Camera and Lens Street Price List for Hong Kong

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I have written an article on “How to Choose a DSLR“. Please read the article for my advise on how to choose a DSLR before you ask me any questions about this topic.

I have compiled a camera and lens street price list. The prices are mainly from recent quotes I got for readers requests on my Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong article. The list is therefore not comprehensive, but I will add new items and update it in time. The prices quoted were all from Andrew Yip, Echo Photo & Audio unless otherwise stated. All the prices listed are for officially imported products (NOT gray import) except stated otherwise.

Please only use this price list as a guide. It is provided as a free service and to help people looking to buy cameras or lenses in Hong Kong. I am just a photographer. I am not affiliated commercially or otherwise with any camera shops. Although I will try to keep the information on this page as accurate and update as possible, I do not hold any responsibility for any inaccuracy or error on this page.

Please also note that prices of certain cameras and lenses are quite volatile and the prices may change quite frequently due to various market reasons. So even if you have just asked me for an update or you see a newly updated price on the list, DO NOT expect the price quoted is gold. Sometimes, prices could change on the next day. Don’t come back complaining here that Echo Photo & Audio or other camera shops refused to honor the price I quoted here.

Before shopping for cameras and lenses in Hong Kong, I suggest you read my article on Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong if you have not read it yet. For information on international warranty, please also visit my article on Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong.

Model Street Price(HK$) Date Store/Remarks
Canon Powershot S100 3,000 30/3/2012
Canon Powershot G12 3,500 13/4/2011
Canon Powershot G1X 5,400 31/3/2012
EOS M Standard Zoom Lens Kit with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM  5,000  19/2/2013
EOS M Prime Lens with Mount Adapter Kit with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM + Mount Adapter EF-EOS M)  5,500  19/2/2013
EOS M Double Lenses with Flash Kit with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM + Speedlite 90EX)  6,200  19/2/2013
Canon EOS 1100D Kit with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II 3,700 20/7/2012
Canon EOS 450D body 4,300 27/2/2009
Canon EOS 450D kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS 4,750 17/10/2009
Canon EOS 500D body 5/7/2010 Body alone not available anymore, only kit is available
Canon EOS 500D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS 5,000 9/8/2010
Canon EOS 500D Kit with EF-S 18-200mm IS 9,300 14/3/2010
Canon EOS 550D body 5,000 5/5/2011
Canon EOS 550D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS 4,900 8/4/2012
Canon EOS 550D Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 7,200 26/11/2010
Canon EOS 600D body 5,100 16/11/2011
Canon EOS 600D kit with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II 5,700 16/11/2011
Canon EOS 600D kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 7,100 16/11/2011
 Canon EOS 650D body 4,500  8/6/2013 Grey import price
 Canon ESO 650D kit with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II 4,800 19/2/2013
Canon EOS 700D Body  5,000 8/6/2013
Canon EOS 700D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Kit Set  6,000  8/6/2013
Canon EOS 700D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Kit Set  7,500 8/6/2013
Canon EOS 50D body 19/7/2011 Discontinued
Canon EOS 50D Kit with EF-S 17-85mm 19/7/2011 Discontinued
Canon EOS 50D Kit with EF-S 18-200mm IS 19/7/2011 Discontinued
Canon EOS 60D body 6,400 19/2/2013
Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II 8,100 13/4/2011
Canon EOS 60D kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 7,500 19/2/2013
Canon EOS 70D body  7,000  22/8/2013
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM  8,100 22/8/2013
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM  9,600  22/8/2013
Canon EOS 7D body 10,800 2/10/2011
Canon EOS 7D Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 13,000 2/10/2011
Canon EOS 7D kit with EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM 15,000 2/10/2011
 Canon EOS 6D body 12,600 (11,200)  20/8/2013 Grey market price in bracket
 Canon  EOS 6D kit with  18,000 19/2/2013
Canon EOS 5D Mark II body 14,500 30/3/2012
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Kit with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM 20,700 30/3/2012
 Canon EOS 5D Mark III body  21,000 19/2/2013
 Canon EOS 5D Mark III Kit with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM  26,500 19/2/2013
Canon EOS 1D Mark III body 28,620 22/10/2009
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 34,000 2/1/2010
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM  11,000  2/10/2011
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM 11,800 21/11/2011
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM 5,700 16/11/2011
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM 10,500-12,000 26/5/2012 Officially discontinued. Limited stocks left, expect high street prices
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM 7,000 20/7/2012
Canon EF-28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM 3,400 8/12/2009
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM 10,700 20/5/2011
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 13,500 24/3/2010
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 15,200 8/6/2013
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM 10,000 20/5/2011
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM 5,500 19/7/2011
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM 1,600 14/3/2010
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 4,100 14/3/2010
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM 9,000 23/8/2013
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM 18,000 9/4/2010
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 12,800 19/7/2011
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 5,800 4/5/2011
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM 8,000 19/7/2011
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM 5,300 2/10/2011
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 3,300 27/4/2009
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 2,800 3/3/2010
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 4,400 26/8/2010
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS 1,650 24/1/2010
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L  18,300 14/5/2011
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 2,750 15/10/2009
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM 12,900 8/4/2012
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM 3,900 19/7/2011
Canon EF 35mm f/2 2,200 15/2/2011
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM 11,000 8/4/2012
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM  1,600  20/7/2012
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II 700 19/7/2011
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM 2,900 20/7/2012
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM 11,500 18/3/2010
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro 2,300 6/10/2009
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM 3,100 28/2/2011
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM 2,900 20/7/2012
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM 15,700 26/8/2010
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM 4,350 8/12/2009
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro 7,300 13/4/2011
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM 6,900 8/8/2010
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM 11,400 10/9/2009
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM 5,800 4/10/2010
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM 45,500 28/1/2011
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM 10,500 1/5/2009
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM 49,000 22/9/2010
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM  50,500  2/10/2011
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM 9,200 19/11/2010
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM 46,200 7/9/2010
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM 65,000 8/11/2010
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM 59,700 30/3/2012
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM 92,000 28/2/2011
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 9,500 5/7/2010
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 9,500 5/7/2010
Canon Extender EF 1.4X II 2,450 14/10/2010
Canon Extender EF 1.4X III 3,400 4/1/2011
Canon Extender EF 2X II 2,450 14/10/2010
Canon Extender EF 2X III 3,900 16/11/2011
 Canon Speedlite 320 EX  1,800 4/5/2011
Canon Speedlite 430EX II 2,100 15/2/2011
Canon Speedlite 580EX II 3,300 2/10/2011
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT  4,460  26/5/2012
Canon LP-E5 280 4/3/2009
Canon BG-E5 950 15/2/2011
Canon BG-E6 1,700 25/3/2009
Canon BG-E7 1,200 19/7/2011
Canon BG-E8 950 5/7/2010
Canon BG-E9 1,100 7/10/2010
Canon LP-E6 500 19/7/2011
Canon Angle Finder C 1,300
Nikon J1 kit with Nikkor VR 10-30mm 3,700  30/3/2012
Nkion J1 kit with Nikkor 10mm 4,000  30/3/2012
Nikon J1 kit with Nikkor 10mm and Nikkor VR 10-30mm 4,500 30/3/2012
Nikon J1 kit with Nikkor VR 10-30mm and Nikkor VR 30-110mm 4,800 30/3/2012
Nikon V1 kit with Nikkor VR 10-30mm  5,600 16/11/2011
Nikon V1 kit with Nikkor 10mm and Nikkor VR 10-30mm  5,900  16/11/2011
Nikon V1 kit with Nikkor VR 10-30mm and Nikkor VR 30-110mm  6,500 16/11/2011
Nikon D3100 body 3,600 26/11/2010
Nikon D3100 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 4,200 30/3/2012
Nikon D3200 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR  4,900  19/2/2013
Nikon D5000 body 8/11/2010 Body alone version not available
Nikon D5000 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 4,900 8/11/2010
Nikon D5100 body  5,200 19/7/2011
Nikon D5100 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 5,200 30/3/2012
Nikon D5200 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR  5,900  19/2/2013
Nikon D90 body 5,900 16/11/2011
Nikon D90 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 7,900 16/11/2011
Nikon D7000 body 8,200 4/8/2011
Nikon D7000 kit with AF-S DX 18-105mm VR 11,000 21/11/2011
Nikon D7100 body  8,500 8/6/2013
Nikon D7100 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Kit Set  10,400  8/6/2013
Nikon D300s body 11,300 19/7/2010
Nikon D700 body 16,400 30/3/2012 Will be discontinued soon. Expect only limited stock
 Nikon D600 body  12,500  19/2/2013
Nikon D800 body 20,000  19/2/2013
 Nikon D800E body 22,000   19/2/2013
Nikon D3 body 31,000 24/5/2009
Nikon D3s body 35,800 22/11/2011
Nikon D4 body  45,000  30/3/2012 Very limited stock
Nikon D3X body 56,400 24/1/2010
AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED 4,800 6/2/2009
Nikkor AF 24mm f/2.8D 2,400 22/9/2010
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED 15,800 16/11/2011
AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D 2,200 15/2/2011
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G 1,600 30/3/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G 1,600 30/3/2012
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D 2,100 16/11/2011
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G 3,900 19/7/2011
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED 4,900 17/2/2011
Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8D 2,950 19/7/2011
Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4D IF 7,300 16/11/2011
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G 13,500 16/11/2011
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED 6,400 8/6/2013
AF DC 135mm f/2D 9,100 4/8/2011
AF Micro 200mm f/4D IF-ED  9,000  26/5/2012
AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED 8,000 30/3/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II 42,000 30/3/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR 61,500 10/3/2011
600mm f/4G ED VR
73,000 10/9/2009
AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED 6,700 30/3/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED 13,800 20/7/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR 9,500 19/7/2011
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 4,900 15/2/2011
Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED 10,900 30/3/2012
AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED 9,900 30/3/2012
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 2,200 15/12/2010
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II 5,900 30/3/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED 12,800 20/7/2012
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR 8,500 8/6/2013
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 6,900 22/9/2010
AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED 1,400 19/7/2011
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 2,600 4/1/2011
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED 4,200 4/1/2011
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR  9,800 8/6/2013
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II (2.9x) 16,900 16/11/2011
Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED 7,300 4/10/2010
AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED 17,800 8/6/2013
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II 50,000 28/1/2011
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11  1,650 2/10/2011
Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 2,000 22/9/2010
GP-1 GPS Unit 1,450  2/10/2011
Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System 5,600 4/8/2011
Nikon SB-400 950 15/2/2011
Nikon SB-600 1,950 22/9/2010
Nikon SB-700 2,300 28/2/2011
Nikon SB-900 3,700 13/4/2011
Nikkor Teleconverter TC-14E II/14E 2,450 9/4/2010
Nikkor Teleconverter TC-17E II 2,700 9/4/2010
Nikkor Teleconverter TC-20E II/20E 2,700 23/2/2009
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III 4,000 10/3/2011
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE 14,700 4/10/2010
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZF.2 12,800 15/2/2011
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 with CPU 7,000 15/2/2011
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF.2 5,200 8/8/2010
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF.2 9,500 15/2/2011
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE 8,000 19/11/2010
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 5,200 19/11/2010
Sony NEX-3 single lens kit 3,800 2/9/2010
Sony NEX-3 twin lens kit 4,900 2/9/2010
Sony NEX-5N single lens kit 5,300 30/3/2012
Sony NEX-5 twin lens kit 6,200 2/9/2010
 Sony NEX-7 body 8,800  30/3/2012
Sony α NEX Series E-mount Lens – SEL18200 6,000 30/3/2012
Sony SLT-A33 kit SAL1855 4,650 8/11/2010
Sony SLT-A55V twin lens kit 7,200 8/11/2010
Sony A-350 body 3,900 2/8/2009
Sony A300 kit with 18-70mm 3,900 24/4/2009
Sony A300 dual lens kit 4,900 15/3/2009
Sony A350 dual lens kit 5,200 15/2/2009
Sony A580 body 5,200 5/5/2011
Sony A580 kit 5,400 19/7/2011
Sony A700 body 5,900 17/8/2009
Sony A700 kit with 16-80mm 26/5/2009 official kit set not available anymore
Sony A850 body 12,900 10/3/2011
Sony A900 Discontinued in Hong Kong
Sony VG-C90AM 1,930 4/10/2010
α Carl Zeiss Lens SAL1680Z/AE 4,500 14/3/2010
α Lens – SAL16105/AE 3,200 14/3/2010
α Lens – SAL18250/AE 3,700 19/7/2011
α Carl Zeiss Lens – SAL2470Z 11,300 14/5/2011
α Lens – SAL2875 5,500 24/12/2009
α Lens – SAL-70200G 17,000 14/5/2011
α Sony/G Lens – SAL70300G  5,050  19/7/2011
α Lens – SAL70400G 9,200 22/9/2010
α Carl Zeiss Lens – SAL24F20Z 8,450 17/2/2011
α Lens – SAL35F18 1,450 5/5/2011
α Lens – SAL50F18 1,050 5/5/2011
α Lens – SAL-50F14/C AE 2,300 17/1/2011
α Carl Zeiss Lens – SAL-85F14Z  9,900 14/5/2011
α Carl Zeiss Lens – SAL-135F18Z 11,900 14/5/2011
Sony VG-B30AM grip 1,200 4/5/2010
Sony HVL-F20AM flash 690 17/2/2011
Sony HVL-F42AM flash 1,680 24/4/2009
Sony HVL-F58AM flash 2,550 20/3/2011
Sony VF-77MPAM MC filter 620 17/2/2011
Fujifilm X10 4,600  10/3/2012
 Fujifilm FinePix X100  9,300 10/3/2012 Includes leather camera case and lens hood
Fujifilm X-M1 body 4,960 20/8/2013
Fujifil X-M1 with FUJINON XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS 5,900 20/8/2013
Fujifilm X-E1 kit with FUJINON XF35mmF1.4 R  9,600  19/2/2013
Fujifilm X-E1 kit with FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS  10,600  19/2/2013
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 body 9,000 19/2/2013
FUJINON XF14mmF2.8 R 7,000 19/2/2013
FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS  4,500  19/2/2013
FUJINON XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS  5,000 8/6/2013
Olympus Pen E-PL1 kit 3,300 4/8/2011
Olympus Pen E-PL2 single lens kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6II 4,600 4/5/2011
Olympus Pen E-P3 kit  6,600 2/10/2011
Olympus Pen Mini (E-PL3) kit  4,300  16/11/2011
Olympus OM-D kit 8,400 8/6/2013
Olympus ED 12mm F2.0 – MSC 5,950  20/7/2012
Olympus ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 5,690 13/5/2010 Price at Broadway12 month credit card interest free installment planFree UV filter
Olympus ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 5,490 13/5/2010 Price at BroadwayCredit card or cash price, no free gift
Panasonic DMC-GF1 kit 4,900 20/3/2011 Discontinued, but limited stock available at Echo Photo & Audio
 Panasonic Lumix GF2 single lens kit  4,900 19/7/2011
Panasonic Lumix GF2 twin lens kit 5,900 19/7/2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3W twin lens kit  4,700 16/11/2011
Panasonic DMC-GH1 kit with LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. 11,000 10/6/2009
Panasonic Lumix GH2 body 7,500
Panasonic Lumix GH2 14-140mm Zoom Kit Set 11,000 21/11/2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens Kit  5,500 30/3/2012
Panasonic LUMIX G Fisheye 8mm F3.5 5,200 21/11/2011
Panasonic LUMIX 20mm f1.7 2,850 20/7/2012
LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm F1.4 ASPH  4,500  30/3/2012
Panasonic LUMIX 7-14mm F4.0 Micro 4/3 system 7,700 10/6/2009
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.  8,700 20/7/2012
Panasonic LUMIX 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. 2,600 16/11/2011
Panasonic LUMIX 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 Micro 4/3 system lens 6,600 28/1/2011
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. 3,900 8/6/2013
LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. 6,300 17/5/2010
Pentax K-x kit 3,800 19/11/2010 grey import price
Pentax K20D body 5,900 22/10/2009
Pentax K20D kit 5,400 3/2/2009
Pentax K-7 body 8,500 3/3/2010
Pentax K-5 body 9,600 30/3/2012
 Pentx K-01 body  4,700  26/5/2012
smc PENTAX FA 77mm F1.8 Limited 6,300 6/10/2009
Samsung NX10 kit with 30 mm F2.0 5,900 6/4/2010 Dollar Photo Service
(22A Sai Yeung Choi Street)
Samsung NX10 kit with 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 5,900 29/3/2010 Citicall
Ricoh GXR +GR Lens A12 28mm Kit  6,200  5/5/2011
Tamron SP AF60mm F/2 DiII LD [IF] MACRO1:1 (Model G005)  3,700 16/11/2011
Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro 2,700 8/12/2009
Tamron SP AF10-24MM F/3.5-4.5 DI II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) 3,300 8/8/2010
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) 2,550 30/3/2012
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B005) 3,200 30/3/2012
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 DI VC USD (Model A007) 8,500  26/5/2012
Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) 2,800 26/11/2010
Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR DiII LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14) 1,500 30/3/2012
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD 4,600 20/5/2011
Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A20) 3,800 2/9/2010
Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro 5,500 29/10/2009
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)  5,500 8/6/2013
Tamron SP AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) 4,400 4/1/2011
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM 4,800 8/8/2010
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM 3,400 30/3/2012
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM 4,100 30/3/2012
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II 7,300 2/10/2011
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO /HSM 2,800 22/10/2009
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM 3,100 4/10/2010
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM 5,000 8/11/2010
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC 1,600 19/8/2009
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM 2,450 30/3/2012
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM 3,300 26/8/2010
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO 3,900 24/3/2010
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM 6,000 5/6/2009
Sigma 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG MACRO 2,100 21/8/2009
Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM  10,500  21/11/2011
Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM 5,500 15/2/2011
Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 7,800 30/3/2012
Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 20,000 30/3/2012
Sigma APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM 5,300 7/12/2010
Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM 7,200 16/11/2011
Sigma APO 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG /HSM 6,400 4/10/2010
Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM 10,000 26/5/2012
Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM 54,000 18/9/2009
Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE 4,600 17/2/2010
Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO 3,300 24/5/2010
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM 2,900 8/6/2013
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM  5,300  8/6/2013 Grey import
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM  6,000  8/6/2013 Official import
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 3,300 16/11/2011
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 6,000 8/11/2010
Sigma APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 5,500 26/5/2012
Sigma 2.0X Teleconverter EX APO DG  1,850 2/10/2011
Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX 2,500 17/2/2010
Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fish-Eye 4,100 14/5/2011
Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 4,900 19/7/2011
Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II 4,300 7/11/2010
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX 6,800 17/2/2011
Tokina AT-X 16.5-135 DX  4,400  14/5/2011 discontinued
Tokina AT-X 100 PRO D 3,800 19/7/2010
Tokina AT-X840 AF D 4,500 4/10/2010
Voigtländer Nokton F0,95/25mm  7,500 19/7/2011
Voigtländer 35 mm / F 1,4 Nokton 5,200 2/10/2011
Voigtländer Ultron 2.0, 40mm SL II for Canon  3,900  14/5/2011
Voigtländer Nokton 1,4/ 58mm SL II 3,000 28/7/2009
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 3.000 10/3/2011
Kenko DG Extension tube set 950 8/11/2010
Kenko PRO 300 AF DGX 1.4X  1,450  30/3/2012
Nissin Di466 600 8/6/2013
Nissin Di622 1,800 17/5/2010
Sekonic L-358 FLASH MASTER 1,500 2/9/2010
Sekonic L-758Cine 3,300 5/7/2010

1,322 thoughts on “Camera and Lens Street Price List for Hong Kong

  1. Hi Roland,
    Thanks for this list, it has been very useful for me since it contains the exact models i was looking for compare.


