Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

Started Feb 2, 2011 | Discussions
rcook0525 Forum Member • Posts: 90
Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

I need to find a relatively inexpensive (meaning sub $500) replacement for my 18-55IS as I am currently without anything in that focal range. I'd rather not simply snag another kit lens but try and find something a bit sharper and better built. Thinking about maybe the Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 or Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC IF. Any thoughts on these choices? They will be paired with a 60D.

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Manip16 Contributing Member • Posts: 515
Re: Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

What else do you own? Just want to know how much zoom/wide angle you'll need.

Since obviously the suggestions if you already own a 10-20mm and 55-250mm will be very different to if this is literally your only lens.

dt-photo New Member • Posts: 17
Re: Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

To be honest I'd recommend getting another 18-55 IS. It's lightweight, has IS, covers a fantastic range, and is just as sharp as the 17-55IS f/2.8 (from the photozone.de reviews):

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I've scoured reviews and weighed up every possible standard wide zoom for APS-C Canon's, and the conclusion I always come back to is none of them are worth the money over the kit lens given it's stellar performance. Mine's still my go to lens.

Save yourself a whole lot of money, and stick with the kit lens.

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wardmartin New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

I use the Sigma 17-70 although I have the OS version. It's a significant step up over the 18-55 kit lens in my opinion. It's brilliantly sharp and the build quality is excellent. I'd recommend it to anyone as an upgrade. The extra reach and close focus come in handy too.

dt-photo New Member • Posts: 17
Sigma 17-70 vs 18-55 IS

wardmartin wrote:

I use the Sigma 17-70 although I have the OS version. It's a significant step up over the 18-55 kit lens in my opinion. It's brilliantly sharp and the build quality is excellent. I'd recommend it to anyone as an upgrade. The extra reach and close focus come in handy too.

It's a step up in price and probably build quality, i'm not sure it's a step up in performance/functionality/sharpness. E.g at 17/18mm the centre res is pretty comparable, but the borders never quite catch up to the Kit lens...:

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Tacksharp Senior Member • Posts: 1,664
Re: Lens Replacement for 18-55 IS

I know you want to spend less than $500. But, save up for awhile and buy the Canon 17-55. There's nothing better in the standard zoom range. The lens makes all the difference if you care at all about photography.
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OP rcook0525 Forum Member • Posts: 90
Re: Sigma 17-70 vs 18-55 IS

Thanks for the advice. I was able to purchase a Mint Condition 18-55 Kit lens for $100 which should get me by while.........next up with be either the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4.

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