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I'm planning to get the Canon Eos Kiss X6i as my first DSLR!!!(I live in Japan, but it's known as the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i in other regions of the world.)

So the dilemma : I'm torn between the 18-135 set or the 18-55 & 55-250 set... Links are as below :

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I'm a total newb in DSLRs, and I was just wondering which set should I be getting??? I will be keeping this hobby up as long as I could... and I plan to move further in this field. I won't be taking much landscape shots though, I love taking portraits. Would truly truly truly appreciate it if someone would advise upon this! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!! :-*

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 10:18:13 AM »
I think the 18-135 is the better lens. It's the new version that has the STM that allows for silent auto focusing during video. Also it covers a nice range without having to change lens. As a newbie its better to use one lens so you get used to it and learn. Then as u get better upgrade or buy new leses. The 18-55 and that other plastic thing are pure garbage. Most kit lenses for aps-c cameras are!
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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 10:39:30 AM »
Get the 18-135mm kit, and since you like portraits, get either the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8, after using the 18-135 for a while to determine which focal length works best for your style.
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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 10:46:00 AM »
If you're a DSLR noob you might find my blog useful, I wrote a few articles for beginners and it's Canon based. Just click the globe under my name and picture.
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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 11:55:10 AM »
I think the 18-135 is the better lens. It's the new version that has the STM that allows for silent auto focusing during video. Also it covers a nice range without having to change lens. As a newbie its better to use one lens so you get used to it and learn. Then as u get better upgrade or buy new leses. The 18-55 and that other plastic thing are pure garbage. Most kit lenses for aps-c cameras are!


I wouldn't say the 18-55 is garbage. It's quite sharp and has IS, obviously a bit slow, but good for the price.

Here's one I took with that lens:

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2012, 12:10:57 PM »
The kit lenses are not garbage and produce very good shots.  If you are into video then the 18-135 is the way to go.  Otherwise the 2 lens kit is the way to go.  Definitely for neuros advice on a fast lens after seeing what focal length you use most in your portraits. 
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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2012, 12:24:44 PM »
Get the 18-135mm kit, and since you like portraits, get either the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8, after using the 18-135 for a while to determine which focal length works best for your style.

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2012, 12:27:39 PM »
I meant build quality, it's put together like a lego brick house but yeah it can deliver some good shots if ya know how. I actually made some cash using that lens. A great first lens BUT if I were to make that same choice now I woulda went for the 18-135 as it's more useful and covers the portrait focal lengths nicely without havin to change lenses, leaving u free to walk about and get creative too.

Also I would go for the 50 f/1.8 II as it's cheap as chips and does almost the same thing as the 1.4 , it is nice on a crop body for head and shoulder shots of people.  I would hold out on that though until you get into your shooting style.

The 85 1.8 is great if you have space to back up, other wise the 50 will cover it and then just loosly crop the shot later. You have megapixels to play with when you have a DSLR.

Oh, and first thing you should do when u get it is to download the english manual from Canon USA, yours will be in Japanese. Even if ur fluent you'll struggle. I got all my gear in Japan (live there!), if you need advice on where to buy etc let me know.
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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2012, 11:03:03 PM »
I think the 18-135 is the better lens. It's the new version that has the STM that allows for silent auto focusing during video. Also it covers a nice range without having to change lens. As a newbie its better to use one lens so you get used to it and learn. Then as u get better upgrade or buy new leses. The 18-55 and that other plastic thing are pure garbage. Most kit lenses for aps-c cameras are!

Noted & Much appreciated! Thank you so much for your advice!

If you're a DSLR noob you might find my blog useful, I wrote a few articles for beginners and it's Canon based. Just click the globe under my name and picture.

I've checked your blog out, thanks a lot! I'm currently living in Aichi-ken too :)

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2012, 11:04:41 PM »
Get the 18-135mm kit, and since you like portraits, get either the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8, after using the 18-135 for a while to determine which focal length works best for your style.

Get the 18-135mm kit, and since you like portraits, get either the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8, after using the 18-135 for a while to determine which focal length works best for your style.

