Where to buy 2nd hand cameras in Singapore?

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Hi, all,

I'm thinking to buy some 2nd gears. (Money no enough lah, :-)) But I don't have any experience. Can you guys kindly tell me which 2nd hand shop to go? Are these 2nd hand shops honest? What is a reasonable price for a 2nd hand equipment?

Sorry for so many '?'s, and thx in advance!

-- R M Chen (rmchen77@hotmail.com), May 05, 1999



Second hand market in singapore is very limited. I did quite a bit of search and found nothing worth considering. I'll share some problems i faced in my search...

To start with they are very expensive, i suggest you put 20% more and buy new equipment. The sales person are real hostile. They show it on their face how cheap you are trying to save some money.

Unless you flash money they won't let you touch the equipment. The concept of testing it before you buy does not exist.

After all this you still want go for used market go check out Peninsula Plaza and Peninsula Shopping Centre. There are quite a few shop on the ground floor. All are equally bad, i suggest you take someone who know someone in the shop. What ever you want to buy, first find out its price. These people have quoted new price for five years old lens. So, be very careful, go slow, take you time.

Good luck!

-- Red (rrgudur@krdl.org.sg), May 06, 1999.

Peninsula Plaza, Peninsula Shopping Centre and the Adelphi area have the most photographic stores and 2nd hand as well. Walk around to see the prices range. Bear in mind, the cheaper the price, the most likely to have a defects. Do check it out before buying. Better be safe than sorry.

-- raymond (rlee77@singnet.com.sg), May 08, 1999.

Perhpas you shoudl check this site first before you embark on a trip to Peninsula Plaza & Adelphi.


-- Ivor Lee (ivorlee@pacific.net.sg), June 03, 1999.

Why not try this Cash Converter shop?? There are two shops in Singapore, one is located at Tampines Central Sogo Building group floor and another one is at ???(SORRY i had forgotten) They are selling 2nd SLR, used digi-cam, used lenses and used flash as well. Their staff are nice but not experienced enough for such mentioned products. You may hv a try...

-- Ray (ph_kkk@hotmail.com), January 19, 2000.

There are quite alot of second-hand shops in Pennisula and Ahdelpi, but i suggest you better get someone that knows well about cameras to go with you, because most of the time, it's value and the condition of the equipment that counts, more than the price actually. So be very careful if you ever consider purchasing second-hand cameras. I have gone through that experience before, in fact most of my equipments are second-hand. Anyway, if you need any help, just give me a ring @ 93848711....i'll be willing to give you some contacts. So good luck. :)

-- ric (ae1c1976@yahoo.com), November 06, 2000.

Dear Mr. Chen,

Thank you very much for your advice.After going through the messages I have dropped the idea of buying a used camera during my forthcoming visit to Singapore.Thank you once again.

Mr Chen can you please advice me where should i buy a new camera, i mean the prices are lowest, bargainable and wide product range. While on this i intend to purchase a APS Zoom Camera.I will also be thankful if could suggest the most reliable brand



-- KOKA RAMAYYA NADU (koka_rn@rediffmail.com), May 28, 2001.

The other cash converter shop is in Toa Payoh, near the MRT. They have lots of stuff down there too.

-- String Rosales (string31@singnet.com.sg), January 26, 2002.

For second stuffs, you can try The Camera Workshop at Peninsula Arcade, on the hotel side. Prices are good. You give reference to my name and said that you read my recommendation over the internet. I've known everybody in the shop for about 5 years now (Don, Daniel, Nick, Becky & Laila) and most of my supplies are from them - 1st & 2nd hand. If you get poor service during non-peak periods, please let me know. I want to know. There is no commission in this. We should all share the good stuffs, right? If you're after 35mm camera & stuffs, you can ask Don/Daniel/Nick and Medium Format:Don/Daniel/Nick, a real expert on Medium Formats & Hasselblad:Don.

Regards, Simone Lynn

-- Simone Lynn (simonelynn@yahoo.com), February 05, 2002.

Camera Workshop is a great place to buy stuff, new or old. I've personally bought some lenses there, and they provide excellent service. Downside is that sometimes you'd have to wait ages before you get attention due to the many people who visit the shop. (Upside to that situation is that you can spend your time browsing while waiting...). They provide a 3-month warranty on used lenses, any questions are answered in a great manner. Kudos to them!

