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Old Sep 12, 2011, 1:25 AM   #1
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what are the thoughts? looking for some telephoto but hate to be without wide angle.. spotted this lens on craigs.. i dont really wanna buy 55-250
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 3:20 AM   #2
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If you would "hate to be without wide angle" this is probably not the lens for you.

Try using your 18-55mm at 28-55mm for a few days before you decide to buy.
The 28-135mm is a good lens on a film or full frame camera. 28mm is a bit too
narrow on a crop sensor.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 3:33 AM   #3
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or should i just get 55-250? i'm kinda used to 50mm so no biggie. Still 18mm is pretty useful to have around..
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 3:49 AM   #4
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You have a few options. I think you have the 18-55mm and the 50mm f/1.8.
The 55-250mm IS would be a useful addition if you need something a bit longer.
This is a fairly good lens. It has similar optical quality and build quality to the
18-55mm kit lens.

The 18-135mm IS is another option. These have similar optical quality
and slightly better build quality compared to the kit lens. The 15-85mm
IS USM is a very fine lens, but the price is quite high.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 4:56 AM   #5
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The 55-250is is a good lens and it punches above its weight in the image quality stakes. If you have the 18-55is and a 50 then this is a good addition for you. If you dont have a 18-55 then look at a sigma 17-70os
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 6:45 AM   #6
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Hi idenny

I have the 28-135mm lens, and have a good sharp copy. I used it as my main lens with my Canon 350D for years (when I went wider I went to my 10-20mm Sigma). There are reports that some of the earlier versions of the Canon 28-135mm were softer in general.

Now that I have the Canon 15-85mm, this is my main walk around lens (on my Canon 7D). I also had the kit lens 18-55mm, which is handy as a light walk around - but I found the 55mm too limiting. Also I could get better bokeh (background blur quality) with the 28-135mm, eg for candid portraits.

I love the 28-135mm lens' build quality (it's a decent step up from the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses, but not quite as good as the 15-85mm). The IS is helpful - around 2 stops possible - but not as effective as newer IS (which is 4 stops effective). The USM focus is very good (fast & accurate).

Why don't you want to get the 55-250mm IS? I've used that lens from a few friends (but not owned it). As wave01 wrote, it's great value for money. I've found the 2 copies I've used to be sharp, helpful IS and compact.

I will keep my 28-135mm for 3 reasons:
1) it's often a handy lens for outdoor sports - eg motorsports. I recently took some photos of a car rally, and it was the perfect focal length for where I was standing (near a corner, and I could zoom in/out to vary the compositions as each car came past). I've also found it good for casual daylight sports eg social sports - without expecting pro-quality of course.
2) as a candid 'social portrait' lens, it's handy. Sometimes I'm asked to photograph at social occasions, church events, weddings, etc - and the focal length is helpful to get people without being too close (on a crop 45-216mm equivalent in 35mm format).
3) if I ever get a full frame camera, it's not too bad from several reports. Not the same quality as the 24-105 L, but it's better than some other EF 'standard zoom' lenses on a full frame.

Hope my input is helpful. A lot depends on your style of photography. I could recommend though, that the dual 18-55mm and 55-250mm lens combination is popular with many people. Sometimes I put the lens on my 7D camera and I still enjoy what it can do.

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Old Sep 12, 2011, 9:01 AM   #7
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The 28-135 is a good lens, pretty sharp and fast to focus. It is how ever not very wide at 28mm on short end. It is my walk around lens, as 28 works for me.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 10:17 AM   #8
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ok,thank you for your comments. I'll think about that
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G'day ID

I have both an 18-125 Siggy & a 28-300 Siggy used for differing purposes & location shots
The 18-125 is magic for indoors and most portraits, the 28-300 does 'real good' portraits thru to long-lens landscapes
To me the 18-55 is a dud lens - 3x zoom is a waste of time

My vote for you would be the 18-135 and enjoy it
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 4:24 PM   #10
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At me 28-135. A good objective. Badly only that the lens leaves at an inclination downwards. Quality of pictures good - does not influence quality
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