Having decided I needed an external flash for the 300d, I had a look around and narrowed my choice down to two. A Canon Speedlite 500EX, or a Sigma EF-500 Super DG. Both support second-curtain sync which I wanted, and are fairly powerful. Having looked around, the Canon could be had for £230 via the internet, and the Sigma around £160. However a shop in town had the Sigma in stock for £175 which was a good price, so I decided to pop in after work.
On the way to the shop I stuck my head into London Camera Exchange just to see what they had, partly to see if they had any second-hand ones in stock. They’d had no Canon ones at all, but had the Sigma I wanted in the storeroom. "That’s £149" said the salesman, "ooh bargain" I thought, "but I can do it for £120" he added, at which point I rushed to pay before he changed his mind. I also picked up a Crumpler Long Schlong case, and he knocked £9 off the price of that as well, meaning I got the flashgun and case for less than it would have cost me in the other shop.
Guess where I’ll be shopping next time I need a lens?