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Old Sep 13, 2010, 9:50 PM   #1
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ok all the 28-135 or the 18-135....i know the 18 doesnt have the usm motor but im gonna use it for portraits or set shots so not worried about fast focus... not sure what to do here ...mmmmmm
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Old Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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I have the 28-135 and love it. You will find you will want to use it for more than just portrait photos. I use my 50 1.4 for those shots.
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The 28-135 is a good lens, they are pretty sharp. But it is more ideal for a FF camera, as the crop factor makes the 28 kinda narrow. So if you are a landscape shooter, this good be an issue. But it does make for a good portrait lens also. It has a better build quality. I shoot the 28-135 as my walk around lens as 28 is wide enough for me.
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Old Sep 13, 2010, 10:47 PM   #4
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ok 28-135 it is then......
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the 18-135 didnt turn out to be a great lens.

the 28-135 i owned for since the days of film slrs. i recently gave it to my dad, but it was always a strong performer. not the best, but solid and dependably good. the only problem is its a bit tight on a crop sensor camera.

you already have then 18-55 and 55-250 which are both plenty sharp and cover all your focal lengths for zoom shots with good light.

why not add a prime lens if you are looking for a portrait shooter. they are much faster (larger aperture) giving you both more low light opportunities as well as the ability to defocus or blur your backgrounds better. plus they do not have any distortion (for the primes you would look into).

the 50 1.8 is cheap and gets the job done.

the 50 1.4 is better with fast USM, is a good portrait focal length on a crop body.
the 85 1.8 is a classic portrait lens and super sharp and fast focusing. it can be a bit tight on a crop body unless you have plenty of room to work with, then its golden.
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Bah if you are shooting with flash with controlled backgrounds then any old lens stopped down to f8 or f11 will do just fine.

Kit zoom is very good, and sharper than 28-135. But pretty much anything that gives you the right working distance will do, and actually I think zooms are quite handy in the studio.

I have had excellent results with the 24-105 L (skill level permitting of course).
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Without going into another realm and not going off topic....
from just the two you have proposed Id go with the 28-135. I could offer you alternatives all day and tell you to just use a pinhole in a piece of cardboard but thats not what you asked now is it.
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sorry all been out of town hard to do much on a laptop with not much time at night.....well i was just wondering which was the better lens ....i rented the 24-105 and beleive me i want one but i only have 1000.00 to spend and i want to get a good flash and a remote.the 18-55 does great but i go to alot of partys and events and it really nice to have a little more reach at times ...and the 55-250 is to much also at times so i just wanted something in the middle ...and the 24-105 seem to be plenty wide for what i do so i figured the 18-135 or the 28-135 would do fine for now till i can save up and get the 24-105...soooo thanks for the input all...
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the 28-135 is the better lens, and if you want to get a good flash set up with master and slave, the nissin di866 and di622 or the metz 58 and metz 48 are good setups an can save you a littler of over the canon ex580 and ex430
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The 28-135mm lens has been my lens of choice for most of my DSLR photography (on my Canon 350D) for over 3 years. (I now have a 7D with a 15-85, which I admit is a better combo).

However the 28-135mm gave me plenty of good shots, and I'm keeping it. Though not wide on a crop body (1.6 APS-C sensor aspect) - it has a handy zoom range for some things (e.g. camps, some sports, informal candids, some portraits, etc). I particularly thought it has an attractive bokeh too.

My copy was decent sharp wide open, and very good stopped down 1 to 2 stops. IS helped and very good USM focus. Also, build quality is more than decent IMHO.

I also have the kit 18-55 (non IS). Quality is decent stopped down on that lens too, but the 55mm zoom range on it was limiting for me. All the best.

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