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Old Aug 6, 2010, 3:33 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I have decided to buy a canon eos 550D
My only problem is:

should i buy the body ONLY and saving bucks or i should buy the camera with the kit lens:18-55mm IS?

now.. i have no other lens but was thinking that if i spend approx 200euro than i can get a better lens or one with slightly more reach.

My main purpose of photography is "Fashion shoots"

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Old Aug 6, 2010, 3:45 AM   #2
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I have the 550d and theres not much wrong with kit 18-55 so its a good place to start from
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Kit comes in 2 models
1) Canon 18-55mm lens
2) Canon 18-135mm lens

which should I choose?
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Old Aug 6, 2010, 4:39 AM   #4
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Kit comes in 2 models
1) Canon 18-55mm lens
2) Canon 18-135mm lens

which should I choose?
I would choose the 18-135mm. There isn't much difference
in image quality, but the extra reach from 55-135mm is
very useful. The 18-135mm is much better for use with a
polarising filter because the front of the lens doesn't
rotate during focusing.
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well , the only benefit is "Optical zoom" in case of 18-135 mm lens?
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Old Aug 6, 2010, 12:21 PM   #6
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See:

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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... the AF speed and accuracy is very decent and that's probably good enough for most users anyway. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is certainly a value king ...
... versus ...

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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... All-in-all it's not one of the more desirable lenses on the market ...
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Old Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM   #7
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Your main purpose is fashion shoots - can you be more specific? Are you talking runway models? or are you talking studio work for magazines? or location shoots? Please elaborate - and in what capacity are you doing this photography? Those answers will go a long way towards the equipment you will need. Nothing you're considering will do well for runway work. Studio and location shoots are more about lighting setups and location shoots will absolutely benefit from better lenses.
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thanks for your replies

@JOHNG:
I will do more studio work for magazines as well as outdoor photshoots. I know that it need more accurate setup for lighting and other things. But we must have good camera with lens.

so what you suggest
1) 18-55mm
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2) 18-135mm
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Old Aug 6, 2010, 3:56 PM   #9
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neither lens is really suggested for professional magazine work. Are you just hoping to get into the business and want to learn? Or do you have some friend that is trying to start a magazine? I'm not trying to be combative - but professional fashion photography is very competitive and you're not going to compete with those types of lenses in general. And depending on the publications involved they may have criteria you need to meet. There is a member here by the name of benjikan that does this type of work. You would do well to contact him or other photographers with hands-on experience in that type of work to gain an understanding of what your gear strategy should be.
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thanks TCAV for the comparison. You prefer 18-55mm
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