Which lens should I get with the t4i?

Started Dec 12, 2012 | Discussions
EricDu New Member • Posts: 10
Which lens should I get with the t4i?

I finally settled on getting the t4i. The camera comes with either a  EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens or a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. The latter kit is $200 more expensive.

I am already planning to get the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II in addition to whichever camera kit I pick.

As I understand, the 18-135 is better for video, which I'm not planning to do much with this camera. Both lenses are well rated. Will I be better served with the smaller, lighter (cheaper) 18-55, or is the 18-135 better? Considering I'll have the 55-250 when I need to zoom in closer.

TIA,  Eric

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Rad Encarnacion Regular Member • Posts: 292
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

If you won't be doing video and you're sure you're buying the 55-250, then go with the 18-55.

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MAC Forum Pro • Posts: 13,824
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

EricDu wrote:

I finally settled on getting the t4i. The camera comes with either a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens or a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. The latter kit is $200 more expensive.

I am already planning to get the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II in addition to whichever camera kit I pick.

As I understand, the 18-135 is better for video, which I'm not planning to do much with this camera. Both lenses are well rated. Will I be better served with the smaller, lighter (cheaper) 18-55, or is the 18-135 better? Considering I'll have the 55-250 when I need to zoom in closer.

TIA, Eric

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/SPE12OEZCN/Ntt/SPE12OEZCN/N/0

$999 you get  18-135 STM, 40 pancake and 55-250 - yowsers!

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OP EricDu New Member • Posts: 10
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Thank you. I just wanted to confirm I was making the right decision.

I ended up buying the kit with the 18-55 lens and put the $200 I saved towards a Pixma pro-100 printer (which I was eyeing anyway, but the $300 rebate made it easier to jump).

With all the rebates and special offers at Amazon, the bill ended up like this:

  • T4i with 18-55 lens: $599
  • 55-250 lens: $105
  • Free 16Gb card and backpack
  • Printer: $199 after mail-in-rebate
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amosf
amosf Contributing Member • Posts: 680
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

Either choice would have been fine, but the 18-55 is a nice lightweight lens to use every day - and has good IQ. With the 55-250 it makes a great combination.

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karl mohr Senior Member • Posts: 1,566
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

the 18-135 sure is a handy focal length......

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R2D2 Forum Pro • Posts: 18,088
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

EricDu wrote:

Will I be better served with the smaller, lighter (cheaper) 18-55, or is the 18-135 better?

Depends on what your priorities are.  I bought the T4i with the 18-55, and would like the 18-135.

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karl mohr Senior Member • Posts: 1,566
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

I actually wish I had a 2nd 18-135, so I could have one in each camera bag.

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dbannerz71 Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

R2D2 wrote:

EricDu wrote:

Will I be better served with the smaller, lighter (cheaper) 18-55, or is the 18-135 better?

Depends on what your priorities are. I bought the T4i with the 18-55, and would like the 18-135.

R2

Here's a shot I took of my Christmas tree with the 18-135 STM on a tripod, was at f/8 and 30s.

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OP EricDu New Member • Posts: 10
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After a few months using the camera, I regret my choice. Not the choice of camera. The t4i is amazing. The choice of lens.

When I use the 18-55, I often wish I could zoom in a little closer. When I use the 55-250, I wish I could zoom out more. So I end up swapping lenses a little more than I would like to. I think that the 18-135 would work better for the way I shoot nowadays.

It's not the end of the world and I can save up for a new lens. I just wanted to follow-up in case someone else has the same question.

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icewing Regular Member • Posts: 144
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

Thanks for confirming my decision.  I just ordered a t4i with the 18-135, to replace my 300D.  I have the 28-135, which was on the camera most of the time, but occasionally switched to the kit lens.  Now I'll have both in one lens, can't wait for the new hardware!

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2esetters Senior Member • Posts: 1,978
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icewing wrote:

Thanks for confirming my decision. I just ordered a t4i with the 18-135, to replace my 300D. I have the 28-135, which was on the camera most of the time, but occasionally switched to the kit lens. Now I'll have both in one lens, can't wait for the new hardware!

Yes, either the 18-135TM or the 15-85 seem the way to go.

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scorrpio Veteran Member • Posts: 3,595
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

I was about to give you something to think about, but looks like you already arrived to it yourself.

I meant to suggest that you consider your shooting style, the way you carry your camera, how unencumbered you want to be otherwise, and how you envision swapping the lens.   The 55-250 is not exactly shirt-pocket sized, so it will require a carry solution if you want to keep it available.   That means either lugging about a bag or some kind of lens holster, or vest with adequately-sized pockets.   And swapping the lens on the go is not an easy matter.   You need to hold the body with one hand, lens with the other, and need to have a place where to put the lens you take off, while you take the other one out of its storage spot.   Basically, you need two places on your body where to store a lens.    In other words, swapping lenses as needed may sound fine in theory, but in practice it's a royal pain in the you-know-where.

Now, if there is a technical reason to split your focal range, that's one thing.   For example, you want the fast zooms, you get a 17-55 or 24-70 f/2.8 and a 70-200 f/2.8, there is no way around it.   Or, if you want f/2.0 and wider, you have to play with primes.   But there is really next to no advantage getting the 18-55 if you think you'll be getting and lugging around the 55-250.

Before you go for the 18-135, however, consider your needs.   Look at your shots, or get some tool that sorts by EXIF  info.   If you find that you rarely go beyond 100mm with your 55-250, a 15-85 might be the better choice.    The extra 3mm at the wide end make a huge difference, and the lens is very sharp, and USM as well.

plantdoc Veteran Member • Posts: 3,060
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

The 15-85 is a good walk about type lens. While I change lenses, the concerns are

More chance for sensor spots

Dropping an expensive lens

Other travelers with you do not want to wait

Sometimes I use the 18-200 to avoid these issues

Greg

MAC Forum Pro • Posts: 13,824
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

After a few months using the camera, I regret my choice. Not the choice of camera. The t4i is amazing. The choice of lens.

When I use the 18-55, I often wish I could zoom in a little closer. When I use the 55-250, I wish I could zoom out more. So I end up swapping lenses a little more than I would like to. I think that the 18-135 would work better for the way I shoot nowadays.

It's not the end of the world and I can save up for a new lens. I just wanted to follow-up in case someone else has the same question.

that is what I recommended above.  The problem now is that the 18-135 costs too much separately

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OP EricDu New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

that is what I recommended above. The problem now is that the 18-135 costs too much separately

Thanks. I think your last comment came in just after I placed the order.

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OP EricDu New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Which lens should I get with the t4i?

Yes, shooting styles vary. That's why there are so many cameras and lenses out there. And shooting styles evolve too.

In the 35mm film days, I used a 50mm fixed lens the most. I had a wide angle and a zoom lens that I used when I needed them. When I switched to digital, I used mostly point-and-shoot and got used to being able to quickly reframe and move from wide angle to telephoto in an instant. Then, when I got the DSLR, I thought I'd use it like my old Pentax. But my expectations changed.

I'll see what other lens options are out there that may work well for me. Thanks for the suggestion.

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