 2 cameras and 2 lenses one 100 2.8 macro for 40D which will be 160 equivalent and the 10-22efs lens and maybe the 580 flash, would this be ok as you have been there before.Let us know as I do have the 70-200 lens.Will also be taking my tripod. I like the 10-22 for landscape and its pretty sharp. The 100/m I thought would be good for the odd landscape the odd portrait and close up of any ice or snow on fauna and flora ( ex )
    Thanks again Roland, your friends from down under.
    PS. I know this is not your line but thought I would ask The casio EX-FC150 could you enquire the price from Mr Yip
    Thanks

    • Hi Louis,

      Your lens choices should be fine. I think the 70-200 maybe useful for some compressed landscape shots, so maybe worthwhile taking that along too.

      I have asked Mr Yip about the Casio EX-FC150, there is no such model in Hong Kong. Have a good time in Jiuzhaigou!

  19. Thanks so much again,You are still one of the most generous and helpful people i know of all the blogs I’m in touch with. I’m not just saying this if they all met you they would agree.Regards to all.

  20. Hello Roland,

    Great site you have here, especially for people overseas interested in getting a camera from Hong Kong! :)

    I’m interested in getting a DSLR in my upcoming Hong Kong trip, and would like to check if Echo Photo still sells the Sony A850 or A900 DSLRs. Also, what is the updated pricing? Could you help me take a look? :)

    Thanks so much!! And regards to you.

    • Hi Benny,

      The A900 has been discontinued for a long time. The A850 is still available. I have updated the price this this lens at my Camera and Lens Street Price List.

      • Hi Roland,

        Thanks so much! :) Really appreciate what you are doing! :) Great site, great pictures, great information! :) Keep it up! :))

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