/ What Lens
Any advice appreciated.
If I were you for now I'd just go with the kit lens. There is a very good reason that they make them with an 18-55mm focal length range. Play with it for a few months and if you decide you need a longer reach or a wider angle, then start researching.
Watch out for Pixmania, there's been a few horror stories reported on here (and also happy stories, though!)
Many of these threads are old and Pixmania are still running but I don't know if they have improved their service
> Watch out for Pixmania,
Hmmmm, Amazon selling this one:
Canon EOS 1100D EF-S IS II Lens 12MP SLR Camera 2.7 inch LCD - Black
for another £20
As for the camera the EOS 1100D is actually really quite good. If you are planning on shooting video with it though I'd suggest you opt for the 18-135mm IS lens (there's 2 versions, you can get away with the cheaper non-STM version) Don't forget - lenses last, cameras get replaced.
Check out www.camerapricebuster.co.uk for the lowest price on camera gear, that site tries to only list reputable UK stockists, so you can buy without fear. (I work for one of the shops on there, won't tell you which one though)
Good call, I imagine an 18-135 will cover all mypyrex's needs for a while.
Out of the two options you have;
18-55mm: Good cheap price, okay quality, poor zoom range.
18-135mm: Good zoom range, better quality, more expensive.
I know nothing of these cameras and lenses, I leave you in James' capable hands! :-)
> Out of the two options you have;
> 18-55mm: Good cheap price, okay quality, poor zoom range.
> 18-135mm: Good zoom range, better quality, more expensive.
How about bulk and weight? Might be an issue for mypyrex? Though I doubt there's much in it really. Is the 18-135 any slower (f-stops) than the 18-55?
The 18-135mm was Canon's first foray into a video lens and was incredibly successful with the EOS 600D (flip out screen made video even easier). The 18-135mm is 3x the price of the 18-55mm though.
Don't worry too much about aperture values, the joys of climbing include a well lit environment. Outdoors you will be fine with either lens.
Sorry to keep butting in, but what is a "video lens"?
I have a Sony and use an 18-250 F3.5-6.3 as my general lens, its pricey but really useful for travel as it spans such a huge range and the quality is still good enough.
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> Sorry to keep butting in, but what is a "video lens"?
It features STM for the focussing - which the newest cameras (like 650D) support when in video mode. It reduced the overshoot when maintaining focus.
The 18-135 is my standard 'knock about' lens for the light camera set-up (550D) I take when out with the dog etc. It's nice & versatile, and surprisingly good image quality for the price.
Here's a few of recent shots with it
its just means its designed for cameras with cropped sensors like the 1100d,and other xxxd and xxd as well as the 7d
a cropped sensor is smaller than propfesional full frame such as the 1D series or 5D series and hails back to the days of using film
theres nothing wrong with them except that due to them being slightly smaller you have to times the focal length by 1.6 (usefull to know when buying fixed focal length lenses)
hope this helps
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