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I know the ranges are obviously different, but has anyone had hands on experience with both lenses. I want to know if the 18-135 is equal to, better, worse than the 55-250. I have owned the 55-250, and thought the image Q was very good, and the lens seems to always get very good reviews . The 18-135 on the other hand does not get very good reviews, from some anyway. I bought a 18-135 recently for a walk around when hiking, but here in the northeast I think it has been raining for about 6 months:rolleyes: so I have not had the opportunity to try it out. I would be using this outside mosly, on a 50D...
Would really like to hear from people that actually used both.
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I haven't owned the 55-250 but did briefly own an efs 18-135mm(resale) and was quite surprised at the image quality out the box.

I only took about 10 to 12 test shots(resale) but found that it was tack sharp, much sharper than my ef 28-135mm. The colors were good as well and the auto focus was actually faster than expected. It really didn't seem that much slower than the older USM on my 28-135mm.

I think the lens gets an unjustified bad rap for a consumer lens. It has much better glass than most of the consumers (ud + aspherical). That would include the 28-135mm which gets good reviews here.

If they had put USM on it and a seemingly better build, I think the reviews would have been very good instead! Again, I liked my 28-135mm but it was double barrel which tends to wobble and a lens with creep issues. The 18-135 has neither. It just isn't pretty.

The only issue I found was that my copy showed some vignetting in testing. Otherwise, it's the perfect walk around lens IMO.

Good luck

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Agreed. My 18-135 is quite capable of producing rather great photos. I'm rather surprised as the reviews weren't that great. Definitely a great walk-around lens.

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Any other input???

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Crappy pics but it's pouring out and I don't want to take my stuff out.

18-135mm

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I tend to use the 18-135mm for indoor and 55-250mm for outdoors unless I want a wider angle then I'll slap on the 18-135mm but still not wide enough for me but will do for now.

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I just seem to hear people that have it, the 18-135, it is pretty good. Sometimes because of the "hype" in reviews(bad hype), its like I have to spend $1000 to get a good lens. It seems pretty good to me?

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I ave way better shots on my home computer then my work laptop but that is just what I have. I love the 18-135mm.

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The 18-135 works good enough for me. I do hate the zoom creep though, which is why I have not used it for a while now. Been using my sigma 30 and new uwa. But it works great as a general walkaround.

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Thank you for these pics. I was considering one of these lenses for my t3. I really like the width of the 18-135, but like the zoom of the 250. Maybe I need to find a 18-250 or 300?

Post #9, Dec 29, 2011 16:57:22


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Thank you so much RHChan84
Plz
Can you show us the different between the 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
And the 55-250
i want to see the pictures before i buy the 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
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and if the 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM gives me sharp images i will buy it
If it not
I will stay with my 55-250

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in fact i had the 70-300 L
It gives me ultra-high quality images
But it is too heavy
Heavy like a tank
I will sell it and save the mony to buy 3 lenses
That why i ask for the 70-300 non L

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What is the difference between the 70-300IS and the 75-300 they have in Circuit City for like $200?

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ian_socool wrote in post #13617141external link
What is the difference between the 70-300IS and the 75-300 they have in Circuit City for like $200?

The 75-300 (any version of it) is generally considered as one of the worst Canon lenses ever made. The 70-300 IS is a respectable lens that has actually been referred to as a "hidden L" in reviews (I don't totally agree with this assessment, but it is a very good lens).

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moltengold wrote in post #13616968external link
Thank you so much RHChan84
Plz
Can you show us the different between the 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
And the 55-250
i want to see the pictures before i buy the 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Thanks again

Why not look at this 88-page thread for the 70-300 - plenty of sample images there.

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