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Additional lens for canon 650D

ade123 Plus
5 280 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 7:43PM
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 5 157 Wales
19 Jan 2013 8:00PM
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 12 1.2k England
19 Jan 2013 8:20PM
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 Plus
5 280 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 8:59PM
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 12 1.2k England
19 Jan 2013 9:25PM
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 Plus
5 280 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 9:54PM
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
LesJD 5 157 Wales
19 Jan 2013 10:34PM
ade, the differences between the 55-250 and the 55-250-MKII IS lenses are purely cosmetic,optical quality is the same.
capto Plus
5 4.8k 8 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 11:11PM
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 Plus
5 280 1 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 9:08AM
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 5 157 Wales
20 Jan 2013 9:17AM
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.


capto Plus
5 4.8k 8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:18AM
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.

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:21AM
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 Plus
5 4.8k 8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:00PM
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.


ade123 Plus
5 280 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 12:31PM
Seems like a very good price

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