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Thread: To buy or not to buy. (protection film, front filter, battery grip and dry cabinet)

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    Default Re: To buy or not to buy. (protection film, front filter, battery grip and dry cabine

    Quote Originally Posted by toothie View Post
    Hi All,

    I am expecting my new DSLR soon (EOS 550D) (end of month).

    I was wondering, with a tight budget, which items should be bought first. Any suggestion is welcome

    I was thinking buying the following items according to their ranking
    1) Dry cabinet (to protect my investment from mould)
    2) Front filter
    3) Battery grip
    4) protection film for LCD display (Is this a waste of money?)

    anymore critical things to buy?

    cheers,
    1) It's a need to get this after you get your dSLR
    2) get a clear UV filter to protect your lenses front element, esp your first lens. Plus a hood would be good.
    3) you may wait to get it later
    4) not sure if this model screen is scratch resistant, if it is not, better get one if you want to play safe not to see scratches.

    to me, No. 1 and 2 are more important & urgent than the rest.

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    Default Re: To buy or not to buy. (protection film, front filter, battery grip and dry cabine

    Quote Originally Posted by toothie View Post
    Hi All,

    I am expecting my new DSLR soon (EOS 550D) (end of month).

    I was wondering, with a tight budget, which items should be bought first. Any suggestion is welcome

    I was thinking buying the following items according to their ranking
    1) Dry cabinet (to protect my investment from mould)
    2) Front filter
    3) Battery grip
    4) protection film for LCD display (Is this a waste of money?)

    anymore critical things to buy?

    cheers,
    Welcome toothie.

    My ranking would be pretty similar to yours with the exception of #3. IMHO, protecting the body(LCD) first is more impt than getting a battery grip.

    1) Dry cabinet
    2) Front filter
    3) LCD protector
    4) Battery grip

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    Default Re: To buy or not to buy. (protection film, front filter, battery grip and dry cabine

    Quote Originally Posted by Fotophilic View Post
    dry cabinet sounds best to me, among the list.
    if u really do not have the money to buy a proper dry cabinet and do not wish to use a dry box, then don't buy it first.
    mould/fungus grows on the glass because the air is stagnant. just bring it out and exercise it often and it'll be fine. i know of someone who uses a D200 and 18-200VR for about 3 years without putting it in a dry cabinet. and yes he uses it often. the last time i see the glass a month ago, no fungus spotted.
    Hmmm exercise huh.... i shall do that everyday!! =D

  4. #24

    Default Re: To buy or not to buy. (protection film, front filter, battery grip and dry cabine

    Hey Tootie, welcome to CS
    Just my 2 cents worth,
    1)Dry cabinet is not really a must in a short run, if u are veri scared, i think i saw a dry box that cost $28~ at AMK fairprice? but IMHO, don't get till you get a 2nd lens
    2)Front Filter: a must, unless u are absolutely sure accidents don't happen to you
    3)Battery grip: not really important especially since when you just started out photography
    4)LCD protector: Not too expensive (just $2 from daiso?) be safe than sorry
    Other essential items to get?- Cleaning kit
    Tripod-depends on your genre of photography
    Flash- once again depend on what you intend to take
    Additional Memory Card, Batteries if have cash to spare
    Once again Welcome^^
    Enjoy !

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