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Kenneth De Pree
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS


I have the Canon T2i with the 18-55 kit lens and the 55-250 lenses, both pretty good, especially for the price. However, to reduce the need to change lenses, I am thinking of getting the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS to be used as my walkaround lens.

The reviews of this lens are not especially flattering, so I know that the change would not be a big improvement in terms of sharpness, etc. However, most comments from lens owners that I have read seem to indicate general satisfaction. The range compared to the 18-55 seems to be the major plus.

I would be interested in the comments of anyone with experience using this lens.


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2/14/2011 1:16:41 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
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  Hi Ken, the 18-135mm is ok for the price. Very good in fact.

I really trust the reviews at SLRGear.com

They also offer suggestions re: alternatives to that lens at

www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1292/cat/11

Peter


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2/26/2011 11:39:13 AM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Thanks Peter. I appreciate the link and the recommendation re the website as providing trustworthy reviews. There are a zillion reviews on the internet and it is hard to know which are worthwhile. Your recommendation goes a long way to solve that problem for me.

I presently have the Canon 18-55 kit lens and the 55-250 zoom. Both do a good job, especially for the price, but it means always carrying 2 lenses and having to change lenses more often than I would like, or making the best of what is on your camera when you know a change would be better.

Since I am planning to replace the 18-55 as my walkaround lens, I think the 18-135 probably is my best bet because I still have the 55-250 for the longer shots. But with the 18-135, lens changes would be needed much less than at present.

Thanks again.


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2/26/2011 12:10:15 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
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  Yes, makes sense to me, Ken.

Peter
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2/26/2011 12:14:03 PM

 
Lynn R. Powers   I am from the old school when zoom lenses that had a zoom factor greater than 3X were shunned. I sill try to follow that formula with a 70-200 being one of my favorite lenses. I have found that with digital shooting that this old formula can be put aside somewhat. My 100- 400mm was a tad soft at 400mm unless closed down to f11.

I currently do use a lens with a 5X zoom. It does OK at the long end but on the short end there is a little bit of distortion that I usually correct in processing. Overall it is a fine lens.
It is the Canon 17-85mm and I use it as my walk around lens. I would expect lesser performance at the extremes with a 7.5X zoom. My other lenses are EF lenses, either prime or L.


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3/1/2011 12:39:19 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Thanks for the information, Lynn. I thought about the 15-85 or 17-85, the 15-85 being more highly rated, but also more expensive, but will probably go with the 18-135 because it covers much more of the range I need in a walk around lens.


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3/1/2011 12:56:47 PM

 
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