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18-200 vs 28-135?

 
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Nov 28, 2010 01:09 |  #1

Canon EF-S 18-200 mm F3.5-5.6 IS

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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Which lens is overall a better lens, and why?

I apologize if this has been answered previously.


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Nov 28, 2010 01:28 |  #2

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For a body that does not accept EF-S lenses, obviously the 28-135.

For one that does, it's a tough call, and would depend on whether you want a lens that is perhaps marginally sharper (the 28-135) or wider (the 18-200).

If I were in a situation where that appeared to be the choice however, I'd either opt for the 18-55 IS + 55-250 IS combination, of if a 1 lens solution were an absolute requirement, the Tamron 18-270 VC.




  
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Nov 28, 2010 02:38 |  #3

hey piloydude, wat body will the lens go on?




  
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Nov 28, 2010 11:38 |  #4

The body will be the EOS 50D.


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Nov 28, 2010 11:41 |  #5

I'd take neither and pick up the 18-55 + 55-250.

But if I HAD to, I'd pick the 28-135 (it is optically superior than the 18-200mm).

Then I'd sell it and get the 18-55 + 55-250. :p


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Nov 28, 2010 11:47 |  #6

On a 50D, I would take the 18-200mm. The weight is basically the same for both lenses. The 18-200mm is not the best optically (but neither is the 28-135mm), but it has a much more useful range of focal lengths than the 28-135mm.


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Nov 28, 2010 11:58 |  #7

Yeah, but I like the 28-135 for the price. I hate to lose the 10mm with the 28, but the lens itself feels better and more rugged, I suppose.


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Nov 28, 2010 12:03 |  #8

28mm may not be wide enough for your crop body. I would look at the Canon or the Tamron 18-270 which is what im looking at


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Nov 28, 2010 12:13 |  #9

As a multipurpose everyday lens, will the 28-135 suffice? I'm short on money and if it came down to it, I think I'm leaning towards the 28-135.


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Nov 28, 2010 12:42 |  #10

How much is the 28-135?


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Nov 28, 2010 12:58 |  #11

I can get the 50D body and the 28-135 as a kit for $1,149.


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Nov 28, 2010 13:04 |  #12

The lens is a good deal as part of the kit. I guess this is how Canon forces you to buy another lens -- by not providing wide angle as part of the kit. Can you buy the 50D with the 17-85mm, 15-85mm, or 18-135mm. Any of those would be preferable to the 28-135mm.


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Nov 28, 2010 13:09 |  #13

I'll see what I can find, but I've decided on that kit as a starter; I may get the 18-200 later on when I can.

Thanks for the help guys. :D


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Nov 28, 2010 13:17 |  #14

On a crop body the 18-200 would be the way to go imho. It's not the "best" image quality wise, but neither is the 28-135. The 18-200 is as good at the wide end imho, plus it goes much much wider. (HUGE diff between 18 and 28 on a crop). The digital picture IQ details show the 28-135 as being slightly better than the 18-200 in the corners at 135mm, but you can always stop then both down to f/8 anyway, and the 18-200 keeps zooming all the way to 200mm. Much more useful. Another option is the Tamron 18-270 if you want a super-zoom (IQ is decent enough, huge range).

However, if you can stand to swap lenses and just want a nice option that will save you money as well:
1. Buy 18-55mm IS. Can be had for ~$100. *Surprisingly* sharp, especially stopped down slightly. Imho the real image quality upgrades for the 18-55mm IS are the 15-85mm and the 17-55 2.8--anything less just isn't a big IQ upgrade.
2. Then buy the 55-250mm. Extremely sharp at 55mm. Decently sharp at the long end. Does lose some contrast at the long end. Cheap, tiny, light. Focus is accurate but slow. Other good alternative now for a little more $ is the Tamron 70-300 VC, which will be far superior probably.


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Nov 28, 2010 13:20 |  #15

FYI, I don't think I'd pay that much for a 50d...

60d with 18-135 (newer, nicer, lens) can be had for close to that price...

http://www.costco.com …1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav= (external link)


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