What are 18-55mm EF-S lenses good for?

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  1. PhilGarber

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    Hello guys,

    I just bought a Rebel XT with a 18-55mm lens. What are these lenses good at shooting? (Abstract, Landscape, indoor, ect).
     
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    It's a really handy lense as long as your able to get up close with whatever you're shooting. I purchased my D40 kit and it came with this lense. I can't wait to get another lense in the 18-200 or 55-200 range because I've found this to be the norm of what I'm shooting.
     
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    18-55 in general is a good all around lens. Use it for anything. But the kit 18-55 from Canon is just gross, don't you think? Just feel it and turn its rings; that is lowww build quality. But the optics are reasonably rated, so I guess that's what matters.

    I guess Canon likes to make sure that you notice the difference when you buy an L lens and hold it in your hands. :lol:
     
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    The IS version of the 18-55mm is actually a good little lens optically. I don't like the manual focusing or the front element that turns (it makes using a polarizer a pita). But it was priced right.
    ...Terry
     
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    Good for macro shooting?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Any lens can be good for just about anything. It just depends on the photographer ;)
     
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    Just was at Target today and they had the Xsi there with this on it. I really like the lens but i really didnt like the camera, but i dont shoot canon.
     
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    Hhhhuuh.. Big Mike, you and your philosophical riddles..:confused::p

    Ok.. Is this 18-55mm lens better thenothers for macro photography?
     
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    Well for real macro shots your gonna want a macro lens (duhrr) but i think it will pretty decent at it.
     
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    It will not produce a true 1:1, so it is not a macro lens. It will get as close as 9.8".
     
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    Thanks, Jimmy
     
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    Well its not a dedicated macro lens - so (from my understandings) it cannot get 1:1 ratio on the sensor, so you will never be able to do real macro work with it. That said you can get some good close-up shots with it.
     

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