60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit

Started Jun 1, 2012 | Discussions
creeker69
New MemberPosts: 10Gear list
Like?
60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
Jun 1, 2012

I am leaning towards buying a 60D kit from Costco, with bag, hdmi cable, SD card and an 18-200 lens.

But, I have read a few negative reviews about this lens and some suggestions that the 18-135 lens is a better bet.

Who has had the 18-200 lens? It is only a $50.00 USD difference between the two; the 60D with 18-135 or 60D with 18-200 that is....

thanks
creeker69

 creeker69's gear list:creeker69's gear list
Canon EOS 500D Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 650D Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM +1 more
Canon EOS 60D
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
Starshot
Contributing MemberPosts: 764
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

creeker69 wrote:

I am leaning towards buying a 60D kit from Costco, with bag, hdmi cable, SD card and an 18-200 lens.

But, I have read a few negative reviews about this lens and some suggestions that the 18-135 lens is a better bet.

Who has had the 18-200 lens? It is only a $50.00 USD difference between the two; the 60D with 18-135 or 60D with 18-200 that is....

thanks
creeker69

Personally I would steer clear of the 60D. If anything wait for the 70D (or similar name) that will come out soon.

You are definitely going to be better off going with the 18-135 though. The 135 - 200 isn't much of a difference.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
GuardianFlash
Senior MemberPosts: 1,378Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

I just got the 60D + 18-200mm kit for $1199. I think the 200mm is worth it. Pair it up with a fast prime. If you go for the 18-135mm you might have to get a 55-250mm or 70-300mm. Depends what you need and want.

The 70D is just a rumor. Probably won't hit retailers until end of 2012. My guess would be Canon is going to combine the 60D and 7D for a camera with a price tag around $1500 and then release a full frame camera for $2000. Just my opinion and assumption. Strong rumors that Canon is announcing the T4i in June. With 9 cross type focus points, just like the 60D.

 GuardianFlash's gear list:GuardianFlash's gear list
Canon EOS 70D Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
AC1
AC1
Senior MemberPosts: 1,163Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

18-135 has better IQ than 18-200. But obviously the 200 has more reach. So depends on what's most important. Can you do some shooting and compare the difference between the two at full stretch and see how important that difference is? Remember the 60D has a great sensor and allows some major cropping.

 AC1's gear list:AC1's gear list
Canon PowerShot S95 Canon EOS 7D Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM +2 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
macrographer
New MemberPosts: 6
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to AC1, Jun 1, 2012

My advise is to get the body only and invest in a good lens, sigma or tamron 17-50 f2.8. kit lenses are not good enough to take full advantages for 18 mp canon sensor.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
CarVac
Senior MemberPosts: 1,246Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

The 18-135 has much better ergonomics than the 18-200. The zoom action feels a lot better, and the lens is lighter. No size advantage either way, though.

 CarVac's gear list:CarVac's gear list
Ricoh GR
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Kobus66
Contributing MemberPosts: 864
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to CarVac, Jun 1, 2012

18-135 is a good lens
--
Kobus

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Biggus
Forum MemberPosts: 90Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

I agree with macrographer, better to buy body only and then a good 17-50 (I personally have the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4 DC Macro OS), and if funds allow, get the Canon 55-250 for the extra reach (should be able to get a new one off EBay for about $200 or so).

With a combo like the above, you'll get much better quality results, which is what matters more.

 Biggus's gear list:Biggus's gear list
Casio Exilim EX-FH100 Canon EOS 60D Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM +3 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Sandy05
Regular MemberPosts: 132
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

I personally have had a better experience with the Canon 18-200mm than some others on this forum. It makes for a very handy all purpose lens with a very useful range. To my eye the image quality has been pretty decent (I also have the 15-85mm lens and 17-55mm lens with which to compare it). Since it comes for a reasonable price as part of the kit I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. I have not had an opportunity to try the 18-135mm lens.

A lens such as the Canon 35mm f/2.0 or Sigma 30mm f/1.4 could also be added and would make a good match to the 60D for indoor lower light photos.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
VisualNectarPhotography
Regular MemberPosts: 370Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to Sandy05, Jun 1, 2012

The 18-135 is a good lens when used between 18-80mm, 80-100 is acceptable and 100-135 is soft. but from what I've read the 18-200 is the same way if not worse.

