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Canon 18-135mm or Canon 18-200mm

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  • Aug 11th, 2017 6:36 pm
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May 11, 2015
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Canon 18-135mm or Canon 18-200mm


I have been offered an offer for both the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for a great price.

I am leaning on getting the 18-200mm for the extra zoom but was wondering if anyone would recommend the 18-135mm over the 18-200mm for any reason(s) despite them costing me the same price from a couple friends. (Build quality, photo quality, etc)
From what I have gathered in brief, the 18-135mm lens has better image quality than the 18-200mm. Is there any other reasons as to why I should be picking one over the other?

* used only for photography with a Canon SL1, do not do videography. Thinking of making the switch to replace 18-55mm STM and 55-250mm IS (don't feel like I need the range)

Thanks in advance.
Last edited by FoodieEd on Aug 9th, 2017 10:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Mar 23, 2008
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I've been hoping for an answer on this thread, as I'm looking at one of these two lenses as a "walk-about" lens on an upcoming trip... I currently carry a bag with an 10-22, 18-55, and 70-300. It would be nice to cut that back.

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Aug 1, 2010
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Weight, the 18-135 is slightly lighter by about 100 grams.

So in a lighter smaller package, you get better image quality, go for the 18-135.
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The 18-135mm STM has very nice image quality and good build quality
I would pick it over the 18-200mm, unless you really need the range (in that case keep your 55-250mm).
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Having owned both, I preferred the 18-135 for image quality and focus speed. It's also better for video as it's noticeably quieter when changing focal length and focusing.
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you mentioned that you have the 55-250 and you're not sure you need that range. do you normally use up to 200mm even? you can take a look through your past photos and see how often you've used the 135-200mm range. if it's not too often, you're probably not going to miss it. the 18-135 should be a better bet overall for image quality. with the 18-200, it's a nice walk around lens but the versatility of having that extra reach comes at the price of image quality.
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Thanks for the input, ya'll! I'll keep my eyes peeled for a used 18-135 STM!