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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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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.
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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