A flashy addition to the shiny camera
Ever since I got my shiny camera last year, I’ve always wanted more equipment such as a flash, different lenses, a tripod, bags, filters etc. Over the year I’ve come to gotten use to using what I only had and can see the limitations with just the standard equipment. But today, I finally bought my first piece of serious equipment. The Canon Speedlite 580 EX Mark II!
I have used the 580EX Mark I before on the jobs with my photography boss, and it was a fabulous piece of equipment. It made me wish I had something like this whenever I attend conventions, both anime and other types of conventions. With Animania and Supanova coming up, I thought it’s a prime time to buy one of these. I was also going to be a photographer as Animania staff, but due to some circumstances, I’ve declined to do the job, but that doesn’t stop me from buying this.
There are a few changes that I notice over it’s predecessor, but they aren’t anything too major so I won’t go into details. The best thing about this is that it only costs me $595 AUD. Retail price it’s about $800. So how come I got it for so cheap? Well firstly I bought it from Discount Digital Photographics, who are based in Sydney and are pretty much parallel importers. What it means is that they import goods outside the usual distribution methods, however it is not illegal, and with DDP not having a shop front (the business is all inside a family’s apartment) they also save money themselves, and pass these savings onto the customers. Some people say that i should look on eBay, but I don’t trust eBay when it comes to high value goods such as camera equipment. Plus most of the time, eBay prices are close to retail.
Now this is only the start of the things that I want to buy. The next item will definitely be a lens, but I’m not sure if I want the Canon 60mm macro lens or the Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens. I was actually contemplating buying the macro lens with the flash, but I didn’t want to part away with an extra $545. Why these two lenses? Obviously the macro lenses for my figure photography, and the wide angle for conventions and regular landscape shots. My next trip to Japan, which won’t be till next year, I plan to do a LOT of photography. But I also want to go around to many other places to take photos such as Europe and America, but that’ll happen later in life.
So for the readers who own cameras, what other equipment do you own?