Canon 18-55mm or 18-200mm?


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Hi I am getting my first DSLR camera and I am wondering with would be better the 18-55mm or 18-200mm lens kit. I like that the 18-200mm captures alot but at the same time, i am wondering if i really need to zoom that much. any thoughts on whihc owuld be a better choice for a noob? thanks
 

dingaroo

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Personally, I'd get the 18-200.

Why? Because as a newbie, I'd try all focal lengths to see what genre of photography I am into. Also, with additional focal length, I won't have to worry about switching lenses and is useful for walkabouts.

HTH.

Cheers!
 

madmartian

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Hi I am getting my first DSLR camera and I am wondering with would be better the 18-55mm or 18-200mm lens kit. I like that the 18-200mm captures alot but at the same time, i am wondering if i really need to zoom that much. any thoughts on whihc owuld be a better choice for a noob? thanks
Welcome to CS :)
Both range are good, but it all depends on your style of photography.
I would go for the 18-200mm coz its a more versatile lens, its wide enough & long eonough. It gives a good coverage. You never know when you need the extra zoom & its quite a good walk about lens for that reach ;)
 

frostiee

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I got the same dilemma as you last time.

It actually depends on what you wish to shoot.
18-55 - Very basic 2-3times zoom lens. Light and easy to carry around. You can grab another 55-200 to compensate it for the lack of zoom.
18-200 - 10 times zoom. Very heavy and bulky. No need to keep changing lens. 1 walkabout lens for everything.

I made a wrong choice and gotten myself the 18-55. It is simply too limited despite the fact that it is very light.
IMO, do get a 18-200 for your first lens. It will do you more good then harm.
 

sinned79

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economically, it makes more sense to get kit 2 (18-200) set cos when u sell off this lens later, you actually saved more on your cam body.

I bought my 450D at $1600+ but i sold my lens at $950 after 1 month usage... so my body only cost me $700+

But if i buy kit 1 (18-55) set instead, it will cost me more for my cam body since the lens is worth the most $150. So approximately $1.1k+ - $150 = cost of body.

technically, like others says, u get to explore more focal length, 55mm -> 200mm

:)
 

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ha my opinion would be 18-200mm

more variety of shots, meaning u can take wide angle shots of 18mm and telephoto shot of 200mm whereas the 18-55mm can onli reach 55mm for telelphoto shots, so yah its like buying a longer string, u can use it as a short string, but u will always have room to go for longer distances :D
i bought mine i with a 18-55mm cause it was cheaper, back then i didnt know what thoese numbers meant, so i just went with the cheaper one, so now when i want to reach telephoto ranges of 100mm or more, i need to buy another lens, lol so ya.

u shld compare the prices of the 2 kits and the amount that differences them, take that and see the difference between the prices of the 2 lenses, so may be when u buy in a kit its much cheaper

:D have fun
 

Diavonex

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Possible disadvantage of 18-200mm are:

1. Price

2. Weight

3. Speed

4. Image quality
 

Jul 14, 2010
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Really appreciate all the invaluable insights! Looks like my choice is quite obvious! Cheers!!!!!!:)
 

erzat

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jus got a 2mths old 18-200mm from the BNS section last week. luv it man..
 

Blur Shadow

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The 18-200mm is an easy lens to use simply because it is really versatile. Of course, it's price can be significant when compared to the 18-55mm
 

flimevoli

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I am getting mine end of this month too. As I will be travelling extensively end of this year till next year, I will be getting the 18-200mm.

Last time I checked it cost $1725 over at alan photo
 

erzat

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$1725 with body i assume..?
was shock to see e price at first..
tot u buying e lens alone at tat price..
LOL..

I am getting mine end of this month too. As I will be travelling extensively end of this year till next year, I will be getting the 18-200mm.

Last time I checked it cost $1725 over at alan photo
 

mimik07

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I'd go with 18-200. Like what bro Dingaroo said, you'll have more to play around with.
 

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Hi Flimevoli, u saw $1725 @ Alan photos? any additional stuff they giving u? thanks


Originally Posted by flimevoli View Post

I am getting mine end of this month too. As I will be travelling extensively end of this year till next year, I will be getting the 18-200mm.

Last time I checked it cost $1725 over at alan photo
 

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