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    chrisheathcote e2 Member 8241 forum postschrisheathcote vcard United Kingdom
    15 Apr 2010 - 4:03 PM

    After a lot of deliberation, I have decided to splash the cash and treat myself. What I'm looking for is a general walkabout lens and something to complement my good old canon 50mm F1.8 and also replace the kit 18-55mm. BTW I have a Canon 350D

    The Lenses I'm looking at are:
    Sigma 18-200 F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS or maybe 18 - 250 F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS HSM
    Being a walkabout lens the image stabiliser looks a benefit

    and the other purchase is
    Sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX DC

    at a joint purchase price of 700 this is about my budget
    All comments and alternatives gratefully received


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    dlegros  12217 forum posts England
    15 Apr 2010 - 6:05 PM

    I have both these lenses for Nikon.

    The 18-200 is a great walkabout lens, quite a lot of my photography over the last year has been with this lens (except still-life and macro).

    The 18-50 I have just got and it went out for it's first outing today (to Twycross Zoo) - not had a good look at the images yet, but in use it is lightning fast to focus with enough torque on the zoom ring to render the lock-button unnecessary.


    MalcolmS e2 Member 91080 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2010 - 12:40 PM

    Why duplicate the ranges. If you want to go for the Sigma 18-50mm why not look at the Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM which is a terrific lens and still around your 700 budget total.

    The 18-200mm is a good walkabout lens but if you went for the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM , you would have image stabilisiation,macro and very slightly wider angle. Coupled with the canon above, you would have two lenses, both with image stabilisation. These two would be a little over budget (about 60) but the canon knocks the spots off the Sigma and I've used both. You would also have a continuous range from 17mm to 300mm.

    If you want to see what the canon performs like look here

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