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|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|08-28-2012 12:33 PM|
This is a great portrait lens. I also love using it at events like weddings to get great candid shots since you're far enough away to avoid drawing the attention of your subject (most of the time).
Don't know if I can post these links, but here are a couple of examples of shots I took with this lens and a Canon 20D.
|08-28-2012 12:18 PM|
FYI since BeachCamera is OOS, I saw this on Abes of Maine's website also for $369. Use coupon code LOYALTY12 to get $12 off plus cashback through various click through sites.
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|08-19-2012 09:37 PM|
I think the moral of the story is that people gravitate to good glass. So he should like the 35mm prime better than the 18-135. But if he had the 15-85 plus a speedlite, he would really like the results from that. And the latter combination gives a bit more flexibility than a prime...
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|08-19-2012 10:04 AM|
OTOH Large aperature lenses can be very challenging. You may be better off just getting a speedlight the bigger the better.....
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|08-18-2012 10:49 PM|
|08-18-2012 10:46 PM|
That is more than a solid deal on the 60D and the 70-300. Here's the bad news. The 18-135 is a good enough lens and on par with the 18-200, but they aren't great lenses. They have chromatic abberation, they have pin cushioning where the image is deformed at certain focal lengths. They aren't bad to start, but I wouldn't encourage you to go from bad to bad in regards to an upgrade. That's a little harsh... from average to average.
You can sell the 18-135 for around 300 bucks. If you can find an extra 2 or 3 hundred, the next best near tack sharp to tack sharp lens is going to be the 15-85mm. I hear great things about it. The lens is f/4 to 5.6 (I believe) so your best bet is to find a 430 ex ii for maybe 200 or so used and then bounce light off the walls. The 17-55mm has an aperture of 2.8, but it also is super expensive. There are alternatives with Tamron and Sigma, but I personally prefer to stay within the Canon family because their resale value is much higher when you eventually feel like upgrading.
as for the 70-300, it is a very good lens. You are going to hear mixed reviews. It isn't an L series, but it is better than the 55-250 (but usually not for 2 to 3 times the price better). I think it is an excellent starter lens for you in regards to telephoto, but the aperture is smallish and is really only good in outdoor daylight. When the kids start to play soccer, softball, football, or cheerleading, this is where this lens will shine. If that isn't going to happen for 5 years, and it is only going to collect dust, then I would suggest selling it. I think 450 is retail here and there... so you can probably get 400 for it.
Don't spend your money on the 18-200 and get mediocre photos. Spend it on the 15-85 and get good photos for about the same money. Yes you lose reach, but that is what cropping is for. If you cut the photo in half, you still are working with 9 megapixels, and really you only need about 3 for a decent 8x10.
I'm sleepy, I'm sure I'm missing something, but if I had your bag, I would keep the following.
60d plus 50mm f/1.8
and a 55-250 for about 140 when that deal comes around. It is a solid value lens and you don't have to break the bank to get some reach. There are periodic deals where you can get the 50 and the 55-250 for 250... which is a great deal.
430ex ii (or if you don't mind guessing on the fly, a Newer or Yongnuo for about 50 bucks). They are manual flashes, but they do the job as long as you get a good copy of one.
When you eventually get into L series lenses, I would suggest buying used from Canon. The price you pay today is roughly the price you will sell the lens at in 3 years when you want to upgrade.
|08-18-2012 10:21 PM|
So here is where I am at, I need a little advice. I went ahead and bought the 60D today with the 18-135 lens and added the 70-300. I price matched amazon at Staples so I could get amazons lens deal and staples coupon. Tax messed things up a bit, but still walked out the door for $1244.94 for the Canon 60D, 18-135 lens, and 70-300 lens (down from over 2k at Staples pricing). All in all I am happy with it.
Where I need advice is on the 70-300 lens. Would it be better to just do an 18-200 and then a 50 (or 40 like mentioned earlier, I wasn't familiar with that...) instead of the 18-135, 70-300, and a 50? I have a feeling I will end up favoring two rather than trekking three around anyway. That way I can return the big one, get the 50 or 40, and still have cash for all my accessories (bag, batteries, uv filters, etc.).
I will use it 90% of the time indoors as most of my pics are of the kids and family parties etc.
Thanks for the help!
|08-18-2012 09:06 PM|
I need to stop my sigma down a bit to get anything sharp, but the canon (at least in reviews) is pretty sharp at F2.8.
Plus the sigma is a big chunk of glass. Miss the size/weight of my 50mm F1.8 when I have that on. The 40mm looks to be the a nice in between compromise.
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