Is it really worth $60 bucks?

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  1. maulrat

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    About 3 weeks ago, I bought my 1st dslr; a used XTi body. For a lens, I purchased a new Canon EF 50mm f1.8. My question is, should I put down $60 and buy the kit lens that came with the camera. I believe it is the Canon 18-55mm non IS. I figure at short ranges, IS might not make a huge difference. I've seen these around craigslist for about $60. I am really needing a more wide angled lens but can't yet afford the Sigma 10-20. What do you think; is it worth the $60? Thanks for your advice.
     
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    sure, it's worth 60 bucks. it's really not that bad of a lens (though you should be able to get it say on ebay or whatever for 45-50). It's not great, but it's really ok, and if you need the range and don't have the money to splurge on say a tamron 17-50 or sigma 18-50ish 2.8 range then it's not bad.
     
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    Yes, certainly worth $60. It's not actually as bad as people make it out to be. The problem is that it feels really cheap. Optically, it's not too bad, especially at around F8-F16
     
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    I just found a guy selling the canon 18-55 for $35. I'll probably pick it up today if he still has it. =)
     
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    Doh! The lens sold 10min after the dude posted it this morning =(
     
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    Yes, it's worth it :) You'll like the zoom option and it's not all that bad. Like another poster mentioned, it does feel cheap but it's not that bad. I just find that I need to "sharpen" my images just slightly more but not by much. :)
     
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    I agree. Even though the lens has been bashed a little by critics, it's still a very handy lens to have. If it's like its Nikon counterpart (sorry, I don't really do Canon), it also doubles up as a great close-up lens. Certainly worth £30.
     
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    Yeah lenses go quick on craigslist, just check 2 times a day for a week, and another one will come up. Go ahead and grab one, If you end up upgrading in the future you can probably resell it for about what you payed.
     

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