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New Canon 600D - 18-55 or 18-135 kit lens?

New Canon 600D - 18-55 or 18-135 kit lens?

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Mandat

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1,441 posts

135 months

Thursday 16th June 2011
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I'm considering buying a new Canon 600D but I'm not sure which of the above kit lenses to go for.

I currently have a Fuji S100FS bridge camers which has a 28-400 (35mm equivalent) lens and I really like the flexibility of the long zoom without having to carry or change separate lenses. I mostly take general lanscape photos but also quite often find use for the long zoom.

The 600D with the 18-135 lens costs approx £250 more than the 18-55 package. Is the longer lens worth the additional outlay and will it be good for general everyday shots, or is it better to go for the shorter kit lens and put the £250 towards a separate telephoto, (say a 75-300).

dibbly dobbler

8,313 posts

94 months

Thursday 16th June 2011
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Mandat said:
I'm considering buying a new Canon 600D but I'm not sure which of the above kit lenses to go for.

I currently have a Fuji S100FS bridge camers which has a 28-400 (35mm equivalent) lens and I really like the flexibility of the long zoom without having to carry or change separate lenses. I mostly take general lanscape photos but also quite often find use for the long zoom.

The 600D with the 18-135 lens costs approx £250 more than the 18-55 package. Is the longer lens worth the additional outlay and will it be good for general everyday shots, or is it better to go for the shorter kit lens and put the £250 towards a separate telephoto, (say a 75-300).
Short answer - it depends smile

The 18-135 actually reviews ok but if you are 'keen' (eg don't mind changing lenses) the £250 would probably be better spend elsewhere (you could do better than a 75-300 by the way). However you imply above that you prefer not to be changing lenses ergo a 'superzoom' may be the thing for you and in that case go for the 18-135 smile

RobDickinson

17,245 posts

151 months

Thursday 16th June 2011
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IMo for an extra £250 its not worth it?

Can buy the 18-55 kit and add in the 55-250IS for that.

18-135 is ordinary at best.

S47

973 posts

77 months

Friday 17th June 2011
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18-55 'IS' is an excellent lens, the best standard lens canon make IMO Very Cheap it is toobiggrin
Buy this & save your money. If you decide you need a longer lens then ask another Q on this forum regarding that.
Hope this helps
Mal

smartypants

23,529 posts

66 months

Friday 17th June 2011
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I have just bought a 550D with the 18-55 kit lens, and must agree although I am new to all this, its a pretty good lens. I've managed to borrow the 50mm prime f/1.8, which is a stunning lens IMO and although it doesn't quite match up to this, because of the larger focal range its a worthy substitute in every situation but low light indoors


thewildblue

311 posts

70 months

Friday 17th June 2011
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I have a 500d with the 18-55 kit lens and then this year I bought a 7D with the 18-135 kit lens, so I still have both, the 18-55 never gets used, where-as the 18-135mm is a pretty useful size to take out and about for general shots. Though my 17-40L and nifty fifty are the ones that go everywhere with me.

I would be tempted to just get the body and then a couple of primes, just the basic nifty and then a low end 28mm, should come in quite close to budget. Then if you really wanted the 18-55, there are loads of 2nd hand jobbies out there for relativly cheap as well....

S47

973 posts

77 months

Friday 17th June 2011
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Some good advice herethumbup also nice to see posters recomending cheapo prime lenses [nifty50 can be awesome] which will always crush the cheap zooms, though 18-55 'IS' is easily the best of the cheap Canon 'kitzooms'

Mandat

Original Poster:

1,441 posts

135 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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Thanks for all the advice. It seems better to go for the standard kit lens and put the extra over money towards a better telephoto.

Whilst on the subject, who has the best deals on the Canon 600D at the moment? I have looked at the usual suppliers (Park, Jessops, Warehouse Express, ect) and they all seem to have them at the same price.

Does anyone know if any retailers are planning a promotion any time soon?


RobDickinson

17,245 posts

151 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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Have a look at the 550D too, only changes for a 600D were the addition of a tilt LCD screen and wireless flash commander mode.

thepeoplespal

953 posts

174 months

Monday 20th June 2011
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I've a 18-55IS kit and the 55-250IS, always seem to get the best photos from the 55-250IS, but find I don't use it much - personally if the 18-135 is anyway usable I think I'd prefer that, can't see that happening any time soon. I have the 50mm 1.8 too, but think a 28mm would be more suitable for my shots. I'm not terribly good on the photography front - 1 photo in 500 is okayish I'd say, so don't mind me on the opinion front.

smartypants

23,529 posts

66 months

Monday 20th June 2011
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I've just had my first proper "public" outing with the camera at a car show this weekend, and just used the 18-55 kit lens. And I was very happy with the results.. especially considering I'm a bit self concious so don't tend to spend too much time setting up my shots (bloody people in the way are annoying!)


excel monkey

2,837 posts

124 months

Wednesday 6th July 2011
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Mandat said:
Thanks for all the advice. It seems better to go for the standard kit lens and put the extra over money towards a better telephoto.

Whilst on the subject, who has the best deals on the Canon 600D at the moment? I have looked at the usual suppliers (Park, Jessops, Warehouse Express, ect) and they all seem to have them at the same price.

Does anyone know if any retailers are planning a promotion any time soon?
I'm thinking of getting a 600D as well. This place looks good. Based in Hong Kong, but definitely a UK-spec camera. £590 with the 18-55 kit lens, £529 body only.

http://www.digitalrev.com/en/canon-eos-600d-digita...

dubzter

51 posts

95 months

Wednesday 6th July 2011
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I've got a 450d with the 18-55 kit lens and have had some reasonable results with it. I then bought the nifty50 (50 f1.8) £80 and the 55-250 £150odd both from amazon. Nifty 50 is a great indoor/low light lens and the 55-250 I haven't had much chance to use properly yet.