-- Mun Fai (munfai@vqbn.com), February 14, 2002.



-- Manh Cuong (cmcuong@yahoo.com), February 21, 2002.

which place offer good price for trading in camara? thx a lot

-- shanny (ruby_blue86@hotmail.com), March 28, 2002.

somehow the second hand shop doesn't offer good take-in prices (well at least they didn't for my case), so what i did was post my items up at website, word of mouth etc.

-- sanz (san2@bluemambo.com), April 03, 2002.

the camera workshop would be the best place to go. it is next to peninsular hotel. go look for a guy called daniel, say a fren recommended you. it is themost honest shop i know. i duno the address, but once u pass ruby, just walk straight down to the end and u will see the shop on your right

-- ingrid wee (kelgrid@hotmail.com), July 20, 2002.

The Camera Workshop at Peninsula Hotel is a relatively safe place to start getting used equipment. I've bought FM2, FE2 and a few manual Nikkor lenses from them, all used. So far I've had to return only one of my purchases which was a lens with sticky aperture diaphragm. They fixed it without any questions asked. I would even go so far to say that the staff would dissuade you from buying equipment if they felt it wasn't worth spending money on. Becky and Daniel are the 2 person that I interact with most often. Service is friendly but the wait is long during peak hours (i.e after 5pm on weekdays and after 12 on Saturdays). However at the end of the day you must know at least a bit of camera stuff before buying anything from any shop, honest ones or otherwise. By the way, for good service at a retail store, try John 3:16 at Funan Centre, level 3. Speak to either Samuel or Leslie. They generally give good advice.

-- Andrew (kh_drew@hotmail.com), July 29, 2002.

I Have a NIKON FE10 For Sale.... contact me for details.. I used it only once.

-- LioNEL (lionel@ihavepms.com), September 07, 2002.

nice board =) I was feeling kinda bored in the morning, so I logged on to the net and tried finding a second hand camera shop in SG. My dad wants to buy a 2nd-hand digital camera in GOOD shape, do you know of any shop? Not some lousy digital camera that has some cranked-up pixel resolution.

-- Cheng Hong, Lim (fileprovide@hotmail.com), December 07, 2002.

Hi Guys,

Some very useful information...thanks to all those that posted their contributions.

I have a Minolta Dynax 5 that is less than 1 year old and comes with a 75-300 lens as well.I realised that after buying it, I don't need something this good.

Anybody know where I can get a decent price for it..or is anybody interested in it?

Looking forward to some advise.

-- Jamie Roche (jamie_roche9@hotmail.com), February 13, 2003.

anyone has a 2nd hand digital camera for sale? does cash convertors sell digi cam's too?

-- ade (red_helium@hotmail.com), May 12, 2003.

I would recommend secondhand stuff, go to Camera Workshop - Don or Daniel and First hand espacially digital stuff go to John 3:16 - Smauel or Leslie.

-- Daniel (daniel@smmep.com.sg), June 03, 2003.

Does anyone know if the Camera workshop has a website or an email address?

-- Nick Lutz (lutznick@hotmail.com), August 15, 2003.

will be in singapore in november and wish to buy either a olympus e20 or a canon eos10d plus odd bits like extra lense,case,extra memory cards etc,I,m fairly new to cameras but have a good idea off the prices here in europe and know exactly what I want,I have experience in bargaining before through my earlier travels so I feel I will be able to know when I am getting a good deal or not compared with prices here What I need help in is exactly how much cheaper singapore is compared with europe so I can budget as I will be on a 4 month trip after singapore through south east asia any info on the best shops and advice would be gratfully received cheers Danny

-- Danny (grooversonmanoeuvres1@hotmail.com), October 05, 2003.

I baught a digital camera (3.3 mega pixels) at CASH CONVERTER - Tampines branch hust for 's$145'. Is very cheap and best one. I so lucky. U can try there. Bye..

-- Manie (maniekandan5@yahoo.com), October 14, 2003.

I bought a Minolta autofocus at Cash Converters last week & their service was good.However the service level in the Camera shop in Penninsula plaza was not upto the mark. I have bought both new & used equipments from both Singapore & Europe. The service level in Europe is a class apart & Singapore is no comparision.

