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Old Mar 4, 2012, 9:28 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice guys. I definitely can't afford thousands of dollars for lenses considering I only paid $550 for my T2i body. I traded in my Fuji HS20 for the T2i about two months ago and I'm enjoying the T2i. The only thing the HS20 had over this one is the 24-720 zoom. The T2i is blazing fast compared to the HS20(focus,burst,startup ect.) So basically I'm not going to see any IQ improvement going to the Tamron 18-270 over the two kit lenses I have now?
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Old Mar 4, 2012, 9:36 PM   #12
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You get more range with the 18-270, and a faster AF with the PZ motor one. It is that one I would get if I want a good travel lens and a simple setup.
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Old Mar 4, 2012, 10:18 PM   #13
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Hi HavToNo

You wrote that you are borrowing both these lenses from your dad:
the 18-55mm lens (I guess it's the IS version) and
the 55-250mm.

If I was in your shoes and really 'on the budget', I would probably get the same both lenses (they are good as a general '2 lens, quite high quality' kit lens). Neither are very fast (max aperture is 'slow'), and don't have fast USM focus, but they are sharp and in good light can produce very good images.

Because you wrote that you like photographing wildlife the most, I would focus on that lens first. If you want a bit 'more lens' than the 55-250mm IS, maybe you can get a Canon 70-300mm (non L). The 70-300mm non L is quite sharp, and has faster focus than the 55-250, though 'not quite' USM focus speed (it doesn't have 'true ring type USM' - though it has a weaker type of USM).

I've seen some users also happy with the Tamron 70-300mm USD VC. Both it and the Canon 70-300mm non L are around the same price, and I've seen them listed for around $700ish when on 'sale' / offer. Note: Do not get the 70-300mm DO lens... it is a particular lens, and not the best 'standard' IQ - requires very careful post processing... (anyway probably more money than you'd like to spend anyway).

However, iIf you're prepared to go 2nd hand, maybe you can pick up a decent copy of a used Canon 100-400mm IS L lens. They might sell for a bit more than $1000.. (I don't keep an eye on these, though). It gives you substantially more reach and better focus speed (true USM), etc.

I have the 70-300mm L (which costs around AUD $1500 - $1800 here) and on my 7D works very well. I got the 70-300mm L over a year ago at a very good price with a 67mm CPL filter 'thrown in'. It has the latest (4 stop / superior) IS and again true USM focus. It misses the reach of the 100-400, but I like the build, IQ and size of the 70-300mm better, and usually what I photograph 300mm is enough for me.

Please do let us know how you go.

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Old Mar 5, 2012, 5:06 AM   #14
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the two lenses you have are quite good the 18-55is is a good kit lens, the 55-250is punches well above its weight in the iq stakes. its down side is that its not got the reach for wildlife you might want to look at sigma 120-400os first then look at the 18-55. good luck
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Old Mar 5, 2012, 6:14 PM   #15
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Thanks again guys for all the advice. The 18-55 is not IS, it came with my dads Rebel XTi. I can use these lenses as long as I want so I think I'll spend time getting to know the camera better and get new lenses as I can afford them. It will give me time to figure out which one would be best for me. I didn't know what I was getting into when I got my first DSLR. It's a good thing that I like to learn.
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a good all rounder the sigma 17-70os. i really like this one and its the one thats on my camera the most
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the canon ef-s 15-85 is an excellent lens if you a really good wide to medium telephoto.
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The 18-55 is not IS, it came with my dads Rebel XTi. ...
That particular lens is not very good. That's the first one I'd replace.
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Old Mar 6, 2012, 8:40 PM   #19
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As you indicated the 18-55mm you are using is not the higher quality IS version, yes - then maybe replace that. I would then get the IS version for yourself.

Or the Sigma 17-70mm can be useful, if that's in your price range.

The Canon 15-85mm is a great lens for APS-C cameras (I have it, and it is my most used lens on my 7D) - but it's above the $400 that you stated as your budget.

The 18-55mm IS is not as wide, tele, and lacks a bit in sharpness and contrast of the 15-85mm IS USM, but it's a good 'basic' kit lens, and definitely presents great value for money!

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