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Old Jul 24, 2010, 5:09 AM   #1
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens EFS 18-13

Is this a good replacement for the 18-55 IS kit lens?

The reason i ask is that i am thinking of selling my kit lens and buying an 18-??? zoom as one i can keep on the camera and which gives me a longer zoom.

Be nice to have the extra reach and not worry about changing lenses all the time.
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Old Jul 24, 2010, 6:32 AM   #2
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Is this a good replacement for the 18-55 IS kit lens?
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The reason i ask is that i am thinking of selling my kit lens and buying an 18-??? zoom as one i can keep on the camera and which gives me a longer zoom.

Be nice to have the extra reach and not worry about changing lenses all the time.
The more you want a single tool to do, the less it will do well.

You're better off with multiple lenses of less ambitious zoom ranges, than a single lens that tries to do everything and succeeds at nothing.

Maybe 55mm isn't long enough for you, but maybe 18 is wider than you need. Perhaps something like the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS, or maybe the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS would be a better choice.
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Old Jul 24, 2010, 9:36 AM   #3
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Canon 55-250mm IS

This a good one to have in the bag?
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens EFS 18-13

Is this a good replacement for the 18-55 IS kit lens?

The reason i ask is that i am thinking of selling my kit lens and buying an 18-??? zoom as one i can keep on the camera and which gives me a longer zoom.

Be nice to have the extra reach and not worry about changing lenses all the time.
You've got money burning a hole in your pocket already!

First of all you should consider the reason you bought a
camera with an interchangeable lens system. Why would
you buy such a camera and then not want to change lenses?

The 18-135mm is not a stellar performer, but it is a reasonably
good lens. It is a slight upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens and
it is arguably better than it's bigger brother the 18-200mm

I would hold off on buying any lenses until you spend some
time learning your way around the new camera. The 18-55mm
IS lens is quite good. Once you gain some experience, you
will have had time to sort out your priorities for buying a
bigger/better lens.

To save on typing, this is a link to my comments about
the quality and price of the 18-135mm from another thread:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/1121663-post12.html

Don't pay big money for the 18-135mm. You will
find a new, or at least good as new one from a 7D
bundle for 200 or less if you are patient.
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Canon 55-250mm IS

This a good one to have in the bag?
They are pretty good. probably the best you can get in that
price range. People tend to compare it to the 70-300mm USM
and even the 70-200mm L lenses which is completely unfair
because the 55-250mm is a much cheaper lens. It is of
similar build and optical quality to the 18-55mm kit lens.

It has a 58mm thread so that any filters you buy for
the 18-55mm will also fit the 55-250mm. Like the
kit lens, the front rotates during focusing, which is
a PITA if you use a a polarising filter.
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For general photograph the 55-250mm is a good zoom. But learn to use the kit lens first. I would hold off on adding another lens right away till you learn your systems better.

So out of all the low cost zoom the ef 75-300, tamron and sigma 70-300, or the ef-s 55-250, the ef-s 55-250 would be my choice, as it is the sharpest.
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For low priced telephoto zoom lenses in the Canon mount, the Canon 55-250 IS is as good or better than anything else, and it's stabilized.

But it's not a substitute for the 18-55, just a compliment to it.
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Yea, a substitute would be the best option. I will get one as i would like to practice with both lenses.
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What about the 18-55 don't you like?
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What about the 18-55 don't you like?
Yea, awesome lens!

Will probably keep it now and buy a 2nd hand 55-250mm IS to play with too.
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