Where to buy a case and filter for Canon 350D

Discussion in 'Canon' started by penedo, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. penedo

    penedo Guest

    Hello,

    I'm looking for a case for a Canon 350D D-SLR.

    I want something compact, as I bought this mainly as a "family camera"
    and so would like to minimize the package size.

    I found the Lowe Pro TLZ mini which fits the camera (with the kit lens)
    for 49.95$ at a store in north sydney and wondered whether I can find
    some place cheaper, either online (including shipping) or over the
    counter.

    I'm also looking for UV filter to protect the lens' front element and
    found a 58mm filter for 29.95$.

    Is there a chance to find better prices?

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
    penedo, Dec 14, 2005
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  2. penedo

    Michael Guest

    $30 for a 58mm uv is not expensive considering
    the cost of replacing the lens if you scratch it.
     
    Michael, Dec 14, 2005
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  3. penedo

    penedo Guest

    You are 100% right and that's exactly the reason I'm looking for the
    filter.
    I just got an impression that those camera shops are usually expensive
    and if someone digs long enough he might be able to find a gem of a
    shop which doesn't rip him off.
     
    penedo, Dec 14, 2005
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  4. Quality/grade of filter will affect price of course. There are several
    Aus sellers on eBay who sell filters at reasonable prices (certainly
    cheaper than stores), so he could search there.....
     
    David Springthorpe, Dec 14, 2005
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  5. penedo

    penedo Guest

    I found Hoya filters (58mm) for about half the price on eBay (including
    the shipping cost).
    But so far no camera cases in Australia (some in USA, which isn't
    relevant).
    Still hoping to hear about good pointers for cases.
     
    penedo, Dec 14, 2005
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  6. You should be able to pick up a suitably sized 'snoot' type bag at any
    decent camera store - Lowepro if you want quality.....
     
    David Springthorpe, Dec 15, 2005
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    MD Guest

    try a couple of searches and quickly find some stores, also some price
    comparison sites:
    www.staticice.com.au
    www.shopbot.com.au
    www.shopferret.com.au


    eg Lowepro TLZ mini
    http://www.dirtcheapcameras.com.au/store/product.asp?idProduct=369
    $35
     
    MD, Dec 15, 2005
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  8. penedo

    penedo Guest

    Thanks very much - I found the dirtcheapcameras entry earlier by myself
    but when adding their shipping cost they are actually more expensive
    than the store (the store sells it for 50$). Almost all other stores in
    the link you gave at least where cheaper than the store price but not
    enough to justify the shipment delay.

    *BUT* - Eventually I found digitalcity through the comparision sites
    which sell it for 33.90$ with -FREE- shipping!

    Thanks very much for everyone who provided advice and pointers. I saved
    about 30$ (about 40%) of the price of these two products.

    Merry christmans and happy new year.
     
    penedo, Dec 15, 2005
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    Michael Guest

    shops like that are hard to come by, one i go to regulary
    does me good deals on gear, lens, filters etc, usually the
    smaller indipendant retailers are the best. chain stores like
    Teds and harvey norman charge like wounded bull sometimes.
    any filter UV filter up to 62mm thats over $25 is getting
    overpriced.
     
    Michael, Dec 15, 2005
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    MD Guest

    great to hear! I was going to mention that for saving a couple of bob, it
    is often not worth the hassle with postage, collection from post office etc

    Enjoy the break happy shooting
     
    MD, Dec 15, 2005
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  11. penedo

    penedo Guest

    Yes, I realize making all this fuss to save 32$ might sound cheap to
    people who spend thousands but I'm not in a position to spend money
    liberally and these items are also a must to protect my investment (I
    bought the camera out of necessity and with hope it will serve me many
    years - old Coolpix 4500 isn't fast enough to take photos of my 6
    m/o).

    Cheers.
     
    penedo, Dec 15, 2005
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    NickC Guest

    Pardon a newbie question, but why a 58mm filter? I just bought the
    same camera and the UV filter they sold me is a Hoya 67mm, which seems
    to be the diameter of the lens housing. Is the 58/67 thing something
    to do with the wavelength that is blocked?

    BTW, Michaels Camera Shop (Melb) sold me a LowePro TLZ mini for $38,
    which I thought was reasonable.
     
    NickC, Dec 17, 2005
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    Ken Chandler Guest

    It depends on the lens that is fitted. The 'normal' kit lens (18-55mm)
    takes a 58mm filter - the physical diameter. Different lenses have
    different size front elements and require different filter sizes
    accordingly.
    Nope, just the size/diameter.

    KC
     
    Ken Chandler, Dec 17, 2005
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  14. penedo

    NickC Guest

    Thanks. Silly me, forgot I got a different lens.
     
    NickC, Dec 17, 2005
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    alx Guest

    Hang around ebay long enough and you can pick up what you need.

    eg. collected a B+W UV for the EF-S 17-85 for around $60 delivered. The
    58mm should be cheaper.

    Nice filters the B+W :)



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    alx, Dec 20, 2005
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  16. penedo

    alx Guest

    my bad.... it's a 67mm filter size for the 17-85mm lense
     
    alx, Dec 20, 2005
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