    • Hi Roland and All,

      Roland – Many Thanks for this informative and highly helpful blog.

      For those that have bought from Echo. Do they bundle the camera purchase with freebies like memory card, tripod, carrying bag, protector just like Fortress etc?


      • Hi Dexter,

        There is no free lunch and nothing is really free. In general, Fortress sell at higher prices than shops like Echo and the so called freebies are stuff that you already paid for.

  2. Dear Mr. Roland Lim:

    With great interest I have been following your blogs on photography. What an achievement. Such wealth of information on so many photographic issues and technique. Also congratulaions on receiving over more than half millions hits on your blog. May good Lord bless you more richly & abundantly and give you more knowledge and patience for doing such a good work and service to impart knowledge and wisdom to fellow photographers.

    My name is Saleem Almas and live in Dubai. I am a senior citizen and have had advanced interest in photography and over the years enjoyed my hobby.

    I am visiting Hong Kong around 9th of March for 2 weeks and need your guidance and assitance.

    I read your very thorough and knowledgeable review on Canon 5D Mk II and have been thinking to buy one with the portrait grip, during my visit to HK.

    During the last many years I have accumulated a lot of analogue cameras in 35mm & medium formats and most recently in digital photography also.

    I have the following digital bodies in mint condition with proper original packings and accessories.

    1. Nikon D1X
    2. Nikon D2Xs
    3. Nikon D200
    4. Canon 40D
    5. Canon 5D

    I will be greatful if you could kindly advise & giude me, if it would be worthwhile to dispose off the above equipment in HK to buy new Canon 5D MK II and some Canon ‘L’ series good condition used lenses. I would be glad to pay for your resource and time in selling this equipment.

    As you an expert and know the HK market, could you please let me know for how much I should expect to sell this equipment for. Also whether, I should bring the original boxes, if it would help in getting better price.

    Sorry for taking so much of your time and looking forward to hear from you in this matter.

    |With best regards,

    Saleem Almas

    • Hi Saleem,

      Thanks for all the kind words!

      In general, I don’t think you will fetch particularly good prices for used DSLR in Hong Kong and for older DSLR like the Nikon D1X, the market demand is probably will low and even if you can sell it, the price would be too low to be worth your while carry it all the way to Hong Kong.

      You are also more likely to get better pries by doing private sale than selling them to 2nd hand camera shops. I think you should try and put them on eBay or similar sites for sale. You are much more likley to get good prices for them that way and also save you the trouble to carrying 5 used DSLR to Hong Kong, which would not be easy I am sure.

      However, if you are determines to sell your 2nd hand DSLR in Hong Kong, then I believe of course they may fetch better prices with original box and accessories. You can either try Tin Cheung Cameras or the following shop:-

  3. Hi Roland!

    This article provides very good comparison of prices of DSLR and lenses and I salute you for that.
    I have a question and sorry if I seem rude but i think the price of A700 body only seems too low compared with the usual 7000+ from other stores. Of course, the consumers, like me, would be happy because it is at a much cheaper rate but I’m a little skeptical about the price if it is really true. I don’t want to sound like I’m demanding but can you please check the price of it again just to clear my doubts on what camera to buy. Also, is there an A700 with an 18-70mm and 16-105mm kit lens and how much if any?

    Thanks for providing much valuable information for non-HK residents and photographers alike and I hope that you will never stop helping others in need. God Bless and more power!

    • Hi Arnel,

      The price of the A700 have gone down quite a lot in recent few months. I don’t know if you are from forum, as I know they are discussing about the prices of A700 there. The price (HK$7,880) of the A700 quoted on is quite old (29/10/2008). I have another reader who emailed on 8/4/2009 and told me that the A700 was selling for HK$5,800 at DC Fever. If you look at this page:- , the recent street price of the A700 has definitely gone down to way below $7,000+. However, I will call Echo tomorrow and see if the price they quoted to me was correct or not.

      As far as I know, the A700 kit in Hong Kong comes with the 16-80mm. If you buy directly from Sony Hong Kong, they do have a package that bundles the 16-105mm with the A700, but their price of $9,900 is rather high compared to what you’ll get at other camera stores in Hong Kong.

    • Hi Arnel,

      I just called Mr Yip of Echo, there was indeed a mistake with the price of the A700. Apparently, he said he tried to call me after he gave me an incorrect quote last week, but I never got the message.

      Anyway, the current price is HK$5,800. I have updated the list above to reflect the correct price. It appears that the A700 maybe at the end of it’s product cycle and the price seemed to be dropping quite rapidly and may not be available for too long.

      • Hi Roland!

        Thanks a lot for the reply! Now the A700 is out of the question again. When I have seen the low price, I immediately hesitated on my choice because the price seems to get closer to A300 and A350. Now, I’m back to either A350 or A300 again. Thanks again for clearing my doubts.

  4. Do you have the prices list for the following?

    AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

    The AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

    and the other lens which is up to 300mm?

    Im going to HK this May. I want to know what will suit my D60. Thanks.

    • If you go to Nikon’s official website, can you even find a version of 55-200mm without VR???? It’s not like Nikon has zilllions version of 55-200mm, as far as I can see, they only make one version and I am not even a Nikon user. When I posted the name of the lenses, I copied from Nikon’s official web-site, and the fact the VR was not in the name of the lens was clearly simply a typing/computer error.

  5. Thanks for listing and updating these prices Roland!

    When you’re calling in next time, could you ask about the price of:
    Sigma APO 150-500mm

    also, do you know any HK pricewatch sites for computer hardware?

  6. Hi Mr. Roland Lim!

    Thanks for having a price list like this because it helps the consumers know the current prices of some DSLR and lenses in HK. When you call Mr. Yip next time, can I ask you to ask for the price of Sony A300 with single lens kit only (18-70mm only) and the updated price of HVL-F42AM flash because in ygdragon the price of the HVL-F42AM is around $1700+. Thanks in advance!

  7. Hi Mr. Lim!

    Forgot to ask.
    Are the prices the true prices there in Echo (when you casually go inside and ask the price there) or the prices will only be like that when I will tell Mr. Yip that I was recommended by you? Because I am a little concerned that when I go there the price will be different. Thanks again.

    • Hi Aileen,

      If you go to Echo, it’s best to ask for Mr Yip. Although Echo Photo & Audio is a reliable and honest shop as far as I know, the salesman inside the shop kind of operate independently and they may all quote slightly different prices. In my experience, Mr Yip has always offered the best price in the shop. In general, if you ask for Mr Yip, he should already honour the price I quote, since those were the pries he quoted to me anyway. However, there is no harm in quoting my name and my website. Another thing to remember is that sometimes, prices of certain cameras or lenses may fluctuate due to supply and demand or other reasons and may not be exactly the same as in my street price list.

  8. hey mr. Lim, im coming to hongkong on may 2nd to buy a dslr camera, im planning to go to echo too since i read it on ur blog. i dont know much about cameras or the specs, . im planning to buy a 450D / 500D . anyway, your price for

    Canon EOS 500D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS 6,000,
    but in tin cheung their 450D is HKD $7,224.00.

    is it possible that the 450D is more expensive? or is it because the quotation is from different stores?. . i really wanna know if the prices are still what u posted because ill only be asking money from my dad.

    by the way, im so glad i saw ur site. it is really helpful. more power to you! thanks!

  9. Roland,

    Awesome job. Thank you very much for the information above. Those price are from Echo Photo right? Do you know if they ship it to Malaysia?

    • Hi Ed,

      Yes, the prices were from Echo unless otherwise stated, I have already said that in the article.

      As far as I know, Echo can do mail order. You can call their phone no. and talk to Mr Yip about it.

  10. Roland,

    I am already in Hongkong, and will visit Echo tomorrow. :-).. great site and information. I am mainly looking for a Nikon AF-S 50mm/1.4 or 1.8 lens. used or new.

    Great job!!. I am staying in TST.

  11. Hi,
    i notice the date for the sony 50mm is written as 9/5/09. Is that the release date when the lens hit the store or an typo error? Thanks.

  12. Hi Roland,

    Can you ask Mr. Yip next time on Sony 16-105mm and CZ 16-80 for Sony? Also, I just want to confirm if Echo really has the Sony 50mm f/1.8. Because when I look at Sonystyle HK, there seems to be no 50mm f/1.8 yet. Thanks in advance!

  13. Hi Mr.Roland,

    Firstly,I would like to thank you for all the useful info you have supplied on your website.I have found it very useful indeed.I am so grateful to come across your website.

    Now,this is going to be my first time buying a DSLR and I’m torn between the Nikon D60 and the Canon Eos 1000D.

    Please advise on which would be a more worthwhile purchase?

    Would appreciate a quick reply as I am only in HKG for another day.Thank you and looking forward to a reply soon.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      There is not a huge difference between the Nikon D60 and Canon EOS 1000D. If your budget is tight and looking for an entry level DSLR, either of these camera should do well. I am afraid in the end, it’s a decision only you can make for yourself. Just remember the camera is merely a tool, either camera is capable of giving good results. The limitation is usually with the photographer, not the camera. So just choose whichever you like and keep shooting, the choice you make will be right choice for you.

      • Hi Roland,
        Thank you very much for your recommendations.
        I decided to purchase the Canon EOS 500D instead.The prices you listed were accurate and the staff there were very helpful and accomodating.Once again thank you and your travel pictures are really beautiful.Good job!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      There is not a huge difference between the Nikon D60 and Canon EOS 1000D. If your budget is tight and looking for an entry level DSLR, either of these camera should do well. I am afraid in the end, it’s a decision only you can make for yourself. Just remember the camera is merely a tool, either camera is capable of giving good results. The limitation is usually with the photographer, not the camera. So just choose whichever you like and keep shooting, the choice you make will be right choice for you.

  14. Hi Roland,

    I shall be in Hong kong this week and am hoping to buy a panasonic DMC FZ28K camera .I would be grateful if you could give me an idea of the prices what accessories are included and where are the best shops to buy it.

    thanking you in advance

    • Hi Jamie,

      I have just talked to Mr Yip of Echo, and he told me that he called Tamron Hong Kong only quite recently and he was told that the 200-500mm would not be available in Kong Kong anymore.

  15. Hi Mr. Lim,

    Need your help to find out if the Tamron 10-24 Lens for Sony A Mount is available in HK? If it is , what is the price ? Thanks a million…..

  16. Hi Roland,

    I was wondering if you have the price-list for 3rd party/canon external flashes?

    What do you recommend for canon? Thanks

  17. Hi, any chance you can find out the price for the Nikon 300mm F4? I tried searching for it on the those websites and I can’t seem to find it…

  18. Hi Roland,

    I would need your help to find out if Sigma 10-20 f3.5 is available in HK, especially Sony mount?

    I am not sure to buy the Tamron 10-24 or the Sigma 10-20 f3.5….

    Thanks for the help…..


  19. Thanks! Oh man, the price is like SG$1500. In Singapore it’s still like SG$2088, I guess even with a ticket to HK and back, I still save 100…

    • Hi fong xiao,

      I have already clearly stated in the main text above which shop I got the prices from, so If you would read the main text above before the price list, you would know where I got the prices from without having to ask me 🙂

  20. Hi Roland!

    I am going to buy D3 and D700 bodies this summer. I am checking a website based in Malaysia: and they offer a good price but the thing is, it is only online shopping, which is I am not really sure of trying. So I am thinking of going to Hong Kong instead and buy the bodies there. Any suggestions and how much is the current selling prices for these two bodies? Appreciate it!

  21. Hi Roland,

    Is the Sony 50mm f/1.8 already available? Can you also update me on the prices of Sony A700 body only and with the kit/s? Thanks a lot!

  22. High Roland,

    i saw the price of nikon D80, 60, 90 nd nikkor 18-200mm zomm lense that u posted. Are the prices still the same?

  23. Hi Roland,

    Thank you for your help with purchasing our
    Penasonic DMC FZ28 which we bought from Eco photo for HK$ 2,550 which included a 4 GB memory card.

    Would you by any chance have information on media players? We are looking for a price and a shop where we could find a Western Digital WD TV HD media player in Hong Kong.

    Thanking you in advance

    • Hi Cyril,

      You are most likely to find Western Digital WD TV HD media player at computer shopping malls like the Golden Shopping Arcade and Golden Shopping Mall at Sham Shui Po. I have no idea about pricing though. I suggest to check prices at a few different stores there before buying as prices can vary quite a bit between different stores in computer shopping malls.

  24. Hi Roland,

    I will be in hongkong this july 8, 2009 and i’m planning to buy Canon camera model EOS 500d kit in Echo Photo & Audio. In your list it cost HK 6,000. Can you please ask Mr. Yip, aside from the body and the EF-S 18-55mm IS, what else included in the in kit? Is there a memory card, how big is the memory, bag, charger, battery, detachable flash, any other accessories? If i will use credit card will the cost be the same? Will they give me an international warranty for this?

    And by the time i go there, will EOS 500D kit with EF-S 18-200mm IS be available then and how much?

    Thank you.

    Best regards.

  25. Hi Roland,

    I’ll be in hongkong this coming July, 2009. I’m planning to buy Canon camera EOS 500D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS. Is this a good choice? And can you please ask Mr. Yip what is included in the kit aside from the camera body and EF-S 18-mm IS. Does it have memory card, how big Is the memory card, a bag, battery, flash charger, any other accessories? How about international guaranty? Will the cost of HK$ 6,000 the same if i use my credit card?

    Will the EOS 500D kit with EF-S 18-200mm IS be available by July and how much will it cost?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards.

    • Hi Maria,

      The EOS 500D is a good camera, but whether it is a good choice for you is something I cannot answer. There are simply too many variables involved in choosing a “right” camera for a particular person, such as photographic experience, budget, personal preferences and bias, photographic usage and subject matter etc, etc…. Without knwoing anything about you, it’s impossible to give you any advice on this subject.

      Please read this page and scroll to the bottom of the page to see what are included in the box with the EOS 500D in Hong Kong:-

      Canon Hong Kong does not offer international warranty for DSLR. The price quoted is cash price, in general, expect to pay 2% more for VISA and MC and 3% more for AMEX payment.

  26. Man, I’m so afraid that when I leave for HK in July, the crazy 300mm F/4 prices will go up like how it is worldwide. In US, it’s about US$1.3k, a far cry from the 7700HKD I see in the current pricelist.

  27. Dear Ronald,
    As you can see on this website, that the price of Canon EOS 500D has gone down to HKD 5,699. Infact one of my friends in Hong Kong was also able to get a price of HKD 5680 at a street shop, as you suggeted earlier that it might be cheaper.
    I have been following your post for some time, and would really like to buy a camera through your recommendation. Can you please let me know if Mr. Yip would be able to match or better that price?
    I really appreciate your efforts in providing us all with such wonderful information. Thank you.

    Best regards,

  28. Dear Ronald,
    Greetings! As you can seen on this webpage that price of Canon EOS 500D have gone down to HKD 5,699 at Cam2 Digital. In fact one of my friends was able to get a price of HKD 5,680 from one of the street shops (as you suggested earlier that they could be cheaper). Both of them are with Hong Kong Warranty.
    I have been following your post for quite sometime and would really want to buy my first DSLR through your recommendation. Could you please let me know, if Mr. Yip or somebody could match or better that price? Also, as you suggested earlier that Mr. Yip may also be dealing in Gray Market camera for which we should contact directly to him, can you please tell me if he is comfortable with English.
    I really appreciate your efforts and interest in providing us all with such wonderful and useful information. Many thanks.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Love,

      As I have explained before, the list of shops I recommend are meant to be reliable shops that sell at reasonable prices, they may not necessary be the cheapest in town. I am not working for any of the shops or affiliated with them in any way. I am sorry I can’t and really don’t have the resources to go around making sure which shop is cheapest or trying to make them match the cheapest price in town.

