View Poll Results: Canon EF-S 18-135mm VS Tamron AF 18-200mm

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    Canon 18-35 vs Tamron 18-200 - which is the better one?
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    Hi everybody,
    What lens would you choose for a starter dslr video rig on a 70D Canon camera between these two ?
    Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
    Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3


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    Neither.

    Sliding stop lenses are horrible for video. Get an f/2.8 zoom or you will eventually regret it.

    Your poll needs a "none of the above" choice - that would win.


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    ^^ What he said.

    If I were severely funds-challenged, I'd start with a lens adapter and an AF-era Nikkor 35-70 2.8. Can be found for around $300. Go up a few bucks and there's a world of aftermarket glass in the 24-80 zoom range (but much of it is pretty sucky wide open). If I had $700-$1k or so to spend, I'd get a used Nikkor 28-70, and never look back. That's a monster of a lens, and it pretty much lives on my rig for video projects. (Though for interviews, the Nikkor AF 80mm 1.8 is just a freaking magical piece of glass. Can be found for $300 and under).

    Another $1k option would be the Sigma 1.8 zoom, another one that you'd still own after a dozen body upgrades.

    Obviously, I'm not a Canon glass expert... but when I shot Canon, I used all Nikkors due to availability and the fact they can be used on both systems. And very glad I did when I saw how pretty the current Nikon video is. Canon bodies went on eBay pretty quickly!


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    I'm going to differ with the above advice - for a STARTER video lens the 18-135 STM is hard to beat, ASSUMING you're shooting reasonably bright scenes. It has great IQ, brilliant AF on the 70D, and superb range when you don't want to be constantly swapping lenses. It's also dirt cheap and a broken up kit version can be found for around $400. The shifting aperture is a non-issue because we don't zoom in live shots this side of the 70's. Just make sure you're looking at the STM version of the 18-135 - the original non-STM is softer, and noisier and slower with the AF. You will in all likelihood add more specialised lenses with time, but personally I find there's always shoots and situations where I still reach for my 18-135.

    I'd avoid the Tamron. Poorer IQ and the extra reach isn't that handy in video IMO. I'd pair the lens with a fast prime for a more speccy look. Something like the 50 f1.8 is a good start for $120.


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    The 18-135 STM is a great starter lens. There is a reason that it is a kit lens for the C100.


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