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Old Apr 6, 2012, 5:34 PM   #1
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Hey guys....I've finally decided to upgrade to an SLR. I bought the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 a year and a half ago but I'm ready to move on. The main reason for this purchase is because my wife and I are taking a Alaskan cruise in August. I want great photos to cherish the memories.

I have decided on the Canon T3i but need lens advice. Right now, there is a special at the local Best Buy for the T3i camera, 18-55mm lens, and a 55-250mm lens for $950.

Another option is to buy the body for $631 and the Tamron 18-270mm f3.5 lens for $650. Buying the bundle saves me $330 as opposed to buying the body and the Tamron.

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1. Would it be wise to buy the bundle or the body and Tamron? Buying the bundle saves me $330.
2. Is having an "all in one" lens worth that extra cost?
3. Is 270mm that much more superior to a 250mm?
4. Is a 250mm or 270mm lens even "good enough" for my needs (cruise). I'm only used to my 18x optical zoom on the Lumix.
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Old Apr 6, 2012, 6:25 PM   #2
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The jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none 18-270 is convenient, but the image quality you'll get from the separate 18-55 and 55-250 lenses will be superior. One difference that will probably affect you in particular is that the 18-270 has more chromatic aberration, which will appear as color fringes on white or bright portions of an image, such as of glaciers or icebergs.
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Old Apr 6, 2012, 7:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

The guy at the camera shop (very helpful gentlemen) convinced me the Tamron was the way to go....especially the aluminum construction of the lens compared to the two lenses in Canons bundle. I don't doubt that a bit but I was looking for confirmation that the bundle would suit an amateur such as myself.

I guess the only downside to the two lenses in the bundle is I'd have to switch between the two on our trip. I don't forsee that being much of an issue, correct?

Guess I could take that $330 and put toward some more accessories too.
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Old Apr 6, 2012, 8:46 PM   #4
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Let me make sure we understand each other.

I said the Canon 18-55 and the Canon 55-250 would be better than the Tamron 18-270.

Adorama has the T3i + 18-55 + 55-250 for $799 (after a $200 rebate.)

Adorama has the T3i for $623, and the Tamron 18-270 Di II VC PZD for $599, for a total of $1,222.

Did you come away with one lens or two? Did you buy everything from a Best Buy or a camera store?
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It really depends. the 18-270 is a pretty good megazoom lens. While it does have more CA. It is still very good compare to fz35. Which had even more CA. So while it is not as good as the 18-55 and 55-250, it is still allot better then what you have.

Also as a frequent traveler. Changing lenses on vacation it bothersum. Never having the right lens on when you want, means allot of miss photos. So you will need to factor that in. You did not have the reach issue with the FZ as it had a decent reach. If you have the 18-55 on to shoot a landscape, then something catches your eye like a perched eagle or polar bear. It may be gone by the time you switch lenses.

Also is you get the PZ motor tamron 18-270 it focus much faster then the kit lenses.

Just something else to think about for your trip.
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Sorry if I was unclear in my post. I was just stating the prices I had seen in Best Buy and the advice I had received at a camera store.

I haven't bought the camera yet...still doing a little research and price checking. Thanks for the Adorama reference...didn't know about them.

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Adorama has the T3i + 18-55 + 55-250 for $799 (after a $200 rebate.)
TCav...where did you find this? I see the bundle you're speaking of but $949 is the total price after the $200 rebate, unless I am missing something. I would gladly pay $799.

I see another bundle for $1049 that has a 18-135mm & a 55-250mm Lens for $1049. I guess the 18-135mm would be better suited for my trip for spur of the moment shots.

Shoturtle...thanks for the tip. The Tamron sounds great but I don't know if I can justify spending a few extra hundred when I can get two lenses that perform the same tasks. I'll just have to swap lenses.

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Maybe just use the FZ for the long stuff and buy the T3i with an 18-55mm attached..?
I guess the dilemma is a slight gain in IQ over convenience- not to mention a few extra $$....
I had the older version of the 18-270 VC Tamron- and loved it- though the standard Canon kit lens was better for wide angle work- allowing more light in(despite similar aperture numbers) and had less distortion.
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Old Apr 7, 2012, 7:37 AM   #8
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I'm sorry. I misread the ad. The $799 deal is for a Canon T2i:

Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Black Camera Bundle with 18-55MM Lens, & EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens, ...

There isn't a lot that distinguishes the T3i from the T2i. You might be able to save some money by getting the T2i, yet still be able to do everything you want.
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Oops somehow I ended up in a Canon thread by mistake ... but anyhow here's my 2p worth. Does Canon have something like an 18-135 ? If so that is going to cover over 90% of your day to day shooting and will give you better IQ than an 18-270. Even a 17-70 would cover 80%. Use your FZ35 for the long shots unless you are sure you will need long FL lens because e.g. you shoot birds, if so start looking for something like a 100-300 or even 300 prime for those more specialist shots.
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The Canon 18-55 has less vignetting and distortion than the 18-135, but the 18-135 could be a suitable replacement for the kit lens for what you want to do.
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