If I could make a suggestion...
Gather a list of those models others recommended, and head down to whichever shop you choose. Bring your kids with you. Request to test those models. Just set to AUTO or P and take pictures of your kids moving around the shop. Try with and without flash. Try a few small small shots, and some big big shots. See which one gives you the best results.
Of course, limit the shoice to 2 or 3 models if not any shop also will pull hair out. If the shop you go to gets impatient or refuses to let you test 2 or 3 models, thank them and walk away. Go to next shop on the list.
Below is a list of reputable shops...but in general, I may not recommend beginners (especially ladies) to go to Sim Lim Square shops or their branches. Lucky Plaza, Far East Plaza also may not be a good choice. Some of them may makan you. Note that some other members may not agree with what I have just said, but in general, most photographers shop around like siao for prices, and know equipment/prices/packages inside out, so photographers also know 'tactics' not to kenar makan. Also, most photographers are guys. (soor, not sexist or anything, but beginners who are ladies may kenar makan lagi big time since most shady salesman/shops would probably know how to suan ladies and may think that ladies know nothing about photo equipment/prices/packages).
CP-1: Cathay Photo, #01-11/14 Peninsula Plaza (Main) Tel: 6337-4274 email@example.com
CP-2: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Printer Section) Tel: 6338-7783 firstname.lastname@example.org
CP-3: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Tripod Section) Tel: 6338-0451 email@example.com
CP-M: Cathay Photo, # 02-215/216 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard Tel: 6339-6188 firstname.lastname@example.org
MS: MS Color, Block 711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, #01-3501CTel: 6457-6380 email@example.com, with e-Quote
TK: T.K. Foto Technic, 100 Beach Rd, #02-45 Shaw Towers Tel: 6292-8167 firstname.lastname@example.org
LC: Lord Camera, 304 Orchard Road #01-79 Lucky Plaza Tel: 6235-4605 email@example.com
JO: John 3:16, #05-37 Funan Digitalife Mall Tel: 6337-2877 / 6337-1897 firstname.lastname@example.org
TCW: The Camera Workshop, 3 Coleman Street #01-31 Tel: 6336-1956 / 6336-7808 email@example.com
AP-F: Alan Photo, #05-20 Funan Digitalife Mall Tel: 6883-0922 firstname.lastname@example.org
AP-S: Alan Photo, #01-38 Sim Lim Square, Tel: 6336-0922 email@example.com
PA: Parisilk, Holland Tel: 6466-6002
OP: Orient Photo, #06-31/53 Sim Lim Square, Tel: 63391035 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last edited by Dream Merchant; 24th July 2007 at 05:24 PM.
Another place to go will be Lords at Lucky Plaza..look for James
Cathay Photo at Marina..got one Indian guy..his name is Sam or something cannot remember..nice friendly chap..
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good luck on your hunt!