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Replace 18-55 non IS with IS version?

 
Phobosx13x
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Feb 23, 2012 08:23 |  #1

As the topic says, I have the older 18-55 non IS kit lens. I bought it by mistake (thinking it was the IS version), but can still return it and get the IS version.

Is it worth doing so?




  
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Feb 23, 2012 08:38 |  #2

I believe so. I had the non-IS version and found it quite weak. I replaced it with something entirely different, so I have not used the IS version. However, all of the reviews I have read have concluded that the IS version is optically far superior, and it is still very cheap.


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Feb 23, 2012 08:50 |  #3

Return it. Get the IS. Check the POTN classified before buying it new.




  
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Feb 23, 2012 08:57 as a reply to  @ jmckayak's post |  #4

Yes, get the IS version used here on POTN, extremely great buy.




  
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Feb 23, 2012 10:32 |  #5

I upgraded the 18-55 kit that came with my Rebel (300D) with the 18-55 IS MK I.

Having the IS was worth it. Not sure about today since the prices went up. In your situation it might be better to go beyond the 18-55 directly to your next lens.


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Feb 23, 2012 10:43 |  #6

IS will be better a lot


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Feb 23, 2012 11:02 |  #7

I'm not a huge ken rockwell fan, but i always read his lens reviews and he says the non-is version is sharper.

"I prefer the non-IS 18-55mm as being sharper, especially when considering the non-IS 18-55mm's lack of lateral color. "

but at the end of the day I would rather have a 50 1.8 then the kit lens, its so sharp.


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Feb 23, 2012 11:15 |  #8

The IS version is inexpensive and quite a nice lens, I'd go for the IS version. Is it much of a price difference where you got it?


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Feb 23, 2012 11:25 |  #9

I went from 18-55 non IS to 18-55 IS, TOTALLY WORTH IT.

I found it to have a noticeable difference in sharpness and CA control and the build quality is marginally better.


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Feb 23, 2012 11:34 |  #10

If you can return the non IS for a full refund then I would and get the IS version.

When I started I had the both version and after using the IS version got rid of the non-IS one. I didn't notice a big difference in image "quality" but i did notice that I was not deleting as many blurry pictures of the kids.




  
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Feb 23, 2012 12:04 |  #11

Thanks for the replies everyone.

Mocows wrote in post #13951411 (external link)
The IS version is inexpensive and quite a nice lens, I'd go for the IS version. Is it much of a price difference where you got it?

I paid $84 + $4 shipping for the non-is. Of course, I am out the shipping costs (probably $6 to ship it back) so $10 loss.

The IS version is around $100 give or take about 10% here or other places on the web.

The only other option is to wait and get a Tamron 17-50 2.8, which I'm seriously considering doing. I just ordered a 50mm 1.8, so maybe that will suffice for the interim?




  
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Feb 23, 2012 12:09 |  #12

Ken Rockwell is pretty widely regarded as being pretty duuuuuuuuuh...

The IS version is superior to the non-IS offering, the charts and samples have been posted around POTN plenty of times. Given the minor increase in cost, springing for the IS model is a no-brainer. The non-IS is out of production as well, afaik.

Some of my best shots have come from the 18-55 IS. I think it gets overlooked because it's part of the Rebel kits.


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Feb 23, 2012 12:19 |  #13

Virto wrote in post #13951842 (external link)
Ken Rockwell is pretty widely regarded as being pretty duuuuuuuuuh...

Oh I know that, but he is an engineer so I do look at his reviews some times for technical info... If I listened to him i'd be shooting medium jpg.


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Feb 23, 2012 12:22 |  #14

Phobosx13x wrote in post #13951809 (external link)
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I paid $84 + $4 shipping for the non-is. Of course, I am out the shipping costs (probably $6 to ship it back) so $10 loss.

The IS version is around $100 give or take about 10% here or other places on the web.

The only other option is to wait and get a Tamron 17-50 2.8, which I'm seriously considering doing. I just ordered a 50mm 1.8, so maybe that will suffice for the interim?

that 50 1.8 is so sharp you wont want to use your kit lens, I can tell you that.


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Feb 23, 2012 12:41 |  #15

shiftonephoto wrote in post #13951294 (external link)
I'm not a huge ken rockwell fan, but i always read his lens reviews and he says the non-is version is sharper.

"I prefer the non-IS 18-55mm as being sharper, especially when considering the non-IS 18-55mm's lack of lateral color. "

but at the end of the day I would rather have a 50 1.8 then the kit lens, its so sharp.

If he said that (and was serious - sometimes with him it is hard to tell), my opinion of Ken Rockwell just got lower. I didn't think that was even possible!


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