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Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:25 am

Are cameras significantly cheaper in Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia?
I was in Thailand last year and everything there is very cheap. I never got around to looking at any electronics and camera equipment.
I plan to go back some time this year and while I am there, I should check out there cameras. The lens of my Canon EOS Rebel 35mm has been a great camera for me but the lens has sustained some damage. My Kodak digital camera is well total junk!
I am thinking about buying a Canon DSLR and I can use the lens for both the DSLR and my old film camera.
Are the prices significantly cheaper than what I’d pay here in California?
Any Canon models I should pay close attention to?
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:46 am

I've just returned from a short trip to Bangkok and from what I've seen it isn't much cheaper over there...Or maybe I just went to the wrong shop.  Yeah sure
From what I've heared HKG and SIN are cheaper places to buy one.
 
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:51 am

Hi,

I´ve been to Thailand, Singapur and New York last year and my conclusion is:

Go get it at Adorama,or B&H in New York, you might get a similar good deal (on Nikon DSLR stuff) in SIN, but it won´t make a lot of a difference.

Just my expirience, though.

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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:31 am

Hello Larry,

I went to both Hong Kong and Bangkok last summer, and I've been doing some price comparisons as I thought about getting one specific Canon lens. It ended being slightly cheaper in Bangkok (compared to HKG). By cheaper I mean only some 20-30 USD if I remember. But still, buying the lens in Bangkok made me save some 35-40% off the price I would pay here in Canada last summer (with tax).

I wouldn't say that absolutely everything is cheaper in Bangkok or Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world. But for some pieces it's a lot cheaper than in Canada. I don't know about other countries.

Beware of camera bodies, as far as I know, when getting one from Thailand or Hong Kong, they are not under international warranty. The lenses are, but not the bodies. I might be wrong though, this is all based on my observations.

Hope that helps.

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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:46 pm

Quoting AGD (Reply 3):
Beware of camera bodies, as far as I know, when getting one from Thailand or Hong Kong, they are not under international warranty. The lenses are, but not the bodies.

Now that's the 17,67635THB statement!
My Cannon SLR 35mm body is perfect. All I need is a DSLR and a lense that I can interchange with my current Canon SLR35mm.
The current 35-80mm lense is useless because of mold and a few scratches.  Sad
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:05 pm

If you are going to Bangkok, try going to MBK shopping mall and looking at the camera stores there. I think the good ones are all on level 4.

What I found good about them is that you can barter to an extent, the equipment is new and relatively cheap (than here is Australia) and there is a wide selection. I know that there is a Nikon store there (dedicated to only Nikon equipment) but also plentiful Canon suppliers (what I have).

For an EOS 400D you are looking at around 30,000THB. But as I said, drive a bargain!

From what I hear, Hong Kong is much better and cheaper though.
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:31 pm

Just reminding you to check very carefully that any new lens will work both with any digital and conventional cameras. Some will, but many are now optimised just for particular recent digitals.

Do your research on line before you go.
 
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:41 am

Thanks folks!
All of these replys are very helpful.
I didn't hink about this until now. What about warrantys and things like that? Should I even concern myself with such?
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:31 am

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 5):
If you are going to Bangkok, try going to MBK shopping mall and looking at the camera stores there. I think the good ones are all on level 4.

You're absolutely right. I got my lens from a camera stores at MBK...such a huge Mall!
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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:13 pm

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 5):
If you are going to Bangkok, try going to MBK shopping mall and looking at the camera stores there. I think the good ones are all on level 4.

I'll be damned. I was there last summer, I think.
Is this place near the Baiyoke Hotel?
This mall is between the Ratchathewi and Chit Lom BTS stations in the Siam district.

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RE: Buying A Camera In Thailand

Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:40 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Is this place near the Baiyoke Hotel?
This mall is between the Ratchathewi and Chit Lom BTS stations in the Siam district.

Thats the one! Plenty of stores that sell stuff for cameras in there!
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