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Old 01-01-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Couple of Canon Lens questions

First let me say Im an extreme novice to photography. I have a canon T3i with 18-55mm, 55-250mm, and the 50mm lens. I just bought the 18-200mm today thinking I wouldnt have to switch lenses between my 18-55 and 55-250 on our upcoming trip. Is this a good excuse or am I missing something else that is different?

2. Should I try and sell my 18-55 and 55-250 now?
3. Im not sure what all the filters are about and dont know what I should buy. UV and polarized. I dont know what they are used for and if I should buy them for all my lenses.

thanks for any help.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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The 18-200 is about convenience, but sacrifices quality. The 18-55 and 55-250 would likely produce better images. A uv filter doesn't do much to affect the image, they are a nice way to protect the actual lens from dust and scratches. (Cheaper to replace a filter than a lens)
A polarizing filter can help with glare/reflections if you shoot through a window. Can also help with things lie making skies "bluer" if used correctly.
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Where is your trip to? I agree about the 18-200 being less quality.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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Where is your trip to? I agree about the 18-200 being less quality.
Disneyworld. How noticeable is the quality going to be for someone that is new to photography?
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Disneyworld. How noticeable is the quality going to be for someone that is new to photography?
How much you notice really depends on how well developed your visual aesthetic already is. Some people will pick up on things right away and some never see the difference. The main thing may notice as a new photographer is that your images just won't be all that sharp. And you may notice that they don't really pop SOOC but you probably won't know why.
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We were at in the same position at some point when we started out. My 1st trip i used the 18-55 and 55-250 that you have. My images were fine but they were lacking to me. Until you buy good glass you wont realize what you are missing.

The extra reach past 55 on the 18-200 is only really needed at the Animal Kingdom. Everything else you can get away with the 18-55 and in some cases you will find the 18 is not wide enough.

If you dont want to change lenses stick with that. If you think your going to want better quality return it and save for a sigma or tamron 17-50 2.8. great lenses.
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First let me say Im an extreme novice to photography. I have a canon T3i with 18-55mm, 55-250mm, and the 50mm lens. I just bought the 18-200mm today thinking I wouldnt have to switch lenses between my 18-55 and 55-250 on our upcoming trip. Is this a good excuse or am I missing something else that is different?

2. Should I try and sell my 18-55 and 55-250 now?
3. Im not sure what all the filters are about and dont know what I should buy. UV and polarized. I dont know what they are used for and if I should buy them for all my lenses.

thanks for any help.
The 18-200 is, as said already, all about convenience. That's it's advantage. It's disadvantages is that it's going to be slower, a little heavier and have lower image quality than than the 18-55/55-250 combination. It's up to each photographer to decide if the convenience is worth the trade offs.

Filters... skip the UV filters. They can cause many problems (more flare, loss of sharpness, ghosting, etc) all in the name of protection since they serve no other purpose with digital. Get a lens hood and keep it on when you're out shooting and it will protect the end of your lens and actually serve a useful purpose without degrading your image quality. As for other filters, a polarizer can certainly come in handy in some situations, as can a neutral density filter.
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3. Im not sure what all the filters are about and dont know what I should buy. UV and polarized. I dont know what they are used for and if I should buy them for all my lenses.

thanks for any help.
yes, skip the UV filters. they negatively affect auto focusing and image quality.
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