Which lens to get?

existent

Well-known Member
It's been about a month since I bought my camera and I think I am ready to buy my 2nd lens but I can't decide on which lens to get.

Either Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM

or Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS and then maybe EF 50mm F/1.8


I was initially considering the 55-250mm until I just saw the 28-135mm today.

In the long run, I was thinking I could use the 28-135mm as a genral purpose lens, replacing the 18-55mm kit lens. I'd buy a wide angle lens such as 12-24mm for WA, and then a longer zoom lens such as 70-300 or something in that range. The advantage of this is, I'd have only 1 walkaround lens.

Or I can use 55-250mm together with the 18-55mm kit lens and possible with 50mm F/1.8 and then buy a WA lens such as 12-24mm to cover most of my range.

What is the quality of the 28-135mm lens compared to the 18-55mm kit lens and 55-250mm. I've heard good things for the 55-250 but haven't heard much about the other.

What do you guys think is the better option? Which one would you go for?

Prices: 50mm F1/8 = £75 new
55-250mm = £180 new
28-135mm = £300 new, or £230 on ebay...
 

Calzor Suzay

Active Member
I have the 55-250 IS, it's a pretty good lens for the price, not L glass or anything but does a pretty good job none the less. I find it so small and light I have a Lowepro belt pouch which I swap it around with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 which is actually heavier and wider.
 

existent

Well-known Member
I have the 55-250 IS, it's a pretty good lens for the price, not L glass or anything but does a pretty good job none the less. I find it so small and light I have a Lowepro belt pouch which I swap it around with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 which is actually heavier and wider.

L lenses are beyond my budget anyways. And they seem to be very large for my use also.

I am leaning more towards the 55-250 but I wanted to hear some opinions before I made my mind :D
 

RobDickinson

Well-known Member
IMO the 28-135 has no place on a crop sensor camera, and its downscaled brother the 17-85IS is pretty poor too. I wouldnt.

If you have the IS kit lens it'll be as good (in the crossover focal length) as the 28-135 I bet.
 

johndow

Active Member
I have a 55-250, and i have taken a few indoor shots of my son at very low shutter speeds with the lens at 55mm and ap fully open, and the quality has been excellent. I cannot comment on the 28-135, but i quite often use the my lens at 200mm+ outdoors, so a 135 would be much too short.

I had bought a 50mm 1.8 before the 55-250, and to be honest, the difference in sharpness would not make me buy it over the 55-250, but the ability to shoot in low light and get great DOF is invaluable.

I am not sure about comparison websites, and normally try a few recomendations. But when i bought my lens i read the independent reviews in fredmiranda.com: Specialized in Canon - Nikon SLR Cameras, Forum, Photoshop Plugins, Actions, Reviews, Hosting and Digital Darkroom and used the sample comparison shots on Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens - Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens Comparison - ISO 12233 Resolution Chart Results

Remember the lens is always at its weakest at max length and aperture, so the 135 may only be good up to 100-120, but the 250 will go up to 220-240 and stay sharp.

JD
 

existent

Well-known Member
I just received my lens this morning, and my first impressions are great!!

I love the "bokeh" I can get from distance with this lens, it was exactly what I was missing with the original kit lens.

And I'm so glad it has IS because it'd be impossible to shoot over 200mm due to handshake :thumbsup:

Downside is that AF is slow and noisy as everyone else mentioned, but you get what you pay for, and I can't complain about it.

Can't wait to go out and try it but I don't know if I'll have the time this weekend :rolleyes:
 

Orwella

Active Member
The 55-250mm is a very flexible lens. Image quality is good for it's range and it is one of the "must have's" for anyone on a budget. The other budget must have is the 50mm f/1.8, which would complement your 18-55 and 55-250 quite well.
 

puc

Active Member
I just received my lens this morning, and my first impressions are great!!

I love the "bokeh" I can get from distance with this lens, it was exactly what I was missing with the original kit lens.

And I'm so glad it has IS because it'd be impossible to shoot over 200mm due to handshake :thumbsup:

Downside is that AF is slow and noisy as everyone else mentioned, but you get what you pay for, and I can't complain about it.

Can't wait to go out and try it but I don't know if I'll have the time this weekend :rolleyes:

hi
glad you're pleased with the lens. i was thinking of getting one of these also. did you have to pay any import taxes or vat on receipt of the lens from hong kong?
 

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