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10% off everything except DSLRs at Jessops today (sep26) Sep. 26th, 2007 11:06 am
Jessops are doing load testing on their site today, and to "encourage" heavy usage they're offering 10% off EVERYTHING except DSLRs - gotta love that small print from 12-4 today.

http://www.jessops.com/

or see the flyer: http://fs4.emv2.com/jessops/web/images/250907/Email_250907.htm?cm_mmc=Jessops_Email-_-eflyer_260907-_-10offeverything-_-viewhtml_HTML

From: ciphergoth
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 10:19 am (Link)
I see from the flyer that Jessops is load testing it's website...
From: wechsler
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 10:21 am (Link)
Ye's, I'd notice'd tha't t'oo... :/
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 10:44 am (Link)
Damn that small print! Although for the bits of kit I'm looking at buying in the next couple of weeks, they're still cheaper to get from Amazon, even with the 10%, or, in the case of the new lenses, from online £-priced stores in the US ...
From: davefish
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 11:12 am (Link)
What are you getting?
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 11:19 am (Link)
What I'm planning on is a Canon EOS-400D (body only - because apparently the kit lens isn't great, and I've already got a not-great Canon EF kit lens from my old EOS-1000F) ...

And then, following discussions with ev1ldonut, here, the lenses I'm planning on are:
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MkII
- Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS (which is the biggie!)

I've already got a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USM for the longer zoom stuff.
From: davefish
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 12:13 pm (Link)
Sounds reasonable. I may wander over there and start sticking my oar in... Can't find your e-mail address, as I was going to mail you. Have to stick to LJ comments instead!
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 12:18 pm (Link)
[grin] The default LJ email address will do the job, but thanks for coming over to the "slightly charcoal grey" side ...

Because I can never resist a goon reference

From: wechsler
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 12:41 pm (Link)

Secombe: To commence this night of debauchery, we present the world's mixed bathing champion of 1931 - the man in black - Mr. Valentine Dyall.
Fx: Vibrant giant gong.
Dyall: Allow me to correct you, little pigmy man. I am no longer the man in black; I am now the man in grey!
Secombe: What brought about this change?
Dyall: A very cheap dry cleaners.

http://www.thegoonshow.co.uk/scripts/canal.html

OR;


Secombe: Now, ladies and gentlemen, and other denominations ... as a special treat for listeners on the Mongolian Overseas Service, we give you ... The Man In Black.
FX: [Gong]
Sellers (Alec Guinness): Thank you. Actually, I'm not The Man In Black. I am The Man In The White Suit. But on my way here, I fell down a coal-hole. Oh, and this is my secretary.
Secombe: Mm - you fell down the coal-hole too, then.
Ellington: Man, I never did!

http://www.thegoonshow.net/scripts_show.asp?title=s04e15_the_missing_prime_minister
From: babysimon
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:35 pm (Link)
I have the kit lens and am happy with it. Bear in mind that the posters on forums like dpreview are all horrible gear snobs and not to be trusted.

I have the EF 50mm f/1.8 MkII and hardly use it, because it always seems easier to use the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 HSM. A 50mm prime on a crop-sensor always ends up feeling too tight, and the Sigma is a bit brighter and focusses much faster.

Of course it all depends what you'll be photographing...
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:40 pm (Link)
Bear in mind that the posters on forums like dpreview are all horrible gear snobs and not to be trusted.
Good point. "Is it an L-series lens? No, then don't buy it. Even though buying the L-series would require selling your entire families kidneys. All of them." [grin] I already have something similar to the kit lens, anyway, and I'm going to be getting a lens which covers those ranges as my main lens.

Thanks for the tip about the 30mm Sigma, though! I could well end up going for that, instead.
From: babysimon
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:46 pm (Link)
It's sort of similar to the kit lens, but bear in mind that the kit lens goes wide to 18mm rather than 35mm - if you just had your old EF lens *and* the tasty USM/IS, *and* a Canon or Sigma prime you'd still have no wide-angle capability at all...
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:51 pm (Link)
the kit lens goes wide to 18mm rather than 35mm
Ta for the reminder - I'll get used to the crop factor sooner or later. [grin] Fortunately, it looks like davefish might have a spare 400D kit lens ...

Unfortunately, that 30mm f/1.4 Sigma prime looks like it's about £270 new (unless I'm looking at the wrong one), while the 50mm Canon f/1.8 is about £70 or less new from some sources.
From: babysimon
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:53 pm (Link)
Oh, yes. It's just that for my needs I'd rather spend money on the prime and get the kit zoom, because almost all my photos are indoor available-light ones.

Of course, those are *my* needs. Yours are probably different...
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 02:07 pm (Link)
because almost all my photos are indoor available-light ones
That makes sense.

Most of mine will probably be landscapes, building exteriors, zooms of architectural detail and similar outdoorsy daylight stuff. I tend to use my compact for indoor/party type shots, as it's less intimidating to my camera-phobic friends - and less of a worry about spilled drinks ...
From: babysimon
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 02:10 pm (Link)
Oh, in that case disregard almost everything I said. Except the bit about needing wide angle ;)
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 02:19 pm (Link)
Except the bit about needing wide angle ;)
[grin] Will do!
From: babysimon
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:51 pm (Link)
(Or if the kit is too chavtastic, you may be better off with a nice EF-S zoom like this or (gulp!) this).
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 02:20 pm (Link)
you may be better off with a nice EF-S zoom
Good point. Heh - the IS ones are nice, though. I'll probably add one to my list for next year ... especially if I keep getting frustrated by not being about to get everything in! Thanks for the reminder about the EF-S framing, though ...
From: davefish
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 03:09 pm (Link)
It is quite a bit more expensive than the 50 1.8 though (More like the price of the Canon 50 1.4)

I've got the Sigma, so if you want to borrow it at Whitby to try out that'll be cool.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 03:15 pm (Link)
if you want to borrow it at Whitby to try out that'll be cool

# It's really cool, all the rock stars do
# If you don't try a little you'll really be a fool
# Tell you what I'll do, I'll make the first one free
# And when you want some more, just come back to me

I have the feeling I'm about to enter one of the the world's most tempting toy stores ...
From: davefish
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 04:33 pm (Link)
And I am the bad man :)
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 04:36 pm (Link)
[grin] Yes. Yes, you are ...
From: wechsler
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 07:07 pm (Link)
We'll get him yet
From: reddragdiva
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 12:03 pm (Link)
F31fd 125 quid AAARGH THE PAIN!
From: mrz80
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 12:46 pm (Link)
Lemme guess... the one thing you were interested in purchasing was a dSLR? :-)
From: wechsler
Date: September 26th, 2007 - 01:46 pm (Link)
Actually I'm perfectly happy with the one I've got - I was just amused by the definition of "EVERYTHING".