      Yes, Mr Yip is fluent in English.

  29. Roland, thanks so much for all the info mate!

    came across this just in time as am off to HK on Friday for a few days and am looking at a new camera.

    Do you know if the D500 with the 18-200mm kit has been released yet in HK and how much the street price would be?

    It seems to be up on the site.



    • HI Micheal,

      Last time I ask, which was just a few days ago, the 500D kit with 18-200mm still was not available in Hong Kong yet. The Canon HK website has listed the kit with 18-200mm for a long time, that does not mean it is shipping though.

  30. Hi Roland,
    you listed that Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM = 3,600

    is that really so cheap (its HSM), I might get on this month if the price is really 3600.

  31. Hi Roland,

    Just want to ask if there are stores that buy 2nd hand photo and video cameras? We’re planning to go to hong kong in a few weeks and we’re thinking of selling the point & shoot camera and the sony video camera that we bought there 2 years ago. Thanks.


    • Hi caryl,

      I don’t buy or sell 2nd hand equipment myself, so I have no personal experience with any 2nd hand shop. However, you can try Tin Cheung Camera, Matsuya Camera ( their wbe-stie seemed to be down for the moment) or you can Sim City Mall, 47-51 Shan Tung Street, Mong Kok, there are a few shops there that deal with 2nd hand stuff.

  32. Hi Roy,

    If I wish to buy D300 in HK at your local shop reccomendation, can I make a MACK international warranty?
    I did it for equipment bought in the US.


  33. Hi Roland,

    Many thanks for the great website – saved who knows how much money on a 500D thanks to it!

    I’m now looking into getting a Sigma 12-24mm F/4.5-5.6 EX DG lens with canon mount. Do you have any idea how much I should be looking at? Seems to be just over $700 in the US so I’d guess around $6000 would be reasonable here?

    Many thanks,

  34. Hi Roland,

    are the prices u listed came from 1 store? hav u vistd wan

    chai computer centre? is it safe to buy there or risky?

    because they are cheaper compared to the store u



    • Hi Cole,

      Please read the text before the price list. Please also read my article (there are 2 links from the main text above) on recommended camera shops in Hong Kong:-

      If you have read what I wrote on this article and article on recommended camera shops in Hong Kong, you would have found the answers to your questions.

      I don’t and have never shopped at Wan Chai Computer Centre. Therefore I don’t know whether it’s safe or risky to shop there.

      The reasons for my articles are to help others shop for cameras and lenses in Hong Kong at reliable stores that sells at reasonable prices. The price list is to give others an idea of street prices and is only meant to be use as a guide. They are not meant to be the cheapest in town. I neither have the time or the resources to do that.

  35. Hello Roland

    thank you for taking the time to provide such a imformative list of cameras , suppliers and prices

    Myself and my family are travelling to Hong Kong at the end of the month ,
    whilst there i am looking for a supplier of between 5-10 cameras per month ,
    I will Speak to Mr Yip to see if he can facilitate this (according to google earth he is 500 meters from our hotel)

    many regards

    L McDonald

  36. Hi Roland,

    Great information site!

    Appreciated if you can check with Mr Yip on how much currently is the price for Canon 300 2.8L IS and Canon 500 5.6L?

    Thanks a lot…

    Kind regards

    • Hi Ming,

      I have updated the price list above to include the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and 500mm f/4l IS USM. Please check it out. Canon does not make a 500mm f5.6L as far as I know.

  37. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for all the info u provided. I am going to hk this aug, thinking of buying sony A700, do Mr Yip provide international warranty cos i am living in singapore. Hopefully can still find A700 in aug. =)
    Thanks alot.

  38. Hi Roland,

    I’am planning to buy nikon d60 with 18-55mm VR KIT lens or Canon 1000D w/18-55mm IS LENS lens by September considering that my budget is only 4000 – 4500. Will you recommend this camera for beginners in photography like me? Or do you have any recommended cameras? The camera will be for personal use only. Which is better nikon d60 or canon 1000d?Thank you.

    • Hi Jayson,

      Both Nikon D60 and Canon EOS 1000D are fine cameras for beginners on a tight budget. There are always pros and cons for either models, but in the end both should be able to give good results. No one can really tell you which one is the better choice, you’ll have to make up your own mind I am afraid.

  39. Hi Roland,

    I just came across your website and was happy to see the list of camera prices in Hong Kong. Thanks for making the list! Just what I was looking for and perfect timing as I am considering buying a new camera when making a stopover in Hong Kong International Airport in a few weeks time. Do you know if it is possible to buy a camera (Canon 450D or 500D) in the airport and if the prices are somewhat similar to the ones on your list?


    • Hi Cristina,

      I am afraid you are unlikely to get really good pricing for camera shopping at the airport. Like most airport in the world, the rent are quite expensive, and the shops are unlikely to eb able to sell at good prices. If you are going to be at HK International Airport just for transit and staying within the restricted area, then you have have very limited choice I have only seen 1 or 2 shops that sell cameras and they are all very expensive.

      However, if you plan to go pass immigration and custom, then you can try some camera shops at Terminal 2 shopping area. There is a Fortress store and another camera store called Stereo. They may sell at more reasonable prices

  40. Hi Roland,

    Currently the price of Canon 500D is 6000. By September 2009, how much do you think would it cost?

    Have a good day!

    • Hi Jayson,

      In general camera pries will drop over time. It is most likely that the Canon EOS 500D will be cheaper by Sept 2009, but how much cheaper is anyone’s guess.

  41. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for all the effort in updating the price list.

    Will appreciate if you can update the price for tokina 11-16/2.8 as well as sigma 50/1.4.

    Thanks again

  42. Dear Roland,

    so amazing there is someone like you who help lots of people in this way, two thumbs up!!

    I’d like to get yr favour in choosing the correct camera I want as so many choices and review I had read. I would like to get a compact DSLR for beginner, not chunky and heavy, easy to use, good quality, good zoom, 3″ LCD and reasonable price. I’ll be in HK end of July.

    After a long search, my choices are around Nikon P90 or D90, Panasonic DMC-FZ28 or DMC-TZ7, Sony DSC-H20 and Olympus M7000 or P-590.

    Thanks for your help, Roland

    • Hi Indry,

      Maybe you are still a bit confused, but of all the cameras you listed, only the Nikon D90 is a DSLR camera, none of the rest you listed are DSLR cameras.

  43. Hello there was just wandering if you know the price of a nikon d90 cheapest price at any of the hong kong airport stores im going in two weeks and want to know the very best deal

    thankyou very much

    • Hi Zachary,

      I am afraid you are unlikely to buy the D90 at good price from the camera shops in the Hong Kong International Airport. As in many other international airport in the world, the rent is quite high and the retailers are unlikely to be able sell at bargain prices. You can always try your luck, but your chances won’t be good.

  44. Thank you so much for that comprehensive description, Roland! I am sure I will have no trouble finding it now.

    One more question. I saw the Nikon 55-200 VR lens in your price list, but the price is last updated from 15/4/2009. Do you think this price is still correct? Or could you check the price for me at Echo?

  45. Hi Roland, I will be heading to Hong Kong next Thursday, will be interested to get either 40D or 50D over there.

    I have read from your site that 40D is out of production, however am I able to get the remaining of stock at the shops you recommend?

    Can i know the latest pricing for 50D Body as well as where to get it? Thanks so much in advance!

    • Hi Jay,

      I believe most shops would not have the 40D in stock anymore. You can always try your luck and shop around to see if any shops still have it, but I am afraid I don’t know and can’t tell you which shop may still have it in stock.

      The 50D body sells for $7,700 at Echo now. You can use that as a price guide.

      As to camera shops recommendation, please read my page (with link at top of this page) recommended camera shops in Hong Kong if you have not read it yet.

    • Hi Lance,

      Yes, 50D body for $5,000 is really too good to be true. Even the 50D body costs more than that. Please use the price list above as a guide to street price in Hong Kong. You maybe able to get cameras and lenses slightly cheaper than on this list if you shop around, but prices much cheaper are likely not to be true.

  46. hi raymond,

    This is a very helpful article. You help us a lot.

    May I know the current price of canon eos 500d 18-55 kit?

    Thanks a lot…

    • Hi Jayson,

      Many people have gotten my name wrong before, mostly they called me Ronald instead of ROLAND, but it’s the first time someone has called me Raymond. Not sure why you think my name was Raymond…..

      Anyway, I just updated the price for 500D kit with 18-55mm on 5/6/2009, so please use that as a guide.

  47. Hi Roland

    Thanks for your hugely helpful price guide, was hoping to get your opinion on what you would consider the best buy in terms of landscape lens. I have an EOS 500D and would like to invest in a good wide angle lens for landscape photography.

    I have looked at the 10-22mm, 17-40mm and the more expensive L series primes. What would you recommend in order to compliment my 18-55mm kit lens & 50mm f1.8 prime. I am happy to invest a bit of money in a good lens and am looking for superior image quality (sharpness, contrast etc) and of course would prefer a relatively fast lens.

    Your advice would be most appreciated.


  48. Hi Roland

    Fabulous website, excellent information and photos too (-: Have bookmarked as one of my all time favourites !

    I’m travelling to HK next week then to Shanghai for the eclipse and plan to buy a 50D, 580EXii and a compact mirror lens. I’ve shopped on the internet with Digital Rev before and plan to visit their store in HK. The prices they have quoted me for the 50d is much cheaper than those on your site… Have you used/heard any good things about Digital Rev shops? Would interested to hear your thoughts.

    Looking forward to China


    • Hi Pete,

      The prices above on the street price list are all official import prices. Digital Rev is know to sell gray import, I am not saying they are a bad shop, just that I have not deal with them, so I cannot comment on whether they are good or not. But if the price they quoted to you for the 50D is much cheaper, than it is more than likely that it was a gray import model. Not that it matters a lot if you are taking it away from Hong Kong since Canon Hong Kong does not offer international warranty for DSLR anyway.

      • thanks Roland for your time to advise.

        Like you say.. gray import is an option if Canon doesn’t offer Int’ warranty for DSLR. Though I would like warranty on flash so will try to contact number one from your list of sellers to see if mr Yip has any.
        One last question… is it possible to buy the Pocket wizard mini (flex) series in HK yet? I’ve read some encouraging reviews for them.

        Many thanks again


        • Hi Pete,

          You should not have any problem finding Canon flashes in most camera shops in Hong Kong including those on my recommended list.

          Sellen is the official dealer/distributor for Pocket Wizard in Hong Kong, according to their web-stie, the mini series should be available some time in August. You can check out their web-site here:-

          • Hi Roland

            Just returned from Hong Kong and China – fab trip.. and thanks to you I have a new 50d and 430exii and memory card from Echo Photo & Audio at excellent price all for £850. I traveled to ‘Digital rev’ after they quoted a good price for 50d on email but once i arrived there they refused to honour the price – lesson learnt !! Mr Yip rules (-:

            Great site and advice – keep up the good work.

            Thank you.


  49. Dear sir,

    I’m planning a trip to hkg next week and want to buy a lens which is suitable for my D80. i’m thinking about a lens 18-200. Can you give me a good adres to find it, and aa price which is reasonable?

    Thanks for your help!



      • Hi Roland,

        I am planning to go to Hong Kong by end of the month, plan to buy a Canon 600D, Can you check for me the cost of Kit with 18-135mm lens and 18-200mm lens. Normally for the Kits is it include the memory cards? Where can i get the best deal?



        • I have updated the prices of 600D kits above. There is no 600D kit with 18-200mm in Hong Kong though. The kits themselves do not include any memory cards. Some chain stores selling at higher prices may bundle some cheapo memory cards when you buy the kit from them.

  50. Hi Roland:

    Appreciate your help in advance. A few questions if I may:

    Could you please update the price for Nikon 24-70
    Nikon D700 How much at Echo?
    Have you personally test the difference between Canon 24-70L vs Nikon?

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Stanley,

      I have updated the price list above with prices for D700 and Nikkor 24-70mm. Please check it out.

      No, I have not tested the Canon 24-70mm vs Nikon’s version.

    • Hi Kris,

      The Canon Powershot G10 should be widely available in Hong Kong and you should have no problem fidning it at most camera shops. Echo is selling the G10 for $3,550.

  51. Hi Roland:

    Thx for the update. The 27-70 Nikon, there is a line but no price?

    In Australia, D90 sell for about HK $8,000 (with 10% GST off when take it back to HK). Difference is HK $1300, which is still acceptable… D300 sells for $10,400 vs Aus. $12,800… difference is $2,400!!! Would not mind the 51AF points and the better body.

    If u are me, would u
    1. Pay $10,400 for D300 with HK warranty… (I most likely passed by HK once a year), in the event it does go wrong.
    2. Why would u buy grey import body if there is no warranty… what’s the likelihood it would go wrong?
    3. Your opinion of D90 vs D300. Short version… not necessary if you have used it. As I have kind of having my mind on getting the Nikon 24-70.

    Can Echo (or Mr Yip) post to Australia? as it doesn’t seem to have a website…

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Stanley,

      Sorry about the missing price for Nikkor 24-70mm, probably didn’t save the edit after I added the lens to the price list last time. I have added the price now, so please check it out.

      Although the probability of a camera going wrong needing repair within the 1st year is low, no one will know for sure. So when you buy a new camera without warranty at a cheaper price than one with warranty, then you are basically using the money saved to bet against that nothing will go wrong within in the first year. Everyone takes risk differently, some will go for the cheaper price and bet that nothing will go wrong, others may pay more to buy peace of mind. Whether the risk is worth it is a question only every buyer can decide for himself/herself. I am afriad I have no definitive answer for you.

      As to D90 vs D300 comparison, image quality wise, they should be about the same and there is probably no major differehce between the 2 of them. You pay more for the D300 to buy a better built pro-grade quality camera body, better AF system and faster frame rate and larger buffer basically, compared to the less well built plastic D90 body, with less advance features. However, the D90 does have video mode that the 300D does not have, if that is something important to you.

      Echo does do postal order as far as I know, but you will have to call Mr Yip by phone and talk to him directly for arrangement. But shipping a camera to Australia may incur import/sales tax, and the prices after tax may not be so attractive anymore.

  52. Hello Roland,

    I should start off just like everyone did by thanking you for this incredible help you provide with this website. As I’m working in Shenzhen at the moment of course I’m interested in equipment prices in Hong Kong. However I’m really interested in used lenses as my budget is rather limited. I read the advice above for a shop called ‘Matsuya Camera’ and ‘Tin Cheung’. I’m especially interested in fixed focal lenght lenses for a DSLR Canon. Do you think these places are about the best where I can find this or should I try also somewhere else?
    Thanks a lot again and keep up this great work.


    • Hi Jan,

      Sorry for the late reply. You can try those 2 shops, they should have used primes lenses. As I have said many times before, I don’t buy or sell 2nd hand stuff myself, so I have no personal experiences with any 2nd hand camera shops. I am sorry I cannot be of more help.

  53. Hi Roland,

    Great blog, full of helpfull info. I will be in Hong Kong in mid August and am looking at picking up the Pentax K-7 to replace my old Pentax film SLR. This would be body only as I already have lenses. Could you find out the price at Echo when you have time please. Might be worth adding to the above price list too as I probably won’t be the only person looking for this DSLR in the coming months.

    From what I’ve seen Canon and Nikon equipment seem to dominate the market in HK, is Pentax equipment common and readily available at most stores in HK?



    • Hi Muzza,

      I have updated the price list with Pentax K-7 price. Please check it out.

      Canon and Nikon dominate the market in most countries I would say, not just in Hong Kong. However, you should be able to find Pentax cameras in many camera shops in Hong Kong though and you should not have much difficulty in finding the K-7. However, some camera shops may not keep the full range of Pentax stuff in stock, but they should not have much difficulty in ordering one for you. Hong Kong is a small place, if the distributor have it in stock, they should usually get it for you within 1 to 2 business days.

  54. Hi Roland,

    Can you do a quick update on the pricing for 5DMK2…is it still the same as you indicated or price change already.

    I’m going HKG in Aug and will like to get the camera as Singapore is darn ex to me to purchase even the body.

    Thanks alot


  55. Hi Roland, I usually drop by your site everytime I fly to HongKong and i’ve purchased many a gear based on your recommendations 🙂

    Anyway, flying back end of the month, was wondering if you could get me updated prices for the following.

    Nikon D700 Body
    Nikkor/Nikon 35mm F2.0 AF D Lens


  56. Hi Roland,

    I just like to thank you for the time i have saved in buying camera. I did not canvass anymore to other stores and i easily found echo. I’ve been to echo last July 10, 2009 and met Mr. Yip. I bought canon camera 500d kit, memory card and ipod nano. He is very friendly and accommodating.

    Thanks again.

  57. Hi Roland,

    I am planning to buy either Nikon D60 or Canon 450D. Which one is better? Can you pls. give me advice on what lenses (zoom lense and wide angle lense) should I buy together with Nikon D60? I’m on a tight budget so can you pls. recommend good lenses which are affordable.

    • Hi charlize26,

      The Nikon D60 and Canon 450D are not in the same class of cameras. The Canon 450D is really one class up from Nikon D60, both in features and price, so you cannot really compare them directly. However, if your choice is really down to those 2 cameras, then I would say if you can afford the extra price, then get the 450D, if not then get the D60.

      As for lenses, since you said your budget is tight (you have not told me what your budget really is, everyone’s idea of tight maybe different), I would suggest just get the camera with the kit lens. That should be a good start. Unless if your budget allows you to get a more expensive lens, but I would have to know your budget before making any comment.

