« on: February 27, 2012, 07:34:27 PM »
I bought bodies and lenses in HONG KONG mostly. Grey market items, if available, are sometimes a lot cheaper. But that all depends on availabiilty. For Japan model, bodies may just have 2 languages - Japanese and English and the manuals are Japanese only. For international models (as they usually call), bodies will include the firmware with all the languages same as the American models.
You may see the prices updating from the website of price.com.hk. Individual stores offer 7 days exchange if there is a manufacture defect. They will normally ask you to register as member for free and give them a positive feedback if you are totally satisfied. As a member, you entitle one year warranty covered by the shop. If necessary, they will send the defective item to the manufacturer in Japan to fix it. That's what I know but I never have a problem with the camera items I purchased from them.
Prices are normally not negotiable but due to the fluctuation in fx everyday, you may have to call to confirm the price and availability before you go. Bring your own camera body if you want to test a lens. Examine carefully the items you are interested before you make any decision. There may be a few of them selling refurbished and used items so you have to have the knowledge and judgement to distinguish between a brand new never used item and otherwise.
Better ask a friend residing in Hong Kong and who speak their language to accompany you ( of course a lot of salespersons there speak very fluent English too). For cutting operating cost, some shops are upstairs in old commercial buildings and that's why they can offer lower prices. I went there quite often when I visited Hong Kong every year and I was really astonished to see how much these small shops are selling everyday.
Have fun shopping in Hong Kong when you go there.