18-55IS worth an upgrade?

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  1. cactus waltz

    cactus waltz TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I recently acquired a Digital Rebel XTi (great camera!) with the kit lens and the 50mm 1,8.

    I have concidered upgrading the kit lens to the newer version that has IS. Would it be worth it, or should I just hang around and save up for something that is of higher quality?
     
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    SCHNOOBS TPF Noob!

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    I would save up for a higher quality and larger focal range.
    -always keep f/stop in mind
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How much does that new lens cost? It's probably a better lens but that doesn't mean it's worth it.

    Have a look at the EF-S 17-85mm IS.
     
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    I think it is like $185 at Adorama or Beach... It is crazy cheap and would be good if you can sell the non-IS for 80 and it was only $100 for the upgrade.
     
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    But you have to think, on a lens of that range, 18-55, do you really need IS? Unless you have really shaky hands its not really a huge lens, and you have the 50 mm for lower light, so id say go with mikes suggestion.
     
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    cactus waltz TPF Noob!

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    Well, it's also supposed to be plenty sharper than the original kit lens. So all in all, if I could sell the current kit lens and upgrade it might be worth it. On the other hand, yes, that could be a 100 dollars put into something even better.
     
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    I have the 24-105L and I think the IS isn't needed on such a range. Better to have that piece of string under your foot and attached to your camera that someone else posted.
     

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