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mark2002
19-01-13, 02:17 PM
Birthday coming up shortly and was hoping to get a Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens to go with my EOS 350D/55-250 11IS, was looking at secondhand but she is giving me 500 instead, I can push this to maybe anoth 70.

So what do I do.

buy a secondhand 500D and a secondhand 18-135mm,
buy a new 600D body and secondhand EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
buy new 650D with the newer EF-S 18-55mm 11 IS this option does mean maybe a bit more swapping around of lenses outdoors.

Keeping the 350D and its stock lens as backup and for her indoors to use when on holiday.

Or trade in the 350D and go even better.

90% of my photography is portrait (pics of fish captured) landscapes and wildlife.

Your views and reccomendations please.

Many thanks.

wave
19-01-13, 02:57 PM
i think i would look at a 600d double lens kit new or a new 650d. i am not sure about the 17-85 lens maybe look at a sigma 17070os

mark2002
19-01-13, 03:02 PM
i think i would look at a 600d double lens kit new or a new 650d. i am not sure about the 17-85 lens maybe look at a sigma 17070os

Thanks but I already have the larger lens form the double lens kit maybe the 650D with the mk 11 version with my longer 55-250mm.

wave
19-01-13, 05:13 PM
I think the 650d is a really good upgrade

Nigel Atherton
20-01-13, 11:49 PM
There's about a 60 difference between the EOS 600D and 650D with the lenses, and for that you get:
• One stop higher ISO (to 25,600 instead of 12,800)
• 5fps burst instead of 3.7fps
• 9-point all cross type AF (instead of 9-point just the central AF point)
• Touch screen LCD with multi-touch gestures
• DIGIC 5 processor (DIGIC 4)
• Continuous AF in movie mode

On balance I'd say those enhancements are worth the extra money even if you don;t use the touchscreen (which is very good, by the way). For that reason I'd probably go with the 650D and kit lens, especially given that you already have the telezoom.
If you really want a longer range standard lens consider the EOS 600D with a used Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM, which you can get for around 150 and is almost as good as the more expensive Canon 18-135mm.