This is all very nice but why is it available on Amazon.com in the U.S. at £200 cheaper than Amazon UK?
I am also struggling to understand how I can buy a body in the UK for just £629 wheras Amazon UK wants £761 and other retailers similar amounts of my hard earned wonga.
Now, just who is ripping off the consumer. Is it Canon or is it some of the retailers?
Suffice as to say, this whole pricing structure is a disaster..... who do I trust?
10th May 2009 update..... I am still watching this with interest and amusement. It now appears that Amazon will charge me £752.99 for the body only but if I also wanted the 18-55mm lens they would charge me £709 !!!!!! C'mon guys, this is getting embarrassing. Lets get a human involved with the pricing shall we????
11th May 2009 update...... Progress. The camera plus 18-55mm IS lens is still £709 BUT overnight, the camera body only has been mysteriously reduced to £699.99. This makes the 18-55mm lens worth £9.01 which for a lens that Amazon sell separately at £100 sounds a good deal....... Hey, wait a minute..... shouldn't the body only be far cheaper? oh well, its a start. Lets all sit back and watch where this goes next. Oh by the way, you can still buy the body only for just under £640 postage paid on the web so Amazon has about £50 to go.
21st May. Success! The Body only is now £599 from Amazon. So, if you're like me and you already have Canon lenses then you just have to steam in now and purchase this wonderful camera. I guess the only thing that might hold you back is that the 500D does not have a fold-out screen like some of its competitors but the screen on the 500D is apparently viewable from great angles anyway.