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These colourful apartments are very close to one of Singapore's attraction, at least for us, amateur photographers: Sim Lim Square.

A six story building filled with electronic vendors. It ranges from computers to MP3 and all imaginable electronic gadget you can think of, but the best is the choices for digital cameras.

All brands are sold, from the cheapest point and shoot to the top professional DSLR.
If you take your time and if you have a talent for bargaining, you can get good prices, generally as good as on e-Bay...but there is a catch...

Be very careful of the Manufacturer Warranty. A big portion of the stock comes from Hong Kong or Taiwan and they will pretend that your new camera has international warranty...not true.

Some will be from Singapore and will be covered only in South east Asia, and rarely will it come with a real international coverage.

The thing is that most of their customers are tourists who came to Singapore for a few days. They will purchase the camera and fly back home, soon after to find out that their country does not recognize this gray market product.

I was told that both Canon and Nikon do not pay for repairs of any new cameras during warranty coverage.

It is the responsibility of the country distributor, for example Nikon USA.
They will be the one doing the repair and paying for parts and labor out of the profit they make selling the products, so it is logical that they will refuse to repair a camera that they didn't sell, cameras we normally refer to as Gray market.

So be aware but enjoy this mind bugling Sim Lim Square.

Three and a half years ago I took a chance and bought a Nikon D80 and the 18-200VR lens. It has worked flawlessly and still works today...

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