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Old Sep 2, 2011, 6:47 AM   #1
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Default Canon 600D, lens to get: 18-55mm (+ extra lens) or 18-135mm

Hey guys,

I'm getting a new (my first) dslr for my birthday.
Coming from a FZ38 i appreciate having some zoom to play with.
Deciding between the Canon 600D vs the Nikon 5100 i'm more inclined for the Canon model atm.

But now i'm not sure which lens pack i should go for.

The 18-55mm pack is the cheapest retailing at 659€
The guy at a store where i played with the cameras said i should get it with the 18-135 which costs about 859€ but is well worth the difference in his opinion.

What do you guys think about this?
In the online store i'm thinking about buying from i can get for about the same price difference a Canon EF 75-300m f/4.0-5.6 III (219€) and get the extra zoom for about the same overall costs.
BTW there's the same lens with USM for 10€ less what's the difference? which is best? quick search online made me assume having USM would be better but it doesn't make sense that it is cheaper with it :S
And then there are the Sigmas etc..
I don't really know my way around lenses so i could use your help.

Any recomendations?
Thanks a lot for your help,
Cheers,


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Old Sep 2, 2011, 8:43 AM   #2
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Hey guys,

I'm getting a new (my first) dslr for my birthday.
Happy Birthday!

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Coming from a FZ38 i appreciate having some zoom to play with.
Deciding between the Canon 600D vs the Nikon 5100 i'm more inclined for the Canon model atm.
Both are great cameras.

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But now i'm not sure which lens pack i should go for.

The 18-55mm pack is the cheapest retailing at 659
The guy at a store where i played with the cameras said i should get it with the 18-135 which costs about 859 but is well worth the difference in his opinion.
I have both lenses. Both are pretty good. 200 is quite a lot to pay
for the extra reach. It might be worth it if this is the ideal range of
focal length for you. Another option is to buy the standard 18-55mm
kit and add the 55-250mm IS the next time you have some spare cash.

The 18-135mm is shipped as a kit lens with the 7D. There are plenty new
or almost new examples on the market. I paid 200 for my 18-135mm in
as-new condition.

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What do you guys think about this?
In the online store i'm thinking about buying from i can get for about the same price difference a Canon EF 75-300m f/4.0-5.6 III (219) and get the extra zoom for about the same overall costs.
The 75-300mm is not that good. Similar lenses in the same price range
from Sigma and Tamron are slightly better. The 55-250mm IS is a better
choice. The Canon 70-300mm IS USM is very good, but the price is higher.

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BTW there's the same lens with USM for 10 less what's the difference? which is best? quick search online made me assume having USM would be better but it doesn't make sense that it is cheaper with it :S
And then there are the Sigmas etc..
I don't really know my way around lenses so i could use your help.

Any recomendations?
Thanks a lot for your help,
Cheers,
I would be inclined to get the standard kit with 18-55mm IS lens. When
you have gained some experience with this, you will be in a better position
to decide what you should get next.

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Old Sep 2, 2011, 2:10 PM   #3
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Thanks

Actually buying the 18-55+ the 55-250 would cost me just about the same as the 18-135mm.
So worth it going for the double then?

Cheers

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Happy Birthday!

Both are great cameras.

I have both lenses. Both are pretty good. 200 is quite a lot to pay
for the extra reach. It might be worth it if this is the ideal range of
focal length for you. Another option is to buy the standard 18-55mm
kit and add the 55-250mm IS the next time you have some spare cash.

The 18-135mm is shipped as a kit lens with the 7D. There are plenty new
or almost new examples on the market. I paid 200 for my 18-135mm in
as-new condition.

The 75-300mm is not that good. Similar lenses in the same price range
from Sigma and Tamron are slightly better. The 55-250mm IS is a better
choice. The Canon 70-300mm IS USM is very good, but the price is higher.

I would be inclined to get the standard kit with 18-55mm IS lens. When
you have gained some experience with this, you will be in a better position
to decide what you should get next.

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Old Sep 2, 2011, 5:23 PM   #4
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Definitely go for the dual-lens kit.

The 18-135 is not a terribly good lens, and very expensive considering its relatively poor optics.

Good two lens starter combos for the 600D:
1. 18-55 + 55-250 (Entry)
2. 15-85 + 70-300 (Mid)
3. 17-55 + 70-300 L (High)
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Actually buying the 18-55+ the 55-250 would cost me just about the same as the 18-135mm.
So worth it going for the double then?

Cheers
I think the 18-55mm and 55-250mm combination is probably the best
option for you. It gives you a bit more reach than the 18-135mm.
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Old Sep 4, 2011, 6:03 AM   #6
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Actually i'm now i bit more inclined to the Nikon 5100 for the better low light performance.

Question about lenses still stands
Here they have a 55-200 and a 55-300 is the quality similar for both these lenses?
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Wow really?

Go over to DXOMark.com and compare the two cameras SNR at various ISO. There is essentially no difference. The Nikon graph sits very slightly above the Canon graph, but the real-world difference is tiny, and dramatically outweighed by shooting technique.

By all means go for a Nikon if that's what you like, but don't do it because of some imaginary difference.
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Hi if you havent done so already I would go and try both of them see which one handles better for you. Dont just think I will get used to it, you are going to buy into a system so make sure its the right one
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