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HK Day 5: Tsim Sha Tsui, Stanley, Victoria Park

HK Day 5: Tsim Sha Tsui, Stanley, Victoria Park

Leica m3

Let's take a break from delicious food for now.

We went back to David Chan's vintage camera shop in Tsim Sha Tsui as it was closed when we first went there on Sunday. This is the shop that probably has the most comprehensive vintage Leica collection in Hong Kong. It was not an easy find, read in some forums that it was at the ground floor of Kimberly Hotel, which turned out to be quite inaccurate. The shop is in this building call Champagne Court that's beside Kimberly Hotel and the new Mira Hotel. 

Rolleiflex, Rollei, Leica Nikon Lenses

The shop definitely has a good collection of Leica, on top of that, they also carry quite a fair bit of Rollei, Rolleiflex, Nikon and Canon. I actually spent most of time outside the shop admiring all the gear on display. There were no customer in the shop at that time and I did find the people in the shopping looking a little intimidating. Anyway, prices are not exactly competitive. I get a sense that they are probably priced at 2-3 times more than what I'm paying on eBay. 



For second half of the day, we headed off to Stanley Market. Nice refreshing change and I'm just glad to venture out to somewhere new that I have not been before in Hong Kong after so many trips there. We took an express bus from IFC (about 30 mins), it was an enjoyable bus ride as it took the windy can u order valtrex online scenic route up Repulse Bay. 

The Stanley Market itself is no big deal, targeting tourist who are dumb enough to pay premium for junks. But the area surrounding the market is nice. A good view of the bay, some cute old buildings, small lanes … The main street along the bay actually reminded me of the streets along Miami Beach. 

Stanley Little church in the back lane Stanley Market

As it was Mid Autumn Festival (??), and it being our last night in Hong Kong, we stayed out a little later and headed out to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay (???) after having dinner at Crystal Jade in WTC. There was a Mid Autumn Festival Carnival with some lantern display, performances and fortune telling. Veve was initially really excited about playing with her new Stitch character lantern, but strange enough, the minute we got there, for some reason she got really disturbed and insisted on being carried the entire time. She was crying a bit, held me really tight and was complaining about some shadow *spooky*. Not sure if she saw "something" or she was just being tired after a long day. In the end, we probably stayed there max an hour before we headed back to W. 

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Voigtländer Cameras

Voigtländer Cameras

Voigtlander Vitomatic

The Voigtlander Vitomatic cameras are really heavyweight 35mm rangefinders, you can no longer find such solid constructions in modern cameras anymore. I took a measure of the Vitomatic Ia, and it came in at almost 800g! It's exactly this same reason why 50 years later, finding a working piece in the market is really not that difficult, these machines are built to last. 

I have a Vitomatic Ia and a Vitomatic II. The Ia, manufactured in 1960-1963, comes with a view finder while the II, manufactured in 1958-1959, has rangefinders built in. The "a" and "b' models means having the meter instrument mirrored into the finder. The design and engineering of these cameras are simply amazing. Especially when you consider that these were made back in 1950s with limited technology, yet they came up with such sophisticated equipments that doesn't even need battery to operate. 

The 1a I'm having is in mint buy valtrex condition, both function and cosmetic. I intend to run a roll of film through it to see if I can get anything interesting. It's definitely not easy to use, as least for someone like me who's been on digital all this while. Found a good site with downloadable user manuals for most of the Voigtlander models. Meanwhile, I'm also gonna try to get a piece of rangefinder to go with it. 

specifications … 

Voigtländer Vitomatic Ia (1960 – 1963) Viewfinder
Format:  24 x 36 on 35 mm film (135)
Optics: Color-Skopar 1:2,8  50mm
Shutter:  Prontor 500 SLK-V  B + 1 sec.. => 1/500 sec. 
Misc.: Rapid wind lever, coupled lightmeter, twin match needle type

Voigtländer Vitomatic II (1958 – 1959) Rangefinder
Format:  24 x 36 on 35 mm film (135)
Optics: Color-Skopar 1:2,8  50mm
Shutter:  Prontor SLK-V  B + 1 sec.. => 1/300 sec. 
Misc.: Rapid wind lever, coupled rangefinder + lightmeter, match needle type w. external read-out