  58. elo

    just want to ask, do all nikkor vr lenses works/sync/compatible to all dslr nikon cameras(d40,,40x,60,90 etc..) …. like autofocus, manual focuse etc….. ??????

    tnx…. planning to buy the macro vr

  59. i Roland,

    just bought the nikkor 35mm… and i noticed that it

    was made in china… so is it good,bad,gray market or

    its just the same as the lenses made in Thailand and



    • Hi cole,

      Nikon, like many other Japanese company, have shifted a lot of their production lines to other part of Asia like China, Thailand and Malaysia, because the production cost much cheaper in these countries.

      Nikon has more than one production line. Whether they are making a certain camera or lens in Japan, China or Thailand has no bearing is unrelated to whether the product is gray market or not. I have no inside information, but as far as I know, Nikon has not made any promise about selling only Japanese made products in the Hong Kong market, so they can sell camera and lenses made in Japan, China, Thailand or even Timbuktu if Nikon choose to.

      A gray market product is simply one that was not imported officially through the official authorized distributor. So if someone decides to buy a lens Nikon lens in Japan and then sell it in Hong Kong, that is a gray market lens, but the lens can still be made in Japan, China or Thailand.

      Whether made in China is good or bad compared to made in Japan or Thailand is a question I cannot answer for you. My believe is that so long as Nikon or any or camera maker can keep the quality control in the production line, then where it was make has no relevance to quality. If there is a QC problem, then even lenses made in Japan can be bad. Yes, there are badly made lenses from Japan, and made in Japan alone is no guarantee for quality.

  60. Hi Roland
    It is quite amazing the help you are rendering to photo enthusiasts
    my cousin in hong kong for a short official visit and i want him buy me a nikonSpeed lite SB 600 he is on his first visit and ‘lost’ so please could you reccomend a shop who is trust worthy and reasonable

  61. Hi Rowland

    Thanks for the wonderful site,

    I will be in Hong Kong Next week, I wanted to get an updated price for the Tokina 11-16mm canon mount, and Canon speedlite 580exII.


  62. Hi Rowland,

    A big THANK for your comphrehensive guidance on the lens price. It is very useful especially for foreigners who are interested in buying this stuff in Hong Kong.

    However, can you recommend any shop that could sell 2nd camera & lenses at reasonable price and good quality and the price in those shop for our reference and consideration ?

    Many thanks,


  63. Hi Roland,

    I plan to visit HK.I have bought a sony a350 in UK and looking for some second hand tamron or tokino lenses in macro and zoom. can you suggest some shops as well as what price range i must look at. My budget is about total 2000 HK dollars..

    macro should i go in for 2.8 f’ . the camera came with kit lens which is not great.. I am new to SLR and hence need your advice .I find your web site very useful..


    • Hi SNR,

      As I have said many times before, I personally have never buy or sell any camera or lens at any 2nd hand cmaera shops in Hong Kong. So I really have no personal experience with any. But you can try Tin Cheung Camera, they buy and sell 2nd hand camera and lenses too as I have already written in my article “Recommended Camera Shops In Hong Kong”. Or you may also try Matsuya Camera & Video Centre at Blk B, Tsimshatsui Mansion, tel: 2724 0893. They are a well known shop specializing in 2nd hand stuff. I have never deal with them before so I can’t tell you if they re good or not.

      There are also a few 2nd hand camera shops at Sim City Shopping Mall, 47-51 Shan Tung Street, Mong Kok. You can also take a look there.

  64. Hi Roland,

    I just bought a SAL70-300G and Sony HVL-F58AM from Mr Yip at Echo. He is a great guy, thanks alot for the recommendations.

  65. Hi Roland,
    I’m very interested in buying a zoom lens for my D90.
    Could you please confirm the prices as listed in this chart?
    AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 5,300 26/5/2009
    AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED 1,700 27/6/2009
    AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 4,280 15/4/2009
    AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    It’s the Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6IF-ED that I am thinking of, but is it really just HK$ 1,700? It seems so much cheaper than the others, and, to me, doesn’t seem to fit with the increase in price scale.
    Thanks so much for your help. Your sites are incredibly informative.

    • Hi anne,

      Although the prices I quoted above for the lenses you listed were between April to June this year, there should not be any major shift in prices in the last few months.

      There is no error for the price quoted. The 55-200mm is really that much cheaper than the other lenses you listed. However, the 55-200mm is not really comparable to the other lenses. Both the 18-200mm and the 55-200mm are DX lenses, however, the 18-200mm have a much large zoom range at the wide end (a so called superzoom) and that alone can account for a higher price.

      The 70-300mm and 80-400mm are full frame lenses with better built quality compared to than DX 55-200mm. Both of these lenses also have a much longer zoom range at the tele end. So they are not in the same class of lens as the 55-200mm at all.

  66. Thanks, Roland for your information and your speedy response.
    Could I ask your advice?
    I have been given the D90 as a gift, and been told that I may choose 2 lenses.
    I’m getting rather overwhelmed with the huge choice out there and am not convinced that I am capable of making the right decision:
    I love to take close-ups, and thoroughly enjoy the details in photographs of my dogs, flowers, friends and, of course, family. I often like to home-in on specific parts, eyes, noses and other special bits, and enjoy action shots eg of my dogs shaking their coats vigourously after coming out of the sea. I try to catch the movement of water drops or of the fur of the coats.
    But I also love the challenge of vistas, gardens, the sea and other photographs that create a mood.
    2 lenses, definitely, but which ones??????/

    • Hi Ed,

      At the moment, I mainly only review cameras that I bought and owned. Since I am not a Nikon user at the moment, so I have not reviewed any Nikon camera.

      The D90 and D300 are not the same class of camera though. The D300 is a lot more expensive, but much better built and have a lot more features compared to the D90. Image quality wise should be comparable though. Which one you should choose depends on your budget and what kind of features you are looking for in a camera.

      By the way, Nikon has recently just announced the D300s, an updated model to the D300, if you are thinking of getting the D300, maybe should wait a bit for the D300s.

  67. As this is my first DSLR, I don’t want to be greedy and ask for the top lenses. However, I do want to satisfy my needs and would hope that a budget of 6,000-8,000 absolute max. would buy both lenses.
    I note that buying the D90 kit includes the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.
    Would this be a suitable lens for me? It seems to be less than HK$2500.
    On another note, I have a Sigma zoom 1:4.5 f=100-200mm that I used to use with an old Pentax camera many years ago. I also have a Vivitar MC Tele Converter 2X 22 that I used in conjunction with the above zoom whilst photographing wild game in Africa.
    Would either/both of these 2 items fit a Nikon D90? or are they out of the question?

    • Hi anne,

      With your budget for 2 lenses, the 18-105mm kit lens should be fine as your first lens, then you can consider adding the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED as your 2nd lens.

      I am afraid your old Sigma lenses for the Pentax won’t work on your new Nikon.

  68. Hi Roland
    My mum is travelling to hong kong next month and is going to pick me up a 5d mk 2, just wandering if you could suggest the very best no hassle place to pick up a body in HK and the best price. Shell be staying in Nathan Road so somewhere that isnt a huge distance away and one can negotiate a price.
    Thanks in advance

  69. Hello Roland,

    First of all thanks for all your time spent in given us informations about the hong kong camera market.

    I wanted to know if its possible to still buy a Canon 40D at Hong kong and a tokina 10-17mm aswell.

    Where is the best place (cheapest and safe) and how about prices?


  70. Hi Roland,
    I will be in HK next week. Would you please enquire re current price for Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM Lens with Canon mount.
    Thank you.

  71. Hi Roland,

    May I know if the price for the α Carl Zeiss Lens SAL1680Z/AE still valid? I intend to visit Hong Kong next month.



  72. Hi Roland,

    Great stuff u have here. Just one question, my recently bought a Sigma 18-300mm in Hong Kong. But when i check in sigma website, it was not listed. Can u pls confirm whether is there such a lens in the market? thks

  73. Hello

    Just need to clarify one thing, is AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED referring to the same thing? which is a better lens.

    Thank YOu.

  74. > Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
    > HKD1,400
    > 12/8/2009

    Please tell me that that is not a msitake :-).
    Even allowing for all the newer versions and competition, that’s an excellent price.

    I assume that (if correct) that is for all major mounts? (Canon, Nikon, Sony, …)


    • Hi Russell,

      Sometimes I can post a wrong price either due to various reasons, typing error, communication problem over the phone when I got the price quote or Echo quoted the wrong price to me. Anyway, I just asked Mr Yip of Echo Photo & Audio again and he told me the price for the Sigma 18-200mm without OS is HK$1,600.

  75. Hi Roland,

    thks for your reply, i will check again with my friend on the lens he had bought. By the way, i will be heading to HK next week, thinking of gettin Nikon D90, can u advise which lens i shuold take for lens with range of 18-200mm? does the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM Lens works well with D90? thks

    • Hi Thomas,

      The answer to your question depends on your definition of “works well”. I am sure the Sigma 18-250mm works on the Nikon D90. You should have no problem mounting the lens on the D90. It should autofocus, zoom, take a photo at any focal length within the zoom range. The OS should work and increase handholdability under slowish shutter speed. If that is all you want, then it “works well”.

      However, “super zoom” with a large zoom range like the Sigma 18-250mm comes with many inherent design compromises that limit the optical quality. Distortion would tend to be quite severe at the wide end. Resolution would not be the best and generally image would tend to be rather soft wide open especially near the corners. This type of lens are usually rather slow as well with small maximum aperture. Since imaging won’t be so good at maximum aperture, you might need to close down for sharper imaging, hence making the lens not very useful unless under very bright outdoor lighting.

      If you can live with all these compromises and limitation, then it should work well for you. If not, then none of these super zoom would work well for you.

  76. As Roland says – large zoom range lenses will always be a compromise – but the lens makers seem to have learned something new – fortunately for us. The latest super-zooms seem to be considerably superior to earlier versions. Look at review sites to see if they are good enough for you. For example, the Sony SAL18250, basically a slightly altered Tamron 18-250mm, has received excellent reviews from most who have tried it. Informative SAL18250 review here . I’m buying one! 🙂

    Roland: I’m happy for this to not be posted if you don’t want discussions like this here – Russell.

  77. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for your valuable comment. Truly instructive. Under the circumstances, may u suggest any (ideal?) lens that may suit my D90? I will use it more often for taking scenary, buidling and church activities. thanks

    • Hi Thomas,

      I would suggest a lens with larger aperture and less ambitious zoom zoom range. Something like the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) would be a good choice or if you really want a bit more reach at the telephoto end, then the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO /HSM would be another good option.

  78. Hi Roland

    Thanks for your advice. I will give serious consideration to your valuable advice. By the way, let say i have a budget HK3500 of the lens (for D90 camera), would you recommend any other better lens apart from what you have suggested?



    • Hi Thomas,

      The thing is that HK$3,500 is not a lot of money and you will have to pay a lot more to get a better lens than those I suggested, something like the Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, but that costs over HK$9,000 and is way outside you budget. I am going to stick with my previous recommendation to you.

  79. Hello Roland!

    Such a useful information above. Great!

    May I ask you is canon eos 500d kit (body and lens) are made in Japan?

    I will go to Hong kong next week. How much is the updated price of canon eos 500d kit?

  80. Many thanks for your interesting website. My wife and I arrive Hong Kong August 29th, leave early September 2nd for Guilin. She’s never visited HK so I have to fit my camera buying around showing her as much as possible in 3 days. Aiming to buy a Sony A700 and Sony SAL18250 as a set (while I wait for Sony to finally bring out a DF700 beater).

    Your last SAL18250 price was HK$3300 on February 8th. Do you have any update on that?

    I assume that buying camera and lens together may get me a slight extra discount. [[If the Sony A850 is out by then and beats a D700 on high ISO noise and has HD video and … , but, no, next year maybe 🙂 ]]

    • Hi Russel,

      The price for the SAL18250 is still the same. Unless the camera comes in kit form bundled with the lens, you are unlikely to get it cheaper with a camera body. Anyway, have a good time in Hong Kong!

    • Hi Jayson,

      I have answered this question many times before. They do take credit cards, but in general you will get the best price with cash, expect to pay 2% extra for VISA/MC and 3% extra for AMEX.

  81. Hi Roland,

    Wish to check if the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 for Sony Mount is now available in HK? If it is, may I know what the price is?



  82. Hello!

    I’ll be in Hong Kong next week and I’m going to buy quite a lot of stuff. Could you kindly provide me with the updated prices for the Sony HVL-F58AM flash, Sony VG-B30AM grip, Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM and
    Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lenses with Sony mount?


  83. Hello Roland,

    Wondering if you can advise on expected price for tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 or the 12-24mm

    Alternatively a second hand option of either of the above or the nikon 12-24mm

    My wife is heading over to HK next Friday and I may just get her to do some of my shopping!

    Many Thanks; super site


    • Hi Stephen,

      I have prices for both the Tokina lenses in the above list. Please check it out above. I am sorry I have no idea about 2nd hand lens pricing, can’t help with with that I am afraid.

  84. Hello Roland,

    I will be in Hong Kong in a few weeks and am planning to replace my aging Canon DSLR with a new one. Since I read a lot about the Nikons recently released D300s I’m very tempted to switch systems. Since it is not listed in your table above I wanted to ask how much the body itself and how much the kit with the 16-85mm lens is at the moment? This would be a huge help. I really appreciate your great help.


  85. Hi roland
    i would just like to ask how much cheaper are the grey market lenses as compared to the street prices you posted. Thanks a lot! This is a very informative site!


    • Hi Ge,

      There is no rule as to how much cheaper grey market lenses would be compared to official import. Some grey market import would be cheaper than others. You really have to go to the shop and ask for the prices individually.

  86. Hi Roland,

    I wish to check whether there is stock for AFS 600mm f4 VR in HK? And also, what is the price for the mention lens.

    Btw HK got sell wimberley items? I am unable to find any when the last time i went.


    • Hi ong.

      I have updated the price list above to include the Nikkor 600mm. However, I am afraid you are unlikely to find many shops with this lens in stock. This is a lens that you would have to order usually and in general, Nikon Hong Kong is notorious for not having many of the Nikkor lenses in stock in Hong Kong.

  87. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for your efforts in keeping this site updated! Need your assistance to check on 2 lens:

    1. Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
    2. Canon EF 180 f/3.5L macro
    3. Canon Angle Finder C

    Will be visiting HK next week! Thanks very much for your efforts!

  88. Hi Roland,

    I believed the Canon 7D pricing would be the hot topic of your site for the next 6 month as it packs more features than its bigger brother 5D MkII. I assume you would be doing a review on this camera soon and have a dedicated page just for the 7D like you did with the 5D MkII and the 50D am I correct? I am sure once you have your review page for the 7D your site would gets more hits than ever before.


    • HI Hugh,

      The EOS 7D looks like a promising camera and I would love to review it. I usually review cameras that I have bought myself. However, at the moment, I am not quite sure it is a camera that I need, so I am still debating with myself whether I am going to buy it or not. Of course if I ended up buying the 7D, I will defintiely post a review ASAP, otherwise, I may not be able to review it unless Canon Hong Kong would lend me a review copy.

  89. Hi rolland,thanx for the price list, it’s very usefull for me,
    I want to buy DSLR , How’s about Canon EOS 1000D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS or Nikon D3000 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR?
    Which one better?
    For the price,is it a fixed price in that’s recommend store(like echo,tin cheung,wing shing)?can we still bargain at that store to get the lower price?
    Thanx for the news^^=)

    • Hi Pung Wang,

      Both the Canon and Nikon are good entry level cameras for beginners on a tight budget, and both should give good results. However, the Nikon D3000 is a new model that has just been released and the Canon 1000D is getting a bit long in the tooth and should be due for replacement soon. If I am force to choose one, I would go for the Nikon D3000 myself. But choosing a DLSR is a very personal choice. You should go and try both camera and see which one you prefer. You should also think about whether you want to go into the Canon system or Nikon system. As I have said many times before, buying a DSLR is not just buying a camera, you are buying into a whole system.

      In general, most shops may already quote a “best” price for you, but there is no harm asking if they will go lower I guess.

    • Hi Nancy,

      The Nikon D90 is a fine camera that can provide very good results. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or not. The camera is merely a tool, and providing that you are willing to really learn photography and learn how to use the camera, then you should have no problem with the D90 and I am sure you will be happy with the results you get from it.

  90. Hi

    I have a D90 and am interested in a lens such as the 18-105 as I have 70-300 and I want to cover upto 70 or around…I got a sigma 28-70 at the time that I bought the camera but that has stopped working so I want to replace it

    Can you give me an idea of what I am looking at paying – I will be in HK in a few weeks and would like to get it then

    Many thanks

  91. Hey Roland,

    I am interested in canon sx20 think its a good one? or you have something better in that price range (<3250 HKD) to recommend for me?

    can you also help me to check how much canon sx20 is is at Echo?

    i found a few shops in the, emailed them…but they didnt reply~

    Thanks in advance…appreciate your effort in doing so much for us and the industry…hope they will put u as their president of committee if they have one.

  92. Hi Roland,

    I have a D60 with its kit lens 18-55 VR. As I am doing a photo walk I realized that I want a zoom lens.

    Now, I am planning to buy Nikor 18-200mm which costs around 30,000 + pesos (Philippine Peso).

    However, I was also thinking if I sell my D60 and add 30,000 pesos I could already buy a D90 with its kit lens 18-105mm.

    What can you suggest for me? Stay with my D60 and buy Nikor 18-200? or Sell my D60 and buy D90?

    Hope for your reply and suggestion. Thanks Roland 🙂

    • Hi John,

      When you are planing to upgrade your photographic equipment, you have to first ask yourself this question, “what do you want to improve?”

