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Here is a little list of photo labs in Hong Kong. Feel free to add your opinion and suggestions

HONG KONG ISLAND

Miramar Photo Supplies

18 Stanley Street 1/F

Central, Hong KongThis is where I go to. They usually take a day and charge 20HKD for developing color film and another 20 for scanning.

Photo Scientific

Ground Floor, 6 Stanley St

Central, Hong Kong

+852 2525 0550

http://www.photoscientific.com

East Asia Professional

G/F, 29 Swatow St., Wanchai,

Hong Kong

Tel : +852 25751745

http://www.eastasiapro.com/

They take a little longer but they are very thorough. Slightly more expensive, too.

ColorSix

1/F, 51 Wellington Street,
Central
Hong Kong
Tel : 2526 0123 

Many people recommend them. I find them really overpriced and rude.

 

KOWLOON

Dotwell Photo

44 Carnarvon Road,

Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 23683826

http://www.dotwellphoto.com

Sunrise Professional Photofinishing

333/B2 Lai Chi Kwok Road,

Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 23862048

http://www.sunrisephotohk.com

Outputprolab

1/F, 612 Reclamation Street,

Mongkok, Kowloon

Hong Kong 

Tel: +852 23804077

http://www.outputprolab.com/

Color in August

Shop C G/F No. 322, Shanghai Street,

Yaumatei, Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 27811802

http://www.cia8.com

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Ng Ka Lok Edward takes stunning photos of Hong Kong street scenes, mainly in black and white and medium format. Check out Edwards flickr stream HERE or contact him directly by email

When and why did you start taking analog photos?

Started taking analog photos before digital camera come. Stopped on last 15 years. Restarted on 2013.

How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite?

I have 3 on hand. My favour is.........Voigtlander Bessa III

Where do you buy gear or film in HK and where do you develop your film?

I buy and develop the film in Wan Chai, Colorluxe Express.

Do you think analogue photography is becoming more popular in Hong Kong?

I do hope it will, it doesn't matter to me. I will move forward with my analog camera.

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ALL photos in this post are for personal viewing and evaluation use only and are copyrighted © Edward Ng unless otherwise indicated. ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED. NO commercial, non-profit, or governmental use of any kind is allowed without written permission from the copyright holder, photographs may not be downloaded or reproduced in any manner without written permission.

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Improving the quality of life for the less fortunate people makes a dire need of urban renewal and is the top priority of the URA

This is what it say on the Urban Renewal Athorities Website. HAHA! Read this HK Magazine article please! What they do in reality is a little different. They destroy old neighbourhoods instead of restoring them. They make sure Hong Kong has more luxury high rises, car parks, hotels and less heritage buildings with character, unique markets and shops. They need constant public pressure to do the right thing, because the are not Non-Profit. They want to make money. Now the Urban renewal Athority is evicting current market stall owners and shop owners without providing them any alternative in the area. Please write them an email and let's try to stop this insanity! inquiry@mail1.ura.org.hk6229986221_b90f3dc784_b.jpg

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Here is what I wrote about Graham Street Market in 2011:

The pictures are of Graham Street Market in Central. Graham Street Market is one of the oldest outdoor markets in Hong Kong. It's been around for 160 years. Even before Hong Kong became a British colony there was a bazaar on this site, selling provisions to the ships arriving in Hong Kong. Unfortunately the Urban Renewal Authority is planning to redevelop Graham Street and Peel Street. When they say redevelop they actually mean tearing down the old buildings and building higher, more profitable high-rises instead. This will affect 37 building and 78 shops. It will start 2015 and be completed in 2021.

The plan is to build a giant complex with two residential buildings, a 26-storey hotel, a 32-storey office building, a footbridge linking to the escalator and an underground car park (because we need more cars in Central for sure). They are also planning an "Old Market Street" a man-made tourist attraction, which will have nothing to do with reality and surely all the charm and authenticity of the market will be lost. They will be selling traditional products and handicrafts. Sounds like the Ngong Ping Old Town to me, a disney-esque tourist attraction on Lantau selling Babushka dolls and other kitsch to mainland tourists. I fail to see how "Old Shop Street" can be of any interest for a tourist wanting to experience the many sides of Hong Kong, as gritty and dirty as they can be. Graham Street Market may not be pretty at times, but it's GENUINE and vibrant. The real Hong Kong, a real outdoor wet market, not the URA's version of it. Instead of just renovating the buildings, like it is done in most places in the world the URA instead tears down most of the ones built in 50s and 60s, keeps the facade of the pre-war buildings and fills in the rest with hotels, luxurious apartments and other crap not catered to the existing residents of that area, but for richer class with more consumer power. Local residents are relocated and compensated. If compensation for something like that is even possible.    The corner house of Wellington Street and Peel Street was housing one of the oldest shops in that area selling eggs, groceries and dried goods called Wing Woo Groceries, which was in business for more than 80 years and closed in 2009. The URA offered the owner compensation and he retired due to old age. The shops interior will be preserved for a museum.

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Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong
Yau Ma Tei Photography

There are a lot of great street photography shots on David Davidoffs flickr stream, but I especially like his photos of rural parts of Hong Kong like Lei Yue Mun. Check out his flickr stream here.

