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fantastic camera for the price and cheapest it's ever been
use code 35pound at checkout for £35 off also quidco at 3%

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/canon-eos-550d-digital-slr-camera-ef-s-18-55mm-zoom-lens-04906457-pdt.html
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#1
where does it say this comes with a lens kit ??

hopefully these will come down a bit more in price and a few more 'codes' before Xmas ;)
#2
Good price, heat added, but wrong link, this is the link to the camera with lens:

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/canon-eos-550d-digital-slr-camera-ef-s-18-55mm-zoom-lens-04906457-pdt.html

PS. Don't forget 3% Quidco.

Edited By: andyken on Oct 25, 2010 12:24: .
#3
cheers Andyken ..now correct link can see has the lens kit :D

hopefully they will coem down another £50+ by xmas .. they are selling via e-bay shops for £550 at present
#4
sorry can't change the link using my iPad if the mods can do it for me it'll be great
#5
mikbish
cheers Andyken ..now correct link can see has the lens kit :D

hopefully they will coem down another £50+ by xmas .. they are selling via e-bay shops for £550 at present


Hong Kong though?

I'm waiting until Jan, new models coming out next month will drive down prices on this model.
#7
This may be a daft question but where do you enter the code?
#8
On the payment page there is a section to enter promotional code
#9


US company though so they're probably US models which means no warranty in the UK, right?
#10
looks like a good price, thanks
#11
Good price and I really want to purchase one.

But I am still waiting for them to get below £600

Which i am sure it will with a new model on the way and Christmas coming up
#12
With 3% quidco this comes in at under the magic £600 mark...the 500d from amazon represents a great deal too as it's dropped £30 in the last couple of weeks. I'm going for this as I know I'll regret it if I don't...(_;)
#13
I''d be more tempted by a used 40 or 50D and a half decent lens.
banned#14
1 Like #15
Great camera. Got it last week from Insight with 18-135mm lens for £760. I (and 15 others apparently) had to wait a few weeks for stock to be fulfilled, but I think it was a misprice as the second the order was fulfilled, the web price went back up to £860! Result!

And personally, I'd say waiting for a lower price is probably wasted time without this camera for very little return. if you do a search for "550D" on HUKD then you'll see a couple of similar price offers (maybe £15 - £20 difference) with comments saying that the price will tumble come September. My guess is that this will drop to £599 at best in January - if its all about the deal for you, then fair enough, but if you want to get round to taking great pics (and videos) and risk paying maybe 5% more than you would in January.....JUMP IN NOW!
#16
Great price
#17
I have just purchased a Canon 500D body new for £395 from

http://www.jackofallgames.co.uk/digital-cameras-canon-c-193_196.html?zenid=f9155205cbeaa0f987d5ec17f53831d6

I think the Canon 550D body is £570
#18
Not a bad price for a baby 7D
#19
myOpinion2
Not a bad price for a baby 7D


I know plenty of professionals who prefer the 5d to the 7. Don't knock it.
#20
Moooorish
myOpinion2
Not a bad price for a baby 7D


I know plenty of professionals who prefer the 5d to the 7. Don't knock it.


The 5D2 and 7D are totally different bodies, and aimed at totally areas of the market. Not sure why so many folk still seem to want to compare them.
#21
moneyshot
And personally, I'd say waiting for a lower price is probably wasted time without this camera for very little return.


You think so? The 500D used to be priced at the same level as this one a year ago and today can be had for £485 (with kit lens) on Amazon or Curry - and certainly less if you look hard.

I have the earlier version (450D) and I have to agree with the previous comments that that the kit lens is rubbish (at least comparared to other lenses out there). I recently bought a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens for £200 on Ebay and the difference is amazing. My pictures look twice as good as they did previously.

Based on the previous poster, you can buy a new 500D body only for £395 (or £350-£400 for a second hand 40D on Ebay!). If you then spend £200 or so on a decent lens, you will have spent less as on this deal and will end up with much, much better pictures.

Edited By: johnlondon2000 on Oct 28, 2010 12:55: update
1 Like #22
At there's the rub. You can wait a year (note I said a couple of months) and maybe get this for 20% less. In the meantime, you need to use whatever camera you bought, say, 3 years ago (that you can now get for 70% less) and put up with the lower quality. In my opinion, the big drops have gone with this camera now, and the best you'll get is maybe £10 or so every couple of months. Its standard economic theory - looking at the pricing curve, we've reached the point where all the early adopters (who have inelastic demand - i.e. will buy at any price) are gone, and this is mainstream, so the price has plummetted to pick up the next tier - standard consumers. The third tier (which it sounds like you're in) are the ones willing to wait for the perfect price - usually introduced when something is superseded by the next big thing.

Problem is - once you're out of the second phase, the price reduction is specifically because desirability is dropping. Best case study of this recently is Apple's iPhone 4 - you can now get iPhone 3 CHEAP but no-one wants it, because they all want the iPhone 4. Most people who are second tier buyers, but try to wait for third tier prices will end up not buying, because they'll see the next model and they'll want it - but won't be willing to buy at first tier prices! So they''ll wait, and...... well, you know the rest.

