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Old Jul 4, 2010, 1:37 PM   #1
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Default 18-55mm is worth keeping if I have a 28-135mm is

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I bought a XSi, and it came with the 18-55 is lens. Is it worth keeping or selling if I have a 28-135mm IS already?
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 3:05 PM   #2
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Where their ranges overlap, the 28-135 is slightly faster than the 18-55, but there's little else that distinguishes them.

The 18-55 is about 45% wider than the 28-135. Only you know if you can live without that range or not.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 4:07 PM   #3
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It seems fairly obvious to me that the one to get rid of is the 28-135!
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 4:14 PM   #4
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It seems fairly obvious to me that the one to get rid of is the 28-135!
Actually that one is the one I seem to use most. 2nd was the 50mm for my sons basketball, but I upgraded to the 85mm(can't wait to try that out when season starts up again).
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 4:23 PM   #5
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You've got a nice, well rounded collection of lenses, and some overlap isn't a bad thing. If, in addition to the lenses you've got, you also had a 28-105, I wouldn't have any trouble telling you which lens to get rid of. But you don't.

I say keep 'em all.

I don't remember reading anything, here or anywhere else, that would lead me to believe there's such a thing as too many lenses.
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The 18-55 IS is really not worth selling, as you will not get much for it, the 50mm 1.8 is in the same boat. Also the 18-55 makes for a good landscape lens. The only lenses that would fetch a decent price would be the 28-135 and 85 1.5. I would just keep the other two, well at least the 18-55 if you shoot landscapes.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 5:59 PM   #7
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Thanks, I think that is what I am going to do.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 11:00 PM   #8
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Keep it unless you need the money. I sold my kit lens and sometimes wish I didn't.
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 8:33 AM   #9
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Hi Mark2009

When I bought my first Canon DSLR camera (350D / XT)- it was included with the 18-55 (non-IS) kit lens. I also bought the 28-135mm lens, and 50mm f1.8 lens. If I were you I would keep the 18-55 for a number of reasons (some already mentioned above):
1. wider angle (good for landscapes / city scenes)
2. lighter (if you're traveling / doing a 'hike' where weight is crucial)
3. some situations where your hand might tire using the 28-135mm all day
4. macro (my non-IS, and I think you is lens focusses closer / has better magnification than the 28-135mm lens
5. depending what filters you already might have, if you have any 58mm filters, e.g. polariser - whereas with 28-135mm - you need a 72mm filter (more expensive)

Having said that, I also have used the 28-135mm IS lens a lot. In fact it is my most used lens to date. (Though now I also have the 15-85mm IS lens, which I expect in time will surpass the usage of the 28-135mm IS lens).

So if I were you I would not get of any of your lenses (as others have also said above). I found the 28-135mm lens very useful for many situations (e.g. children camps, which I have done a lot of camps at). Also, for some sports, the 18-55 lens did not focus fast enough, nor did it have enough telephoto, whereas the 28-135mm did.

I've found the colour, bokeh and general quality of the 28-135mm very pleasing in many situations (and I do have a few of both 58mm and 72mm filters). I still find the 28-135mm lens handy for improptu people shots (the 50mm prime is also good). I'd be keen to hear what you think of the 85mm f1.8, which is a superior lens in many regards.

Even though now I have a few more lenses (10-20mm Sigma, 100-300mm Canon) - I do find that at times I do want to pick up the 18-55mm or the 28-135mm for their particular qualities.

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Paul,
Thanks for the feedback, I actually just got back into this, use to shoot 35mm for fun, but kids, I just had to go point and shot most vacations, with DSLR prices going down, I bought a used XT 9 mths ago, and have been addicted every since, selling that for the XSi. The 85mm is really nice. I have not used it much, but planning heavy use when basketball starts. I used the 50mm for last season with the XT, and it worked nice, but I wanted faster focus and a little more reach, and the great people here told me to go this way. I have taken some shots with the 85mm, and the sharpness, and bokeh are fantastic.
Because I am a novice, I was just thinking I am acquiring to many lenses that might be overlapping, and I end up staring at my bag wondering which lens to use.
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