Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm & 50mm Lenses £289.99 @ John Lewis
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Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm & 50mm Lenses £289.99 @ John Lewis

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Found 17th Feb 2015
This Canon 1200D deal from John Lewis includes *both* the 18-55mm lens and an additional 50mm lens. The price is the same as the single lens kit. Also includes a 2 year guarantee.

Available online and in-store. I ordered one online and collected it from the Bristol store today. They had the same offer instore.

This twin lens kit is often £360 elsewhere.

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Original Poster

simplyjimbo

Thanks for your deal. I've added the price and merchant to your title for … Thanks for your deal. I've added the price and merchant to your title for you


Thank you. I wasn't sure if it got added on automatically.

That's a lot of money for what you get. Voted cold.
Edit: Just noticed the 50mm lens. Still not great value as the tech in this is about 5 years old.

Edited by: "LandOfConfusion" 17th Feb 2015

Great deal with the 50mm lense!

lisamae

Great deal with the 50mm lense!



It's no good having a good lens if you have a rubbish sensor and the sensor in this is ancient. You'd better off buying that EOS M for <£200 and using the savings to buy something more suited to your kind of photography.

Also it's lens not lense.

cold sorry. great lenses, poor body

Wow fantastic deal. The 50mm lens is very sharp and they kit lens is okay to get started.

LandOfConfusion

That's a lot of money for what you get. Voted cold.Edit: Just noticed the … That's a lot of money for what you get. Voted cold.Edit: Just noticed the 50mm lens. Still not great value as the tech in this is about 5 years old.



Should up. This camera covers everything a newb needs and the image quality is quite fair. Function wise you're not missing a lot as well. The 50mm lens is what you would be after as your first lens upgrade anyway. For less than £300 it is a decent deal. Feel free to post your better value deals...

To all the experts in photography Canon 1200D body only is around £250 so for extra £40 you get two lens 18-55mm and 50mm 1.8(Worth £80). You need to be really dumb not to understand it. Go and buy gopro for £85 and impress your friends on instagram. Voted HOT!
Edited by: "rodman" 17th Feb 2015

LandOfConfusion

It's no good having a good lens if you have a rubbish sensor and the … It's no good having a good lens if you have a rubbish sensor and the sensor in this is ancient. You'd better off buying that EOS M for <£200 and using the savings to buy something more suited to your kind of photography.Also it's lens not lense.



False statement. Completely. Video below illustrates that quite well, but should know it anyway if you have any understanding in how DSLR's and lenses work...
youtube.com/wat…WH4

good deal

Great price for a great camera with, contrary to a previous contributor's opinions, an excellent sensor. I'm pretty sure, going off the photo, that the 18-55 lens isn't the IS (stabilised) version... though the spec says it is.
The 50mm is £80ish alone, so it's a bargain, especially if the 18-55 is the IS version.

Great intro SLR.

And you'll be able to use the little 50 on your upgrade when you sell on the 18-55 and body.

zlts

This camera covers everything a newb needs and the image quality is quite … This camera covers everything a newb needs and the image quality is quite fair. Function wise you're not missing a lot as well. The 50mm lens is what you would be after as your first lens upgrade anyway. For less than £300 it is a decent deal. Feel free to post your better value deals...



Horses for courses: It doesn't really matter what I suggest because different "newbs" will want different things and you can always say "Ahh yes but it does have/do this. For instance if cost is important then an EOS M with 18-55mm can be picked up quite cheaply.

Otherwise If they were more serious then I'd suggest either a Nikon D3200 or D3300 as it's a modern sensor in a newbie-friendly package coupled with a good lens range and sensible upgrade path.

zlts

False statement. Completely. Video below illustrates that quite well, but … False statement. Completely. Video below illustrates that quite well, but should know it anyway if you have any understanding in how DSLR's and lenses work...



Normally I'd completely agree with you but he isn't comparing ancient gear to more modern equipment and so your comparison doesn't quite work. Also in this case Canon is recycling old technology to achieve a price, which is fine but I'd rather get a camera which is capable of taking good pictures and then buying decent lenses as by skills develop.

