Whether you prefer to go digital or film, here are the best places for professional and amateur photographers in Beijing - plus places to stock up on lenses, camera accessories, and get film developed.
This two-floor camera mecca is the place professionals go to update their SLRs or pick up specialist equipment, and second-hand is really the way to go here.
The first floor is jam-packed with booths stocking all the big brands - Nikon, Canon, Sony et al, but those who remember it will know that Rolleiflex is the brand to be reckoned with. This revered company falls well into collectible status and older models are particularly sought after.
Like your photography strictly digital? Then you’d best keep walking right on past this Andingmenwai Dajie shop that’s devoted wholly to the realm of film and lomo cameras. If the idea of a vintage Polaroid or Hong Kong- imported Holga sets you aflutter, however, then a venture to LoOne won’t be a wasted one.
A range of film, instant and lomo cameras (plus flm and accessories) is stocked here, starting at 400RMB and ranging well into the thousands for more esoteric tastes. It’s grimier than Sanlitun’s Lomography shop (also a favourite), but that’s exactly why we love it.
This little Gulou shop has a wall of used Polaroid, point and shoot and manual SLR cameras for sale, as well as Polaroid and 35mm film. While the neighbourhood shop doesn't offer the largest selection, this is a good place to take film to get it developed, typically within five business days (20RMB).