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  1. #1
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    Interesting 18-55mm IS review @ photozone

    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...56is/index.htm


    Has resolution better than most L lenses. Build quality sucks (relatively speaking)... vignetting and CAs aren't the greatest but the resolution is unbelieveable. Even the bokeh is gorgeous.

    I bought a 28-105mm 3.5/4.5 to use as a walk around instead of the kit, but hell, I might sell it and buy this baby.
    Last edited by droopy1592; 11-24-2007 at 10:16 PM.
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    thanks for posting the link. i too find the review interesting. i wonder if this newly released 'kit' lens will cannibalize the sales of canon's more expensive 2.8, especially given the smaller size which may be favored by many. the copy of the 2.8 i use also has some serious vignetting occurring, although CA seems pretty well controlled.







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    Quote Originally Posted by davephoto View Post
    thanks for posting the link. i too find the review interesting. i wonder if this will newly released 'kit' lens will cannibalize the sales of canon's more expensive 2.8, especially given the smaller size which may be favored by many. the copy of the 2.8 i use also has some serious vignetting occurring, although CA seems pretty well controlled.







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    At about 1/5th the street price, I think it will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davephoto View Post
    thanks for posting the link. i too find the review interesting. i wonder if this will newly released 'kit' lens will cannibalize the sales of canon's more expensive 2.8, especially given the smaller size which may be favored by many. the copy of the 2.8 i use also has some serious vignetting occurring, although CA seems pretty well controlled.
    I doubt it. On a lens that wide, I find f/2.8 to be a much bigger selling point than IS.
    A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.

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    The 2.8 is not worth the additional $700-800 to some people. Folks that take mostly outside shots would probably settle for it and save a lot of dough rather than get the constant 2.8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droopy1592 View Post
    The 2.8 is not worth the additional $700-800 to some people. Folks that take mostly outside shots would probably settle for it and save a lot of dough rather than get the constant 2.8.
    You make it sound as if IS is worth an additional $700-800 to some people. By your reasoning, there must be a lot of people who would have spent an extra $700-800 dollars for an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, if the 2.8 was not an option. I seriously doubt anyone would buy a slow lens in that price range, but a lot of photographers are willing to spend money for a non stabilized f/2.8 . The Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 is more expensive than the Canon f/2.8 and does not have stabilization. Both Tamron and Sigma have popular non stabilized lenses in this range.

    I think the new lens is going to become a popular upgrade for the kit lens. But I can't imagine many people downgrading from the f/2.8.
    Last edited by fractalgfx; 11-25-2007 at 08:37 AM. Reason: corrections
    A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.

    Gear: Rebel XTI + Opteka Battery Grip | Canon 17-55 f/2.8 + Chinese Lense Hood | Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 | 430EX | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | LaCrosse BC-900 Battery Charger | Digipower card reader with Mood Light
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    I didn't say anything about IS in my last post. They both have IS. The question is whether or not people will pay 700 or 800 more for a lens with better (arguable, with all the complaints about dust) build quality and a constant 2.8 aperture.

    The other poster said he wondered if these units would cannabalize the 17-55mm 2.8, and I said I think it would because if you can get the same IQ for much less, forego the constant aperture and difference in build quality, then why not. I didn't imply people would pay 700-800 more for the 18-55mm, my statment focused on the fact that people may rather buy the 18-55mm IS INSTEAD of the 17-55mm IS and save that 700-800 bucks, possibly buying another lens instead of focusing on the 2.8 constant ap.
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    Very impressive...

    Hmmm... very impressive resolution for a kit lens. Which camera(s) does it come with? 400D?
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter View Post
    Hmmm... very impressive resolution for a kit lens. Which camera(s) does it come with? 400D?
    No camera yet, it was too late for the 40D which comes with the odd 28-135mm "kit" lens.

    Probably the 450D in february?
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    Here it is on Amazon for $187 shipped!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-EF-S-18-...6216258&sr=8-1

    I disagree with many of the above comments. For me, IS is more valuable than a fixed f/2.8 since I shoot primarily landscapes, often handheld with filters.

    This lens will likely compete with the 17-85 IS. The 17-85 costs more ($500) and according to Photozone the IQ of the 18-55 IS is better.

    "Its resolution characteristic is similar to the (much higher priced) EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS at comparable aperture settings, quite a bit better than the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 USM IS and naturally vastly improved over its non-IS predecessor!"

    Many people want/need a fixed f/2.8 lens so I don't think it will compete with the 17-55 IS so much.

    I saw this review yesterday and it has made me think. I don't really need a fixed f/2.8 lens, but I do want IS. I considered the 17-85 IS, but this lens has its issues. This build quality of this new 18-55 IS likely leaves much to be desired and I don't like the fact that the front element rotates while focusing, but for under $200 its really hard to beat.
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