35 comments on “Taiwan Photographers – Resources

  1. Hello!

    Last I checked, HanKou Street No. 65 is the only photo shop in Taipei that still has a full line of basic darkroom chemicals and equipment as well as photographic paper for prints. Mostly Ilford products. Also 120 slide and print film. The prices are quite reasonable, the staff is friendly, and there’s always somebody there who can speak good English. You know the place, right?

    –Scott

  2. Thanks! Another great resource. Do you happen to know who sells grey cards? I went through many shops in Camera Street, and could not find any.

    • The store at 65 Hankou St used to sell them – I’m not sure if they still do. Key Photo definitely has them though.

  3. I lived in Tainan until 2008, and I am pretty sure I found every shop in town that still sells developing chemicals and equipment. Maybe someone else can provide an update.

    For developing chemicals, I went to a shop on the north-east side of 民權路 (MinQuan Rd, section 1), between 年輕路 (NianQiangRd.) and 中山路 (ZhongShan Rd.). It’s a short block, so easy it’s to find. They handle mostly digital equipment, but they also have film in all sizes.

    There’s another shop on the west side of 金華路四段 (JinHua Rd., section 4) that has a few basic chemicals, like Kodak HC-110. That shop also does camera repairs.

    On the big roundabout where the Museum of Taiwanese Literature and the old firestation is, there is a Lomo-oriented shop that had color/B&W/slide film in 35mm and 120, but no chemicals.

    –scott

  4. Aha… I see now that Leif has the address of one of the shops I mentioned in his “Photography Resource for Tainan” link.

    #222 Ming Chuan/MinQuan Road Sec. 1, Tainan City
    台南市民權路1段222號

    Tel: (06) 228-9895

    link to reference of same shop:

    http://www.taiwanfun.com/south/chianan/shopping/0404/0404Hrong.htm

    Regarding photo chemicals and film, they don’t keep a lot in stock. So if you don’t see it on the shelf, ask them, and they’ll tell you when they are expecting another shipment.

  5. Aha… I see now that Leif has the address of one of the shops I mentioned in his “Photography Resource for Tainan” link.

    #222 Ming Chuan/MinQuan Road Sec. 1, Tainan City
    台南市民權路1段222號

    Tel: (06) 228-9895

    link to reference of same shop:

    http://www.taiwanfun.com/south/chianan/shopping/0404/0404Hrong.htm

    Regarding photo chemicals and film, they don’t keep a lot in stock. So if you don’t see it on the shelf, ask them, and they’ll tell you when they are expecting another shipment.

  6. Craig, you mentioned the phone number of a shop in Sanmin Road, Taichung. The shop’s website is http://www.procamera.com.tw and it is located at No. 52-1 Sanmin Road, Section 3, Taichung. The shop rents camera bodies and lenses. They also do camera repairs and I have found their service very good.

  7.  thanks for this info ! will be going to taipei soon so im going to look for some camera gears there :D just wondering if you know where to buy phottix accessories there?? particularly on flash triggers thanks ! :D 

        •  hi again ! i saw this from the lowepro website and im thinking of visiting their distributor in taipei, this is their company and address… wondering if you know this …. and if ever how to get there :D thanks :D Tai Nein Company Ltd.Lih Fure Trading Co., Ltd.2F, No. 29, Ren Ai RoadSec.2, TaipeiTaiwan

  8. Thanks for reminding me about TIVAC–
     
    If you like to see good photography, then definitely try to locate TIVAC.  Sometimes the exhibitions are listed in the daily papers (Taipei Times and China Post) in the “art exhibit” columns.
     
    I tried to catch as many photography exhibitions in Taipei as I could between about 2003 and 2009, and the best by far were at TIVAC. It is kind of hard to find, but in the same area as the Brass Monkey.
     
    There’s a street (LiaoNing) one block west, where the shops and street stalls open in the evenings, and lots of locals come out for dinner, and there’s good seafood and all your favorite Taiwan dishes. Mmmm…
     
    TIVAC is a block west of FuXing and a block north of ChangAn. Don’t forget to go downstairs and check the basement gallery.
     
    臺灣視覺國際藝術中心, 台北市遼寧街45巷29號
     
    TIVAC/  Taiwan International Visual Arts Center
    No. 29, Lane 45, Liaoning Street, 104 Taipei
    Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:30am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 2773-3347

    • TIVAC is great. My wife used to live around the corner from it (before we lived together) so I used to pop in all the time. 

  9. Hi I’ve got a Nikon D3100

    Could you recommend a place for camera repairs and services in Taipei please?

    Thank you

    • I think you’d be best served by just taking it into any of the stores along Bo Ai Rd and asking them. I don’t have any personal experience with Nikon service to make a recommendation.

  10. Overall a very useful article, however I am attempting to locate a source in Taipei where I can rent a 4X5 view camera and purchase sheet film as I am anticipating a trip to Taiwan later this year, and would prefer not having to pack my large format gear along as under-plane baggage. Are you aware of LF rentals in Taiwan?

  11. Helpful information – thanks! I was wondering, do you know of any places in Taipei that rent tripods?

  12. deshmuk on · Reply

    hi craig, I will visit Taipei next week & I am looking for a manfrotto tripod; can you advise one or two shop which carry a good range? Thanks. Deshmuk

    • Hi Deshmuk, any of the stores in that first Google maps link should be okay. There are dozens more stores in that same area, so if you don’t see what you want in one it’ll be easy enough to find in the next one.

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