If you’re planning of getting a brand new camera, whether it’s a DSLR or a point and shoot, then forget the malls. There’s a camera haven hidden among the sellers of fish and amulets inside Quiapo’s busy public market. The Hidalgo street.
Hidalgo street is located near the Quiapo church and herein lies a stretch of Philippine’s best camera shops. Hidalgo’s camera prices usually differs a few thousand lower than those being sold in the malls. Aside from that, most shops sell different kinds of cameras, camera accessories, lenses etc., which you can’t normally find in the shops inside the malls.
I bought my Nikon D90 from Hidalgo and I was able to get a good bargain from Henry’s. I used the money I saved to buy an extra lens on top of the camera I bought.
To get to Hidalgo, you can take the LRT and hop off in Carriedo Station. From the Carriedo Station, enter fron entrance of the SM building, which is just behind the station, and proceed to the Watson’s exit. The street behind SM is the Hidalgo Street.
Here’s a clip of the map to Hidalgo:
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Hidalgo Camera Prices for 2011
Here are some insights on the current selling prices in Hidalgo for the latest camera models. (Actual prices may vary. I’ll try my best to update you with the latest prices.)
- Nikon D5100 – P 36,000~
- Nikon D5000 – P 27,000~
- Nikon D3000 – P 23,500~
- Nikon D3100 – P 26,000~
- Nikon D300S (body) P59,000~
- Nikon D700 – P 103,000~
- Nikon D7000 (body) – P 48,000~
- Nikon D7000 (kit) – P 58,500~
- Nikon D90 (body) – P 33,500~
- Nikon D90 (kit) – P 44,000~
- Canon 1000D – P 23,800~
- Canon 1100D – P 27,500~
- Canon 500D – P 33,000~
- Canon 550D – P 49,000~
- Canon 5D Mark II Body – P 114,000~
- Canon 600D (18-135IS) – P 54,000~
- Canon 600D (18-55IS) – P 42,500~
- Canon 60D (Body) – P 49,000~
- Canon 60D (18-135IS) – P 64,000~
- Canon 60D (18-55IS) – P 53,500~
- Canon 7D Body – P75,000~