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Old Jul 11, 2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Canon 18-200 or Tamron 18-270 PZD?

Just bought a Canon 550D a few weeks ago with the 18-55 kit lens, which is a nice lens but very basic, and I cannot do much with it. I want to buy an "all-around" lens to start shooting more creative photography with my camera, and after reading on the web those two are my contenders, but I cannot decide which one is preferred.

What do you think? which one should I buy? or maybe some other lens?

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Old Jul 11, 2012, 1:36 PM   #2
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No jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none lens will do as well as the 18-55 kit lens you've got now. And no jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none lens will do as well as Canon's 55-250 IS. The Canon 55-250 IS plus the kit lens you already have, will provide you with better image quality thatn any superzoom lens, and it will cost you a lot less too.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 3:06 PM   #3
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No jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none lens will do as well as the 18-55 kit lens you've got now. And no jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none lens will do as well as Canon's 55-250 IS. The Canon 55-250 IS plus the kit lens you already have, will provide you with better image quality thatn any superzoom lens, and it will cost you a lot less too.
I know, but I don't want to change lenses all the time when I want to shoot wide angle or telephoto. That's why I want an "all-around" lens.
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I know, but I don't want to change lenses all the time when I want to shoot wide angle or telephoto. That's why I want an "all-around" lens.
Convenience over image quality...not a very smart choice, IMO as a pixel-peeper.
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I have seen some very good pictures taken with the Canon 18-200mm lens. It makes a good walk a round lens when on vacation or family outings and is a whole lot better with IQ than just missing a shot that can't be replaced. Besides, you stay with photography long enough you will be buying more lenses.
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I too have some what the same question as RotemFE777. I have been using a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens for a few months and it is a great lens but I would like more reach. Is the idea that the 55-250 will make a great addon lens?
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For traveling, a Canon18-200mm, Sigma18-250mm or Tamron 18-270mm provides convenience so you don't have to carry a lot weight on a long trip. Of course, you sacrifice some image quality.

I just ordered a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM for my upcoming trip to the Silk Road in China. I am just bringing the Canon XSi with this lens, a few SD cards and spare batteries in my sling back.

If I am 10 years younger, I wouldn't mind to take my 5DMKII. However, at this stage of my life, I just want to travel light and don't want to bother with a lot weight on my back for 14 days.
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I just ordered a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM for my upcoming trip to the Silk Road in China. I am just bringing the Canon XSi with this lens, a few SD cards and spare batteries in my sling back.
I am using the Pentax mount version of this lens on a K-5 body and its a great all around slap one lens on the camera and go type lens. You will really enjoy this lens on your trip. Just make sure you check with your airline and TSA website to see how many battery packs you can carry in your camera bag, some places they restrict the total number of batteries you can carry for safety and so called fire hazzard reasons.

Enjoy the lens and the trip.

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Thanks, Dave! I was in Shanghai ten months ago. TSA was OK with the many batteries I carried, I just had to open my backpack and show them that these were really batteries. I think the batteries may look like explosives on the scanner.

I had been thinking about buying one for awhile. The decision was made after I went out to San Francisco to shoot the American Cup boat race last month with my 5DMKII by public transportations because it was hard to find parking there. It wasn't fun carrying 2 lenses with the 5DMKII. I felt really tired afterwards. This time I get a little wiser by going with smaller camera with just one lens and a smaller Lowepro sling back rather than a backpack
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One thing I do with my batteries is keep them all with the end caps (covers) that they came with so the contacts are covered and then keep them all in a small lowepro hard drive zipper case. I also keep the AAs for my flash in 4 count AA plastic battery holders. I find TSA people like the fact the batteries are all contained.

Also travel with as many memory cards as you have-can and make sure your charger is the right plug and current for China.

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