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taylorman22
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


I'm looking at adding some range to my carry around lens. I have a Canon 40D and currently just use the 18-55 kit lens. For what I do, the image quality is fine, but some extra reach would be nice. Is there much difference in IQ between these two lenses? Is there another lens that would be recommended without upgrading to an L series lens?

Also considering a 17-85 lens.



Feb 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


if you want more range then why not look at the 55-250 IS? very good little lens. its basicly your kit lenses bigger bro (do you have the 18-55 IS or non IS?)


Feb 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


Yeah, I have the IS. I had the 55-250 but just didn't use it much so I sold it. Looking for a decent walk around lens that will give more range than the 18-55.


Feb 10, 2012 at 06:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


I started out with the 18-55 IS and later "upgraded" to the 17-85. I loved the step up in build quality and feel, and the IS at 85 was nice... I, however, was very disappointed with it on the wide end. Even my wife felt the IQ and distortion were worse than the 18-55. On the plus side, they are cheap used now and overall it's a great walk around zoom and it focuses a tad faster. I have never used the 18-135 so can't comment on that...a lot of people are speaking very highly of the 15-85 however. I'm shooting with the 16-35 L these days. I do miss the extra reach but that fast constant aperture is just too nice to go back! Hopefully someone will comment on their experience with the 18-135. Hope this helps!


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


For IQ, you're going to get the best with the 18-55, and the 55-250. The 17-85 while having some added reach, better build, and USM, doesn't even match the IQ of the kit lens at the wide end. the 18-135 suffers IQ wise at the long end too. You're better off getting 2 lenses, instead of 1 "always on" lens.


Feb 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


the IQ is not much different between the two. The best image quality walk around lens with range is the 15-85IS at around 600. I would certainly take 18-135 over the 17-85 (owned both). Its a good, but not stellar walk around lens.


Feb 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Canon EF-S 18-55 VS EF-S 18-135


I bought a refurbed 60D at the Canon USA online store last year and they didn't have the body only, so I bought it with the 18-135 thinking I'd give it to my wife to use on her Rebel. I don't know if it's because it was refurbished and so probably checked rather thoroughly, but the thing is pretty durned sharp at all focal lengths and it's not bad wide open. Biggest issue is distortion at the wide end which is easy to fix. I occasionally shoot for a client who walks in parades and the 18-135 is the perfect one lens solution for this. Lugging a lot of stuff during a hot July 4th parade isn't fun.


Feb 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM





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