If you are in Beijing, and needing something photography related, whether it be cameras, lights, stands, film, or anything photo related here is the place to go: It’s called Wukesong International Photography and Culture Science and Technology Park, Or Wukesong Photography Equipment City.
Wukesong Photography Equipment City (五棵松摄影器材城）is a three story market filled with photography related stores. On the first level, I found mostly dealers selling new equipment with showrooms from all of the major brands like Canon, Nikon and Sony. This was especially cool because every kind of new camera was available on the spot to test.
I have been to some places to buy cameras before in China, and haven’t been impressed, but I think this place is pretty good, with vendors competing to offer the best service and products. Plus, Beijing is the Capital of China, and one of the largest cities, so you are going to get some quality selection.
On the second floor there are plenty of second hand stores, some specializing in medium format and some specializing in 35mm. Prices are usually negotiable.
In some shops there are piles of used gear, that may or may not be broken. It is a good place to find some legacy glass for your mirrorless cameras. Might be worth digging through?
Folks learning about cameras can take a class on the fundamentals. This, of course, will require some Chinese proficiency.
On the first level towards the back, I found this store (HeGuangYiYuan) specializing in analog. She had rolls of most film stocks like Fuji, Kodak and Ilford, plus offered development for 20 RMB, which is a pretty good deal if you compare it to the United States.
If you have any other finds for Beijing, please comment below. Thanks for reading.