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Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens or Tamron 18-400?
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Feb 12, 2019 15:41:53   #
timm27
 
Looking for UHH owners opinions.
I own nothing but "L" lenses. Not true. I own a 180mm Sigma macro.
Traveling the NP's of the Southwest in the next few months and looking for a lens that is wide enough and one that I will have attached to my camera (80D) constantly. IQ is important.
Is the IQ as good on both the 18-135 and 18-400?
Is there a better choice for a one lens travel lens?

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Feb 12, 2019 15:55:23   #
DeanS (a regular here)
 
Many have commented on recent threads regarding both these lens. Both versatile, good quality, not L lens quality however. Obviously, the Tammy more versatile due to its longer reach.

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Feb 12, 2019 16:05:31   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
I own several L series lenses, both black and off white, but I don't see what difference that makes. The Canon EF-S 18-135 is a nice lens, nothing special. If you are looking for something a little more versatile, the Tamron 18-400 is a good choice. A good friend and shooting buddy of mine has that lens and he likes it quite a bit. I've tried it out and it appears to be an ok lens. I personally would not buy one because I have no need for one. My "utility" lens on my 5D mk IV is the EF 28-300L. If I need the extra reach a 400 mm lens affords I will also carry my 80D with my EF 100-400L II or my M50 with the same lens.

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Feb 12, 2019 16:12:38   #
mwsilvers (a regular here)
 
timm27 wrote:
Looking for UHH owners opinions.
I own nothing but "L" lenses. Not true. I own a 180mm Sigma macro.
Traveling the NP's of the Southwest in the next few months and looking for a lens that is wide enough and one that I will have attached to my camera (80D) constantly. IQ is important.
Is the IQ as good on both the 18-135 and 18-400?
Is there a better choice for a one lens travel lens?

First, which EFs 18-135 are you referring to? There are 3 versions, the latest USM version being the best. Second the IQ of the most recent version of the 18-135 is much better than the Tamron 18-400. The 18-400 is probably the best superzoom lens available, but such a large focus range has limitations compared to the much small range of the 18-135. The only thing limiting about the 18-135 is the telephoto end of the range. If you need an all-in-one lens and require the focal range of the 18-400, then by all means get it. But if 135 mm will meet you're telephoto requirements, then the 18-135 USM lens will give you superior results

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Feb 12, 2019 16:29:58   #
DeanS (a regular here)
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
. I've tried it out and it appears to be an ok lens. I personally would not buy one because I have no need for one. My "utility" lens on my 5D mk IV is the EF 28-300L. If I need the extra reach a 400 mm lens affords I will also carry my 80D with my EF 100-400L II or my M50 with the same lens.


The Tammy in Canon dress is an EF-S mount and though it will mount to your 5DIV, it is virtually worthless on an EF body.

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Feb 12, 2019 18:12:49   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
timm27 wrote:
Looking for UHH owners opinions.
I own nothing but "L" lenses. Not true. I own a 180mm Sigma macro.
Traveling the NP's of the Southwest in the next few months and looking for a lens that is wide enough and one that I will have attached to my camera (80D) constantly. IQ is important.
Is the IQ as good on both the 18-135 and 18-400?
Is there a better choice for a one lens travel lens?


My recommendation is the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4. I have used it extensively along with several others - I like it BEST.

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Feb 12, 2019 19:27:10   #
Strodav
 
IF IQ is truly your most important factor in lens choice, then sell your zooms and buy primes.

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Feb 13, 2019 08:56:47   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
timm27 wrote:
Looking for UHH owners opinions.
I own nothing but "L" lenses. Not true. I own a 180mm Sigma macro.
Traveling the NP's of the Southwest in the next few months and looking for a lens that is wide enough and one that I will have attached to my camera (80D) constantly. IQ is important.
Is the IQ as good on both the 18-135 and 18-400?
Is there a better choice for a one lens travel lens?


Are you going to be walking around all day with the camera? If so, the 18-400 is HEAVY and may start to wear on you after a bit. If your main objective is landscape and places, buildings, people, etc. the Canon 18-135 would be the way to go. IMHO, Canon L lenses are also hard to beat.

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Feb 13, 2019 08:57:22   #
timm27
 
Thanks y'all! Looking at Sigma 17-70.

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Feb 13, 2019 10:01:43   #
olemikey (a regular here)
 
I want one, great coverage range, would replace my 18-270, I don't consider 25 OZ. heavy, considering the coverage range, 5 OZ heavier than the 18-270, and I shoot one handed easily with that on a D7100 (when need arises), VC is really helpful for that. Work out with some small barbells, 3 LBS. per should work, 5 LBS. per is better. If you have a bad wrist, then that would be a consideration. I've seen enough pic examples to know it would be fine for many things, in the right hands.

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Feb 13, 2019 11:37:11   #
Zooman 1
 
I have both, but for landscape/wide angle would go with the 18-135, I have found, at least with the Tamron 18-400 I have the wider ranges lack sharpness for landscape work.

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Feb 13, 2019 11:48:07   #
mizzee (a regular here)
 
3 years ago, my husband and I did a 9 NP tour. Although I was a Nikon and brought everything I owned :0( up to 400, I only used my longest reach twice. I’d choose the 18-135 and be done.

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Feb 13, 2019 12:36:43   #
NormanTheGr8
 
As 1 who has shot both the 18-400mm would be my choice

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Feb 13, 2019 12:56:44   #
John O.
 
I have the Canon 18-135mm lens and have travelled to other countries and across the US. I much prefer my 18-400mm Tamron on my Canon 7D Mkii. My wife found it too heavy for her Canon SL2 so she stole my Tamron 16-300mm that I gave her for Christmas and put her 18-300mm Tamron on my camera. The reach with 135mm is too short!

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Feb 13, 2019 14:08:42   #
Strodav
 
Zooman 1 wrote:
I have both, but for landscape/wide angle would go with the 18-135, I have found, at least with the Tamron 18-400 I have the wider ranges lack sharpness for landscape work.


Just curious, no judgements. Did you tune the Tamron 18-400mm ?

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