URGENT: Camera needed in UK - Advice, prices, offers...

Travel Forums Travel Photography URGENT: Camera needed in UK - Advice, prices, offers...

1. Posted by verz (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Dear TP,

I am a TP member as you are, and coming to UK, namely Manchester in a bout a week for a few days attending a workshop.
I have this Kodak z740 camera, but its problem that occured is that the zoom very often does not come out when I turn it one, it does come oiut but rarel. I could not fix it or repair it, therefore I was thinking of may be a buying a new one. A second hand camera does not sound a good idea although I like it, but I am afraid of getting sth with problems that will occur once I am back to my country, Morocco.

So the option is may be getting one from the sales, if there any, but my concern is about the features. I like a digital camera, SLR, that is not compact, but rather a bigger one that offers options to the photographer instead of having everything programmed or automatic. If you look at any image in google for example of my camera, you would understand my point better.
I am hoping you can provide me with some help, advice or even if you know any offer on camera, then I would be very grateful to hear from you.

Thank you in advance for any help or advice,

2. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

The UK is not a cheap place for camera gear unfortunately, especially so if you need to buy from a shop and not off the internet. If you can buy from the internet then you'll be in much more luck and could easily pick up a 2nd hand DSLR if you wanted to :)

You should probably be looking at: Canon 350D, Canon 400D, Canon G7 (high end non-DSLR).

Here are a few very rough estimate prices in the UK:
Canon G7: £325 (online), £400 (highstreet)
Canon 400D kit: £450 (online), £480 (highstreet)

These are taken from:
www.warehouseexpress.co.uk < online
www.jessops.com < highstreet
www.ceciljacobs.com < highstreet
www.lcegroup.co.uk < highstreet

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 6, 2007, at 4:29 AM by Anzxio ]

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

by no means do i know too much about cameras.

but i fully recommend buying from the following website http://www.pixmania.com/ if in the UK and have your product delivered to / hotel within 1-2 days. you will get to see that from ordering from this website you can save yourself anything from 100-200 euro!

I bought the compact camera Canon IXUS 850 SI! for my travels. the tought of having a slr/dslr and lugging this around me would be an eventual problem.

however in your case you want one.

is your old camera under warranty still? i assume not hence the reason why you want to buy a new one.

concerning cameras...all dslrs, slrs etc cater for various user needs. its quite a hard process in finding the right camera! as in are you into taking photos of objects? macro shots? people? landscape? low light photos...etc...what do you plan to do with the photos? blow them up to poster size? a4 size? etc

please check out http://www.dpreview.com/ its a brilliant camera review website and they also have forum for all your digital camera questions.

but when buying i recommend the first link that i gave you.

in terms of sales etc...thats just a myth!

in general canon are very very good cameras...its like a bmw car:)

buying cameras in america would be your best bet to get cameras cheaper...

UK is very expensive in general!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 6, 2007, at 4:50 AM by oslaue ]

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Anzxio

You should probably be looking at: Canon 350D, Canon 400D, Canon G7 (high end non-DSLR).

I'd make that list:
Nikon D40, Canon 350D, Nikon D50, Canon 400D, Nikon D80. (From cheap to expensive, with quality / feature-completeness in the same order. Each and every one of those cameras will deliver awesome pictures, though, so make the choice based on your budget and how well the camera fits in your hand.)
Use dpreview's side by side search to easily compare features for those cameras.

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Once you decide the camera you want then try www.pricerunner.co.uk
that will list and compare prices of everybody selling the camera and tell you who is cheapest.