These are not trying to pretend to be L lenses, they are basic general purpose lenses and they are good at their intended purposes.
--

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

 VisualNectarPhotography's gear list:VisualNectarPhotography's gear list
Canon EOS 300D Nikon D2Hs Canon EOS 60D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM +3 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Michael Eckstein
Senior MemberPosts: 2,074Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to VisualNectarPhotography, Jun 1, 2012

I have the 18/135 and stopped down to ƒ8 it is as sharp as any of my 'L" lenses. I generally shoot at ƒ 8 outdoors. Excellent results at all focal lengths. A very good walk around lens.

 Michael Eckstein's gear list:Michael Eckstein's gear list
Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS M Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM +8 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
jitteringjr
Senior MemberPosts: 2,906Gear list
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to macrographer, Jun 1, 2012
 jitteringjr's gear list:jitteringjr's gear list
Canon EOS 7D Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM +4 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Peter Kwok
Senior MemberPosts: 2,141Gear list
Like?
Neither
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

To me, the #1 reason of buying a camera with interchangeable lens is to use more than one lens. Super zoom lens may appear to be more convenient. But I can change lens standing up in seconds.

Even the most basic combo of 18-55IS & 50-250IS kit lens gives you better image quality than either of these super zooms.
--
Peter Kwok
http://www.pbase.com/peterkwok
WYSIWYG - If you don't like what you get, try to see differently.

 Peter Kwok's gear list:Peter Kwok's gear list
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EOS M Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Sue90
Forum MemberPosts: 54
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to creeker69, Jun 1, 2012

well I will disagree with many here...I bought the 60d...super camera and the 18-200mm. I have 55-250, 18-55 already. The 18-200mm is a very good lens. It saves me changing lenses while out at the beach or in winter conditions...even changing in the wind can bring too many problems. I find it still very sharp wide open. I use it wide open a lot. If you go to my site and search 18-200mm all the pics should come up except the portrait shots that are private
Sue
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue90ca/

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
pcb62
Regular MemberPosts: 125
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to Sue90, Jun 2, 2012

Message Deleted.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
pcb62
Regular MemberPosts: 125
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to pcb62, Jun 2, 2012

I picked up the 18-200 with my 60D. I've said it here before, I am not a fan of this lens. It's probably my least favorite lens that I own. If I had it to do over again, I would have saved the money and picked up either a EF-S 15-85 or an EF-S 17-55.

I checked my stats in lightroom. I usually shoot 6 or 7 days per week. I have just over 16,000 pictures so far, for 2012 that were shot on one of my crop bodies.

I took 62 pictures with the EF-S 18-200mm. They were snapshots taken on a single outing. This is the only time the lens has been used this year.

I used to use the 18-200mm more when I had less lens choices, but never really liked it.

Here is what I don't like about it:

  1. SEVERE creep. If it's pointed at the ground, expect it to fully extend in seconds. If it's pointed up at more than a 45 degree angle and zoomed to less than 90mm, don't let go of the zoom ring or the lens will revert to 18mm in less than a second all on it 's own.

  2. Zoom from 170 to 200 is virtually non existent.

  3. Zoom is not smooth. The zoom ring is a lot harder to turn, until about 90mm, then it turns almost too easily.

  4. Pictures from this lens are generally mediocre relative to my other lenses.

  5. No full time manual focus

  6. Focus ring is not very precise. It only rotates about a 10th of a revolution. By comparison the focus ring on my 70-200mm rotates almost a half turn.

  7. No distance window/gauge.

  8. Extends significantly while zooming, sucking in dust and anything else. You run the risk of blowing the dust, etc. into your camera body, when you un-zoom the lens. Of course, many other lenses have this same issue, but it's still a con.

Can you get good pictures with this lens? I'm sure you can in fact I probably have a few, but the odds go down relative to some of the better lenses. I carry this lens in situations where I don't want to risk damage to one of my other lenses and quality isn't a priority.

If money is not an issue, buy a better lens. If money is tight, buy a less expensive lens that can hold you over until you can afford a better lens. If I were to choose between the two lenses at Costco, I would choose the 18-135 over the 18-200.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
kathgarveyuk
Contributing MemberPosts: 793
Like?
Re: 60D 18-135 kit or 60D 18-200 kit
In reply to Sue90, Jul 8, 2012

Sue, just dropped by your Flickr site, you definately make your lens work great for you. Enjoyed viewing your images.
--
Regards

Kath UK

http://www.pbase.com/kathgarveyuk

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads