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11-15-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Lowend zoom question

Quick question here. I have never had the 18-55 kit lens, but I do have a 35-80, which is actually really sharp and the 28-105 power zoom, which is also quite sharp and heavy, which I like. My question is it really worth the 18-28 difference to get the kit 18-55? I went to the Tamron website to play with the zoom tool, but it doesn't really help me in real world experience.

11-15-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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There is a big difference in perspective between 18 and 28. The 18-55 is cheap on the used market, and does a great job. And if you don't like it, you can just resell it for little (if any) loss.
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I haven't used the 18-55, but I love the wide end of the 16-50. I'd say getting something wider is worth it if you find yourself needing or wanting it. You might find a used 16-45 cheap these days. From what I've read that's a much better lens than the kit lens.

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If you need something wider, you probably won't find something better for the price than the 18-55. There are better lenses such as the ones StevenVH mentioned but as your thread is indicating something on the lower price end, get an 18-55.

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If you do a bit of photography at museums or similar locations then the extra width of the 18-55 over a 28mm is very handy. It enables you to get closer to the subject, thereby avoiding the "random person wandering into shot" problem in crowded locations.

Plus it's a great lens - well worth the money.
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Both the kit lens and the 16-45 are great value lenses. You will find a great difference in FOV with the wide end of these lenses. Even greater difference would be the 12-24, which is expensive but a fantastic quality ultra-wide.
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The differences in FOV at the short end, say from 18mm to 28mm are a lot more than at further distances:

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