      For example, is it the image quality of the camera that you are not happy with? The high ISO/low light performance is not satisfactory? The lens optical quality is not good enough for your purpose? The zoom range does not cover what you need to shoot? etc, etc, etc

      Say if what you are not happy with is the lens zoom range, and you really have to ask yourself if that is what you “need”. If you really need to use telephoto range up to to 200mm. The choice would be to either get a separate lens like a 70-200mm or 70-300mm to cover up to the tele range, or if you really need a one lens solution, then the 18-200mm is the obvious choice. Just remember, in general, the larger the zoom range, the image quality will worsen.

      However, if say you are not happy with the low light high ISO performance of your D60, then the better solution would be to get the D90.

      You really have to know what you “need” before you can decide on what you want to buy.

      • Thanks for the advice Roland.

        Yes, most of my problems are dealing with pictures taken at night. Some one suggested me to use prime lens since it has larger apperture openings but the problem is that there’s no zoom.

        Also, most of the people I ask is that they say “invest on lens rather than the body”. The quality of pictures you get depends on your lens and not the body of your camera. What can you say about their statement? At first I would love to have a D90 however, these statements made me think twice of buying a D90 and just stick with my D60 and improve on my lens .

        Thanks 🙂

        • Hi John,

          What kind of stuff do you shoot at night? If you shoot something that is stationary, the best option would be to use a tripod. If you shoot something that moves, then you’ll need a fast lens with large aperture and/or a camera with good image quality at high ISO.

          For large aperture lenses, prime lens is really the way to go. Prime lens is really not that difficult to use compared to zoom, you’ll just have to adjust your shooting technique and habit. Depending on your subject matter, you can consider 35mm, 50mm or 85mm prime lenses with maximum aperture between f1.4 to f2. Personally, I almost never use “standard” zoom lenses anymore. I only use wide angle zoom and tele zoom. For “standard” zoom range, I use 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8 and 135mm f2 prime lenses.

          The other way to go is to get a camera with better high ISO capability than your D60. The D90 is certainly such a camera, it should give you very good image quality up to ISO 1600 and even ISO 3200 should be pretty good on the D90.

          If you ask me what affects image quality, this is what I would tell you:-

          The number 1 factor is the photographer. Without proper technique and good photographic knowledge and skill, even the best camera and lens won’t produc good image quality.

          And number 2, I would say the camera body and lenses are just as important. It’s silly to give blanket statement like “invest on lens rather than the body”. Image quality depends on both. A lens alone cannot take a photo. If a camera body cannot provide good image quality, then even with the best lens attached, image quality will still be poor.

          If camera body does not affect image quality, then 90% of people will be shooting with cheap entry level DSLR with expensive top quality lenses. Why would anyone (even professionals) bother to by cameras like Nikon D700, D3, D3x, Canon 5D Mark II, 1 D Mark III and 1 Ds Mark III?

  93. Hello, Roland

    was wondering if echo photo sells the sigma 300-800mm F5.6
    and how much it would cost ?

    If not, is there anywhere where i can find a second hand piece??

    Nikon mount


    • HI Joseph,

      The Sigma 300-800mm is a rather specialized lens and very few camera shop would keep this lens in stock at the shop. You will most likely have to order it. Echo does not keep this lens in stock, but they can order it for you if you want. I have updated the price list above to include this lens.

      I have no idea where you can find this lens 2nd hand in Hong Kong either. I have some information about 2nf hand camera stores in Hong Kong. You can check it out at my Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong article.

    • Hi Antu,

      I have talked to Mr Yip, he told me they do sell those marine kits, but it depends on what model. Not every cybershot model have marine kits available. If Sony Hong Kong has the kit and even if they don’t have the kit in stock at the store, they should usually be able to get it for you within the same day or the next.

  94. I am looking for Cybershot DSC WX1 or W290, which ever has a marine kit. I will be in HK within this week. I will buy it along with Nikon D90

    By the way I was in HK last month and I bought a 50D in one of the stores in Nathan Road, They gave it to me for 6500HK but when I was going to get the item I found out that there is no battery and charger and asked me to pay extra 1000 for them and they refuse to give my money back so I have no choice but to buy it. I shoud have bought it in Echo but I cannot find it at that time. Good thing there’s Google Maps now I know where to get my stuff from.

    Thanks for the info Roland, it’s been really helpful.


  95. Hey Roland,

    I know that the Canon 7D is not even released but I was wondering whether I will be able to get one when I’m in Hong Kong at the end of October or not. From your own experience how likely is it that they are either sold out or simply not available within the first month of release? I have only about two days in Hong Kong before moving on so I was also considering a pre-order at Echo if possible? What would be the requirements for that? And if it is possible how realistic could be a little bargain once I pick it up?

    I can only add to the long list of people who already thanked you for this tremendous help. So once again. Thank you very much and enjoy your days out of town.


    • Hi Jeff,

      I have no idea when the 7D will be available in Hong Kong and I have received no info so far. In general, the initial shipments are likely to be rather limited and stocks get sold out pretty quickly. You can always try pre-ordering at Echo, but as the shipping dat is not known yet, it’s hard to know whether they can get the camera for you while you are in Hong Kong.

  96. I forgot one thing before. I doubt that you’re wrong but are you sure the price for the Sigma 10-20mm f3,5 is 3.700-3.800?
    Just checking to make sure I’m not miscalculating :).


  97. i am a begginner on SLR camera’s and is wondering what camera would you suggest i should get? im choosing between a canon EOS500D and any suggestion for a nikon??
    would greatly appreciate you’re suggestion
    thanks ^^

  98. Hi Roland,

    Thank you for your updates, truly reporter you are. I need your help to find out where’s the best shop that i could probably get a 2nd lenses of zuiko olympus for E-3? I will travel to HKG from Indonesia this September 26. Would be grateful if you could advise me at immediate. BTW, for the price you’ve mentioned…you realy can make money if you maybe able to export it to Indonesia. The price could be different at least 200bucks/items. Thank you for all your info…God Bless you…


  99. HI Roland,

    New beginner on DSLR camera; consider at Nikon d90(your price list 8700 with kit where is the location to buy?) what is comparable in other brand for this price. Any other suggestion? many thanks on this.

  100. Hi,

    I bought a Canon 7D body today – it’s been available since yesterday in HK. Kinefoto on Stanley Street sell it for 12600HKD. The kit with 18-135mm IS lens goes for 14800HKD. Great camera!


  101. Hi Roland

    Thank you for your valuable information. As a foreigner who cannot speak Cantonese, It is not easy to get information.
    I am planning to buy A850 and 24-70 ZA 2.8. However, A900 price of HKD15,000 is not big difference with official price of A850 (HKD14,990). In that case, I better buy A900 rather than A850.

    Can I ask which shop sell A900 at 15,000.

    Thank you in advance.

  102. HI rolland
    My mum has just arrived back from Hong Kong where she picked me up a 5d mark 2
    She purchased it at Echo from Mr Yip, she conveyed to me how professional and polite he is. So if the people have concerns about service and not being ripped of go see mr yip at echo .

    Also when she was there a week ago the 5d mark 2 was out of stock everywhere Echo was the only place that had the camera. She went to every store on your list all to no avail. I dont know where things stand now.

    Thanks again for your great resource Rolland without it I wouldnt now Have my 5d

  103. Hi Roland,

    welcome back to hk.
    got a situation, trouble deciding what route to go:
    im currently using 350d. served me great over the years. but now need upgrade of which i have around 28000hkd MAX!! i shoot mostly fashion photography and landscapes… and i travel ALOT! and i like to take snaps as a travel.. monuments, scenery etc etc… so here is what i have been thinking… and would LOVE your informed opinion. i have been considering on 1 hand to go the crop route of either 50d/500d(since they pretty much same camera) with 17-85mm(or upgrade to sigma 24-70 2.8) and get a 10-20 sigma, new tamron 18-270 and canon 50mm 1.4 and save a lil cash… or wait for 60d?!?!?
    go ff and get me a 5d mk2 with canon 24-70 2.8L and perhaps extra 17-40 L…
    please help me with this as it is on my mind all the time. many of my friends say i should spend the extra and go for ff. but considering my needs and that.. what would you say? you seem to be the most informed person so far… i will be travelling to hk again next year, il visit echo and mention your name.

    thanx soo much for your help roland. MUCH appreciated
    yours in photography

    • Hi Chris,

      Firstly, with a budget of HK$28,000 max, the 5D Mark II with 24-700mm f2.8L + 17-40mm f4L will be over your budget already. Unless you can come out with extra money, then we don’t have to talk about the pros & cons of going FF with the 5D Mark II at all.

      As for a cropped frame camera, have you considered getting the new 7D instead? My opinion about superzooms is well known, for best image quality, I would tend to avoid superzoom like the Tamron 18-270mm. For the kidn of photography you do, I would suggest the following lens choices:-

      1. Ultrawide zoom for landscape, something like the Canon EF-S 10-22mm or at a cheaper price, the Sigma or Tamron equivalent.

      2. If you need a “standard” zoom, the best choice around is probably the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM. Would be a good lens for travelling light if you only want to bring one lens.

      3. For fashion and portrait photography, I would go for primes lenses. I would suggest getting a Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM and/or a Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM.

  104. Hi once again Roland,

    iv decided to wait until i make my trip to hk and see what the exchange and prices are doing next year. but have so far pretty much settled on the 5d mk2 with 24-70 2.8

    just a few more questions id like to get your opinion on
    1- tokina 11-16 or sigma 10-20. which is best lense for say.. a 500d body
    2- walk around- a sigma 24-70 IF EX DG 2.8 or canon 17-85.. also ofr use on 500d body? considering can use the sigma on ff at later stage.. but now with regards to IQ and sharpness. what is best lens between the 2?
    3- do you expect the prices to drop on the 5d mk2 over next few months
    4- is the HUGE difference in price between canon 50mm 1.8 and 1.4 really that worth it?

    once again, thanx for the great advice man
    you and ur blog rock

    • Hi Chris,

      Here are my answers to your questions:-

      1. Both of those lenses should work fine on the 500D. It’s hard to say which one is better. There are pros and cons with either lenses. For example, the Tamron has larger constant aperture of f2.8, but a narrow zoom range. It’s all a matter of preference which one you prefer.

      2. 24-70mm is not a good choice as a walk-around lens on a cropped frame body like the 500D. It will have a field of view (FOV) equivalent of 38.4-112mm and is an awkward range to use. The Canon EF-S 17-85mm has a zoom range that works much better as a walk around lens. Btw, Canon has replaced the 17-85mm with the new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM recently with the 7D release.

      3. The 5D Mark II seems to be in very short supply recently almost a year after it’s release and it is still in very high demand. It is also highly unlikely that Canon will replace the 5D Mark II with a new model any time soon. So I don’t expect any price drop in the near future.

      4. if you ask me, it is worth it definitely. But other people may think different.

  105. Hi Roland

    Great site, lots of usefull info !
    I am now in HK (until saturday) I was trying to buy the sigma 10-20 and although echo gave me the best quote the price was hugher than the oe you mentionned.
    Also do you think that the GF1 could be sold out in HK ? Can’t seem to find a store which has it. Could you advise me on this ?



    • Hi Martin,

      You have to understand that lens prices do fluctuate and especially with the strong and rising Yen, Japanese lenses are likely to go up in price anyway.

      Yes, the GF1 is a very hot item at present and I have heard that it’s all sold out in town. I am afraid I don’t know if any store has it in stock at present.

      • thanks for your answer. I might have seen one (GF1) but i don’t remember with which lense. Anyway still have to look for some reviews on this camera


        • Hi Martin,

          I have seen a GF1 kit with 20mm pancake lens today at a camera shop that I haven’t shopped with for a long time. They are selling it for HK$7400. The name of the shop is called Suntek Company at 32D Haiphong Road, G/F, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. Tel 23761200. If you do go there, ask for Tony Mak.

  106. Hi, Roland

    I’m in HK now, could you advice, if it’ll be any discount if to buy 3pcs Canon 7D (one body and two with 15-85 Kit)?

    And the main question – if there are 7D in stock or need to wait? Cause I’ll be in HK only 4 days

    Thank you


    • Hi Alan,

      The 7D is a very hot item and as usually the case, the initial shipment was rather limited in numbers and likely all sold out by now. You will be very lucky to find one, let alone 3 7D right now. So I think it’s hihgly unlikely you will get any extra discount just because you boy 3 7D right now.

      My sources told me that the next shipment of 7D probably won’t arrive in Hong Kong at least until mid October.

  107. Hi, is it possible for you to update the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 price? I’ve seen prices go crazy, so an update would be nice.

    • Hi Alan,

      I have seen a 7D kit with 18-135mm at a camera shop today that I haven’t shopped with for a long time . They are selling it for HK$14,800. The name of the shop is called Suntek Company at 32D Haiphong Road, G/F, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. Tel 23761200. If you do go there, ask for Tony Mak.

      I walked around Tsimshatsui quite a bit today and all the other reliable camera shops I know of don’t have the 7D in stock. Some of the not so reliable shops along Nathan Road seemed to have the 7D in stock, but I would personally not shop at those shops and strongly advised anyone not to go to those shops.

  108. Hi, is it possible to update the price of the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO lense for the Canon. Im coming to HK in a couple of days for a short trip and was wondering whether its worth picking up.thx

  109. Hi roland,

    Chris again.. thanx for your previous answers man. great advice. wanna post a question or 2 i dont think has been asked before..
    .. id like ur opinion on what you think to as the most rugged, action adventure all weather slr.. the slr that you can shoot with while kayaking, shoot in light drizzle or rain, at the beach etc.. iv found a 40d at tin cheung with body armour. how effective is this… this is a response id like to hear… also regarding the most weather-proof lenses and protection…

    then id like to know the price for the 15-85 new lens that canon has come out with.. u mentioned it earlier. do u know the price or can u predict the price. iv heard its gonna be almost same price range as L glass.

    thanx for the great blog my man
    helping me out loads

    • Hi Chris,

      I have no experience with body armour at all and have not heard much about those products as to how effective they maybe. As for most weather proof Canon camera bodies, the 1D and1Ds series are most weather proof, the new 7D should be very well weather proof too. The rest of the Canon camera bodies are not weather proof. As for lenses, most, but not all “L” grade lenses are weather proof. All the non-L lenses are not weather proof.

      I have updated the price list above to include the new 15-85mm, please check it out.

  110. Hy Roland,

    First of all i want to congratulate you on your effort. Great job & keep up the good work.

    could you please check for me the prices for the the Pentax K20D (body only) & if possible check if the price of HKD 1,500 for the Sigma 17-70 is still valid!



    • Hi Timm,

      I have updated the price list above. Please check it out. The Sigma 17-70mm has gone down in price actually, but it was never as cheap as $1,500, that was not the previous quoted price on the list above.

        • Hy Roland,

          just a short feedback, I called Mr. Yip @ Echo on Friday to check if he had stock for the camera & the lens & then he quoted me completely different prices (Pentax K20D body HKD 6,000 & Sigma 17-70 HKD 2,800) than what he quoted you, even though I told him I had the prices from you.
          I now bough the gear in Germany & will be bringing it to HK for my trip (which kind of feels like carrying coals to Newcastle).

          In any case thanks for your efforts!


          • Hi Timm,

            I have just talked to Mr Yip, he was very apologetic about the price difference he quoted to me. This was his explanation.

            The Pentax K20D was previously really selling for HK$5,200, but the old stock just sold out and the distributor raised the price to HK5,900-6,000 with the new shipment. So he had no choice but to raise the price.

            As for the Sigma 17-70mm, this lens has been out for quite awhile already and the price really did dropped to HK$2,100, but the distributor stocks of this lens was running quite low already and the distributor raised the price because of the low stock. They said it’s possible that they won’t be getting any new stock of this lens. Perhaps a sign that this lens maybe replaced soon.

  111. hi roland,
    i’m going to hk in a few days time and i’m wondering if the canon s90 is available there yet. if so could you post the price please? Also i was wondering if you could update the price for the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 and the f4.5-5.6 version as well.

  112. Hy Roland,

    I may be double-posting, but it seems that my first comment did not show.
    Anyways, first congrats on your effort & a great blog. Now, could you check for me what the current price for the Pentax K20D (body only) & the Sigma 17-70 lens are in HK these days?!

    Your help is much appreciated!


    • Hi Timm,

      I already answered your first message just now. I am doing all this for free and I don’t have time to sit around 24 hour just to look at this page and answer question, so you have to be patient to wait for an answer.

      • sorry for the double-post, but my computer crashed just when I posted the first inquiry & I was not sure if it posted or not

        Thanks again for your assistance!


  113. Hi Roland,

    Do you know if the price you quote for the Panasonic GF1 kit ($6,400) is current or has it gone up?



  114. Hi Roland,

    Great site – thanks for all the info. Just wondering if you could give an update on the price of the 50D body and the 17-40L lens please?

    Many thanks,


  115. Hi Roland,

    First of all thanks mate for this excellent article and for the hard work you put in to keep information up to date.

    Will it be possible to update the price for:

    Canon EOS 1000D Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS

    Canon EOS 450D kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS

    Pentax K2000D with kit lens

    This will be my first DSLR. I am on a tight budget. Any advice from your side for a noob like me will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks & Regards/Sumit

    • Hi Sumit,

      I have updated the price list above. Please check it out.

      Pentax K2000D is not available in Hong Kong apparently, but Mr Yip of Echo told me that he will call Pentax Hong Kong to confirm on Monday.

  116. Hi Roland,

    Have you had any hands-on experience using the Panasonic GH1? How does it compare to the Olympus E1 that you are currently using in term of photo and video quality? Has the price for the GH1 been reduced since its release or still the same?

    Thanks and regards,

  117. Hi Rolland,

    First, thanks for your blog. Full of very usefull infos… Nice job!

    I will come to HK next week and will probably buy a 5DMII. I’m looking for a kit with the 24-105 and the speedlite 580EXII.
    The price of this camera in your price list (body+lens kit) is actually the best I’ve been able to find.
    Could you tell me wich shop you get this price from?

