People kill me with these comments. Crap? No. Its all a matter of give and take. You get one single lens with a massive focal range. IE. A all in one lens. Thats great for vacations, a casual photographer, etc. Yes, the outer portions of the image lose some sharness on both ends of the focal length. Thats expected with this lens. For a single all in one solution, this lens is good to have. If you are looking for a lens to take when you do not want to take a lot of gear, this is a good choice. Most people would never even notice the sharpness loss at the extreme ends of the focal range. If you keep your subject in the middle of the picture at those lengths, you move away from it all together.
For the record, this is the only non-canon lens I own. Most of my gear is L series Canon glass and I update my camera bodies often. I currently use the 7d and 5dMKIII. I know what a good quality picture looks like and still own this lens for a vacation lens. I used it the other day to shoot the pro-am day at the Wells Fargo Golf Chmpionship and I was happy with the results.
alternatively, unless the improved video functions are important to you, skip the Rebel T3i altogether and get the Rebel T3 + gain another $200-250 to your lens budget or other high-yield accessories (i.e. 430ex2 speedlite). both the T3 and T3i are entry-level DSLRs either of which can produce images much better than beginners are capable of anyways
I don't agree. The T3 has a different sensor than the Ti cameras, and its missing some nice elements that the Ti camera's have (self-cleaning sensor, better LCD screen, faster burst rate, etc).
If you don't care about video, you can get the T2i for $100 cheaper than the T3i usually, and all you lose is the flip out screen.
People kill me with these comments. Crap? No. Its all a matter of give and take. You get one single lens with a massive focal range. IE. A all in one lens. Thats great for vacations, a casual photographer, etc.
Yeah, but at that price point, you can buy a really nice point and shoot that is far more pocketable and good for travel. And the good P+S have a variety of manual controls. Plus, it's not like your getting much depth of field with this lens anyway.
I get the convenience, but the trade-offs were always way too much for me when I used the 18=135 and 18-200 from Canon. Good for starting off basically, but too frustrating to get used more than a few times
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