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    ade123
    ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jan 2013 - 7:43 PM

    Hi,
    i own a canon 650D camera, kit lens 18-55 which is fine but i am looking for a lens which gives me just a bit more scope whilst walking around without being
    too heavy or long.(i have a canon 70-300 which i find is a little heavy etc whilst walking around streets etc)There is a vast array of lenses which is very confusing
    to a beginner like myself and now jessops has disappeared from bedford i have no camera shops nearby to have a look at any.
    I have a budget of around £350 but can stretch a bit more if have to.

    Any help will be gratefully recieved Adrian

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    LesJD
    LesJD  2146 forum posts Wales
    19 Jan 2013 - 8:00 PM

    The Canon 55-250 mm would be a useful addition.It's small, pretty sharp and very light to carry around and can be bought for around £230.00.
    If you don't fancy carrying two lenses then maybe the Canon 18-135 mm would be better for you.

    steve_p
    steve_p  91098 forum posts England
    19 Jan 2013 - 8:20 PM

    Hi, I can recommend both of these lenses. I still have the 55-250, but sold the 18-135, because I was offered a good deal against a 15-85.

    ade123
    ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jan 2013 - 8:59 PM

    amazon have the 55-250 for £173 & a new version of the 18-135 (f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) for £344. I just have to decide on which one will be best for my needs
    I am still confused lol

    steve_p
    steve_p  91098 forum posts England
    19 Jan 2013 - 9:25 PM

    The 18-135 will be a good choice for an all round lens. The 55-250 is more specialised in that it is a telephoto lens , and you will still need the 18-55 for a more wide angle viewpoint.

    ade123
    ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jan 2013 - 9:54 PM

    i will try to get a look at the 18-135 if i can although i'm not sure where as there are now no more camera shops local to me Currys have a 55-250 in stock for
    £229.99 which is the CANON EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens and not the newer CANON EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
    version.

    LesJD
    LesJD  2146 forum posts Wales
    19 Jan 2013 - 10:34 PM

    ade, the differences between the 55-250 and the 55-250-MKII IS lenses are purely cosmetic,optical quality is the same.

    capto
    capto e2 Member 21139 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jan 2013 - 11:11 PM

    The Canon EF-S 15-85mm will give top quality results on your 650d. It's a quality piece of kit and makes an excellent carry round lens. It is a little over your budget but can be had for£519.03 including a Hoya filter, there is a Canon cashback of £55 still available until 24th jan. http://www.martinscamerashop.co.uk/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f35-56-is-usm-47-p.asp

    ade123
    ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jan 2013 - 9:08 AM

    15-85mm is over my budget I'm afraid.I am considering going for the 55-250 because
    being at the learning stage it will probably fit my needs until I progress and warrant spending
    More money on a better quality lens.
    Would this be the best option or is it a case of you get what pay for in camera equipment ?
    There seems to be a vast array of lenses at varying specs and prices etc and its very confusing.

    LesJD
    LesJD  2146 forum posts Wales
    20 Jan 2013 - 9:17 AM

    With the 55-250 you get more than you pay for, best bang for buck for this type of lens imho.

    Here's a pic I took with it.

    green-gecko.jpg

    capto
    capto e2 Member 21139 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jan 2013 - 11:18 AM

    If the better quality lenses are over budget at the moment, maybe you should stick with what you have for a while longer. You have a quality camera in the 650 and the 18-55 kit lens is really very good, you would need to spend quite a lot of money to better it. Get the very best out of what you have and maybe the pennies will increase while you are doing so. Even the best lenses are helped by software, this might be something to look at.

    ivor

    mikehit
    mikehit  56454 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jan 2013 - 11:21 AM

    If you get the 55-250, be prepared to end up selling the 70-300 Tongue. Not that that is a bad thing but the convenience of the 55-250 may mean you will save the 70-300 for specific occasions and I think it it hard to imagine what those would be (the difference in 'reach' between 250 and 300 is minor).

    capto
    capto e2 Member 21139 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jan 2013 - 11:00 PM

    Just spotted that HDEW have the 55-250 is 11 at £120.
    The company sell grey imports but offer their own warranty. They seem to have a good reputation, I know someone who bought a D800 from them and was very pleased with them.

    http://hdewcameras2.rtrk.co.uk/?scid=24078&kw=6197818&pub_cr_id=62158245...

    ivor

    ade123
    ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jan 2013 - 12:31 PM

    Seems like a very good price

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