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Old Mar 10, 2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default Canon EFS 18-55 Vs 18-135mm

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I am a newbie to DSLR photography, few months back I picked up a EOS 550D with 18-55 kit lens, later added a 55-250 zoom. The combo works great and have managed few decent shots.

I have been making few outstation trips to keep the photography enthusiast in me active, my visits include places where I could capture landscapes, massive old Hindu temples, people shots, even bird sanctuaries

My shots range between wide to zoom, and find it frustrating to keep changing lens between the 18-55 to 55-250 (there have been instances where successive shots require different lens) . A friend recommended chucking the 18-55 and going in for a 18-135 to solve this problem.

Need your help on making a decisionů would 18-135 help me overcome my problem ? Also any feedback on the image quality ? Pls help.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 2:06 PM   #2
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I'm also a newbie in dSLR but how about 18-200 or 18-250 or even 18-270. Yeah 55-250 would be frustrating that's why i didn't buy it.. i was asked to add this lens as a part of the deal but i refused.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 4:12 PM   #3
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The 18-55 is not a bad lens for kit if your looking for a bit more reach what about a 15-85 or even a sigma 17-70
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 11:25 PM   #4
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@idenny 55-250 is a fantastic lens,my issue is with carrying 2 lens everywhere
@wave - 18-55 is pretty good, couples with 55-250 sufficient range is covered.But changing lens for every shot is a put off.There are instances when I need a zoom but have the wide angle on and other way
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 8:12 PM   #5
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i know that's what i'm talking about.. i didnt say it was bad i said it would be frustrating to swap them all the time.. that's why i recommend 18-200
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 5:17 PM   #6
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hello
sigma makes a decent 18-250 with OS but as with all lenses with such a wide focal range image quality is a compromise
tamron makes a 18-270 with VR, also considered decent
go test shoot them or rent for the weekend, some places give back your money if you buy the lens
besides you have decide what duality is appropriate for you
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I would go with the tamron 18-270 or the sigma 18-250. Since you shoot birds the great range is helpful over the 18-135. You will give up IQ a bit, but there is a time and place for megazoom lenses. Just sharpen them up in PP.
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the image quality of the 18-135 and 18-200 from canon is pretty similar to the 18-55. sigma's 18-250 and tamrons 18-270 are in the same range as well. but none will be sharper than the 55-250 in the shared range. but they are more convenient, and thats what these lenses are all about.

the Sigma has HSM, so it will focus faster and quieter than the other ones, which may be of help for the bird sanctuary shots.
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