Canon 1300D DSLR - 18-55 & 10-18mm Lenses + connect station £399 Argos
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Canon 1300D DSLR - 18-55 & 10-18mm Lenses + connect station £399 Argos

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Found 17th Apr
This argos deal is up and down lately, first £460 down to £430, then £460 to £400 and now they have just listed it for £400.

The 10-18mm lens goes for around £200 on eBay
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leightonandrea750 m ago

As an amateur, I once bought a DSLR camera and was frustrated with the …As an amateur, I once bought a DSLR camera and was frustrated with the standard lens, with the limited zoom range. I ended up selling it and going with a decent compact digital camera and I get just as good photos with it and I’m not messing about changing the lenses.


sounds like a misunderstanding on your part rather than a lens failing
which compact with better zoom takes just as good photos as this for this price with an extra wide angle which your compact cant do either...

anyone asking if the kit lens is 'good enough' is very unlikely to need a lens better... by the time they are then they will be able to make an informed choice of their own
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Is the standard lens good enough for an amateur?
cudsy8 m ago

Is the standard lens good enough for an amateur?


As an amateur, I once bought a DSLR camera and was frustrated with the standard lens, with the limited zoom range. I ended up selling it and going with a decent compact digital camera and I get just as good photos with it and I’m not messing about changing the lenses.
cudsy22 m ago

Is the standard lens good enough for an amateur?



cudsy22 m ago

Is the standard lens good enough for an amateur?


Yes, will be fine while you're learning and figuring what sort of things you want to shoot.
cudsy26 m ago

Is the standard lens good enough for an amateur?


Not very, it's the cheaper non-image stabilised version (no anti shake), you really want the 'IS' version of the lens. The 2nd ultra wide lens it comes with is the IS version, but it's less important on an ultrawide lens.

Most people would also want to add a telephoto lens fairly quickly as the 18-55mm at 55mm doesn't allow much 'zoom'

However this is still a good deal as the 10-18mm is normally £240 on it's own and the the EOS 1300D With 18-55mm III DC Lens£299.00
leightonandrea750 m ago

As an amateur, I once bought a DSLR camera and was frustrated with the …As an amateur, I once bought a DSLR camera and was frustrated with the standard lens, with the limited zoom range. I ended up selling it and going with a decent compact digital camera and I get just as good photos with it and I’m not messing about changing the lenses.


sounds like a misunderstanding on your part rather than a lens failing
which compact with better zoom takes just as good photos as this for this price with an extra wide angle which your compact cant do either...

anyone asking if the kit lens is 'good enough' is very unlikely to need a lens better... by the time they are then they will be able to make an informed choice of their own
How much would I be able to sell the connect station for ? I am thinking of selling the extra lens and the connect station and getting myself a really good deal on the camera only
brilly2 h, 14 m ago

sounds like a misunderstanding on your part rather than a lens …sounds like a misunderstanding on your part rather than a lens failingwhich compact with better zoom takes just as good photos as this for this price with an extra wide angle which your compact cant do either...anyone asking if the kit lens is 'good enough' is very unlikely to need a lens better... by the time they are then they will be able to make an informed choice of their own


There was nothing wrong with the lenses. But when your max is 55mm, it was frustrating when I wanted to zoom in, at something in the distance. For me, I felt as amateur my money was better spent on a compact rather than hundreds of pounds on one lens.
leightonandrea712 m ago

There was nothing wrong with the lenses. But when your max is 55mm, it was …There was nothing wrong with the lenses. But when your max is 55mm, it was frustrating when I wanted to zoom in, at something in the distance. For me, I felt as amateur my money was better spent on a compact rather than hundreds of pounds on one lens.


