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Canon 18-135 IS worth the "upgrade"?

 
Andrew20D
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Jul 12, 2011 13:33 |  #1

So a co-worker is selling a refurbished Canon 18-135 IS lens that came with his 60D kit for a decent price, 250$, never been used since refurb, still in packaging...

Here's bacrkground on what I shoot and what I shoot with:
I shoot mostly nightlife, DJ's and such, I am not making money from this yet, it started as a hobby a year ago and I have only been shooting nightlife for 6 months.
I currently shoot with a 20D with the 18-55 3.5-5.6 NO IS kit lens, I tend to shoot in the lower half of the focal distance, and with steady hands and a 430EX II I can get decent results for a noob.

Three things that are making this 18-135 tempting for me:
1. I sometimes can't get close to the action and 55mm focal length doesn't cut it.
2. The focusing ring on my 18-55 has some wobble in it, so focusing isn't always great.
3. the 18-135 has IS and is a newer lens.
I can sell the kit lens on ebay for around 50$ that's what they go for with flaws (such as mine) so for $200 is IS and some more reach worth it? and will I get at least same results with the new lens at 18mm and f/3.5?
Any help is appreciated.




  
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mclldavidson
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Jul 12, 2011 13:33 |  #2
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Get a good prime for nightlife




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:35 |  #3

I don't know if it's a decent price (I'm UK based), but the non IS 18-55 is a dud, so it's a step up from that point of view.


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Jul 12, 2011 13:35 |  #4

mclldavidson wrote in post #12746373 (external link)
Get a good prime for nightlife

I am looking for something low-budget, what are your recomendations?




  
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mclldavidson
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Jul 12, 2011 13:35 |  #5
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yeah the 18-55 IS is great though




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:38 |  #6

tdon187 wrote in post #12746381 (external link)
I don't know if it's a decent price (I'm UK based), but the non IS 18-55 is a dud, so it's a step up from that point of view.

I have seen this lens go for 250 used on ebay...
he's a coworker so I can negotiate a little I guess :-)




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:41 |  #7
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the 50 1.8




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:46 |  #8

mclldavidson wrote in post #12746411 (external link)
the 50 1.8

I do like the priece of that, the NON IS is 120 on B&H, but what are your thoughts about the focal distance? 50mm on a crop body with a 46degree view angle sounds more suited for portraiture than nightlife, the f/1.8 would be great, but as I noticed with my Helios 44M-4 58mm f/2 prime, that's a bit far for shooting upclose and personal ha ha




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:49 |  #9
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https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1059085

Look at that thread to see the kind of photos you can get with it, dont listen to the gear snobs




  
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Jul 12, 2011 13:54 |  #10

mclldavidson wrote in post #12746385 (external link)
yeah the 18-55 IS is great though

Yep, that's true and I would also suggest that lens to the OP but he also mentions lack of reach on the non IS.

50 1.8 also very good for the money, but still doesn't help reach issue.

Get a (very) good deal on the 18-135 and pick up a used 50 1.8 II


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Jul 12, 2011 13:57 |  #11

For your scenario, I think you will be happy with the 18-135mm because I can't see anything else falling in the budget range other than the 50mm 1.8 people are suggesting however you are gonna be stuck with that same length all the way around and I think you like the zoom or at least the option to zoom in a place like that. Not to mention it does have IS which is helpful but you have steady hands. xD

My vote says yesssss...try to haggle it down some I guess. $250 is near the used price I seen for this lens.


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Jul 12, 2011 14:06 |  #12

Andrew20D wrote in post #12746441 (external link)
I do like the priece of that, the NON IS is 120 on B&H, but what are your thoughts about the focal distance? 50mm on a crop body with a 46degree view angle sounds more suited for portraiture than nightlife, the f/1.8 would be great, but as I noticed with my Helios 44M-4 58mm f/2 prime, that's a bit far for shooting upclose and personal ha ha

The price and aperture are both good, but the focal is not suited to your needs. You say you use the 18-55 in the wider half of the zoom range, so pick yourself up a samyang 14mm 2.8 if you can afford it, or a canon 28 2.8 if you can't. The canon 28 2.8 might still not be wide enough though, but it will be faster and sharper than the zooms you're looking at.


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Jul 12, 2011 15:31 |  #13

Andrew20D wrote in post #12746369 (external link)
will I get at least same results with the new lens at 18mm and f/3.5?

Barrel distortion will be worse. Vignetting will be worse. IQ should be a little better.




  
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