Buying a Camera in Kathmandu
For some reason, this is questions I get a lot: “Can I buy a camera when I come to Kathmandu? Where? How much?”
And the answer: Yes, Kathmandu has loads of camera shops and you can get all the new Canons, Nikons, Sony’s etc. You can get the glass-ware (lenses) as well, but more sophisticated accessories can be tricky to get a hold of. I have given up on getting a simple spare part for my Sigma flash here in Kathmandu.
I had one guy, or was it a girl?, ask me if he/she could buy rolls of black-and-white film here? Also tricky, it’s far from normal. But I’m sure it must be possible if you’re still on that old technology. Ask around in the printing labs, they’ll know.
Where to go?
– I don’t want to recommend any shop over the other, but that said, it’s basically “Snapper Photo” and “all the rest”. At Snapper, you’ll get a receipt and pay 10% more or so. The rest are selling “grey market” import from Singapore, smuggled to Nepal without paying custom fees. Sure some custom officer must be getting really fat somewhere… Head to New Road, the one stretching out East from Kathmandu’s Durbar Square or walk around on the outskirts of Thamel, the tourist ghetto. See map below for details.
Ok now, prices are generally quite reasonable here, cheaper than most of Europe, not as cheap as New York. It also depends a bit on your negotiation skills. You can usually get a little discount, but don’t expect much.
One more thing, if you have Canon equipment in need of cleaning or repair, there is an authorized repair center here in Kathmandu! Called PRIMAX, I believe. Located, again, on New Rd, on the south side. Keep your eyes open and it should be possible to discover their sign. I am a regular customer there, they are quite nice and do a good job. Might take some time though…