Nikon, Canon and few other emerging brands of SLR digital cameras in shopping malls are usually tagged at staggering prices. But if you know the place in town to buy this killer photography gadget, you can take it home for less plus a big smile on your face.
If you seriously aim for an upgrade from point-and-shoot digital camera to professional SLR camera, stop hunting at the forefront, take a detour to the back alleys of Hidalgo Street in Quiapo, Manila. Hidalgo Street is the photographers’ haven in the Philippines frequented by many of the country’s professional photographers as well beginners for their photography stuff.
On most days Hidalgo Street is always a busy and crowded street in Quiapo. Photography enthusiasts can find here scores of shops selling quality, original and top end latest models of SLR cameras and other photography stuff. Of course, tag price for cameras in Hidalgo are lower compared to what we normally get in shopping malls like SM, Robinson’s, Glorietta, Trinoma or Gaisano to name a few of Philippines’ most popular shopping malls. Plus if you know how to bargain, you can further slush down the price of your SLR camera.
If you are not confident about carrying cash in this area, you won’t be disappointed as most of the shops accept credit card. Camera shops are open 7 days a week but I suggest not to shop during Fridays as the streets around Quiapo area are overly crowded.
Now you know where to look around for SLR camera in Manila – it’s just at the back alleys. If you don’t know where Hidalgo Street is, just take a jeepney ride going to Quiapo and alight in front of Quiapo Church or St. Nazarene Cathedral. Don’t hesitate to ask the vendors around for direction to Hidalgo Street. These vendors here are nice and friendly people. Just remember not to go any further or beyond SM branch in Quiapo.