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80d Lenses?

I think I’ve decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase the 80d.

How’s the 18-135mm that comes in the bundle? Should I spring for this or go with the 18-55mm and purchase a separate zoom?

Also looking for a good portrait.

I’m upgrading from my beginner (a Nikon), for which I only used the lens it came with, so any advice is much appreciated!

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Re: 80d Lenses?


@gorichamdi wrote:

I think I’ve decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase the 80d.

How’s the 18-135mm that comes in the bundle? Should I spring for this or go with the 18-55mm and purchase a separate zoom?

Also looking for a good portrait.

I’m upgrading from my beginner (a Nikon), for which I only used the lens it came with, so any advice is much appreciated!


Canon sells camera kits, which are a camera body and one or two lenses.  Some retailers may throw in a free memory card, or maybe a camera bag as part of a “bundle”.  Other retailers like to create camera “bundles” by adding a lot of accessories that are usually of low quality, or totally unnecessary.  Avoid these super bundles.  

 

The lenses in the genuine Canon 80D camera kits are pretty sharp.  Review the camera bundles at the Canon Online Store to see exactly which lens models are included in genuine Canon kits.  I point this out because you used the word “bundle”, which raises a red flag in my book.

 

I think the 18-135mm USM lens is better made than the 18-55mm STM lens.  A lens with a wide aperture is a good lens for portraits. Canon’s 50mm and 85mm primes are inexpensive choices.  Wide aperture zoom lenses tend to cost a lot.

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Re: 80d Lenses?

"I’m upgrading from my beginner (a Nikon), ..."

 

This suggests to me that you are more than just a beginner and are more interested in the photography hobby?  Another person asked a very similar query a little while ago.  My advice to him is the the same as it is going to be to you.

 

You had by your own words said you had a "beginner" camera.  Now you want to upgrade to a very fine intermediate camera the EOS 80D.  However, you ask which beginner lens should  buy?  None of course, none!  It is time to elevate that part of the combo as well. Buy the 80D body alone and get the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens.  Stop!  Don't buy anything else until you learn and get up close and personal with you new gear.  One reason you asked what lens to buy is at this point is you don't know.  Let your knowledge grow as you learn photography.  Most of the time I see people jump right off the deep end and buy a couple or three lenses that eventually get replaced by lenses they really want.  If you enjoy buying stuff twice I guess that's OK thing to do.  But  if you want to get what you really want, wait until you know what you really want.

 

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is a great place to start and every bag has to have a lens like this in it.  It is vastly superior to any of the kit 18-55mm's.  It is a constant f2.8 aperture none of the others are. It can and will stick with you as far as you go.

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