    Thanks & regards,


  118. Hi Roland,

    Great day to you! Just like to check if 5D mk1 is still available in Hong Kong. If so, would you know how much is it selling now?

    Thanks a lot!


  119. Hi Roland,

    Flying to Hong Kong in a couple of days(again) Does Echo stock Russian lenses or is there a place in HK where I can get Russian lenses? I’m thinking of getting a Peleng 8mm or a Zenitar 16mm.


    • Hi Xtian,

      I have never seen these lenses in Hong Kong. I am afraid I do not know which shop would carry these lenses. They are certainly not widely available in Hong Kong if at all.

    • Hi Patrick,

      I have updated the price list above for the D90, the price has not changed though since the last time I updated the price. The D300 is not available anymore since it has been replaced by the D300s.

  120. Hi Roland,

    Didn’t notice a Canon 50 mm L 1.2

    Are they available in HK and at what price?

    will definitelty visit MR Yip on the Canon70-200 L 2.8 USM IS

    Can you please let me know if thses prices are open for negotiation?

    Thanks Dominick

    • Hi Dominick,

      I have updated the price list above to include the Canon 50mm f1.2L USM. Please check it out.

      The price quoted by Mr Yip are usually the best price they can offer already. There is no harm in trying to see if they can offer a even lower price, but the chance is not good.

  121. Good day Roland…

    I’ll be coming to Hong Kong next week for vacation and I’m keen on making my first DSLR purchase there; a Pentax K20D in particular.

    I’ve already checked this page (thanks for posting by the way) and I’ve asked some of the shops you posted about their K20D prices (thanks for the posting the recommended shops as well).

    I’d just like to ask if what freebies to these DSLR kits normally come with. I’m a bit concerned about the fact that some shops might be a bit stingy on freebies, or some may have none at all. That way, I can find out what sort of other items like bags, battery, memory card, etc will I have to buy.

    Thank you sir and more power.

    • Hi Miggi,

      For some reason, you post was filed in the spam folder by the wordpress and I did not see it until just now when I was scanning inside the spam folder.

      Anyway, in general, if you go to shops that sell at higher prices, they would be more inclined to give you more freebies. If you go to shops that sell at lower or lowest possible price, then they are less likely to give you any freebies if at all. Just remember that there is no free lunch. The “freebies” are not really free, you pay a higher price to the shop so they can afford to give you those freebies. If you buy at lower price, you can use the money you save to buy those so called freebies anyway.

  122. Hi Roland !

    I not so well know English, but I will try to formulate question:)

    How to make at you the order? How there is payment? Whether there is delivery to Russia and how much is? Whether there is guarantee?

    Me interests canon eos 50D body + Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM

    Excuse for my bad English:)


    • Hi Mace,

      I am sure you know that Canon has just announced the 1D Mark IV, so the 1D Mark III has been discontinued. They maybe still some old stock around town. I have just talked to Mr Yip of Echo Photo & Audio. He said that if you really want to buy one, they can try to get one for you, the price would be HK$26,280.

  123. Whether and there is at shop “Echo Photo and Audio” e-mail address? I would ask them question itself. Call them I can not, I do not own colloquial English.

    Thanks !

  124. Hi Roland,

    Is there any shops in Hong Kong have used copy of Sigma 300-800mm DG for Nikon mount? And what is the selling price range?


    • Hi KLong,

      If you have actually read my article above, you would know that I don’t really know exactly where you will be able to find a 2nd had copy of the Sigma 300-800m or any other 2nd hand lenses or cameras. I have listed some 2nd hadn camera shops you can try above. Please read it above.

  125. roland
    love reading the blog – quick question. i am planning to buy the &d with the 15-85usm lens kit – i see that echo has ot for 17.3. other shops are selling it for 16k – do you know other shops that you would consider OK to buy from that are selling it for 16k? thanks a ton

    • Hi gsa,

      I have talked to Mr Yip of Echo, they are selling the 7D kit with 15-85mm for $17,000. I don’t know of any reliable and legitimate camera shop that is selling the 7D kit with 15-85mm for $16,000. Practically all legitimate camera shops are selling this kit for more than $17,000. How any legitimate camera shop can sell the same kit for only $16,000, I really don’t know.

      I hate to have to keep repeating myself. The reason for this article is to help others shop for cameras and lenses in Hong Kong at RELIABLE CAMERA SHOPS THAT SELL AT REASONABLE PRICES. I really cannot help you or anyone to find the cheapest shop in town or worse, shops that claim to sell at unrealistically low prices.

  126. Hi Roland,

    Are the prices in your list applies only when you you buy “cash”. Will it change if I used credit card?
    Does Echo offer monthly installment for credit cards?

    Thanks in advance!

  127. Hey Roland…. you’re awesome dude..
    I’ll be going to Hong Kong on the end of October..
    I just want to ask you how much should I bring all in all of I want to buy an Eos 1000d?? Is $50 enough?? Thanks!!

  128. Hi Roland,

    thanks for the website! It’s very informative and prices are up to date. I just bought something from Echo and I think they’re great.


  129. Dear Mr.Ronald

    I am coming to Hongkong airport Terminal 1 on 9th nov 2009.
    I want to know where i can get NIKON coolpix S220 or S230 in the airport . Also will you be able to know the prices , please ..
    Are the camera stores in the airport as cheaper as the recommended shops given in the list

    • Hi Jagath,

      I am afraid I have no idea about pricing of cameras at the Hong Kong International Airport. But in general, I would expect them to be more expensive than the shops on my recommended list. I would expect the best price they would sell would be the recommended retail price, sometimes they may even sell at price higher than that. The airport is not really the best place to find bargains in general.

  130. Hi Ronald,

    I’ll be visiting HK next week (the first time!) for two days and I really want to get a zoom lens…I was wondering if the price for the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO has changed since the last time you updated it.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi Tori,

      I only updated the price for that lens about 3 weeks ago. The prices can change any time of course, it can even change tomorrow, but in general the prices don’t fluctuate by a huge amount within such a short time.

  131. Hi Roland Lim,

    You are doing a great service to Photographer’s community,appreciate your efforts,

    i am currently in HK for another 2 days,

    i have D60 kit with 18-55,55-200 lens, i shoot all kinds of things from potraits to landscapes.

    after reading your post and queries from different users,

    i would like to ask a few suggestions regarding expanding by tools,

    can you suggest me whether
    D60 is compatible with Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO,

    how do you rate this lens, reviews seem to be ok but suggest it has a lag at 75mm-100mm range, what is your take on this.

    you can suggest me any other lens in the similar price range it its better than this,

    will it solve my pain of having to change the lens each time i change the subject range,

    i am also thinking of some Lens converter accessories, for wide angle and Macro extension, do these really help?

    If yes, please suggest me good ones which i can buy for my D60,

    In eager wait of your reply.


    • Hi santini,

      Well, technically, there is no reason why the Tamron 18-270mm would not be compatible with your Nikon D60. Afterall, Tamron made this lens specifically for cropped frames DSLR like the D60.

      The advantage of these superzooms with a large zoom like the Tamron is that you only have to carry one single lens to cover the whole focal length range. I svaes weight on travelling and also saves hassle on changing lenses. But of course there are limitation with these superzooms. they are usually have smaller maximum aperture compared to zooms with less ambitious zoom range and the optical quality although adequate, often may not be best. You’ll just have to make up your mind about your priorities as to what is important for you before you cna decide whether a superzoom like the Tamron 18-270mm is for you.

      You can really only find wide angle converters for point and shoot digicams with a fixed lens. In general, you will not find wide angle converters for single lens reflex lenses. If you need wide angle for D60, then you just buy a wide angle lens.

      As for macro extension, I would suggest you can get a set of Kenko extension tubes, These are cheap and should work well well you D60.

  132. Hi Roland
    I’ve enjoyed reading your insightful posts. I’m keen to get hold of a EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM, and wonder how much it is in Hong Kong. Thanks!

    • Hi weesen,

      I have updated the price list above with the current street price of the Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro. The price is kinda artificially high at the moment because the lens is in very short supply and nobody wants to sell it cheap. The usual price should actually be around HK$6,200.

  133. Hi Roland,

    Just wanted to say thanks very much for your help given on this site. I travel frequently to HK and this is the first time I have tried out Echo. Mr Yip was very pleasant to deal with and it was nice to shop in HK without any of the “what price do you want to pay” etc etc. I picked up my lovely new 50D for HK$7600 and the 17-40L for HK$5600. The charge to use the credit card (MasterCard) was 2.5%. I also popped into Tin Cheung who were also helpful and the price was very similar (about HK$200 more expensive in total).

    So, thank you again, and I’m sure everyone who uses this site appreciates it very much.

    Regards, David.

    PS – What are you thoughts on Fujiyama filters? I cannot seem to find much information about them but Mr Yip tells me they are excellent quality.

    • Hi David,

      The only filters that I usually use are UV filters to protect the front elements of my lenses. I don’t believe in buying expensive UV filters, I personally find the cheap ones work just as well. I have bought a few Fujiyama UV filters from Mr Yip before and they all worked fine for me.

  134. Hi Roland,

    Your site is really a mine of information.

    Since I’ll be in HK in 2 weeks or so, I was planning to buy a nikon 70-200 VR2 and a 300 f2.8 VR there.

    Is there a risk buying these pretty expensive pieces of equipment there ? In your experience, are there any “fake” lenses or is it just an unrban legend 🙂

    Best regards,


    • Hi Mike,

      Sorry for the late reply. Not sure if you have bought either lenses yet. I hope my reply won’t be too late.

      I have not heard of fake lenses as such, but you should buy at a reliable camera store (check out my article on Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong). There are many ways that you can be cheated short of getting a fake lens. If you shop at a reliable camera shop, then you should not have to worry about being cheated.

  135. Hi Roland,

    Really enjoy reading your blog.

    Would you have any feel for when and how fast the price of the 7D might go down in Hong Kong?

    The 50D suddenly started falling quite drastically in price after about 3 months or so in the shops – do you think it will be similar with the 7D?


  136. Hi Roland,

    I’m planning to buy a dslr this coming december. Im just a beginner and is considering nikon d3000 and canon 1000d. would you recommend something? or if you have other cameras to recommend, the better for a beginner like me.


    PS: are the prices listed above the prices that echo will give me if i happen to buy in their store?

    • HI RKT,

      Both the Nikon D3000 and Canon 1000D should be fine cameras for beginner. It’s all a matter of preference. However, the Nikon D3000 is a much newer model and the Canon 1000D has been out for quite awhile and maybe due for replacement soon. As to how soon is anyone’s guess though.

  137. hi roland,

    im going to Hong kOng and plans to buy a dlsr this coming december. for a beginner im planning the nikon d3000 or the canon 1000d. which do you prefer? or if you could make other camera suggestions other than those., it would be very much appreciated!

    Thank you!

    PS: if i buy at echo, will they offer the prices stated above? or do i still need to bargain?

    • Hi RKT,

      I have answered your earlier post already. Sorry I have been busy with personal matters lately and have not been able to answer questions recently.

      The prices that Mr Yip quoted were usually the best price he could give already. there is no harm in trying to bargain, I doubt if he could go down any further in price unless the price has actually dropped recently,

    • Hi Alex,

      Sorry I don’t have any personal experience with underwater housings myself, so I am afraid I won’t be able to tell you where you might be able to find them in Hong Kong.

  138. Hello,

    Thanks for the advice on the camera shops. Currently in Hong Kong on holiday and i’m thinking of upgrading my 20D to a 7D. I visited Echo, Tin Cheung and Wing Shing. Echo was the best price though (HK$12543 including credit card fee).

    It’s funny how you can tell the reputable camera shops from the others… they don’t have a big group of people outside trying to persuade you to come in!

    I think I’ll head back to Echo tomorrow and get one!


  139. Hi Roland, I found your blog through google. Thanks so much for the great advice. I was in HK earlier this year and was able to make a few purchases at echo.
    Am wondering if you could find out if the price for Canon EF 35mm F2.

  140. Hi Roland,

    First of all, good job on the above informative price list and the Q&A’s. They are really very helpful.

    I’m new to Rangefinder photography would like to try my hand at the Leica M9 or M8.2. Do you think the M9 is significantly better feature wise to justify the price difference over the M8.2? Or should an amateur like me just go for the M8.2 for now? In any case do you have any info on the prices for the Leica M9 and M8.2 in Hong Kong?

    Thank you.


    • Hi Jonny,

      I am not a rangefinder user personally, but IMHO (at least on paper since one one has actually tested the M9 comprehensively yet), The M9 seems to be a rather significant u[date compared to the M8.2. It won’t be cheap, but I think it will be worth the extra for rangefinder users. I have no idea when the new M9 will be available in Hong Kong. The last time I asked, there was still no info yet.

  141. Great info you got here… was goggling about info in HK. So to my understanding the echo photo & audio is higly recommended by you?

    Actually am trying to get the 24-70mm L and the 16-35mm L lenses…

    Would it be original? As my friends did warn me regarding the 2nd grade or none original version. Am worried about that part.

    Thanks in advance.

  142. Dear Roland,

    Would appreciate if you can check the price of Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro at Echo for me please. A friend will be helping me to get it there. THANKS

    • Hi Thomas,

      I need to know a bit more before I can answer your question. You gave me too little to work with. What is your budget for the lens? What kind of photography will you be doing withe the zoom? Portraits, landscape, sports, wildlife or something else? Do you need to shoot in low lighting? etc, etc…..

  143. Hi,

    Im looking in buying panasonic gf1. I found your price above is more attractive than the one than i can find online. Which shop did you get the price from?
    is that for the 20mm f1.7 kit or 14-45 mm kit?

    lastly, do you know where can i trade the panny for a lens?
    i want to trade it with my leica m 90mm f2.8 elmarit.

    thanks for your help

    • Hi Fajar,

      Please read the main text above and you will know where I got the prices from. The 2 kit versions sell at the same price as far as I know.

      Please read my article on Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong (you can find the link from the main article above) for information about 2nd hand camera shops.

  144. Hello Roland,

    I want to buy a Canon 70-200mm f/4 non-IS L lens from Hong Kong, as I visit every year since I am a Canadian born Chinese. Is the $4900 HKD price tag actually accurate? Because I saw the 70-200mm f/4 non-IS lens on digitalrev for $6300 or so Hong Kong Dollars, which is comparable to the price in Canada with taxes. Since I know that the 70-200mm f/4 is about $600 USD on Amazon, the $650 or so price tag seems realistic, can you confirm if this is the true price for me, and how much would the 67mm or so filter be? I’ve had only once experience buying lenses in Hong Kong, when I bought a Sigma 18-200mm DC lens near the Star Ferry Terminal in TST for $2600 HKD, which seems very expensive compared to your estimate, even though the Canon mount is a bit more expensive. Do you recommend any places in HK to buy lenses, as I heard from my relatives in HK that most shops in the TST/Mong Kok area aren’t that trustworthy.

    Thanks, Leo.

    • Hi Leo,

      The price was accurate, although it has gone up a bit to HK$5,200, probably due to the rising Yen. Digitalrev prices are usually not hat competitive as far as I know and Canadian prices are quite significantly higher than in Hong Kong in general.

  145. Hi,
    Great web site and very useful. A couple of questions.
    I have a friend who will soon be in Hong Kong. I am looking at buying a Nikon d90 with 18-105 kit plus a Sigma 150-500 lens for wildlife.

    I am a bit worried about buying the camera in HK due to warranty issues and was thinking about getting here in Australia. I was going to get the lens in Hk however.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.


    • Hi Ben,

      Please read my article on Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong for information about international warranty policies. In general, Nikon and Canon do not offer international warranty for camera bodies, but will offer international warranty for lenses. Sigma does offer international warranty for their lenses sold in Hong Kong.

  146. Dear Roland,

    Hope you can help me. I want to buy my husband a nikon or a canon camera with a good lens since he is a newly turned widlife junkie who mainly shoots leopards. I’m clueless as to what I should get him. The camera he is currently using is a Nikon D40 I think wiith a 200mm lens, which he borrows from a friend when he goes on safari .

    I will be in Hong Kong in two weeks and was wondering whether you could recommend me what to get for him.

    Please help!

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Anjana,

      I need to know a few more things before I can give you any recommendation.

      1. What is your budget?
      2. What kind of animals are you husband shooting at the safari?
      3. how far away are the animals?

      • Hi Roland,

        Thanks for your reply. Please find the answers below.
        1. Well I’m hoping to spend around HKD 7000 -7250
        2. He has been shooting mainly leopards and crocodiles and sometimes birds
        3. Most of the time they less than 75 metres away.

        His friends camera has a 200 mm lense which he sometimes complains is not enough get a clear shot.

        Hope you can help me out since I really want to get him a good one. Please make sure to recommend some flexible cameras where he can buy his own sophisticated lenses in the future.

        many thanks

        • Hi Anjana,

          Shooting animals at such a far distance away would require a rather long telephoto, probably at least 500mm if not longer. With a budget of only HK$7,000-7,250 for camera and lens, I am afraid you won’t be able to buy something that would be really suitable for what your husband wanted to shoot.

          Even if you buy the cheapest Canon or Nikon camera body like the EOS 1000D or D3000, that would set you back around HK$3,100 to 3,300, that would only leave you with only around Hk$4,000 for a lens. If you can stretch your budget a bit, then you can consider getting the Sigma APO 170-500mm F5-6.3 DG, that should be around HK$5,000. If not then your only option would be to get a 70-300mm zoom from either Nikon or Canon, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED.

  147. Hi Roland,

    Your price list seems to be missing the Canon 50mm f1.4 for some reason. You have all the other 50mm lenses there but not this one! Could you please include the price of the f1.4 lens? Thanks.

