The same as Vinyl records, film photography has been making a mainstream comeback within recent years. With vintage colors, moody shades, and unexpected twangs of light, many people are starting to become curious about the art of developing and printing their own pictures. In 2018, Chengdu is a great city to explore the various ways a person can dive into this age-old hobby, and can do so at a fraction of what the cost would be in the western world.
Listed below are the names, locations, and contact information of the various shops across the city of Chengdu where you can buy cameras, buy film, get film processed, print your photographs, and even get your photographs framed. Enjoy!
Xi Shu Audio Visual LTD.
Telephone: 028 -86656339; 13808193535
Conveniently located on a shady side street two and a half blocks north from the famous Panda who hangs in Chunxi road, this shop is relatively small and inconspicuous but offers a wide range of products for those who enjoy shooting film. They possess an impressive collection of vintage cameras that range from the iconic medium format Hasselblad and Japanese Mamiya, to the smaller 35mm Leica, as well as a host of other Chinese brand cameras. Their selection of film available is equally as impressive and should be adequate enough to satisfy the needs of any working professional or enthusiastic amateur.
To find this shop, take the green or red line to the 2ndpeoples hospital. Take exit A, cross the road and then turn left. After walking a short distance, take the first road on your right and the shop will be on your right-hand side.
Xingguang Photo Agency
Just down the street from the shop mentioned above, the Xingguang Photo Agency is a family owned business. They primarily offer black and white / color film developing and printing at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, no cameras are sold here and the only film they have in stock usually is Kodak Gold. The customer service is impeccable though, and you can expect your photos back within a couple of days.
Liang Liang Camera Repair & the Second-Hand Camera Market.
Telephone: 028-666166012; 13060098047
Chengdu shi jin niu quwen jia xiang 12hao hua ling xi nan she ying cheng er lou 2-10haoOff of the first ring road and behind a high-rise building that has seemly been under construction for the past decade, this second-hand camera market is a paradise for anyone who loves photography. Within the walls of this two-story building, you’ll encounter a host of different shops that offer new and vintage cameras, professional lighting equipment, camera accessories, several print shops, and also a number of specialty costume vendors on the top floor.
Liang Liang Camera Repair, located on the second floor, sells new and used photography equipment. They stock the widest variety of film cameras compared to any vendor in the building, and are the only shop to have film as well; selling dozens of brands for both 35mm and medium format that ranging from Portra 400 to 100 Tmax. They also have the ability to process and scan your film, and do so a slightly lower rate than most other shops in the city.
Where to get your Pictures Printed in Chengdu
Chengdu Dong Lai Ying She
Located behind NU SPACE, this print shop is fast, reliable, and has access to some of the finest modern materials available to print your art and make it stand the test of time. Please use the above information to contact for rates.
Chengdu Wanxiang Photo Studio
What they offer: art micro-jet printing, art copying / printing, and accepting government and museum exhibitions for output.
Chengdu Light and Shadow
Sichaun Chengdu City High-tech zone global center Sector W5 7-1-2114
What they offer: Art and advertising printing, and Home / business decoration services.
Black Sheep Wall
West of Tianhe 3rd street, Wuhou district, BSW No.294
Jing Li Hua Lang
Specialising in hand-made frames for your photographs, paintings, and Chinese calligraphy, this amazing little shop is equipped to handle almost any size or number of items that you want framed.
Below are some of Jake’s printed pictures: