Kit Lens Question (Canon 50D 28-135mm)

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  1. MikeBookPro

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    I'm ordering a 50D this week. While I've owned a couple SLR's (digital and film) in the past, I never spent the time to learn how to use them, so it was snapshot central.

    Anyway, there is a $200 difference between just ordering the body and ordering the 28-135mm kit lens. I am definitely ordering a Canon 50mm f/1.4 and a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 when I place my order. So, save the $200, or get the kit lens?

    I will generally be shooting lifestyle-ish portraits and children.

    Thanks for your help, everyone.
     
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    I should add, my next purchase (when finances allow) will be a 70-200 f/2.8 or 80-200 f/2.8.
     
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    Dont get the kit lens, specially if you plan on getting the 70-200.

    You should be fine with the Tamron until you get the 70-200
     
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    The 28-135mm is a decent lens, great for walking around but if you are getting a 24-70mm F2.8, then the 28-135mm would probably be redundant.

    You might find that 24mm or 28mm just isn't wide enough on a body like the 50D. I would personally prefer something that starts down around 17 or 18mm.
     
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    The EF 28-135mm isn't that wide on a crop body and some copies can have CA on the long end. Lens creep is another issue common with this lens. The EF-S 17-85mm might be a better choice. Or just buy the body and select the lenses that you want to use. I like the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM for portraits.
     
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    If the cost is only $200 different. I will get it.

    The regular retail price for that lens in retail package (28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) is about $400 at Amazon. And I sold 2 of those (came with camera) on local craiglist for $275 (3 month old at that time) and $300 (brand new)

    For those who want to buy the lens can save at least $100. And you can use the extra $100 for the other lens such as the Tamron you mentioned or the 17-50mm F/2.8 Tamron.

    But of course, if you do not want to deal with selling stuff, that is a different story.
     
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    I had considered this. The range you talked about ($275-300) seems to be accurate from the few I've seen on my local CL.
     
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    I've heard that it's an OK lens, but not great. As for macro, it can only get 1:2.3 magnification, so in this case, I consider 'macro' to be a sales catch word rather than an actual specification.

    I've got the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8, it's a great lens. But I also have the Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS. I bought the Tamron for the large max aperture but I love the range of the 17-85mm so I have kept it around.
     
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    Well, I put the kit lens on my local CL before I even received it. Already have an offer for $300. I guess that answers that question!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice.

    I had actually been thinking about buying a 50D with that lens, then selling the lens. It gets you the camera cheaper than just buying the body.
     
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    Yeah, going through Amazon, it's working out to $982 for the body. Pretty good deal!
     

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