Last week I made an incursion to Hankou street, near Taipei Main Station, looking for a lens converter for my Fuji x100s. This street and the nearby BoAi Street are the paradise for camera lovers, since there is a huge concentration of photography stores. Camera shops line one next to the other on both sides of the street, selling cameras, lenses and all kind of accessories. Because of this reason, Hankou is also known by the locals as the “Camera Street”.
Taipei Main Station area still has some old buildings resisting against the city’s fierce urban renovation. These buildings are part of the architectural history of the city but sadly, it is difficult to know how long will they last until they are demolished to make room for some, most likely ugly, luxury apartments.
Many of the camera stores in Hankou street specialise in concrete brands, or only in lenses. Some other are focused on selling only tripods or camera bags. It is very convenient to have all these stores one next to each other, and it is always recommended to visit different shops to find the best deals.
I finally found the Taiwanese distributor for Artisan&Artist Japanese straps. Wait for me…
Cameras or lenses are rarely labeled with their prices, and we have to ask to the owners in the shops. To avoid misunderstandings, all the pricing display and negotiation is done in calculators like this one.
Since the area is 10 minutes walking from Taipei Main Station, it is full of old-style hotels and motels.
Thanks for your visit today!
Camera: Fujifilm X100s