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The 18-55 is very good. (Most of my shots above are with it today) it's good wide open, especially at the wide and normal range (a little softer at the long end, but still decent), but it's very good stopped down. I'm normally a prime shooter in that range, but I've loved using the 18-55 as a landscape lens, as it's good throughout the range into the corners stopped down, and is far more flexible. I still use my 23/1.4, 35/1.4 and 56/1.2 far more, but the 18-55 has gotten a lot of use. It is built pretty well (mostly...Show more →
The 18-55 is a great lens. Fast focus, solid construction. No issues with it and a very convenient range.
The 55-200 is also awesome, but a bit slower focusing. OIS works excellent. Bokeh is very nice when you induce it.
Thank you for your input! I'm leaning on pulling the trigger for the 18-55mm before my trip next month. This should cover the 18-200mm FL with only two lenses. If you follow rumors, the 18-135mm should be officially announced(?) next week. I'm curious about this lens as it also has weather sealing. A few online stores have the 18-55mm on sale ($100 off MSRP) until July 2nd. Hmmm....
Jman13, you mention that the 18-55 is a bit soft on the long end. How does it compare to the 55-200mm @ 55mm?