Farewell Miles – A Mileage Burning Party with All Nippon Airlines, Thai Airways and Asiana Airlines in Business Class (with a BMI Leg)
Featuring the ANA International 787-8.
- Oh BMI *shakes head* (The Introduction)
- The Off, Birmingham Airport, Birmingham Airport to Frankfurt with BMI for Lufthansa
- Hotel Savigny, Around Frankfurt
- Frankfurt Airport and Meeting the 787
- Frankfurt-Tokyo Haneda with ANA’s International 787
- The Strings by Intercontinental, Tokyo
- One Time Exception: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
- Tokyo Haneda International – Hong Kong International with ANA’s 777-300
- Crown Plaza Causeway Bay (Happy Valley)
- One Time Exception: An Emergency Camera Clean… – THIS SECTION
- Hong Kong to Seoul with Thai Airways International
- Ramada Seoul Dongdamun
- One Time Exception: Jongmyo Shrine
- Seoul Incheon to London Heathrow with Asiana Airlines
- Wrapping up
Welcome to something very different for GhettoIFE.com. Regular readers know of my love and pain with my cameras (Especially this Canon 50D which at one point was going thrown out of the Star Ferry and into the depths of Hong Kong Harbour this trip). However, Digital SLR Cameras can get very dirty… but when the dirt is on the sensor, it’s defiantly time to get the thing cleaned.
Here’s a little background and where to get it cleaned in Hong Kong if things get desperate…
One Time Exception – Tim Cheung Camera, K11 Shopping Complex, Tsim Shau Tsui.
Camera sensor clean, HK$570
When your camera is dirty, it’s a darn good idea to get the camera serviced as soon as possible. Normally the main cause of trouble for DSLR users is dirt on the sensor – what can’t be blown away needs a darn good clean.
And if you’re not confident or haven’t got the kit to clean it with, it’s time to research and get desperate to find a fix or someone to clean it for you.
Now whilst Tsim Shau Tsui has oodles of camera shops, most of them are… yes. Well put it like this – I wouldn’t go in and barter with them on discounts and rely on them being in Hong Kong when I next visit (even if it was a glass filter from $600 to $540 to $300 after walking out of the door in mock disgust later when I can pick up a decent one elsewhere for a slightly less prettier coin).
After sorting out getting my chops engraved in Man Wa Lane, I headed over to TST, and found the shop in the K11 place (Exit A3@ TST – go past the 2nd hand Tim Cheung Camera shop, and go around the corner).
The shop is what I’d consider more of a “proper” camera shop than some of the places down Nathan Road which have flashy Neon tubes and prices that can be… eye-watering.
After explaining the problem, I was given two options – option 1, buy the kit myself and do it myself or option 2, get the sensor cleaned there and then in 30 minutes flat.
I went for option 2 – That’ll do nicely as they say.
I dropped the beast off at the camera shop and walked around the K11 complex (which has 1) a useful supermarket in the B1 level 2) Is connected to TST/TST-East stations and 3) Has 30 minutes free WiFi.
30 minutes later I popped back, and the sensor was clean again.
I paid the cash and walked out a lot happier than I went into the shop.
The fact an hour later, the camera decided that the floor of Man Wa Lane was a better place to be than my camera bag is besides the point (and whilst annoying the hell out of me, releasing MORE dust – thankfully that could be blown away)
Except I can live with things normally. Before going mad. Well there has to be some madness for me for doing all this Economy flying normally.
Overall: Digital Camera sensors are good, but ultimately annoying when a bit of dirt gets on the sensor. Whilst others are confident and cleaning them, I’m not confident. Having a few contacts around the world when you’re in need can only be a good thing.
Hong Kong was a short break, doing the sights, the night show, and of course – the Temple Street Market which is a favourite hobby of mine – least of all I can practice bartering, and of course, enjoy the lights of the city.
Back to the flying malarkey in the next chapter of this long trip report – Stay tuned!