Monday, February 04, 2008

Hidalgo: Photographers' Haven in Quiapo, Manila

Shopping for cheap lenses, cameras, nikon, canon, sony, kenko extension tubes, batteries, filters, ND filters, CPL (circular polarizers), tripods (manfrotto et al), video cameras, sigma, tamron, photo developing and printing, films, SD/CF/MS and other memory cards?

The best place to buy them in the Philippines is in the so called Photographers' Haven on Hidalgo St in Quiapo, Manila. The area at the west end of Hidalgo St, P. Gomez (at the back of SM Sta Cruz) teems with many camera stores and shops. You can also find camera repairs of your old film camera and lens cleaning.

Some stores' telephone numbers for your reference:

mayer +63.2.733.7722
watson +63.2.733.7697
avenue +63.2.733.5474
fotohaus +63.2.733.4564
henry's +63.2.733.7723

Hidalgo St. is named after the painter Felix Resurrection Hidalgo. The area is now called Hidalgo that includes part of P. Gomez Street and Carlos Palanca St.

Tips:
Calling the store's published telephone number is not recommended. Tried it already and it's frustrating. Visiting the stores can also haggle for a cheaper price, discounts and freebies. Warn you though of in-store warranty for items with missing warranty cards, probably gray market units. Tutubi bought his Canon Ixus 30 at Henry's three years ago at a huge discount compared to malls and it's still functioning up to this day (still looks like new except for minor scratches on the LCD screen)

UPDATE: bought a brand new Nikon D80 body at Henry's for PhP34k with free bag and 1GB SD card on February 16, 2008. Use with Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR lens.

I will try to look up prices of the following:
Nikon D90, Nikon D60, D5000, D3000, D300, D700, D3X, Sb-400, SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, 50mm f/1.8, Canon 1000D, Canon 450D, 40D, 50D, Canon EF-S 18-200/3.5-5.6 IS and various Nikkor lenses

Latest Hidalgo Price Lists:

Nikon Price Hidalgo
Canon Price Hidalgo
Tamron Price Hidalgo


For Canonites, these information may also come in handy:

Canon Customer Care, Mandaluyong City
8:00am to 5:30pm

Head Office & Main Service Center
Marvin Plaza Building
2153 Don Chino Roces Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 884-9000
Fax No.: (02) 812-0067

How to get to Hidalgo St, Quiapo, Manila

Commute: any jeepney going to Quiapo can get you there. Drop off near Quiapo church. Hidalgo St. is the street in front of the church lined with flower vendors and photography and camera shops.

You may also take the LRT (line 1) then alight at Carriedo station. The area is at the back of SM Sta. Cruz.

Directions for those with cars, parking is a problem in the area, so park at your own risk. You may try parking at SM or in various side streets of Quiapo.

32 comments:

  1. thanks for the tip! this will come in handy to photo buffs like me =)

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  2. do they accept credit cards at hidalgo or only cash?

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  3. anonymous, AFAIK, it's only Avenue accepting plastic cards there but there's additional surcharge of 4%. I bought stuff in cash withdrawn from nearby ATMs of BPI, Citystate and BDO (inside SM) all a few steps from the stores but be careful, use common sense, as always or have someone watch over your back while transacting.

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  4. good evening, may i know whats your insight about Tamron 18-270mm macro lens? how much its price in higalgo? thanks in advance, newbie from zamboanga.

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  5. Thanks for the tip! Btw, were you able to get the price of 450D and Canon EF-S 18-200/3.5-5.6 IS?

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  6. hi. i just want to know the price of d60 nowadays?

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  7. it's around p22k in hidalgo, an officemate of mine went there sometime ago

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  8. meron bang zoom h4n portable recorder sa mga stores sa hidalgo?

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  9. can i repair my tamron lense? this is mold problem.
    how much?

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  10. anonymous, there are lens repair shops for tamron on hidalgo sts. no idea on price since i don't have one. i only inquired about nikon lens cleaning for my 18-200 and it costs P1800 :(

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  11. inquire lng kng magkno na nikon d60 ngaun sa hidalgo pra mka budget n ako.. planning to go to manila this next month to buy one,, sa visayas pa kc ako.. ty in advance...

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  12. ask ko lng po kung magkano n ung canon 450D s hidalgo.

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  13. do you know how much is nikon d5000 in hidalgo.. can you tell me what store offers big discount for d5000?

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  14. hello, do you know how much is nikon d90 in hidalgo?

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  15. ask lng po kng alm nyo price nikon d5000 kit?

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  16. i would lyk to know how much is nikon d90?

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  17. Meron pa kayang Brand New na D80 or D60 kit sa Hidalgo? ang mahal kase ng D90 Newbie palang ako heheheks...

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  18. @vinz - 30k ang d5000 sken, brand new with 1 year shop warranty sa columbia cubao...

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  19. magkano po ang d5000? at d90? please text me po 09153092430

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  20. hi how much 90? thanks!

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  21. ano ba tlga ang mas mgandang brand canon or nikon?! ska anong model maliit lang kasi ang budget ko. thanks

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  22. parang legendary rivalry ng BMW ba o Mercedes

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  23. D90 is the best sO far. puro good ratings on line since it has HD vediography na and liveview. asa top 10 since it was launched. i know this is the cam for me. looking forward to gO there at Hidalgo by sat. sana makahaggle aku ng reasonable price

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  24. hi, im sam, gusto ko po malaman kung magkano ang price range ng nikon d90 ngaun jan sa hidalgo-gomez and may i kno kung meron b s kanila na pwde akong makabili on-line? tnx sa 2long nyo, po...

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  25. Mayer - D7000 59K Body ; 70K kit
    Watson - D7000 59k body; 72K kit

    D90 - Mayer 46500
    Watson - 47K

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  26. magkano ngayon sa hidalgo yung brand new na Canon EOS 60D with 70-300mm IS USM canon len? isama na lang din 25OD na close up filter at hood. thanks.

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  27. any idea how much po Canon eos 500d dun ngayon?

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  28. original po b mga canon camera dun?
    im planning to buy one kc..
    and magkanu kya ung eos 550d?
    tnx

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  29. Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di or Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO

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  30. how much po kaya ang tamron 70-200 f2.8 sa hidalgo?

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  31. Magkano po kaya palinis ng lens? Canon EFS 60mm

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  32. Is this blog still active? how much po sa hidalgo ung 60mm f2.8 AF-S Micro Nikkor? Thank you

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