But 1GB SD cards do not qualify as "drool-inducing gadgetry."
What does qualify is Villman's current BPI "installment madness" promotion. They are selling an Olympus E-300 digital SLR kit, with the 14-45mm standard zoom, for around 40,000 pesos with an option for 1-year installment payments of 3,332 pesos per month.
This same product costs $650 from B&H in New York, or about 33,500 pesos. A 6,500-peso premium for a local warranty and stretching payments over a year doesn't seem so bad..
By comparison, the Canon EOS 350D kit costs $780 at B&H (also with the standard zoom, an 18-55mm EF-S lens) or about 41,000 pesos. Villman is selling the exact same model for about 4,200 pesos a month or a tad over 50,000 pesos (a 10,000-peso premium over B&H price).
The EOS 350D is technically a superior camera: larger sensor, faster, the Canon cachet, mature technology.
- 2.1 seconds turn-on time
- 0.37 seconds full AF lag
- 2.0X 4/3rds system sensor
- 1.0X viewfinder magnification with a 50mm lens (e.g. 0.5X magnification, 35mm equivalent)
- 0.2 seconds turn-on time (much faster than the EOS 300D)
- 0.24 seconds full AF lag
- 1.6X APS-C sensor
- 0.8X viewfinder magnification with a 50mm lens (e.g. 0.5X magnification, 35mm equivalent)
Well.. hopefully after the wedding I can avail myself of either of these things.