I think his point is, your point and shoot is not giving you as good pictures as this. However I agree with you that the lens won't be good for most people, but then thats why you buy more.
cudsy54 m ago

How much would I be able to sell the connect station for ? I am thinking …How much would I be able to sell the connect station for ? I am thinking of selling the extra lens and the connect station and getting myself a really good deal on the camera only


Looking on eBay they are priced between £30-£40
Around £200 for the lens

So all in all you'd be looking at under £200 after selling off what you don't want
cudsy1 h, 4 m ago

How much would I be able to sell the connect station for ? I am thinking …How much would I be able to sell the connect station for ? I am thinking of selling the extra lens and the connect station and getting myself a really good deal on the camera only


The lens can be purchased new from £170 upwards depending on the retailer. The connect stations are pretty useless. Canon were practically giving them away recently.
leightonandrea71 h, 5 m ago

There was nothing wrong with the lenses. But when your max is 55mm, it was …There was nothing wrong with the lenses. But when your max is 55mm, it was frustrating when I wanted to zoom in, at something in the distance. For me, I felt as amateur my money was better spent on a compact rather than hundreds of pounds on one lens.



I suspect Brilly and Julieallen's issue from your original post was the term "and I get just as good photos with it". Technically I would say thats impossible given the sensor size, its internal Image Processor and the quality and amount of glass optics within the DSLR lenses.
However, If you are only viewing on a small monitor/ipad/phone or printing up to 8"x 6" (8" x 10" at a push) then you are probably perfectly happy with the results and that's all that matters to you personally so the rest of your comment is valid for your circumstances.
As for the deal itself, you cant argue with the price and what you are getting for your money. Its a great starter kit for someone wanting to get into the complexities of DSLR Photography.
This has been posted already.
Schwifty15 m ago

This has been posted already.


Yes, that was me. It was discounted during that time which ended. They have now lowered the price which is why I've relisted it.
I did mention it in the original post.
If anyone sells 10-18 lens for a decent price I would buy it.
julieallen8 h, 21 m ago

I think his point is, your point and shoot is not giving you as good …I think his point is, your point and shoot is not giving you as good pictures as this. However I agree with you that the lens won't be good for most people, but then thats why you buy more.


as a phone is good enough for most people a 18-55mm lens is even more versatile
brilly49 m ago

as a phone is good enough for most people a 18-55mm lens is even more …as a phone is good enough for most people a 18-55mm lens is even more versatile


yes but if they are used to using a 30x zoom on a compact camera then a 55 lens is likely to be a disappointment, whats that, roughly 1.8/2.2x zoom?
I must admit I rarely have my 50mm lens on my DSLR, my 18-300 is usually on, but its apain cos its so big
julieallen14 m ago

yes but if they are used to using a 30x zoom on a compact camera then a 55 …yes but if they are used to using a 30x zoom on a compact camera then a 55 lens is likely to be a disappointment, whats that, roughly 1.8/2.2x zoom?I must admit I rarely have my 50mm lens on my DSLR, my 18-300 is usually on, but its apain cos its so big


yes 'if' they are used to 30x zoom it will be 'less'
55mm will be around 3x zoom due to crop factors (obviously the lens is 3xzoom but thats different)
when we are walking about 'seeing stuff' that is generally within the 18-55 range (near the middle) so its only when we want to get closer than normal that higher focal lengths come into play

again though - if they are used to 30x and thought 55mm was more thats still not the lenses fault
Edited by: "brilly" 17th Apr
brilly26 m ago

yes 'if' they are used to 30x zoom it will be 'less'55mm will be around 3x …yes 'if' they are used to 30x zoom it will be 'less'55mm will be around 3x zoom due to crop factors (obviously the lens is 3xzoom but thats different)when we are walking about 'seeing stuff' that is generally within the 18-55 range (near the middle) so its only when we want to get closer than normal that higher focal lengths come into playagain though - if they are used to 30x and thought 55mm was more thats still not the lenses fault


I know, I completely agree, my comment wasn't against the lens, more that people buy DSLR's expecting them to have a massive zoom on them, when they don't, well not with the kit lens. I need to take mine out this week, wanting a compact so want to see what a 50mm zoom is like in real life, its been so long since I used it I can't remember Looking at getting a G7xII or RX100 which both obviously have short optical zooms.
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