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Camera stores in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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J Williamson , Dec 13, 2009; 10:37 a.m.

Can't speak to the OP's question about buying gear but I was there some years back and during a walking tour around the Ben Thanh Market I came upon a little side street full of antique shops and the like... anyway right smack in the middle of this block of shops was a nice, bright, modern glass fronted place that looked very out of place. You could see inside the whole place from the sidewalk. They were working cameras!!! I looked up and sure enough this was an Authorized Nikon Service Center. What luck... I had two Nikormat FT bodies an older, used F4 that I'd just bought in Hong Kong and 4 non-AI lenses with me.
I had the lot cleaned and serviced overnight for $50usd.
From what I remember the place was on Le Cong Kieu (just east off the round-about near Hen Thanh Market) but Google Maps says the service center is now on Ho Tung Mau about 4 blocks due East from the round-about.

Z Mermell , Dec 24, 2009; 09:53 a.m.

Recently, my camera's LCD screen got damaged and most of the screen is black now. Are the places you guys mentioned (especially the last post by J Williamson) reputable enough to have Nikon cameras serviced? Any tips you have to make the repair successful like ways to get thru the language barrier? I'll be in Saigon in a few days so wanted to do all my homework before trying. Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

Erik Christensen , Dec 30, 2009; 12:56 a.m.

I would try one of the following shops:

  • Khanh Long Camera, Le Loi Street, HCMC
  • Vinh Hung Camera Shop, Thuong Xa Tax Center - Corner Nguyen Hue/Le Loi Gr.floor HCMC

Z Mermell , Jan 01, 2010; 07:27 p.m.

Thanks for the extra info! Everything worked out great: Khanh Long Camera replaced my LCD screen for just US $75. They had one remaining screen in stock that fit my camera, so it was complete luck. The mechanic appeared to be very knowledgable/reliable, and he fixed it in no more than 30 min.
FYI, the address is: 35 Lê Lợi, Q1 [District 1], HCMC, right on the main st. The Authorized Nikon Repair Shop seemed even more professional and reliable, but since they didn't have the part in stock, it would have taken a month to ship it in from Hong Kong.

Ron Erwin , Jan 30, 2010; 06:03 a.m.

And I thank everyone for the information. I, too, went to Khanh Long Camera and they replaced the pop-up flash on my D700 for $55, in about 2 hours.

David Bailward , Mar 09, 2010; 05:48 p.m.

I was in HCMC in late-Feb/early-Mar of this year, ambling around, and passed the HUY CAN store on 13 TRAN HUNG DAO, District 1, a street that runs south-west from the BEN THANH Market and they buy, sell and trade cameras and digital.
What caught my attention was a display case with a Foca, LTM Leica IIIf or IIIg and newer Leica Ms. After a week in the city all I had seen were new Canon/Nikon digital SLRs and a few used older Nikons.
Contact #s from their business card: shop tel. (08) 39142788-35081046; cell 0903.715046 and 0903.801346; www.fotothing.com/huycan; huycanth@yahoo.com.vn
Good luck!

A D , May 10, 2013; 12:29 a.m.

I have been living in Saigon for a year... and I am still looking for this ideal camera shop in town. However, one thing I can tell you is: AVOID AT ALL PRICE the "Thanh camera shop" on 45 Le Loi. This dishonest and discusting person sold me an assumingly brand new Canon EOS that turned out to be a second hand, having more than 9800 shots (after software check); and he refused to admit the trick.

Erik Christensen , May 10, 2013; 02:51 a.m.

Thanh Long on 45 Le Loi is probably the one with the best selection, however, I fully agree with you, that you cannot trust them. I left them 3 years ago when I wanted to exchange a Speedlight 800 with 900 and we had agreed a price. Next day I brought my 800 along and the price difference had increased considerably. He does not say hello anymore.
Try Vinh Hung on the ground floor of the old Russian Market - corner of Le Loi and Nguyen Hue - it should be possible to negotiate a good price with him, who is also knowledgeable. The other staff are polite but their knowledge only relates to consumer goods.


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