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Old October 15th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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Any kits worth the purchase - B&H photo

I'm looking at purchasing an A-1 through B & H photo. About the only accessory I know I would use right away is the wide angle .7 lens.

Do any of those kits look like a bargain? I'm seeing one for around $3,999 that includes lens, bag and additional battery.

Thoughts?

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Old October 15th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #2
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I'm assuming this combo is what you were leaning towards

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Camcorder.html

If you're sure you need the lens, the package includes a battery, a bag, and also comes with the extended 4 year warranty which is handy.

I think most people purchase a second battery and you will definitely need a bag. I don't know anything about the impact brand for bags though.

You'll also want to get a UV haze filter protector for the lens.

I'd add up each additional item on the site as they are sold separately and see what actual savings you are getting and decide then.

and I might add - you're getting a bargain anyway you slice it by Canadian standards.

I see this was moved from the A1 section - seems like it might make more sense staying in the A1 section as those are the people that have purchased the camera and should have a good idea about accessories related to it.

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Old October 15th, 2007, 05:31 PM   #3
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Trish,

Thanks for the thoughts. I put this in the A-1 section for the very reason you mentioned.

I had forgotten about a UV haze filter.

Tx again for taking your time.

Re: Canadian Stds.

From what I'm seeing on the news, the Canadian dollar is gaining on the U.S. dollar...hasn't helped the rate of exchange for Canadians yet?

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Old October 15th, 2007, 07:09 PM   #4
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The dollar is actually at par now I believe.

A new canon a1 in Canada still goes for around 4500. No extras on that either.

Also, you're going to need some kind of tripod and or monopod to get you started as well. Then you'll want a merlin like everyone else : )

And for your wide angle - I'm not sure if you'd need to purchase a protector on that glass as well - I'd ask others in the A1 section that have the wide angle if they have one.

And don't go too cheap on the UV filter. I know there are a few threads in the A1 section on which to get - I have the B+W one.

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Old October 16th, 2007, 03:26 AM   #5
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Also, you're going to need some kind of tripod and or monopod to get you started as well. Then you'll want a merlin like everyone else : )
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The merlin still gives me nightmares. Should or should I not get one?
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Old October 16th, 2007, 06:34 AM   #6
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I'm close to buying one - once I get it and try it out I'll be able to give a true opinion. It seems that most people that have purchased it like it.

I know one local store owner that still isn't convinced about it and doesn't carry it in stock for that reason.

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Old October 16th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #7
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Thanks again.

I'll check the Merlin out.

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