However, agree with you on the lens - the 135mm IS is a cracking bit of kit and is taking great pictures.

And - the reason you'll get the 500D with your Tamron lens cheaper is.....you can't take video on the 500D. Which is why I went for the 550D - its meant I can sell my rarely used camcorder to part pay for the new camera.
#25
or go hong kong and pick this up for less then £500 with a whole kit of things like my brother did! canon has a worldwide warranty anyways.
#26
teddyshady
or go hong kong and pick this up for less then £500 with a whole kit of things like my brother did! canon has a worldwide warranty anyways.


You forgot to mention the possibility of being stung for import duty and VAT - easy to forget I guess LOL .
And, if something goes wrong ... you're on your own, with no retailer to beat up.
I would also suggest you go read your "brothers" Canon International Warranty, very very carefully :D
#27
moneyshot
At there's the rub. You can wait a year (note I said a couple of months) and maybe get this for 20% less. In the meantime, you need to use whatever camera you bought, say, 3 years ago (that you can now get for 70% less) and put up with the lower quality. In my opinion, the big drops have gone with this camera now, and the best you'll get is maybe £10 or so every couple of months. Its standard economic theory - looking at the pricing curve, we've reached the point where all the early adopters (who have inelastic demand - i.e. will buy at any price) are gone, and this is mainstream, so the price has plummetted to pick up the next tier - standard consumers. The third tier (which it sounds like you're in) are the ones willing to wait for the perfect price - usually introduced when something is superseded by the next big thing.

Problem is - once you're out of the second phase, the price reduction is specifically because desirability is dropping. Best case study of this recently is Apple's iPhone 4 - you can now get iPhone 3 CHEAP but no-one wants it, because they all want the iPhone 4. Most people who are second tier buyers, but try to wait for third tier prices will end up not buying, because they'll see the next model and they'll want it - but won't be willing to buy at first tier prices! So they''ll wait, and...... well, you know the rest.

However, agree with you on the lens - the 135mm IS is a cracking bit of kit and is taking great pictures.

And - the reason you'll get the 500D with your Tamron lens cheaper is.....you can't take video on the 500D. Which is why I went for the 550D - its meant I can sell my rarely used camcorder to part pay for the new camera.


I generally agree with your comments above (except the one about the 500D not having video - it does!!) and the fact that there has been a meaningful reduction in price already. My point was more that if you have a budget of £600, you will be way, way better off buying one of the older models (eg. 500D, the 40D - which some may believe to be a better camera, etc.) and a £200 lens. The quality of your pictures will end up being so much better that way. Frankly the additional benefits of the 550D over the 500D are likely to be extremely small and I really think one would be well advised to spend the £200 difference in price on a better lens than on the more expensive 550D body just for a few extra tech / marketing gimmicks or extremely marginal spec improvements that won't actually make any difference to the pictures you take.

My other point was that the kit lens is rubbish - if it wasnt, it wouldnt have a market value of £40 (I know as I am trying to sell mine!). Think about it: does it really make sense on the above deal to spend 93% of the price on the camera body and just 7% on the lens (which actually is the most important component of the camera??). If I had to do it again, I would buy the camera body only and not bother with the kit lens whatsoever.
#28
This must be the cheapest I've seen the 550D - very good camera. I've now had the opportunity to use the 550D and able to compare it with a very old 350D - a dramatic improvement in noise at high ISO, focus accuracy and if you like video and willing to practice a lot its pretty good.

I must say if you are tempted to upgrade from a 500D I would recommend spending the money instead on a fast lens. When you buy a decent lens it transforms your old camera - I promise you it really makes a difference. Even if you buy the 50mm 1.8 for less than £100 it will transform how you take pictures.

If you have a 450D or earlier and you must have video I guess this will tempt you a lot, but if you already have a DSLR, chances are that a new f2.8 or faster lens open your eyes to great new pictures.
#29
can anyone help--- want to by a dslr but not sure if i should wait till after xmas or just get one now?
was thinking Nikon D5000?
#31
I've just bought this at 19% off the Currys £649 price instore after a bit of wheelin n dealin. £526.49!

Anyway for the price - there probably are not very many cameras that compare. It has many of the features of the 7D - which is nearly three times the price! Yes the kit lens is probably "average", but you will probably get several decent shots before you get close to it or the camera's limitations. And at that point you can invest in a lens. The main thing to consider about SLRs are they are investments - even if you go several years the lens you buy should still be compatible with this model and newer.

If you look at dpreview and cameralab and a few others, this is one of the most highly rated cameras in its price range.

As for links earlier for cheaper - they were ex-vat. So not many places do it cheaper.

