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What up OCN, I've missed you

Because of my inactivity, I've gotten a new camera. I recently got a T1i with the kit lens and I'm loving it. But I realize that I need a new lens because the 18-55 is just too short.

I was looking at either the 55-250, 18-135, or the 28-135. I would love the convenience of the 55-250, but then again the 18-135/28-135 seems more better for a walkaround lens.

Any suggestions?
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I have the 55-250mm and its a great lens. Even though its low priced, it still cranks out sharp images.

However, it doesn't have the USM like the 28-135 does and it has a 1.1m minimum focus distance which is higher than the other two I believe.
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id probably get a 55-250 to start out with... im not sure how the 18-135 is. if the 18-135 is like the 18-105 on nikon.. id go for it.. 1 lens walkaround.. decent reach.. 55-250 is a good combo with the 18-55 that most starters use..

tho one thing u need to know... not saying the 28-135 is bad but not really that good for crop bodies.. 28mm on the short side is not that wide at all + the 1.6x crop factor = approx 45mm on a full frame... when u are in a small room ... its really hard to use when u cant back up any further.
 
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by FieryCoD View Post
What up OCN, I've missed you

Because of my inactivity, I've gotten a new camera. I recently got a T1i with the kit lens and I'm loving it. But I realize that I need a new lens because the 18-55 is just too short.

I was looking at either the 55-250, 18-135, or the 28-135. I would love the convenience of the 55-250, but then again the 18-135/28-135 seems more better for a walkaround lens.

Any suggestions?
I'd grab the 55-250mm to compliment your 18-55mm.

I've worked with all four lenses mentioned in your post, and my thoughts:

The 18-55mm is a great lens to do walkarounds with. The vast majority of my photography revolves around these focal lengths (and why I'm using just the 30mm for my photography now).

The 18-135mm has too much corner softness for my taste at wide apertures, and I like shooting at wide apertures.

The 55-250mm has the same performance as the 18-55mm, only at telephoto focal ranges. IS is a huge plus too. Great telephoto for the budget; I consider it superior to the 75-300mm.

28-135mm is a very nice lens, USM is great, and works well as a walkaround. However, I suggest the 18-55mm + 55-250mm over this because of the wider focal lengths you have to play with. The 28-135mm is really designed for a film/full frame camera, hence the focal lengths.

Man I hope that's coherent. I just woke up from a three hour nap.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 5/7/11 at 5:03pm
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Thanks for the suggestion guys!

I viewed a comparison between the 28-135 and the 18-135 here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=2&APIComp=0

I notice that the 18-135 has more chromatic aberration than the other, and it's kinda bothering me because it was originally the one I was looking at

In terms of the 55-250, it seems like a good lens although it would be a tad bit inconvenient to carry around two lens at a time, but I'll most likely find myself holding the 55-250 most of the time anyway

I guess I'll probably go for the 55-250mm, then later on maybe grab a 50mm f/1.4 (1.8 is good but if I could find a Mark I model then I'll definitely get that) Thanks guys!
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Originally Posted by FieryCoD View Post
Thanks for the suggestion guys!

I viewed a comparison between the 28-135 and the 18-135 here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=2&APIComp=0

I notice that the 18-135 has more chromatic aberration than the other, and it's kinda bothering me because it was originally the one I was looking at

In terms of the 55-250, it seems like a good lens although it would be a tad bit inconvenient to carry around two lens at a time, but I'll most likely find myself holding the 55-250 most of the time anyway

I guess I'll probably go for the 55-250mm, then later on maybe grab a 50mm f/1.4 (1.8 is good but if I could find a Mark I model then I'll definitely get that) Thanks guys!
Go on KEH or POTN. They usually pop up from time to time. Expect them to go for $150-$200 used.
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Go with the 55-250. Excellent lens for the price. You need to spend A LOT more to get noticeably better results.

Here's my favorite shot I've taken with mine so far. Pretty nice for such a cheap lens.


And full res in case you wanted to pixel peep. http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/...1/IMG-2082.jpg
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Go on KEH or POTN. They usually pop up from time to time. Expect them to go for $150-$200 used.
I've originally wanted to buy locally I've seen somebody post one for $300 once on Craigslist

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Go with the 55-250. Excellent lens for the price. You need to spend A LOT more to get noticeably better results.

Here's my favorite shot I've taken with mine so far. Pretty nice for such a cheap lens.


And full res in case you wanted to pixel peep. http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/...1/IMG-2082.jpg
That's a great shot dude! What camera did you use to shoot it?
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That's a great shot dude! What camera did you use to shoot it?
Thanks! Shot with a T2i so pretty close to what you have.
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Nice site

I have 28-105 USM II because 28-135 is expensive.
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