Anyone know of any good 50mm lens offers for an EOS 1100D? I missed the Curry's offer just before Christmas :-(

mikeyfive

Great price for a great camera with, contrary to a previous contributor's … Great price for a great camera with, contrary to a previous contributor's opinions, an excellent sensor. I'm pretty sure, going off the photo, that the 18-55 lens isn't the IS (stabilised) version... though the spec says it is. The 50mm is £80ish alone, so it's a bargain, especially if the 18-55 is the IS version.



This camera comes with a versatile twin lens kit including a 18-55mm … This camera comes with a versatile twin lens kit including a 18-55mm non-IS lens and a 50mm portrait lens to get you shooting right out of the box

mikeyfive

Great price for a great camera with, contrary to a previous … Great price for a great camera with, contrary to a previous contributor's opinions, an excellent sensor. I'm pretty sure, going off the photo, that the 18-55 lens isn't the IS (stabilised) version... though the spec says it is. The 50mm is £80ish alone, so it's a bargain, especially if the 18-55 is the IS version.

This camera comes with a versatile twin lens kit including a 18-55mm … This camera comes with a versatile twin lens kit including a 18-55mm non-IS lens and a 50mm portrait lens to get you shooting right out of the box



"GPS Via optional adapter
Image Stabilisation Yes
Internal Memory No"

The JL spec. is a little ambiguous.

I really don't like none-stabilised zoom lenses, and the fact this one isn't is definitely worth bearing in mind, it would be for me anyway.

Still, a lot of gear for your money.

It maybe that the photo doesn't show the actual unit: the 1200d has shipped with the DCIII lens and the ISII.

I would assume image stabilisation and return if it's not the case. JL won't make a fuss.

Banned

Hot!

Alternatively theres a despicable me camera for £9.97 in Currys !

JL description is for the non-IS 18-55mm lens included in the kit just FYI.

Amazing, its a brilliant deal and a 50mm is a must have lens.

redcastle

JL description is for the non-IS 18-55mm lens included in the kit just … JL description is for the non-IS 18-55mm lens included in the kit just FYI.




Really? It states both:

"including a 18-55mm non-IS lens"

and


"Image Stabilisation Yes
Internal Memory No
Lens Aperture f/3.5-5.6"
Edited by: "worthinger" 17th Feb 2015

If you check out JLs other listings, they have :
1200D with IS 18-55mm lens for £339
1200D with non-IS lens and 2x 32GB SD card for £339
1200D with non-IS lens and free 50mm lens for £289 seems to fit the line up a lot better than £339 Plus a £70+ lens free.

Hence why I suspect the 'accidental error' lies in the spec box saying IS when it won't be for the price. But yes, you can buy and return with JL CS behind you no problems.

Maybe the OP can clear the matter up as he has actually taken delivery of one?

As a previous contributor pointed out correctly, if the IS/None-IS lens is an issue to you, it would be to me, then JL will accept returns with no fuss whatsoever.

Cold. Ancient sensor means picture quality not as good as the Sony A5100 that is a regular deal at around the same price. Also video and low light performance is not as good as the Sony either. You would have to be pretty daft to buy this over the Sony.

Welllll, it has much better battery life than the Sony, better handling for those with bigger hands, 50 odd years of groovy old lenses you can get for a tenner on eBay, a proper traditional viewfinder, and the sensor is still good enough to trade body blows with anything at this price.

But it's definitely a war of ideology. Mirrorless is the new hotness, especially for a compact holiday/event bag.

....but there's another option. Go Pentax, either the K30 or K50 and get the very good perk that is weather sealing. Ace for this country, especially in the far north.

Sony A5100 is better camera, will be available in few hours on Amazon lighting deal. £279 makes Sony unbeatable

Price has gone up to £359, unless I'm missing something?

tbh the a5100 whilst 'better' isn't that relevant as its significantly more expensive, sonys 50mm adds another 150 onto the expected 280price giving 430 vs 290

dz1

Cold. Ancient sensor means picture quality not as good as the Sony A5100 … Cold. Ancient sensor means picture quality not as good as the Sony A5100 that is a regular deal at around the same price. Also video and low light performance is not as good as the Sony either. You would have to be pretty daft to buy this over the Sony.



rucer07

Sony A5100 is better camera, will be available in few hours on Amazon … Sony A5100 is better camera, will be available in few hours on Amazon lighting deal. £279 makes Sony unbeatable



The A5100 doesn't come with an additional prime, has no viewfinder, a smaller grip, fewer manual controls, a smaller lens selection, and those lenses are generally more expensive. On a more subjective note, people will find themselves preferring the handling, ergonomics and interface of one system or the other, with many people still preferring the more substantial feel of a DSLR.