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Thank you so much for your advice! Will definitely do that!!!! ;D

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2012, 11:06:38 PM »
I think the 18-135 is the better lens. It's the new version that has the STM that allows for silent auto focusing during video. Also it covers a nice range without having to change lens. As a newbie its better to use one lens so you get used to it and learn. Then as u get better upgrade or buy new leses. The 18-55 and that other plastic thing are pure garbage. Most kit lenses for aps-c cameras are!


I wouldn't say the 18-55 is garbage. It's quite sharp and has IS, obviously a bit slow, but good for the price.

Here's one I took with that lens:




Thank you so much for your kind reply! That shot looks absolutely gorgeous, and now I'm torn again between the two sets  :-X

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2012, 11:09:47 PM »
The kit lenses are not garbage and produce very good shots.  If you are into video then the 18-135 is the way to go.  Otherwise the 2 lens kit is the way to go.  Definitely for neuros advice on a fast lens after seeing what focal length you use most in your portraits. 

Thank you so much for your kind response! I'm not exactly into video-shooting, and the 2 lens kit sounds as equally promising as the 18-135...... I'll give a good thought about all the comments before deciding. Much appreciated & Cheers!

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2012, 11:32:32 PM »
Choose entirely based on what focal lengths you plan to use, but I disagree with comments about the 18-55mm IS being bad. It's a great lens, just slow. At the wide end it's just as good as the 17-55mm f2.8 IS (except 1/2 stop slower, but smaller and with arguably better IS) and at the long end it's about as good at f5.6, but unfortunately it's too slow to get shallow focus and it does have some CA. And I consider the 17-55mm f2.8 IS to be one of Canon's best zooms. The 18-55mm IS beats the pants off the 17-40mm f4 L! Trust me, I have owned all these lenses...it covers boring focal lengths and is too slow to offer shallow focus, but the new kit lens is very, very good and an enormous step up from the original 18-55mm (the one lacking IS).

The 55-250mm IS is ok, too. But switching lenses can be a pain, so I might go with the 18-135mm purely for convenience, but then you get a jack of all trades camera (no better, just bigger, than a point and shoot for most purposes).

The 85mm f1.8 would be nice for portraits. I find the 50mm f1.8 too short, but for $100 it is a great lens.

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2012, 11:43:11 PM »
Or you might go "prime" for most of your lenses.  :)  You can get a 35mm F2 or a 28mm F1.8/2.8 for your normal lens.  You can add a 50mm F1.8 and a 55-250mm if you want.  If you do a lot of landscapes, a 10-22 is also a must.  I just have to remind you that going prime isn't for everybody though.  But if you want the best IQ for "little" money, going prime is the way to do it.  You just have to learn how to zoom with your feet and how to change lenses fast (not an easy way to do it but I'd say very rewarding).

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Re: Lens Kit Set : One (EF-S18-135) or Two (EF-S18-55mm & EF-S 55-250mm)
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2012, 01:08:48 AM »
Here's another vote for the 18-135.  I have the older, yet still pretty "young" version without STM.  It's a decent lens and good walk-around lens.  The 55-250 would be tempting if you're primary need was sports or wildlife.  But, for every day use, travel, and portraits, the 18-135 encompasses the focal range that you will likely find most useful.

With a single body and the 18-55 and 50-250 kit, you may well find yourself needing to change lenses a lot.  This is a pain and increases the risk of getting dust on the sensor.  I've been there.  My first two lenses were the 17-85 and 70-300.  Both good lenses, but I often found myself switching.  The 18-135 was more versatile for me when I wasn't shooting sports.

The best advice given to me was never buy a lens until you have already established a need for it -- avoid the temptation to anticipate every scenario.  The 18-135 is a good range to start with.  As you develop (no pun intended) your art, you'll get a better idea what focal length fits your needs. 

If you find a need for faster lenses or shallower depth of field, there are some great primes to consider for crop bodies such as the 35 f2.0, the 50 f1.8, the 85 f1.8 and the 100 f2.0.  But, hold off on these until you find the focal length that you like.  You may find your interest in photography taking different avenue and wish to explore lenses longer than 135.
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