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Canon 18-135 IS USM

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Afagundes
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Post zamieszczony 04/11/2012, 21:20:19 PM Afagundes
Hi folks,

My wife has a Canon T3 body (12 mpixels) that came with the 18-55 IS lens kit.

That´s hers first DSLR and she is very happy with it, but she is complaining that she has too short of zoom with the lens kit, I sugested her to use my 70-300, but she says its too heavy and that she will be bugged if she has to change lenses, so I was checking on a zoom lens for her´s T3 body.

I was thinking either the Canon 17-85 IS USM or the Canon 18-135 IS USM, the first one I had a for a long time with my first DSLR, a Rebel Xt (8Mpixels), its a nice lens, a bit soft at the corners and have lots of distortion at wide angle, but the resolution of the T3 is not that high and I think I can add some sharpness at post processing to fix it. Photoshop today now automatically corrects the distortion of the lens.The construction of the lens is quite good, not an L lens, but quite good.

Now, the 18-135 has more zoom (and thats what she is complaining about not lack of wideness that the 17-85 would give her), its cheaper and lighter.

For the reviews it seemed like its the same as the 17-85, soft at the edges and lots of distortion in the wide angle, but the low price got me worried about its quality, does anybody had any experience with that lens?

On the other hand all reviews shows that hers 18-55 IS USM lens is much sharper than both the other ones both at the center and at the corners, so, qualitywyse she should keep the kit lens and use my 70-300 for zoom, right? Maybe somebody can help me convince her on that, hehe...

Thanks for sharing.
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Afagundes
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Post zamieszczony 04/12/2012, 22:11:05 PM Afagundes
Hummm, it seems like no one have any experience with that lens, intriguing.
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Post zamieszczony 04/22/2012, 13:50:01 PM Rudyumans
I just saw this post.

The Canon 17-85 has a number of problems, but sharpness in not one of them. If you have to add sharpness in post "to fix it", you might be doing something wrong in the first place, especially with an 8Mpx camera. This lens is much better than the kit lens, regardless of what the reviews tell you. (60% of my port is done with that lens and I have a 15Mpx camera)

The 18-135 is very soft all the way around and is most definitely not as good as the 17-85. The 70-300 is very sharp from 100-250mm.

In general, forget the camera and invest in the best glass you can afford. Lenses stay, cameras come and go.
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Post wyedytowany 04/22/2012, 17:45:44 PM Afagundes
Hi Rudy, nice to have you comments, since I only used the Canon 17-85 with my 8 Mpixels camera I couldnt tell what the quality would be with 12 Mpixels, but it allways seemed to me a pretty good lens.

To be honest with you the lens kit is doing a pretty good job, except from its lack of zoom is a very good lens to go with that body, its tack sharp in the middle and the edges.

At the moment she decided to not invest in a new lens, so I will be borrowing her my 70-300 when she needs the zoom.

About investing in lens, sorry, pal, not true anymore, lenses electronics and IS systems now fail quite often after 3 to 4 years of use (of course this depends on how much you use them), in Brazil they are so expensive to fix its better to get them in a trip to US and trade them for a new one, nothing last forever anymore.

Check this Thread where we discussed this.
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