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18-55 IS compared to 28-135 IS

 
raylfreeman
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Jun 20, 2010 15:53 |  #1

Has anyone owned both of these? How do they compare based on your experience?

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Jun 20, 2010 17:18 |  #2

I had both on my xsi for a very brief period. I think the 28-135 produces great images and awesome for the price, but the range just didn't work well on a crop.




  
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Jun 20, 2010 17:29 |  #3

I've owned neither, but I'll chime in anyway. My guess is that IQ is comparable. What you need to decide is if you want the extra reach at the expense of width. Personally I wouldn't find 28mm wide enough for a walkabout lens. The 28-135 was intended to be a walkabout lens on full frame film cameras. When the 1.6 digital bodies came out Canon introduced the 17-85 IS as the cropped body equivalent of the 28-135. The 17-85 has since been superseded by the 15-85 and the 18-135. The 28-135 is just kind of an awkward range on a crop body.




  
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Jun 20, 2010 17:37 as a reply to  @ crn3371's post |  #4

I've owned both. They are both nice, but the 18-55 is sharper throughout it's smaller range. The 28-135 has given me some very sharp portraits, and the 18-55IS has given me some very sharp portraits as well as close-ups of flowers and things. With the 28-135, it seems like it is a TAD soft at the long end, but still an awesome lens. I only sold it because I was going after something else. i will buy it again. It focuses very quickly. I love the range for street photography.


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Jun 20, 2010 19:24 |  #5

Had both and have to say the 18-55 IS was sharper. The 28-135mm is more versatile on trips though!


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Jun 20, 2010 21:49 as a reply to  @ Elisha's post |  #6

Have both. 28-135 has better colors and works best at f8. 18-55 IS is sharper wide open, but doesn't have the color pop. Range differences are obvious and if I only bring one lens, its the 28-135.


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Jun 21, 2010 02:03 |  #7

Why not try the 18-135mm IS...great walk around lens with a lot of versatility.


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