I have been to Hong Kong on business trips for years now, and this year will see me going there at least four times. I love Hong Kong for photography, and it gives me a chance to shoot film on the Rolleicord for a bit of fun. The Rolleicord really suits street type photography; on several occasions I have found that many of the older locals really object to having their pictures taken on a modern camera, but they seem OK with the Rollei. Maybe they are bewildered by why I am using it, or maybe looking down into the box makes it less confrontational?
On the recent trip (March 2014) I found a superb place to get films processed – Dot Well on Carnavon Road, TST. They charge less than £4 to process a 120 roll film and get in scanned in high resolution to a CD – all in less than 1 hour! I am impressed with the results too. This shop is fascinating with piles of old analogue cameras and lenses in the front, and the lab tucked away at the back. It’s really worth seeking this place out if you are ever in Hong Kong. I think I will stock pile my films and get them processed there on the next visit (cheaper and quicker than anywhere I’ve found in the UK).
As a matter of interest I did find old cameras in Hong Kong to be very expensive – far more than can be bought on ebay for example. I paid £100 for the Rolleicord V in leather case and in very good condition. I saw the same model in shops in Hong Kong for 3-4 times that price.
All shots below on Kodak Portra film (from two rolls – one at 400ASA the other at 160ASA. My default I think will not be the 400 speed film as there is often not enough light with the slower film).