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Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

Hi,
Does anybody know of another sites similar to toppreise.ch for online product search?
Comparis is very limited IMO.
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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

Reviving a thread from last year... hope that is ok!

I am in the market for a Canon lens for my wife's Christmas present, specifically, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. As we spend Christmas with family in Der Schweiz, it might make sense to have it shipped to their house.

I have looked on Toppreise, Digitec and Microspot, but haven't lived in CH for 7yrs, so thinking there might be some better places to buy now. CH prices seem to be lower than Spain (where I live now) and even my goto camera shop in the USA, B&H.

Thnx to the collective wisdom of EF!
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1) It's not exactly a good lens. I'd rather buy something better used than this new...

2) I made bad experiences buying lenses at digitec as they have zero stock and the info from the distributor on delivery time was wrong... getting it for Christmas? better hurry.
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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

Hi Treverus - According to my research and my own useage (my cousin in CH has one), it gets great reviews (https://www.the-digital-picture.com/...-USM-Lens.aspx with the new nano/USM motor being quite fast compared to the 1st 2 generations.

It is not top quality, but I don't want to spend 500+ CHF right now and my wife already has a few other lenses for close ups/indoor. This would more or less replace the (not so good) 75-300 that came with the camera.

But happy to hear your opinions as we are not too experienced hobbyists!And anyplace that you recommend for used lenses, especially near Bern or Geneva, would be welcome. I am shopping in Barcelona right now before heading to CH before Xmas.



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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

Microspot usually have very competitive prices for lenses - hard to find someone else on the internets that will beat them. Plus with them you can choose to use a pick up station and pay on the spot if you want to time your pickup at a certain date when you are in CH. They have a pick up station at Coop central Geneva

Re the lens: are you looking for a zoom lens/telephoto or a general purpose one? Do you already have other lenses? The 18-135 is a general purpose lens but it's not as good as a 18-55 + 55-250 lens combination. In particular the 55-250 is a very good telephoto at bargain price which I strongly recommend
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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

Here is a Google search of CH sites (typing your search term and adding site:ch to get only sites with a dot ch).

The 7th on page one is a seller on Ricardo who did not sell his new one with sun shade for CHF 300.-. You could contact him to see if he still has it and make an offer.

The 8th on page one is one that was sold on Ricardo for CHF 157.-

Have a look through this list. I covers everything in CH where the lens is mentioned.

https://www.google.ch/search?q=Canon...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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It is not top quality, but I don't want to spend 500+ CHF right now and my wife already has a few other lenses for close ups/indoor. This would more or less replace the (not so good) 75-300 that came with the camera.
If you already have some fast primes in the 28, 35 or 50mm area do you not need the lower end of the lens as it will be terrible in direct comparison. The thing about long lenses is that they are simply not cheap. On the upside do they keep the value extremely well... so the money isn't a write off like it is on a camera body. A 20 year old EF lens still has value (if it was a good lens back then...).

I personally love the 100-400 Mk 2, but that's a completely different price range. And size, so you will only carry it around if you absolutely positively want to make some pictures.

I'd for you recommend the Sigma 50-100 1.8 "Art". Very sharp. Incredible aperture for a zoom lens. Yes, not cheap but if you don't like it will you be able to sell it for 85% or so of what you paid new...

I cannot afford the cameras I like, but I made the experience to invest in glas and buy the bodies whenever the price came down as they change so fast.
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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

We have a (cheap) Canon 50mm Prime, a Tamron 70-300mm, and the two that came with the camera, Canon 18-55mm and 70-300mm (also cheap).

My cousin has the same camera and my wife admired her newest lens which which is the one I am considering, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Seems to be ok, but Treverus cautioned against this one.

My Wife would like an all purpose lens, as she takes a lot of "people, kids and dog pics" indoors and out, and doesn't like to carry around/change her lenses too often, especially around the dogs and kids.

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Microspot usually have very competitive prices for lenses - hard to find someone else on the internets that will beat them. Plus with them you can choose to use a pick up station and pay on the spot if you want to time your pickup at a certain date when you are in CH. They have a pick up station at Coop central Geneva

Re the lens: are you looking for a zoom lens/telephoto or a general purpose one? Do you already have other lenses? The 18-135 is a general purpose lens but it's not as good as a 18-55 + 55-250 lens combination. In particular the 55-250 is a very good telephoto at bargain price which I strongly recommend
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My Wife would like an all purpose lens, as she takes a lot of "people, kids and dog pics" indoors and out, and doesn't like to carry around/change her lenses too often, especially around the dogs and kids.
That's different. There is no point to carry a 135mm lens, which on your crop sensor is the equivalent of 200mm for that. My pick is, not would be, the Sigma 18-35 1.8 "Art".

At 35mm is it right about perfect for portraits and from there you can get wider if the dog has to get into the picture as well. I absolutely love it and only take it off the camera for the times I need a specialists lens like a Macro or super tele...
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We have a (cheap) Canon 50mm Prime, a Tamron 70-300mm, and the two that came with the camera, Canon 18-55mm and 70-300mm (also cheap).

My cousin has the same camera and my wife admired her newest lens which which is the one I am considering, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Seems to be ok, but Treverus cautioned against this one.

My Wife would like an all purpose lens, as she takes a lot of "people, kids and dog pics" indoors and out, and doesn't like to carry around/change her lenses too often, especially around the dogs and kids.
Have you considered the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS L - good glass, a bit pricey but seems to have rave reviews.

Edit: Think there is a cheaper USM version too if you don't want to splash the cash.
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Re: Any rivals to toppreise.ch?

anything interesting here (digitec will match Canon's discount):


https://www.digitec.ch/en/s1/page/do...on-lenses-6332




like this one for an every day lens for about Fr.508:


https://www.digitec.ch/en/s1/product...244?tagIds=520
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We have a (cheap) Canon 50mm Prime, a Tamron 70-300mm, and the two that came with the camera, Canon 18-55mm and 70-300mm (also cheap).

My cousin has the same camera and my wife admired her newest lens which which is the one I am considering, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Seems to be ok, but Treverus cautioned against this one.

My Wife would like an all purpose lens, as she takes a lot of "people, kids and dog pics" indoors and out, and doesn't like to carry around/change her lenses too often, especially around the dogs and kids.
Well, if you are looking for a "all-in-one" lens for using the camera as a point-and-shoot in one of the automatic modes, for someone that "doesn't like changing lenses", then yes, by all means, either the 18-135 or the 18-200 will do. They're not great but if you want practicality they are good enough compromises and about as good as it gets in that niche.

But (in my view of course) it's a pity to go that way, if you consider yourself(s?) a hobbyist. After all, the main point of a DSLR is being able to get better quality by adapting lenses and other equipment to the shot. Otherwise a pocketable point-and-shoot is just as good, there's no need for the aggravation of carying two pounds of equipment around.

If you want to explore the hobbyist side, my advice would be in a different direction to invest instead in something like a 430 EX flash and learn to bounce light - does wonders for indoor shots of fast-moving subjects. I know this is not everyone's cup of tea... however if you get a 18-135, you'll quickly start to use only that lens, just because it's more practical, and soon you'll realize your shots aren't any different than your average P&S
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