Buying camera gear from New Sankyo (HK)
It is a sad fact that not all 3rd party lenses are represented
here in the Philippines. The two notable lense manufacturers, Tokina
and Tamron do not have official representatives here.
Friends who've been in the hobby much longer than I am always
mentions Hong Kong as the source for these lenses and in particular,
New Sankyo is always mentioned.
I did a Google search on "New Sankyo" that led me to a post made
sometime in 2003 on how happy he was in dealing with this seller. At
the bottom of the article was the email address.
I sent an email and I was communicating with Mr. Tony Leung. He
was zippy in responding to questions about prices, and equally
responsive in serving my order.
I'd like to summarize the steps towards a hassle-free,
straightforward transaction with New Sankyo.
- Send an email to Mr. Leung at Tony Leung
[firstname.lastname@example.org] and ask for an official quote. Do
not use Tony Leung as your price catalog. If you just wanted to
know indicative pricing, this
website will do. The prices listed here are in HK dollars.
- When you get the reply and you're happy with the price, tell
him to prepare the lens. He will reply to you again to tell you
it's ready. Do this when you're absolutely sure about the order.
- Call Falcon Forex at 338-8921, and ask for Mr. Lao and tell
him you will transfer money for Mr. Leung. He'll give you the
day's conversion rate, and you need to pay P300 for the
processing fee. He will tell you how much you have to transfer.
I transferred to his BDO Account. Give him your mobile number,
so he will call you ONLY IF there's a problem, such as your
payment is not confirmed.
- You don't need to call back Mr. Lao. Your transfer will be
done in 15 minutes.
- I called Mr. Leung at +852-2367 0350 to inform him that the
transfer was consummated. He'll give you the date when your
shipment will leave HK. I discovered that placing an order on a
Friday will allow them to ship Saturday, and you'll get it on
Monday following week.
- Wait painfully over the weekend.
- You will receive a call from Celine Express. I received the
call on Monday, the following week. They told me to pick it up
and that I'll pay P650. You are charged according to the weight.
Mine registered 1.1K on their digital scale.
- Pick it up at Celine Express 2643 P. Manaloto, Pasay. The
street has a big badminton court in front of School for the
Deaf. Near PLDT along F.B. Harrison.
- Pay and check your item.
- Go home and enjoy
A friend of mine who ordered a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 on a Tuesday
got his item the following day, Wednesday.