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    Lens comparison

    Hi everyone,

    About to buy a 7D, and want the 28-105mm f/4L, but can't afford that right now. Until I save up some money, I'm trying to decide between the 18-135mm or the 18-200mm.

    Anyone use either of these, and is one significantly better than the other? Leaning towards the 18-200mm because of the focal length, but don't want to get it if it is a slightly lower quality or has some disadvantages I am unaware of.

    http://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/...idProduct=2367

    http://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/...idProduct=2214

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    Both lenses suffer from the lack of a proper USM focus motor. Neither one is cheap, both have very long focal length ranges (which means something else has had to be sacrificed), but the 18-200 suffers more. Superzooms never do anything very well.

    Your best bet is probably the very well-regarded 15-85, which pretty much everyone likes. It has as big a focal length range as it's possible to have without degrading image quality, it has excellent build quality, and a proper USM focus motor. Reasonably priced at around $999 Australian retail or $700 grey market import. What's not to like?
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    Sigma make some pretty good lenses in this catagory too so don't discount these either.

    You can get the 24-105 L lens for under a grand from many of the grey importers.
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    I did a lot of research on similar lenses and finished up buying the sigma 18-250 and am very happy with it. See here and here. The sigma is the only one with the HSM (Equivalent to the Canon USM) motor and has a very quick response in AI servo 8fps mode.
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    Last edited by Speedway; 04-07-2011 at 12:18pm.

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    Thanks for everyone's feedback. I might take a look into the L from other grey importers first. Any good directions you can point me to, Benny?

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    Digital Rev a is site supporter and a reliable grey importer. Use the sponsors tab on the top of the page to link to them that way any purchase gives support to the site as well.
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    Last edited by Speedway; 04-07-2011 at 4:23pm. Reason: Typo

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    The Canon 70-200L F4 lens is also a great choice as its reasonably cheap and crisp sharp.
    Further I also agree with Tannin that the Canon 15-85 is a great lens.

    If I started over I would start off with these two lenses.

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