QUESTION: I'm on the verge of updating my Canon XSi for a Canon 70D and trying to decide whether to buy the 18-135 STM kit lens with it. I currently own a Sigma 18-250 OS, Tamron 18-50 2.8 VC, Canon 1.8, Canon 70-300 and a couple others.
I use the Tamron 18-50 the most. I've also had my eye on a Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC and Canon 24-105 f4 IS for some time in the future.
I consider myself an intermediate amateur shooter and my primary subject is my family on vacation, indoor parties etc. (hoping to start doing some video as well). Should I just buy the 70D body and save my money for another lens in the future because the 18-135 range is covered off by my other lenses, or is the 18-135 much better and quieter for video? Any recommendation would be appreciated for my limited budget. -Craig
ANSWER: My bottom line advice is to get the 18-135mm STM lens now, regardless of what you may purchase in the future. Here are a few reasons why:
- There's a noticeable improvement in performance and noise with STM lenses on the 70D, especially for video and live view shooting.
- You can get the 70D bundled with the lens for a total of $1549. The body sold separately runs $1199 and the 18-135mm sold separately is $549. So if you buy the lens with the camera, you save $199 (or basically get it for $350). That's a great price for an excellent zoom.
- If you ever decide to sell the 70D, it's easier to do so when you have a matching lens to go with it. I sell equipment often, and having an excellent "kit" lens always helps.
If you really like the 18-135mm STM, you may decide to sell the Sigma 18-250 to help you defray your costs even more. The Canon 18-135mm is a wonderful match for the 70D. I think you'll take a lot of great shots with that tandem.