-- P.R.Suresh Samuel (suresh_samuel@yahoo.com), October 20, 2003.

wow...I m very glad I can find this website. I have EOS-5QD (body only) in good condition that I wanna sell, I have used it for less than 3 years. Plan to change my SLR with SLR digital camera. I dunt know how much the market price is, so anyone interested please send me a quote and can give reasonable price for my EOS-5QD (body only). Self collection in bukit batok area. send sms or call me at 92719996.

-- rudy (cfrudy@hotmail.com), November 13, 2003.

I am buying and selling used video cameras from singapore and selling to india. call my mobile no 90089840 every month 10 days in singapore.

-- john muthiah (clikjohn@yahoo.co.in), November 19, 2003.

I am thinking of selling my own digi cam bec. I hv eyes on Panasonic latest techi baby SV AV 100.

My digi cam is FX77 - Main features as follows:

4.0 Million Pixels Shutter Speed:Auto (1/30 - 1/1000) Movie Mode:MPEG HQX (320x240) Storage Media:Memory Stick Power Source:infoLITHIUM NP-FC10

Lens Digital smart Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens F2.8m, 37mm(35mm equivalent)

Flash Pre-flash Red-eye Reduction Distance limitations using Flash 0.5 - 1.7m. pack Includes: NP-FC10 InfoLITHIUM C USB cables Neck strap 16Mb Memory Stick media CD-ROM w/Pixela ImageMixer for Sony v1.0 USB driver.

Harvey is still selling it at S$799, the price I bought it 6 mths ago. Except for scratches, my cam is in perfect condition. So I am selling it for a high price of S$550/-

Also, I hv bought one 128 MB & two 32 MB memory stick (original Sony) for sale. The price are fixed so you can find out what is the retail prices for them. I am letting it go for S$200/-

So, for S$750/- you will get the latest gadget and I can upgrade to my SV AV 100. Interested, pls call Mrs Chew @ 91919092. Many thanks.

-- mola baby (immolamola@hotmail.com), November 28, 2003.

Anywhere that I can get a good price if I wanna to sell my SLR camera???Pls provide with me add if possible...hee

-- John Teh (maccapower@hotmail.com), January 04, 2004.

Hi All!

Selling Panasonic Digital Video Camera NV-GX7.

Only a few months old. Used only once. Bought on November 25, 2003. Unfilled warranty card. Selling because I need cash.

Features: - LEICA Dicomar Lens - 1.2 Mega Pixel Still Picture Recording - 2.5" LCD - 10x Optical Zoom - 500x Digital Zoom - MPEG4 Internet Movie - Bluetooth Compatible

Included accessories: - Free Style Remote Controller - 8MB SD Memory Card - USB Cable & Driver Software - Photo Impression 3 (for Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP)

Adding the following in the package: - 2 pcs Panasonic Mini DV Digital Video Cassette (SP - 60mins / LP - 90mins) - Extra original Panasonic Digital Video Li-ion Battery Pack (4 hrs 20 mins)

Meet around Suntec/Citihall/Orchard area

Selling at $1300. If Interested, sms or call 97496040.

-- TSalamat (sathe923@yahoo.com), February 23, 2004.

Do not buy any thing from cash converter in singapore , my personal experience has been very bad , i have bought a VCD player and i have to return that and get another one but still it do not work , also the staff there is not helping and is always in a mood to sell the damage item.I will request not to buy anthing from there and become a fool.

-- john kim (john_kim@indiatimes.com), April 18, 2004.

what kind of cameras u wants any body selling second hand broadcastin equipments kindly send me mail john

-- john (clikjohn@yahoo.co.in), May 04, 2004.

Hi there

Am surfing the web for sites to sell my SLR Minolta 7xi complete system. Original 28-105 Minolta lens, Fixed AF Sigma APO 300 (f5.6) lens, Sigma AF 75-300mm, professional camera bag, expansion cards, 3 full boxes of Cokin filters, electronic cable release, handgrip etc. There are lots of little other extras. Anyone interested please just drop me a mail. Looking at $500 for the lot. However if its for the love of photography and you really need a camera system, I am sure we can work something out.



-- Gary Chen (garychenwy@hotmail.com), May 31, 2004.

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