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Maybe this is common knowledge amongst the long termers here but for anyone who doesn't know about it,  the 5th floor of Mega Plaza Wangburapa in Bangkok's Chinatown, ( google maps for the exact location - it's essentially a Toy mall with the camera section on the 5th floor ), is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours looking for vintage or current second hand camera gear. I started off with Nikon full frame equipment and 3 big zooms but because of the weight bought a Fuji X100t and then a second hand XT1 last year, which got me into buying adapted vintage second hand primes off UK ebay as I couldn't afford the higher end Fuji lenses at the time. I recently found this outlet, knowing that surely Bangkok had a decent source of second hand gear, and I'm seriously impressed with the range of equipment on offer. I managed last week to pick up 2 mint condition Fuji lenses for 50% of retail price as well as a Nikon Ais to complete my Ai/Ais collection for use on my Fuji and a Super Takumar in great condition.

 

Well worth a visit if you haven't been before.

 

 

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Mega Plaza was known as Merry Kings before the renovation. 

 

Across the street, and just north, Always One mall used to also have quite a bit of equipment, back when it was known as Phirom Plaza.
 

There are a few other good used shops in the surrounding area. 

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Thanks so much for this info about the shopping center.

 

I went there 2 days ago and found a mint condition/low shutter count Fuji X100T, got it for 25.000 baht, including the original box and all the accessories + 1 spare battery.

 

 The X100F cost about 47k baht here so almost 1/2 price, and with my limited use/skills, the T is good enough for me.

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3 hours ago, genobkk said:

Is this place still around?  Does anyone know any others for camera equipment?  I see people trying to sale very old stuff on Facebook groups for almost new prices 

Try also AV camera a short walk from Saphan Taksin  BTS Skytrain, not a massive selection but quality stock in excellent condition and also Fotofile outlet on the ground floor of MBK, quite a lot of older manual lenses in there.

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On 9/18/2018 at 11:24 AM, Curt1591 said:

Mega Plaza is still there.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Sxxf6aVfFYD2

There are a few other shops in the neighborhood also.

Thank you. I checked out Mega plaza yesterday.  Although I did not buy anything not to bad prices, lots of good slectioin.  I was looking at lens and it can get very confusing with different generation lens looking almost alike so it is definitely good to do your home work before going.  I wanted to buy a 7-200 lens  I saw a cannon one that was at a decent price in good condition. 

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On 9/19/2018 at 3:30 PM, Curt1591 said:

At one of the nearby shops, I picked up a like new Canon 1.4 extender, series II, for 5,000 baht, a third the retail price. It has served me well for years.

Hi Curt,  where are the nearby shops roughly if I was standing at the front entrance to Mega Plaza ?   I've only ever been straight to the Plaza because on both occasions it was bad rain so not conducive to walkabout and explore around there.  I like to do a day trip on the airport bus from Pattaya so if I get could get maximum value by looking in a few other nearby shops that would be even better.

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I really can't remember, exactly. Plus, they come and go.

If I recall correctly, the shop I bought from was just up Chakrapetch from Mega.

"Always One", formerly Pirom Plaza, used to have a few shops.

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24 minutes ago, Curt1591 said:

I really can't remember, exactly. Plus, they come and go.

If I recall correctly, the shop I bought from was just up Chakrapetch from Mega.

"Always One", formerly Pirom Plaza, used to have a few shops.

No problem, I'll have a little scout around next time I'm up.

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Thank u so much for all these excellent informations ;

Looking on my map of Bangkok ( Berndtson city streets  )..

I come sometimes to Bangkok; it's far from where I live in Issan but I like to walk in China Town ; so many things , houses, buildings , and people to shoot there..

So, from Hua Lamphong station, go as soon a spossible on Thanon Yaowarat ; and Mega Plaza is at the end of this wide street .;  30 to 45 minutes footing when not raining , of course 😁

 

I'm looking for lenses for my micro4/3 Lumix G85;

would like to buy, if it's possible to find as  second hand lens,

an UGA zoom Pana 7-14 f/4 ( it's a 14-28 full frame )

and a telezoom Pana  100 - 300 f/4 - 5,6

 

and I would like to sell another UGA zoom I bought a long time ago ( 18 y old ) for Canon full frame ;

it's a SIGMA 17-35 f/2,8 - 4 

 

Hope I can find all of what I'm looking for in this district of Bangkok .

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