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Posted 11/18/2012 by CKidd in General Photography


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:53:29 PM
I don't post here on the photography board, but I read it every day. Thanks to everyone that posts with your helpful information; it's appreciated even if you may not know it.

I have used a Canon Rebel XTi for about 6 years now, and I had told my husband at the beginning of the year that I want to get a new camera for Christmas. We used to do a lot of traveling, but we had our first child 19 months ago and have another due in May, so most of my pictures are kid related, although I do still enjoy landscape type photos, i.e., beach, mountains, etc.

I think I have my camera choice narrowed down to the Canon 60D. I looked at the 7D and just don't think I will utilize all that it offers, plus the 60D keeps coming down in price. So it comes with the kit lens of 18-135mm or the 18-200mm. I've read reviews of both lenses, and of course, I've read most opinions that say to save your money and buy a different lens. I have the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my original Canon, and it has served me well. However I would like to replace it when I get my new camera and I like the focal range of either of the above two. I also have a 50mm prime and a 70-300mm. I am just wondering if anyone could advise me as to whether or not I should get a kit lens for now and then a different lens later? I was looking at the 15-85mm as a possible contender. Anyone with any of these lenses have opinions?

As I said before, I mostly will be taking pictures of my kids - lots or portrait type shots and with the toddler, lots of outdoor and action shots. I am by no means a professional, so I don't need to be as particular about some things that are important to people who are. I just like to capture good pictures of our memories that we can enjoy later.

Thanks so much if you made it through this long post, and thanks for any advice you may have. Also, I asked on a separate thread about good Black Friday sales.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:02:43 PM
I think you've got some good lenses already - the 50mm is a great lens. I also like the 85mm lens, but it isn't a good lens to use indoors. The 15-85 might be something to consider adding.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:05:19 PM
Lots of photog peas will send you to this site to help you make a decision.
I asked "Santa" for an upgrade from my 50D last Christmas. I had to consider his budget, and the only thing that kept me from getting the 7D over the 60D was the price.
I'm happy with my 60D.
As far as lenses, you should really think about a 50mm lens since you are taking pics of your kids. You can't go wrong with it. For many, its their go to lens for a lot of subjects.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:46:40 PM
You didn't say what you plan to do with the older camera/lens.

Assuming you sell the body with its kit lens that will leave you with a
50mm, and a 70-300mm. If you get the 15-85 which is pretty good coverage in terms of focal lengths. Your other two choice will also be good coverage for focal lengths.

Based on your shooting preferences, how often will it aggravate you to need to switch lenses right in that 70-85mm area? For some people it isn't a problem. others though tend to want to shoot in a 50-100 type of range without trading out lenses. In which case either the 18-135 or 18-200 would be a better choice. Kind of depends on your feelings about lens changes and carrying extra lenses when out and about.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:47:29 PM
When I was a Canon shooter I lusted after the Canon 24-105 f4 L. Great glass makes all the difference and its a great range of focal lengths. It's probably not fast enough to use in a dark house without a flash, but it's perfect outside. It's wide enough for crowded places and groups, yet still long enough for portraits and detail. Add a flash and its perfect inside, as well. With that lens, I bet you wouldn't reach for any of your other lenses.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with the 60D's kit lenses. You have several lenses that work. I would wait and save up for an outstanding lens. I've never been happy when I spent money on mediocre lenses.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 2:15:07 AM
Thanks to all for your advice. Voltagain, you hit on why I was considering the kit lens at all - because I like its focal range as a good walkabout lens. I don't mind switching lenses out, unless I am on vacation and just don't want to carry a bunch of gear around. And I am planning on just passing my old camera to my sister with the 18-55mm lens, so yes, I am keeping everything else.

Oh, Peawithchemistry, I DO lust after the 24-105L, but my husband told me to keep lusting.

Thanks again,


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Posted: 11/23/2012 3:54:31 PM
Hi, Connie. I've had a 60D for just around 2 years now, and I absolutely love it. I agree with the other advice that you've gotten that say to skip the kit lenses. The 50mm that you have is a great lens to start out with, and your zoom will continue to serve you well for those situations where you need it.

My everyday walk-around lens is the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. I cannot put into words how much I love this lens. It's very sharp and fast enough that I don't miss out on the activity. Plus, the 2.8 aperture means that I can shoot in very low light conditions without using a flash - great for when you have kids! I've even shot our local elementary school's talent show (dark auditorium) with this lens and the pictures came out great.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:15:17 PM
I'm confused. If you pass the old camera on to your sister with the 18 - 55mm lens that will leave you without a wide angle lens to use on your new camera.
If it were selfish old me, I'd hold off on giving away you 18-55. I'd get the body for now and try it with the lenses you already have. You have the 50mm prime for shots of your kids which should give you good results and you have the range covered from 18 to 300 with a gap in the 55 to 70 mm range. I'd try it for a while and see if that gap seems to be somewhere that you want to take a lot of shots, or not. IMO better lenses are better and even if you are not professional if you get into photography at all you will start wanting the things that better lenses offer. If, like most of us, your budget is limited, spending money on mediocre lenses will just increase the time you will have to wait before you can buy a really great lens. And when that time comes you will have to chose one lens and you need to know which one great lens you want the most.

SO, go with the lenses you have now, it is not a bad range. Then pay attention to what focal lengths you like to use the most and what bugs you about your present lenses... not good indoors? just not the focal length you like to use? Is it annoying to you to have a fixed focal length so you like the versatility that zoom offers or not? When you go to buy that better lens you'l have a good idea of what your primary wants are.

Having said all that, since this is a gift, is it a situation where you can get a body and a lens now but, if you go just for the body, will you lose out on the extra dollars that would be spent on the kit lens?


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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:08:03 AM
My boyfriend has the 60D and he loves it. I shoot his sometimes even though I am a Nikon girl! It is a great camera though!


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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:08:05 AM
My boyfriend has the 60D and he loves it. I shoot his sometimes even though I am a Nikon girl! It is a great camera though!
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