  148. Hi Roland,

    During my visit to HK later this month to celebrate Christmas with a HK based cousin, I’ve targeted to pick-up the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens (selling @ HKD17,500 as reflected in your article).

    According to my cousin, she has scouted some stores that sell the same lens at a lower price of around HKD14,000.

    I would like to seek your expert advice & opinion on the possible causes for the disparity of HKD17,500 vis-a-vis HKD14,000.

    Many thanks.

    • Hi John,

      There could be various reasons why some stores would list the same lens at such a low price. Echo’s price for the lens is already at the cheap end of the scale. If you visit , you will see that most shops are actually selling at higher than HK$17,500. If any shop tell me that they are willing to sell for HK$14,000, I would be highly suspicious of the shop. As the saying goes, if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.

  149. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for your reply. I already bought the kit as I was visiting hk last week.
    Bought it in times square because echo is out of stock. 😦
    Its still a lot cheaper than the one sold in my country.
    Is it safe to say that most shops in times square sell official items and not black market item or worse, factory rejects?
    Btw, I also found a 45mm f2.8 and 14-140mm lens which I rarely seen sold separately from GH1, could u please add those lens to the list above?

    Again, many thanks. This page is very useful to me. Hopefully it can stay relevant for many years..

  150. Hey Roland,

    Can you ask Mr. Yip about the current price of the Canon 24-105mm L lens? Your price above is 4 months old and I’ve read on the net that the price has come down slightly due to the many 24-105s being sold off from the 5D Mk2 kits that it comes with.

    I will be in HK next week and would love to check it out.


    • Hi rozyne,

      They are both fine camera for a beginner. neither is really significantly better than the other. It’s all a matter of preference which one you choose. Both can give you very good results so long as you are willing to learn how to use it and learn photography in general.

  151. Hi Roland,

    Really appreciate your effort maintaining this post – it has a lot of value (as evidenced by the number of comments). I’m heading to HK in Jan and looking to pick up a D700, MB-D10 and nikon 17-35mm. Are you able to get some updated prices for me? Much appreciated.


  152. Hello Roland!

    I’m using Nikon D60 with kit lens that has no VR.
    So I decided to change to a lens with VR properties on it.
    Since I’m still a student, and a beginner in using DSLR (almost a year), so I thought of taking AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED, which are much cheaper and simpler compare to the other lenses.
    Can you suggest me which one is better?
    Or do you have any other lenses to suggest for me?

    I’ll be heading to Hong Kong this 23rd Dec. So I thought of buying the lens there.

    Thank you for your article!

    • Hi Azie,

      The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is general purpose zoom that covers a pretty versatile range from wide angle to telephoto that should be good for everyday general purpose use. The AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED has a zoom range that is straightly in the telephoto range. If you want to use this lens for telephoto work only, then it is fine, but general purpose shooting, then it is not suitable.

      • Thanks Roland!

        So now you’re saying AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is better is it?
        I prefer lens which is good for general purpose only. Where all functions are pretty good enough for me.
        May I know what is telephoto?

        • Hi Azie,

          I did not say the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is the “better” lens. I only said it is better suited as a general purpose zoom. If you want one zoom lens for general purpose use, then it is the better choice than the 55-200mm.

          I am sorry I don’t have time to explain the basics of photography here. If you don’t know what a telephoto is, I suggest you should go either buy a basic photography book or read up on basic photography on various websites. Follow the link below on wikipedia’s explanation on telephoto:-

  153. Roland, your website is great! My high school daughter is learning photography and would like to get something better than a 500D or d5000. Have been checking out the Canon EOS 50D Kit with EF-S 17-85mm (4.0-5.6) which you had noted was HKD10,400, but was told that “for the money”, the Nikon D90 kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (noted at HKD8,400) is a better deal and with the lower f stop at 3.5 is a better lens. What do you think? Is the Canon kit worth hkd2000 more?

    Could you tell me where you saw the 8400 price? I keep getting 8900-9200.

    • Hi David,

      Well, both the Canon and Nikon are good cameras and your daughter should get fine results from either. There are pros and cons for either camera. The Nikon is obviously cheaper and in that sense can be considered as better value. However the Canon is a better built camera with a full metal body rather than the plastic body of the Nikon. The Canon also has a faster continuous shooting rate that may make it better for action, sport and wildlife shooting.

      Just remember buy a DSLR is not just buying a camera. You are buying into a while system, the lenses and accessories will not be interchangeable with other camera systems. In the end it’s all a matter of personal prefernce. Mayb you should ask your daugther to handle both cameras and see which one she prefers.

  154. Hi Roland,

    When we buy cameras (body + kit) in HK e.g. from Echo, does it usually come with free gifts like SD Card, camera bag, cleaning kit like in other countries?


    • Hi Lionel,

      You have to remember that “there is no free lunch”. Whatever freebies you get from any camera shops are not actually free at all. They just charge you more to give you all the so called freebies.

      In the end, it all comes down to the choice of:-

      a) you pay the cheapest price and buy all the extras like SD card, camera bad etc separately, or

      b) you pay a premium price to buy a camera with all the so called freebies

      In the end, you may find that buying at the cheapest price for a camera alone and then buying all the so called freebies separately might actually come out cheaper than paying a premium price for a camera with freebies

  155. Hi Roland,

    Do you know what is the current price of 7D in Echo? I bought mine last October and they sold it to me for 12,600, they say it depends on the stock thats why the price varies. Do you think the price will be the same this time coz I’m going to buy a new one for my friend. And do you know which shop can I find Tamron 17-50?

    Thank you for the information.

    • Hi Antu,

      I have updated the list above to reflect the latest pricing for the 7D. I don’t know eactly whih shop might have the Tamron 17-50mm in stock, but you can call mr Yip to see if they have it.

    • Hi RKT,

      There has been many rumors and talk about a Canon EOS 1000D replacement. However, your guess is as good as mine or anyone else. Only canon knows when they are going to release the new model.

  156. Hey Roland,
    I am planning to buy my first SLR camera and i am coming to HK for the first time and i am planning to buy it from their.
    Could you please recommend me whether i shoud buy D60 or D90 and even if you could tell me a reliable shop where i can buy it from. By the way the hard work you have here is completely outstanding.


    • Hi Sahil,

      The D60 is not in production anymore and has been replaced by the new D3000. So if your choice must be between the D60adn D90, then it is simple, just get the D90. If you want to choose between the D3000 and D90, then it depends on your budget and what your expectation is. The D90 is more expensive, but also the better camera with better features. You pay more and you get more, as simple as that.

      As for reliable shops to buy from, please read the article above. I should not have to tell you again here.

  157. Thanks Roland, I was just asking because the gifts in some other countries like Singapore are given by the manufacturer and not by the shop itself.

  158. Hi Roland,
    Will be heading to HK for Christmas, need a Canon 50mmL.
    Does Mr. Yip have stocks? the price same?
    Thanks you so much!!!!!!!

    • Hi Terrence,

      I have updated the price list above. Please check it out. I suggest you contact Mr Yip directly to see if they have stock and if not, then they can usually get one for you within a short time, talk to him directly please.

  159. hey mr. roland…
    awesome job with the list…very helpful for me…thank you…

    am wondering the newest price for canon 50mm f/1.4 (and if echo stocks canon es-71ii hood and the price), 70-200mm f/4 is, 70-200mm f/2.8 is?

    thanks :))

    • Hi Spencer,

      The price for the EF 50mm f1.4 has just been updated a short while ago. I have updated the prices for the other 2 lenses you are interested in. As for lens hood availability, just ask Mr Yip directly when you visit their shop or call him before you go.

  160. Hi Roland,

    I went a trip down to hk and plan to try my luck on buying the canon lens 70-200mm F2.8 L IS cheap.

    I tried the shop echo photo shop that u recommended. Yes! I got it a couple thousand HK dollars cheaper than in my country.

    The service is commendable and efficient. Though there is no stock in the shop but the uncle was quick to contact his friends to get the lens for me within 15mins.

    I must say i’m very pleased with the service and i would recommend it to anyone who would go down to hk to buy lens in the future.

    Last but not least, i just want to thk Roland again for his efforts n recommendations.

    Many Thanks

  161. Hi Roland

    Maybe wrong of me to ask but just curious what the difference pricewise b/w “shui for” and regular price especially for D3s and what’s the availability right now in HK. Will be traveling there soon.


  162. Hi Roland

    I am in HK in January and looking for the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM for my EOS 7D. Where would you recommend to buy? No need to add that I am very grateful for your great site here.
    Merry Xmas

  163. Hi Roland,

    Great website!

    I will be in HK for the New Year and would appreciate if you could obtain the latest price for the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO? Noticed that the price stated was 2 months ago.


  164. Hi Roland,
    I’ve check few posts up around august.. the TOKINA fisheye 10-17mm
    “The Tokina 10-17mm costs HK43,550 at Echo Photo & Audio. It is a fisheye zoom lens, are you sure this is really the lens you want to buy?”

    is really cost HK43,550? so expensive? or typo error?

  165. Hi Roland,
    so the i assume for Tokina 10-17mm priced @ HKD4350?
    & by the way can you give me full address of Echo photo shop? because i’m going to HK @ 24thDec and will they be opening from 24th to 27th ?


    • HI Danny,

      Actually, I need to check on the price again, but Mr Yip is on his day off today. I think the street price of this lens is approx. HK$3,400-3,700. I’ll call him tomorrow about the current price.

      If you would care to just read the top of the page and read the main text and then go to my “Recommended Camera Shops om Hong Kong” article, you will find full contact detail of Echo Photo & Audio there.

  166. Hi Roland,
    does Echo stock any tokina 10-17mm fisheye & 24-105L because i’m going over to HK this 24th till 27th.. Do they have any charges on Credit card?

    • HI Danny,

      I have answered this type of questions many times before. Please read some of questions and answers on this page and on my “Recommended Cameras Shops In Hong Kong” article, and you will find your answers.

  167. Good day Mr. Lim!

    I just want to ask if Echo still carries accessories for discontinued items like the Sony VG-B30AM and how much is the current price if they still have one? Also, do they have the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 for the Sony mount and how much? Thank you very much.

    • Hi Nel,

      I don’t know if Echo or anywhere else would still carry discontinued Sony items, but if Sony Hong Kong still stock those items, then I am sure Echo can get them for you. I have updated the price list for the Tamron you are interested in.

  168. Hi Roland,
    Thanks for your website. Following your advice I visited Tin Cheung Shop and bought staff I needed from Jenifer.
    Good price and friendly people there.
    What to say : Keep up with good work and thank you again.

    Ognian Pavlov
    Sofia, Bulgaria

  169. Hi Mr. Lim

    Can you suggest me where I can buy the Panasonic 7 – 14 mm lens for GF1 in Hong Kong?

    It seems to be difficult to find it.


  170. Hi Roland.
    Two weeks later I plan to visit Hongkong and buy NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens. Could you update your table and add the price for that lens? By the way is it possible to pay by VISA/Master card in your recommended shops (such as Echo Photo & Audio) or only cash is acceptable?

    Thank you !

    • Hi Sergio,

      I have added the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED to the price list above. All the shops listed in my recommended list accept credit cards. The shops that give the best price may charge 2 to 3% extra for credit cards transaction.

  171. Hi Roland,
    i’ve went to Echo, Wing Shing, Broadway and fortess hill
    and tin cheung and DC fever all also dun hav 24-105L becoz i’m goin back 27th…btw is it normally L lens cannot view and touch?

    • Hi Danny,

      it’s not unusual for this lens to be out of stock, it seems to be quite popular recently. In a good camera shop, there’s no reason why they would not let you try a L lens.

      • Hmm today i went to fortress hill a sale guy told me that cannot view.. I think my chance of getting one is very slim or mybe none.. Since almost all theshop u recomended all said nexT week might get restocked.

  172. My son is going to Australia in a week’s time and stopping off at Honog Kong airport. Is it possible for him to purchase a Cannon G10 there and what price would it be?

    • Hi Wendy,

      The Canon G10 has been replaced by the G11. I don’t know if any shops still has some old stock of the G10 though.

      The Hong Kong International Airport has a few camera shops. However, don’t expect prices to be good. Those shops are likely to sell at the official suggested retail prices or even more and you are unlikely to get any discount. The suggested retail price for the G10 is HK$4,180 and G11 is HK$4,480.

  173. Hi Roland,

    Very interesting reading, and I would like to thank you for your time, in keeping this updated, allowing us photographers a good opportunity to take advantage of great prices.

    Like others, I will be visiting HK in late January 2010, and I was trying to clarify whether the price for the Tamrom SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) is the VC variant – I believe model B005.

    I know you have said that margins are tight, but can one generally get a discount if buying multiple items, for example D90, AF-S 50m f/1.4, SB-600, 55-200 and above mentioned Tamrom, all up about $HKD$20,000 ?

    • HI Martin,

      The original Tamron 17-50mm listed above has been discontinued and replaced by the new VC model. I have updated the list above with the new VC version and price.

      There is nothing stopping you from trying to bargain to get a better price if you buy a bunch of stuff, but whether successful or not is another matter. In general, if the price offered by the shop was already the best price they could sell at, then even if you buy 10 items together, you are unlikely to get extra discount, but if the initial price they quoted was not the best price they could offer, of course they maybe able to give you more discount if you buy lot of stuff from them.

    • Hi Jonathan.

      I have updated the price list above to include the BG-E7. The LP-E6 has been on the price list for a long time, anyway, I have updated it with the latest price.

  174. Hi Mr. Lim!

    You have indicated that the original Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 has been discontinued and replaced by the newer one with VC. I just want to ask if this is particular for brands with no in-body stabilization like Canon and Nikon only. How about for Sony and Pentax, do they still have the original 17-50 for sale? Thanks.

  175. Hi Roland,
    Firstly thanks for a great website, I have bought last dec 27, 2009 from mr. andrew yip of echo photo one unit panasonic gf-1 with 20mm pancake lens white color at 6,800 hk dollars which was quite good price from the 7,470 price of broadway. Mr. yip also gave me special price of 1,700 hk only for the nikon speedlight sb-600 and i bought other things from him. It was a very good experience buying camera and accessories from mr. yip as he was quite straightforward about anything i ask of him. Buying so many things from him took only a totol of around 5 minutes and everything was hassle and worry free as you recommended.
    Will definitely recommend mr. yip to my nikon buddies when they go to hongkong to buy their camera, lens and accessories.
    The experience was quite extraordinary from other shops that i have encountered, as you said the price would only be secondary, honesty is always the best policy i say.

    Thanks sanny

  176. Hi Roland

    just wanted to see if you have updated info on Canon EOS 5D Mark II Kit with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens from Echo ? after finding your great site with all this info. I am sending a friend there soon to order for me. And just to reconfirm, are these prices for “grey market” versions ?


  177. Hi Roland,

    I’m heading to HK in 2weeks. Are you able to provide updated prices for D700, MB-D10 and AFS 50mm 1.4?

    I know in Australia the D700 is hard to find at the moment (>1month wait from Nikon Australia). Will I have problems getting a hold of one in HK? Would it be worthwhile ordering one before I leave?

    Thanks again for your help.


    • Hi Adam,

      I have updated the price list above with the items you are interested in. I really have no idea about availability of D700. I guess it’s aleays best to call the shop in advance before you go +/- pre-order/reserve the times.

  178. Dear Roland,

    I don’t see much info on Nikon D3X. Can you please tell me what is the street price and where are the better places in HK I can buy the camera? I live in Singapore.

    Thank you.


  179. Hi Roland,

    I would be grateful if you could please update the price of Nikon D5000 with 18-55 Kit Lens & Pentax K-x with 18-55 kit lens.

    Thanks & Regards, Amit

  180. Hi roland,

    Thanks for valuable inputs on the pricelist. However, i noticed the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens is not in your list. Is it discontinued already? If it is so, may i know the reason why?

    Furthermore, may i ask what can you recommend to replace this lens? also the counterparts in the tamron and sigma brands, as these are much cheaper compared to the canon brand.

    Thank you very much and more power to you!

    • Hi mel,

      If you have actually read the main text above, you would know the reason why not all lenses are included on the list. Anyway, I have added the Canon EF-S 55-250mm to the list above.

      The Canon EF-S 55-250mm is a fine lens with good optical quality and also a very reasonably priced lens. Neither Tamron or Sigma makes any lens with same focal length range as the Canon 55-250mm as far as I know. They may make a 55-200mm, but no 55-250mm.

  181. Hi Roland,

    I forgot to mention that i’ll be going to hongkong on the last week of february and i really intend to buy a couple of lens for my 450d. I’m from the philippines and a beginner in photography.


  182. Hi Roland,

    I’m curious abt the price of canon 85mm F/1.2L II USM, could u add to the list?

    In addition any idea when is the new canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L II USM gonna be hitting the stores in hk and wad’s the rrp?

    Thank You!


    • Hi Willard,

      I have added the 85mm f1.2L to the list above. The new EF 70-200mm f2.8L II IS USM has not been released yet. I have no info on price or expected shipping time in Hong Kong.

  183. hi roland,
    I found your web very interesting.
    do u know where i could get the
    NIKON Objectif AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
    is your price updated

  184. Hi Roland,

    Can you please update the price list for
    Tamron 18-300mm Lens

    i am going to ask my friend to buy it , who is illiterate when it comes to photography,

    If he is given the specs with address of Echo
    would it be sufficient or he needs to know something more,


    • Hi sanothosh,

      Yes, if you give your friend the exact model name of the lens you want to buy and give him/her the address of Echo and ask him/her to ask for Mr Yip at Echo, then there should not be much problem. However, do make sure you give the exact right model name of the lens you want to you friend. There is no Tamron lens with 18-300mm zoom range as far as I know. I am sure your friend will not be able to get a 18-300mm lens for you.