 
When and why did you start taking analogue photos?
Oh, let me think about it...it should be about few years ago(about 6-7 years)...I always like analogue stuff(e.g. Vacuum Tubes, LPs...), it seems nearly close to life and humanity.
Originally, I know nothing about photography. Firstly, I start to collecting vintage cameras, I am so curious what image will be come out if taken by these vintage cameras...then, I start to tacking my first roll...second, third...till now.
I observed that life gone too soon, something disappears and missing soon...I just want to record them and freeze the moments of life...


How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite?
Ummm, I haven't count it clearly, but I guess it's about 200-300 or more...and which one is my favorite?? hahaha...which I held it on my hand...even if, I always bring my Leica M3 in my bag, this is a sharp weapon of street photography.

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Revue 400SE review


The 400SE is a cool little rangefinder  camera from the 70s that was made by Foto Quelle a popular German Photo retailer. It's a great camera to carry around daily with it's fast and sharp lens, though it's a little on the heavy side for its size

Battery:
The camera needs a 1.3V mercury battery to operate the light meter. These are now illegal worldwide, so I used a 1.5V battery. Some sites say the higher voltage makes the light meter mess up, but I haven't had any problems with it so far. Other sites aso recommend Zinc Air batteries for hearing aid, these ave exactly the right voltage,
The light meter is attached to the top of the lens, so when you put the lens cap back on it saves battery.

Focusing:
This camera focuses from 0.9 meter until infinity.
Focusing is  easy, it uses a so-called "coincident image focusing device".  In the viewfinder a small spot which is slightly yellowish needs to be aligned with the whole image. This part will be in focus then.
Just turn the lens focusing ring until the two images in the viewfinder line up perfectly. Here is a great explanation of this. Sometimes with these cameras the viewfinder can be a bit foggy which makes focussing difficult in low light situations. There are tutorial online on how to clean the viewfinder using Ethanol oder Isopropanol, but I'm not experienced enough to attempt that.
Also it's quite difficult to focus moving objects. It might be even better to just use the distance indication on the lens.
The lens REVUENON 40mm F1.7 is really sharp and the results if focused correctly are great.
If your subject is closer than 1.5meter you need to make sure the subject is within the paralax lines of the viewfinder.

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Exposure:
The light meter is a cds light meter. It has an exposure lock if you press the shutter half
With this camera you pick the shutter speed and it will chose the aperture accordingly. The manual gives the following guidelines

Sunny  = 1/500sec
Cloudy = 1/125sec
Indoors = 1/30sec

For shots with 1/30sec and under you are supposed to use a tripod and a cable release to avoid blurry results.
The needle in the viewfinder will show you any under or over-exposure. Is the needle in the middle yellow part exposure is correct.

You can use a filter without adjusting the exposure.

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Problems:
-The lens cap is super flimsy wobbly piece of rubber and doesn't lock in any way to it's very easy to loose it.
-The original bag is also some cheap fake leather that just kind of falls apart after a few uses.
-The foam on the film door disintegrates and becomes somewhat sticky. Mine even sticks to the film canister. It might also effect focusing if it has completely disappeared.
-Viewfinder on mine is a bit foggy and dark
-Battery might be a problem but hasn't been for me so far


Here are some photos taken with the Revue 400 SE
 and here are some more

Great little camera :)








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Just off the Soho Escalator is a little piece of land time forgot. The Jamia Mosque was built 1915 and surrounding it are some really beautiful old buildings giving you a glimpse of what that are looked like 100 years ago. Hopefully the Urban Renewal Authority will never get involved in this.

Photos taken with a Nikon Fm3A and slide film.

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Holga - Causeway Bay

Wan Chai - Hong Kong

Kowloon DairyMan in Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market

When and why did you start taking analogue photos? 

I actually learnt photography on a film camera but my camera bag was stolen when I was travelling and by the time I had enough money to buy a new camera I reasoned that a digital camera would suit me better as the World appeared to be going down that road.

After a few years using my digital SLR I felt my photography and plateaued, kind of hit a wall. Basically my enthusiasm had dipped and wanted to try something new. 

I looked back through my old photographs from my travels and loved what I saw. I realised that my photography had maybe even regressed since I started using a digital camera and put simply I just prefer the look of film. I decided one day that I wanted to use film again. I wanted to push myself photographically.

I decided I wanted a fully manual camera as I'd never used one before so I settled on a Nikon FM2. Probably my most used 35mm camera. 

How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite? 

I think I own around forty cameras. I've been acquiring them for roughly the last 2 to 3 years. They include SLRs, a TLR, a couple of rangefinders a few toy cameras and a bunch of compacts. They all work, all get used and none of them has cost as much as my digital SLR did.

My favourite 35mm is probably my Nikon FM2. It's simple, manual, mechanical and reliable. 

I've recently bought a Mamiya RB67 which I'm really enjoying. Although quite big and heavy it's extremely versatile as it has interchangeable and revolving backs. Very handy. I have to give a nod to my Mamiya C220 as well, a medium format SLR which I love.

 Where do you buy gear or film in HK and where do you develop your film? 

I shop around for my gear and film. I've found 1 or 2 places in Tsim Sha Tsui for gear and I get my film developed at Dotwell Photographic ,also in TST, until I can afford a flat big enough to do my own!

For film I mostly use Chung Pui Photo in Stanley Street in Central. I've found their prices to be the best in Hong Kong for most film. I use a few others for various things including Dotwell, Mirama Photo Supplies, also in Stanley Street and Wing Shing Photo Supplies in Mong Kong. I get my Fuji pack film from Polab in Wan Chai.

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