Here's a question for the pros - what would be a decent lens to upgrade to from the standard kit lens? open to suggestions.

sample gallery:
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_eos_550d_review/sample_images/
http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos550d/
http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos550d/downloads/05.jpg
video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f7l-Z4NF70
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_BdvNWq-k&feature=related - stunning in hd and only 720p!

user reviews:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/read_opinions.asp?prodkey=canon_eos550d
in depth review:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/
#32
abulkasam
I've just bought this at 19% off the Currys £649 price instore after a bit of wheelin n dealin. £526.49!Anyway for the price - there probably are not very many cameras that compare. It has many of the features of the 7D - which is nearly three times the price! Yes the kit lens is probably "average", but you will probably get several decent shots before you get close to it or the camera's limitations. And at that point you can invest in a lens. The main thing to consider about SLRs are they are investments - even if you go several years the lens you buy should still be compatible with this model and newer.If you look at dpreview and cameralab and a few others, this is one of the most highly rated cameras in its price range.As for links earlier for cheaper - they were ex-vat. So not many places do it cheaper.Here's a question for the pros - what would be a decent lens to upgrade to from the standard kit lens? open to suggestions.sample gallery:http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_eos_550d_review/sample_images/http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos550d/http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos550d/downloads/05.jpgvideohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f7l-Z4NF70http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_BdvNWq-k&feature=related - stunning in hd and only 720p!user reviews:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/read_opinions.asp?prodkey=canon_eos550din depth review:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/


£526!! How did you do that? At gunpoint?
#33
just ordered!
1 Like #34
abulkasam
what would be a decent lens to upgrade to from the standard kit lens? open to suggestions.

I went for the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Asp. following quite long research. I paid £200 for it on Ebay. New you should be able to get it for £275 or so in the UK or for c. £240 on onestop-digital including delivery and any import duties. It is a HK based player but they have very good reviews and offer a guarantee of no import duty. I havent used them personally so you have to form your own view.

In any case, I find the lens fantastic. It has pretty much the same zoom range as the original kit lens but you can keep the aperture at f2.8 throughout. This is great for portraits. In addition, the sharpness, quality of the colours, and overall quality of the shots taken is absolutely amazing. Canon does a 17-55mm f2.8 lens that costs three times the price and is considered broadly equivalent to this one in terms of quality. I initially thought of buying a lens with a bigger zoom (e.g. 18-135mm or 18-200mm) but the quality would have been much less on the low end of the range (which for my needs is by far the more important one). Apparently it's much better to buy a good quality 17-50 (ish) lens and then a separate zoom lens (e.g. a 55-200 or 70-200mm lens) if you really need a lens zoom.
#35
gizmouk
teddyshady
or go hong kong and pick this up for less then £500 with a whole kit of things like my brother did! canon has a worldwide warranty anyways.


You forgot to mention the possibility of being stung for import duty and VAT - easy to forget I guess LOL .
And, if something goes wrong ... you're on your own, with no retailer to beat up.
I would also suggest you go read your "brothers" Canon International Warranty, very very carefully :D


Don't forget to add onto the £500 the price of the tickets to fly to Hong Kong to pick it up! ;)
#36
£526!! How did you do that? At gunpoint?[/quote]

Currys Mile End were closed for a month for renovations and they handed out 10% off vouchers for next purchase. My work place also allows me to purchase currys vouchers at 10% off on top. Combining the two gave 19% off RRP. And topcashback tracked for another potential 3% so could be even cheaper in the end. :)
#37
johnlondon2000
abulkasam
what would be a decent lens to upgrade to from the standard kit lens? open to suggestions.

I went for the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Asp. following quite long research. I paid £200 for it on Ebay. New you should be able to get it for £275 or so in the UK or for c. £240 on onestop-digital including delivery and any import duties. It is a HK based player but they have very good reviews and offer a guarantee of no import duty. I havent used them personally so you have to form your own view.

In any case, I find the lens fantastic. It has pretty much the same zoom range as the original kit lens but you can keep the aperture at f2.8 throughout. This is great for portraits. In addition, the sharpness, quality of the colours, and overall quality of the shots taken is absolutely amazing. Canon does a 17-55mm f2.8 lens that costs three times the price and is considered broadly equivalent to this one in terms of quality. I initially thought of buying a lens with a bigger zoom (e.g. 18-135mm or 18-200mm) but the quality would have been much less on the low end of the range (which for my needs is by far the more important one). Apparently it's much better to buy a good quality 17-50 (ish) lens and then a separate zoom lens (e.g. a 55-200 or 70-200mm lens) if you really need a lens zoom.


Thanks for the detailed reply - prime lens are also meant to be very very good for what they do - portraits with very shallow depth of field and relatively cheap asking. Personally I'm relatively new to using SLRs, so about 1K for camera+lens+extras is my budget at the moment. Mind you I have a professional photographer friend with 8K worth of camera and lens, pics can be stunning - but not ready to go anywhere near that!
#38
i bought the camera with the kit lens and sold it for 65 quid on ebay. Bought the 15-85mm canon lens and the sigma 50mm f1.4 lens...class

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