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    Default Which zoom lens is better?

    Hi all,

    I m newbies in photography. Got myself the Canon450D last Dec. Am thinking of getting a zoom lens, but totally lost which one to get. So i will need your guidance and advise.

    I m looking at Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF or Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. But i simply can't decide which to get? Can anyone pls advise me?

    or shall i get

    Thanks alot for your help! =p

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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Try doing some research online and read the reviews. Here's a good place to start:

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos
    Alpha

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    ok, thanks! actually i read quite a few reviews, but still so indecisive which to get, so thinking of asking some opinions here in the forum.

    =p

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    Quote Originally Posted by elaineteo View Post
    ok, thanks! actually i read quite a few reviews, but still so indecisive which to get, so thinking of asking some opinions here in the forum.

    =p
    Well, if you've read the reviews, then the rest is up to you and your budget. The Tamron does give you an extra telephoto advantage.
    Alpha

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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    From what I read, none of the monster zoom lenses (18 to infinity and beyond) are good except the Nikon 18-200. It would be better to stick to your 18-55 IS and get a 55-250 IS. It's optically as good as 70-300mm IS.

    http://www.Fredmiranda.com/reviews has good user rating & reviews too. Check that site

    In my opinion, getting a monster zoom would defeat the purpose of lens interchangeability and image quality of DSLR. You will only get a so-so image quality from monster zooms. I would rather get a bridge camera if I need 15x+ zoom or so.

    Why not join the prime club

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    From what I read, none of the monster zoom lenses (18 to infinity and beyond) are good except the Nikon 18-200.
    Definitely not true.


    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    In my opinion, getting a monster zoom would defeat the purpose of lens interchangeability and image quality of DSLR. You will only get a so-so image quality from monster zooms. I would rather get a bridge camera if I need 15x+ zoom or so.
    Definitely true.
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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Sorry, I should be more elaborate. My definition of "good" for zoom lenses is the IQ of 24-70mm f2.8 and above. Yes I'm a picky bstard

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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    Sorry, I should be more elaborate. My definition of "good" for zoom lenses is the IQ of 24-70mm f2.8 and above. Yes I'm a picky bstard
    I dun think the IQ of the Nikon 18-200mm is at the level of the 24-70mm 2.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    Sorry, I should be more elaborate. My definition of "good" for zoom lenses is the IQ of 24-70mm f2.8 and above. Yes I'm a picky bstard
    Not picky enough if you think the 18-200 meets the IQ of the 24-70.
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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Joker said: Why sooo seriooouuusssss?

    I'm just exagerating about the 24-70. These are the ratings given by users from fredmiranda:

    Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR AF-S 7.7
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM 9
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM 9.3
    Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 8.2
    Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) 8.3

    none yet on canon 18-200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    Joker said: Why sooo seriooouuusssss?

    I'm just exagerating about the 24-70. These are the ratings given by users from fredmiranda:

    Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR AF-S 7.7
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM 9
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM 9.3
    Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 8.2
    Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) 8.3

    none yet on canon 18-200
    Why are you so dependent on Fred Miranda? Those a USER reviews, thus extremely opinionated. It doesn't matter how bad the lens is, if the users paid a bomb for it, they'll still rate it highly.

    Why not read proper reviews, with standardized tests?
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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Because if everyone dead set on "proper" reviews, nobody would want to buy an A900 or non canikon dslrs? No need to reply, its a rhetorical question.

    I'm merely suggesting another site. It's always good to see everything from different point of views, expert and users. It's not good to just buy lenses based on some labtests by reviewers who maybe not even an adept real life photographer. It's always the best way to try out the lenses you want to buy in the store or borrow it from friends who has it.

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    Default Re: Which zoom lens is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reim1o View Post
    Because if everyone dead set on "proper" reviews, nobody would want to buy an A900 or non canikon dslrs? No need to reply, its a rhetorical question.
    Actually, if everyone was dead set on "proper" reviews, Canikon would not have as large a marketshare as they do today.
    Alpha

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