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I have a Canon Rebel, my first DSLR. I need a travel lens. Does the lack of image stabilization make this a poor choice for a new photographer? Feb 27, 2013
I've had both IS and non IS, I have found that for the price this is a very handy lens to have. It works great outside, and as long as you have a semblance of a half way steady hand then not having the IS won't be a problem. Some of the issues you might encounter with this lens is when it comes to shooting in lower light situations, for example trying to take pictures inside especially at night if the room is not heavily lit. In that case the IS would help but that would only take you so far. Part of that is due to the lens speed. I found that if you take more pictures and try to stay aware of light you should do just fine. I love that this lens has the wide angle and the ability to super zoom. This has become my main travel lens, because of its versatility. For the price you can't beat it, I think its like $199 and just starting off as a new photographer its a good start. Yes there are better lenses out there BUT you will pay a Lot more for them as well.
What is meant by "macro" for this lens. It works fine on my XSI, but there is no way to get close to small objects like coins or stamps. Sep 28, 2013
Don't try to stand right over the coin close up but stand back and use the zoom to get close up to the coin
I have a Canon T3, will this lens be a great replacement to18-55mm and 70-300mm lens? Will I get the same quality from my 18-55mm lens? Jun 15, 2013
if you have the typical 18-55mm that comes with the camera I don´t think you loose quality and will gain significant range of use with the 18-200. I have used this lenses extensively with relevant endurance tests. It is a very resistant. Have not use the 70-300mm