  185. Hi Roland,
    Tell me please, where is photo market with used lenses ?
    I need lens for sport.
    I think Canon EF 300mm f/2,8L, maybe EF 200/1,8 or 200/2.

  186. Hi, Roland

    could you please check new prices for Canon 7D and kit with 15-85.
    US price drop down to 1300$ for body, if HK price do same?
    I’ll be in HK from 22 to 25 January and wanna buy it (better if kit)

    Thank you!

  187. Hi Roland,

    I will be making a trip to hl in two weeks. I’m interested in the Panasonic GF1, do you have any idea if this will be readily available at Echo photo, or do you think it’d be a good idea for me to give mr yip a call first?

    Thanks in advanced! U really got a great site!

    • Hi Gerard,

      As far as I know, the GF1 is widely available. However, it’s best if you call Echo before you go to make sure they have one in stock or can get one for you within a short time.

  188. Hello Roland,

    Your website is very useful. I already checked out the pricelist you had posted. I’m a very interested in buying a Canon 500D, compare to US canon 500D in HK is the next cheapest in terms of price. I also chance upon a website which has a store in HK, they were selling 500D at USD392 only. Do you have an idea if cameras for sale in this store was really authentic? This is the link : Thanks and would really appreciate your help.

    • Hi Maru,

      I don’t know about this online shop at all, so I cannot tell you anything concrete about them or whether they are reliable or not. However, the price they quoted for the 500D kit is unrealistically low. It’s even significantly cheaper than grey import prices in Hong Kong. I would be very suspicious because of this reason. Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.

  189. Hi Roland,
    Mind to check for me what is the street price for Nikon AF 2.8D 80-200mm zoom? I will go Hong Kong at beginning of March so I do hope that i can do some research before i go. May i know which shop is best for shopping those camera/lens accessories e.g Extension tube, Teleconverter, Angle view finder…etc.

    Thank you.


    • Hi Yii,

      I have updated the price list above with the price of the lens you are interested in. As for shop recommendation, please read the corresponding page with link in the main text above.

    • Hi GSA,

      The time is variable. I am doing all this on my own free time and it depends how free I am. Something I may modrate and answer questions within minute, sometimes, it may take a couple of weeks or more when I am busy or away for trips.

  190. Hi Roland,

    I am looking to buy either a Canon eos 7D or a Nikon D300s for low light, architecture and daylight landscape shooting purposes. Which camera or system would you recommend to invest in? Or which camera would you buy as your first?

    Thanks heaps and what great job with the website!

    • Hi David,

      Both the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300s are good cameras and you should be able to get good results from either of them. there are pros and cons for either system (Nikon vs Canon), but in general there is not a big advantage in choosing either system. You should be happy with choosing either system.

  191. Hi Roland,
    I was about to ask for EP-2. Thanks for information.
    The site is Chinese though and I do have some chinese friend to help me

  192. Hi roland,

    I am interested in purchasing EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM during my upcoming trip to Hong Kong.

    Can you please update the Jan price for that lens? Thanks so much in advance!


  193. Hi Roland,

    I’m wondering wich you think is a better buy!– Just the first thing that pops into your head.

    EOS 7D Body:   HK$ 12,200
    EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM : HK$ 7,680
    EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM       HK$ 5,600
    HKD 24,480 Total.

    EOS 5D Mark II Kit: 24-105 Lens: HK$ 25.800 Total!.


    • Hi Barder,

      Sorry for the late reply. This is a question that cannot be answered so simply. It depends what you want to use the camera for. For example, for action and sports photography or wildlife and birding, I have no hesitation in choosing EOS 7D. For landscape or portrait work, I would choose the EOS 5D Mark II instead.

  194. Hello Mr. Roland,

    You’ve built up an excellent resource of prices, shops as well as the Cameras themselves. I’ve really made good use of your blog posts to help decide on my next camera (which is the 5D Mark II). I was wondering if you could please get an updated price for the “Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHRICAL HSM” which shows HKD 5000 in Jun 2009.

    I’ve got a friend travelling to HK the coming week, so I’d really love to get that lens for my kit.

    Thank you once again and congratulations on the wonderful effort on setting up this information gold mine.

    With Best Regards,


  195. Hi Roland,
    I’m looking for a wide lens. In terms of quality, which wide lens would you recommend, the Tamron or Sigma for a 400D?

    Could you please update the prices for the Tamron, Sigma and Canon EF-S wide lenses.

    Thank You

    • Hi Ken,

      I would say Sigma and Tamron are similar in quality and there is not a big bit of difference in choosing between these 2 brands. There are lots of Tamron, Sgima, and Canon wide angle lenses. You have to be more specific, I don’t really have the time to update every single one of them.

  196. Roland
    Love the blog. 2 quick questions re my Canon 7D:

    a. I am looking fr a wide-angle lens and have narrowed it down to the Canon EF-S 10-22 or the Tokina Pro DX 116, which is a 11-16mm. Do you know both these lenses and do you have a preference between them
    b. I cannot find any shop that has the Tokina for the Canon in stock. Your fav shop Echo does not even carry the brand.

    lastly, from what shop did you get the Tokina price that you have posted of 4,100 as I am seeing it for substantially more.


    • Hi GSA,

      Echo does sell Tokina, the 11-16mm was just out of stock, not that they don’t sell it.

      As for where I got the price from, as clearly stated on top of my article above, it is a question that I really should not have to answer, please read the main text above again and you will find the answer.

  197. Hi Roland,

    Just wanted to let you know I shopped at Echo Photo, Mr Yip gave me a great price on a Nikon 35 1.8

    Thanks for your blog, keep it up.


  198. Hi Roland,

    Just a short message to thank you for this excellent resource. I recently spent a week in HK for business, but only a day to shop around for the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED.

    Based on reviews and advice here and elsewhere on the web, I was going to buy at Kinefoto but they were out of stock. However, I found and bought one at Photo Scientific (HK$10,300), with an international guarantee. 30% cheaper than here in Switzerland.

    Both were friendly and helpful places. I never felt “hurried” and the advice was solid and professional.

    ~ T.Byrne

  199. Hi Roland,

    I will be going back to hongkong this chinese new year, could you please post the latest price for the nikon D300S body only. Could you please ask mr. yip of echo photo as i will be buying from him again.

    Thanks sanny

  200. Echo Photo and Audio is not as honest as Rolan puts it to be. I recently (07/02/10) purchased a GF1 from them. He charged me 180HKD for a Fujiyama (god knows what brand this is) for a 46mm UV filter which then and there I felt it was ridiculous but purchased it anyway cuz he claimed 46mm to be in short supply.

    This filter is selling for ONLY 68HKD. Echo OVER CHARGED me by almost 3 TIMES! This will definitely be my LAST TIME purchasing anything from ECHO PHOTO. Clever of them losing a customer for 120HKD. I will def post warnings of this shop on all major camera forums.

    • Hi Gerard,

      As I have said before, I am not affiliated with Echo Photo & Audio in any way. I recommended them simply because I honestly believe that they are a good and reliable camera shop, both from personal experience and from experience of others and general reputation. For completeness sake and as general guide and information to other potential shoppers, I generally would approve both favorable and not so favorable comments.

      I will not say anything to directly defend Echo, since I don’t own any shares in the shops and it really does not matter to me if people shop with them or not. However, I would just make a few comments and have a question or 2 for you.

      1. How much did you pay for the GF1? Did you get a good price for it?

      2. Is the total price you paid for the GF1 + filter still a good price or not?

      3. Did you ask for Mr Yip as I have advised on my Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong article? I have asked Mr Yip and he told me that it was not him that sold the GF1 and filter to you and he told me that he definitely would not sell the Fujiyama filter to anyone for $180.

      4. If the total price you paid for the GF1 + filter is still a good a competitive price, then personally I would not consider that you have been cheated. The notorious camera shops on Nathan Road that cheat tourist would not cheat people for just a meager HK$112. They would overcharge by a thousand dollars or more and likely to sell you something inferior to what you really want, something like an old discontinued model.

      5. I am sure other readers can make up their mind themselves as to whether Echo is a reliable and good camera shop or not. Don’t just listen to what I or Gerard said. A lot of my readers have shopped at Echo and many have left comments about their experiences either on this page or at my Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong article. You should read those comments to see other people’s comment and experiences about this shop.

  201. Hi Roland,

    First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank you for such a comprehensive compilation of information. It is indeed very useful for users who are not quite versed with the market prices of camera equipment. I was recently directed to your blog by a friend from HK and have found it very useful. Thanks.

    I have one small query, and as much as I have browsed through all the information in your blog, I am still unable to resolve it on my own.

    I recently asked a friend to buy a sigma 10-20 mm f4-5.6 lens from HK and he got it from Tin Cheung. They gave me the same price that you have mentioned in the list above. However, until then I was not quite aware of gray markets in HK [call it my ignorance or lack of knowledge] and only recently found out about it. In shear paranoia I started calling other recommended dealers in your list and got 2 differing prices: 3400 and 3900… Echo, Tin Cheung quoted 3300 and 3400 respectively. Wing shing supplies and one other quoted 3900.. Now from your list it is evident I got the right price for my new buy but the fact that there are other selling it from HKD 500 more, is making me wonder if I got ripped off.

    I might be asking a redundant question, but would really appreciate if you could help me on this. As I am based in Singapore I am really not much aware of HK market.

    Thank you very much.

    Kind Regards,

    • Hi Adeel,

      Sorry for the late reply. I am rather puzzled by your query. So you bought the Sigma from Tin Cheung for $3,400 and you are worried that you got ripped of because WIng Shing is selling it for $3,900 which is $500 more than what you paid for? I am afraid I don’t really quite understand the logic there.

      As I have explained quite clearly above, most of the prices quoted above were all from Echo and they are all prices for officially imported products, not gray import UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. I really don’t know if the lens you bought from Tin Cheung is a gray import or not, I have also stated quite clearly in my recommended camera shops article that in Cheung also sells gray market import and if you don’t want gray market import, you should tell them.

      Hong Kong is a free market, and in general, most camera and lens distributors allow individual camera shops to set their own street prices. The fact that WIng Shing is selling the same lens for $600 more than Echo only means that Wing Shing wants to make more money than Echo out of each Sigma 10-20mm they sell. If every shop should and must sell at the same price, then there would be no need for me to write and keep updating this price list and the recommended camera shop article.

  202. Hi Roland,

    I’ll be in HK this coming April.
    I would like to buy the Tokina 35mm 2.8 Macro. What do you think of this lens?
    The purpose of me getting this is because it also gives me a normal view on my D90 & while it is also a macro lens.

    How much will it cost to buy it at Echo?

    Thanks for helping!

    Best regards,
    Zhi Yong

  203. hi roland, is it possible to find out how much the sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL Fisheye would be around? heard sigma lenses are cheaper over in HK. cheers!

  204. Hi to everyone who read this blog

    Reason to write now here is Gerard’s complain.
    I haven’t visited Echo Photo and have no experience with them, but visited Tin Cheung Camera, completely satisfied from their price and buying stuff for 60 000 HKD following
    Roland recommendation.
    I have experience with shops along Nathan road, and they are really rude after realizing that I just check prices
    I bought from Tin Cheung simply because they was near to my hotel.
    I will be in HK after month or so and will buy some stuff from Echo Photo too because I’m sure that Mr. Yip will give me a competitive or better price after showing him a receipt from Tin Cheung for above mentioned price….

    The best known filters are B+W MRC (16 layers) and Hoya S-HMC (12 layers)
    That’s why I don’t understand : buying excellent camera with mediocre filter.
    Of course the reputation of Echo Photo will suffer for just one poor filter…

    Frankly to say, none of us will buy something without survey in detail.
    The buyer should be prepared before entering the shop, asking here what to buy, not asking in the shop.
    I was put in same situation from vendor (Jewish) in B&H,NY who advice me to buy some lousy accessories match my ordered stuff. Waiting in a queue for 15 minutes I was rude telling him not to teach me what to buy. He answered me that he has a headache and sent me to another queue to wait again, but this time the vendor was black,very smart and was completely satisfied.

    Ogi Sofa, Bulgaria

  205. Dear Roland,

    I paid 7100HKD for the GF1+Filter+8GB Sandisk SD card. The price is about the same as I’d have gotten if I bought it in Singapore. Which is slightly expensive, considering it was purchased in Hong Kong. I think the only reason I went ahead with the purchase was because I was too excited.

    I also have to add that he quoted 2800HKD (loosely converted to app. SGD533) for the 14-45mm lenses, which in Singapore is selling for SGD180 (HKD945) when purchased with the GF1. Fortunately, I actually did minimal surveying, otherwise it’d have been a really bad day for me.

    In addition, I’d like to add that I did not ask for Mr. Yip as I felt that Echo was a trustworthy shop regardless of sales person. I guess I am wrong.

    Perhaps this would be a good experience learnt on my part -to all other readers- and as a warning to others to ONLY LOOK FOR MR YIP and really NO ONE ELSE!

    But I’d def. be doing my future shopping elsewhere. I think it really is short sighted of them to lose a customer (and potentially a lot more) over a 100 odd HK dollars.

    FYU, the sales person – which was a spectacled male app. 1.6+m tall. And I really hope he is reading this and regretting it.


    • Hi Gerard,

      While I sympathizes with your experience, I did specifically say in my article about “asking for Mr Yip” and if anyone did not follow my instruction and did not get as good a deal as he or she should have, then I really feel they should not come here complaining about it.

      Be that as it may, if you look at for street prices of The Panasonic GF1, then you will find that the cheapest street price you can find is $6,900 amongst the shops listed. If you add a filter and an 8GB Sandisk Ultra II SD card, that would put the total price to over $7,100. So I would not actually consider $7,100 as an uncompetitive price in Hong Kong. You would probably get the whole package for a bit cheaper if you had followed my instruction and asked for Mr Yip at the shop, but still $7,100 is not a bad price in Hong Kong. If you can get the whole package for around the same price in Singapore, then probably you had no need buying the GF1 at any shop in Hong Kong anyway.

      For your information, if you buy a lens (either the 14-45mm or the 20mm f1.7) bundled inside the box as a kit lens with the GF1, it costs a lot less than buying the lens separately in Hong Kong. The street price for the 14-45mm is around $2,800-3,000 and the 20mm f1.7 is around $3,800-4,000. The GF1 kit with either lenses costs the same. So the sales person at Echo did not actually quoted a dishonest and exorbitant price to you, I would actually say the price he quoted was quite good and competitive in Hong Kong. I don’t know about the market in Singapore, but in Hong Kong, you get the one kit lens (20mm f1.7 or 14-45mm) which comes inside the box, if you want the other lens, you will have to pay full price, there is no cheap bundled option as far as I know.

  206. Hi Roland,

    Would like to thank you for the excellent recommendation for echo. My family and I had a great experience there and bought several cameras. Although Mr. Yip was unavailable Tommy was very friendly and helpful.

    I was wondering, what are your thoughts on the Nikon D5000? What are the pro’s and con’s?

    Thanks again for the great suggestions. Cheers!



    • Hi Russ,

      Glad you had a good shopping experience at Echo.

      There are always pros and cons for any camera, even the best and most expensive one. It all depends on your usage and expectation. The Nikon D5000 is a good camera and should give very good results. If the price is right for you, then I am sure it will just work fine for you.

      • Hi Roland,

        I heard that there was a battery problem with the D5000, is it still true with the newer models? How about lense compatibility? I heard that the D3000 isnt adaptable to all lenses even with Nikon lense.

        Kudos to the 1M hits.


        • Hi Russ,

          I am not an expert on Nikon DLSR and I have not followed closely on new of the D5000 to know if there has been any battery problem for sure, though I have not read about any confirmed problem on major photographic sites.

          The D3000 does not have built in autofocus motor in the camera body, so it will not be able to autofocus with older Nikon lenses that does have have autofocus motor in the lens itself. However, most modern Nikon lenses have built in autofocus motor. So unless if you are a long time Nikon user ewith a lot of old Nikon lenses, then it should not bother you.

  207. Hi Roland,

    A friend of mine just went to HK last week and told me that the Canon 7D is only around $11,000 in Echo? I just want to confirm coz I will be traveling next month to HK to buy some photography stuff.

    Thanks for the tips. Nice photos as well


      • Thank you Roland.

        Now that the 550D is coming out, I’m confused wether to get the 7D or the 550D. Which suits best for the 24-70L? Or maybe I’ll just wait for the reviews.

        • Hi Crian,

          The 550D and 7D shares a very similar sensor, so the image quality should in theory be comparable (although there are no reviews yet, so I don’t know for sure). However, the 7D has lots of things that the 550D does not have like a much better built body that has full environmental seals, much faster continuous shooting rate and a larger buffer. More advanced and better autofocus system, ability to control remote flash…etc, etc. The sensor is not the only thing that makes a good camera, but if all the extra features of the 7D are not important to you, then of course the 550D will be a good bargain.

          IMHO, the EF 24-70mm f2.8L is not really a good choice for general purpose zoom on any Canon APS-C DLSR, like the 7D or the 550D. The 24-70mm zoom range works pretty well on a full frame(FF) DSLR as a general purpose zoom, but with a 35mm FF equivalent of 38.4-112mm on an APS-C DLSR, it becomes a rather awkward zoom for for general purpose use. On an APS-C DLSR, the EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM is a much better choice for general purpose zoom.

          • Thanks Roland. Now I have a clear idea of which one to get. Still can’t decide wether the 7D or the 550D but I tried the 7D, it’s an amazing camera. Its just that its not FF. Wanted to get a camera that will really last long, not the camera that when something new comes out you always want to get the latest.

  208. Hi Roland,
    please tell me whether there had been a sale of the camera Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and at what price ?
    Thank you, Dmitry