Tokyo Camera Shops

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Map Camera

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Yodobashi Camera, Shinjuku

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Cash?

I was there many years ago but unfortunately didn't have enough cash to get in trouble but lots of fun lucking.
 
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Price would be ABOUT the same, given some currency valuation issues. The big difference would be the amount of inventory sitting on the shelves as compared to the average US, EU, ETC. camera shop.
 
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Well put Roy. Thats about the situation. Prices do vary amongst the discount dealers though, so best to shop around amongst the specialist discounters - Map Camera, Fujiya Camera and Sanpou Camera. Worst prices at the well known "discounters" - Bic, Yodobashi, Yamada etc. Target the first 3 listed above for best prices.
 
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I've often thought about making the trip to Japan for the purpose of purchasing used equipment(600mm f/4), but I wouldn't even know where to start.
 
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My impression has always been that, for modern equipment, you pay quite a bit more in Japan than in the US, especially since the exchange rates are so bad. Admittedly, I haven't been to the real specialist places, since I wasn't actively looking for camera gear any of the times I've been in Japan.

Vintage gear is another story, though. Looking at reports of the classic camera shows there makes me jealous of how much cool stuff you can get for low prices. It's like a good thrift store find, but hundreds in one place and without the hassle of constantly searching for stuff.
 
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To give you an idea of prices here is Yodobashi's page.

http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/category/19056_500000000000000301/index.html

D7000 body is 120k yen, which is $1500. However in my experience you can get 30% discounts on just about everything, which would bring it down to around $1000.

A friend bought a D5000 in Japan recently and it was cheaper than in the US.

I worked in Akihabara for 2 years after college - but I wasn't into cameras at the time, unfortunately.
 

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