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Old 05-06-2010, 11:13   #1 (permalink)
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All round lens or separate zoom

Guys
I was about to get a Sigma 18-250mm , as an up grade to my 18-55mm standard lens.
I was wondering, if I was better off buying a standalone zoom lens.
I mostly take pictures of landscape and wildlife/nature.

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Old 05-06-2010, 12:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: All round lens or separate zoom

Your main interests have conflicting requirements. Landscapes are usually the domain of wider angle or standard lenses. Wildlife usually requires long telephoto lenses.

Whilst you could argue that a good general purpose lens such as the Sigma 18-250 or the Tamron 18-270 will do both jobs in one lens, most would say that you would achieve better results in terms of image quality by having lenses that are designed to do a more specific role. Landscape lenses would be in the 18 to 35mm range (presuming you are using a crop factor camera) and for the wildlife around 300mm plus. The Sigma 50-500 was highly rated, albeit it has a slow f6.3 at 500mm I think.

You already have an 18-55, so putting your resources into a long zoom or prime strikes me as being the way to go at this time. 200mm on a crop factor body will give you the equivalent of 280-300mm, and the addition of a 1.4x converter will take it to around 400-420mm for the loss of one stop. So a 70-200f2.8 zoom or a 300 or 400mm f4 prime will be very flexible and ought to retain AF and auto exposure modes, although it is best to check on your selected combination before buying. The most flexible will be the 70-200 and the 1.4x TC.

When I faced this dilemma, I opted for a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and the 1.4x converter and found it ideal for what I wanted it for as with the 1.4x TC I had a 100-280 f4 zoom that with the crop factor gave the equivalent of 160-420mm f4. I found the 70-200 f2.8 to be my most favoured option, but the addition of the TC did give more reach on the occasions that I wanted it If you have more requirements for the longer range the 3/400mm prime might be a better option for you.
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Re: All round lens or separate zoom

The 18-250 is unlikely to be an upgrade to your 18-55 over the 18-55 range even from a kit lens. It's also a bit short for wildlife and again not as good as a tele zoom at the long end, it is a good jack of all lens. I'd keep the kit lens for landscape and nature and look for a tele zoom lens for your budget.
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Re: All round lens or separate zoom

Guys
Thanks for your advise.
Landscape it my most frequent subjects.

The problem I have with the kit lens is, I can't get the detail over distance. That's why I looked at the Sigma. Is an 18-35mm able to give me adequate zoom.

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Re: All round lens or separate zoom

so any recommendations for a reliable canon zoom lens with IS, might be shooting in low light on the odd occassion too. I want to stick with canon as I have never had any problems.
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so any recommendations for a reliable canon zoom lens with IS, might be shooting in low light on the odd occassion too. I want to stick with canon as I have never had any problems.
The 100-400 is highly rated, but Markulous thinks the Sigma 150-500 is better - and he has both lenses.
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