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NOTE: Difference between NEW and OLD version
The NEW version (2012) have a 62mm Lens diameter
The OLD version (2009)have a 72mm lens diameter.
other than that both box and description on the box is practically THE SAME
To me, it doesn't look like a worthwhile upgrade if you dont mind switching lenses.
Granted these test results are on a 7D not your model because they didn't test it (an 1100D?)
But it actually got lower marks than the individual lenses, slightly. It is a macro lens so it will perform better on smaller objects if you are into that kind of thing.
I'm no expert just a novice/hobbyist. I think the $$ per minor upgrade for you is maybe not worth it if you don't know what you are doing. Unless you really hate switching lenses enough to spend the dough. would be nice to set it and forget it but at this point this lens probably costs more than your camera body (which again makes sense if you are into cameras long term). If you had a mid level or upper tier body and really like cameras then you could start collecting expensive glass.
I think your best "3rd" lens would be an indoor 1.4. The marks on this thing blow away the other 3 you are even considering. It's a fixed focal length so it takes getting used to, but as soon as I slapped on my 35mm 1.8g Nikon lens I never put the 18-55 back on and sold it.
I have the canon T3s that comes with 18-55 and 55-250mm lenses. Would it be a good idea to replace them with this lens? And, is it easy to sell the stock lenses by themselves? TIA
Think, general purpose lens. I have a Tamron 18-200 that I use as my carry around. Switching between two lenses really sucks. The cost difference and performance comparisons are all still dependent on how you shoot, what you shoot, and your own opinions. For the sake of convenience, I'd get something like this. It says it has Image Stabilization which is a big plus too.
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