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Hong Kong Electronics Stores

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • March 30th, 2016
You probably heard that it's cheaper to buy electronics in 

Hong Kong

. Today I'll show you the typical 

Hong Kong 

electronics stores and talk about how I tried to buy myself a new telephoto equipment...
This store was the largest I could find in Hong Kong. There are no large electronics stores:
The main products are cameras, lenses, mobile phones and small accessories. You can find TVs or washing machines only at several experts on the last floor of the Times Square shopping Mall or in big shops on streets near Mong Kok station.
Often sellers wear protective masks:
Major electronics stores are concentrated on the Kowloon Peninsula or over ferry crossing or on Mong Kok'a streets. They didn't hear anything about the crisis here. Stores are crowded with visitors. They roam the streets going from one store to another:
Note how colorful the streets are. I first noticed it on Seoul streets. Remember colored cups of factory workers. Asians love everything colorful and bright. Cheap Chinese goods have the same riot of colors and lights. When I see such product, I want to say unwittingly "Chinese". On streets of Asian cities, it becomes clear "which way the wind is blowing". Only European brands are different.
At the air show in Le Bourget, I needed a zoom for my telephoto so I wanted to buy a new one here. I was choosing between the following sets:

CANON EF 400 mm f/2.8 L IS USM + Extender EF 2x II
CANON EF 600 mm f/4.0 L IS USM + Extender EF 2x II

Finally, after consultations, testing, and weight measurements, I chose the last set. In Moscow this set costs 330 000 + 15 000 rubles = $10 800
In the USA this set costs $9 200 + $280 = $9 480
On eBay, you can buy this set for $7500 + $260 = $7 760 + delivery to Russia and customs clearance. I agreed on the price of $7 700 for the set, but it was out of stock and I was promised to have it the next day. Unfortunately, they did not get it on time, in 20 hours that were left before my departure. 
I did not want to leave empty-handed and instead of a telephoto, I bought a supersonic Fisheye lens for $800, though it usually costs $970. Compare the photo of the store I made with my old 16-35 lens and fisheye:
In the evening I went up by cable car to 

Victoria Peak

, the highest point in Hong Kong overlooking the magnificent panorama of the city:
During my last visit to Hong Kong, I made a lot of photos from this observation point. 
Read the next and final review - story about Hong Kong Disneyland.
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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