I agree that the A5100 is excellent, it has the 1200D beat on image quality and is probably the best option in this price range for mirrorless options or cameras in general if raw image quality is the sole defining factor. But DSLRs and mirrorless are still very much apples and oranges, and neither is objectively better than the other while there are still so many differences between them.

Is this expired? Shows as higher price now for me.

brilly

tbh the a5100 whilst 'better' isn't that relevant as its significantly … tbh the a5100 whilst 'better' isn't that relevant as its significantly more expensive, sonys 50mm adds another 150 onto the expected 280price giving 430 vs 290



I don't think the lenses included with the Canon have silent focusing motors so are not directly comparable to the ones you get with the Sony, which are silent. That's another advantage of the Sony. Silent autofocusing in video. To compare the lenses you have to buy the silent USM versions for canon which are considerably more expensive. But the canon focusing in video is terrible anyway so I wouldn't bother to use it to video the kids.

dz1

I don't think the lenses included with the Canon have silent focusing … I don't think the lenses included with the Canon have silent focusing motors so are not directly comparable to the ones you get with the Sony, which are silent. That's another advantage of the Sony. Silent autofocusing in video. To compare the lenses you have to buy the silent USM versions for canon which are considerably more expensive. But the canon focusing in video is terrible anyway so I wouldn't bother to use it to video the kids.


pay more get more - shocker

ElGofre

The A5100 doesn't come with an additional prime, has no viewfinder, a … The A5100 doesn't come with an additional prime, has no viewfinder, a smaller grip, fewer manual controls, a smaller lens selection, and those lenses are generally more expensive. On a more subjective note, people will find themselves preferring the handling, ergonomics and interface of one system or the other, with many people still preferring the more substantial feel of a DSLR.



I think we're comparing apples with oranges here. The Sony is a compact system camera whereas the Canon is a DSLR. While they can both work in each other's market they're not really a good fit and it's therefore easy to point out failings in one or strengths in another depending on what you prefer.

My problem with the 1200D is that I'm not sure who it's aimed at. The technology inside is old and a person beginning photography would be better served buying something more modern like A D3200/D3300. On the other hand a family going on holiday would be better served with an A5100 or perhaps even an X-M1/X-E1 kit.

And as for the supplied lenses, while nice and definitely a value-add I think they're a ploy to shift units when added to this body.

LandOfConfusion

[quote=ElGofre]I think we're comparing apples with oranges here. The Sony … [quote=ElGofre]I think we're comparing apples with oranges here. The Sony is a compact system camera whereas the Canon is a DSLR.


I agree, if you read the second paragraph of the post you quoted you would see that is exactly what I said. I even used the phrase apples and oranges.

Original Poster

Just to clarify the lens is non-IS.

The price has gone up by £70 to £359.00 which is what other retailers were selling it for. This is my first DSLR and I mainly wanted it for "still life" photos for a website. So I wasn't bothered about image stabilisation or WiFi. I doubt whether my usage or skill level will really push any limitations in the technology. I suspect for an intro to DSLRs there is very little difference between Nikon/Canon/Pentax etc. Tech specs are largely pointless if the user can't take advantage of them.

MattsBits

This is my first DSLR and I mainly wanted it for "still life" photos for … This is my first DSLR and I mainly wanted it for "still life" photos for a website.



If all you're going to do is take pictures for a website then this is overkill. A cheap compact would probably suit you better. I used a Canon A80 for years and it's still fine in that regard.

MattsBits

I suspect for an intro to DSLRs there is very little difference between … I suspect for an intro to DSLRs there is very little difference between Nikon/Canon/Pentax etc. Tech specs are largely pointless if the user can't take advantage of them.



Depends on what you want to do. The usual reasons for buying a DSLR is for the features* and quality. If neither of these things matter to you then save your money and buy something else.

Edit (Flame Protection): *And lenses.

Edited by: "LandOfConfusion" 18th Feb 2015
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