18-200mm IS or 17-55mm USM IS?

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  1. ccolaco, Nov 16, 2010
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    ccolaco macrumors 6502

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    Sorry about the title. Meant to say 18-200mm IS or 17-85mm USM IS

    So I am going to buy a Canon 60D tomorrow, and I have been offered two packages from a local camera store.

    1) 60D + 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS for $1199
    2) 60D + 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for $1249

    Keep in mind prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

    Both packages come with a Canon camera bag, HDMI cable, and extended warranty.

    I've done some research online and it appears people have been having hardware problems with the 17-85mm. I am basically looking for a walk around lens and so that is why these two are my choices. I do have a 50mm 1.8 as well.
     
  2. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Neither of these lenses are optical champions, so you'd may as well get some versatility for your money. The 18-200 gives a broader range of focal lengths to experiment with and may be most valuable in helping you decide which end of this rather vast range most suits your style, enabling you to choose more wisely when you are able to make a real investment in a lens.
     
  3. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    I'm sorta suprised to see a brand new 60 body being paired with the "old" 17-85 (released 2004), why not the newer 15-85?
    I've got the 15-85 and its a great walk around lens with my T1i.

    from http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-15-85mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
     
  4. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    The 15-85mm IS USM is too expensive to include as a "kit" lens. That's likely the reason it isn't included in a package deal.
     
  5. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    +1 on this opine and advice. I have the 18-2000 with my T1i. It's a good walk-around lens for me and my usage. I have had it about a year and a half now. I wanted something that wasn't too expensive and I wanted to start to learn how to take good pictures. I am still in the learning end of the curve but I am now beginning to think about what my next lens will be.
     
  6. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    Saw this info on POTN, similiar thread there "60D and lens"...hopefully not tmi...

     
  7. ccolaco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the help. Decided to go with the 18-200mm. Being a kit lens, the image quality is better than expected. Pair this up with my 50mm 1.8 and I should be ok till my next lens- which I am hoping is a 10-22mm.
     

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