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Old 27-10-2010, 23:50   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Hi everyone!
I'm new to the site so I hope I don't come across too clueless!!! I bought a Canon 450D nearly a year ago now and have a kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 prime lens (which I love!). I'm now thinking of buying a new lens with further reach. I enjoy taking portrait and landscape shots both at friends' weddings and when on holiday.

The problem is...the autofocus on my kit lens has broken so...should I get it repaired and buy a 55-250mm or should I just buy a 18-200mm?
I was also thinking of the 70-300mm at one point...it's so confusing!!! Also (sorry I know there's a lot of questions!) I'm thinking of buying a canon make but would it be worth looking at tamron instead?

Any help would be great!!! Thank you!
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Old 27-10-2010, 23:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

I'd go with the 18-200mm for a little more use at the wide end!

And... I have an 18-200mm for my Nikon and I use it the most!
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Hi ceriwynne and welcome to pixalo

I can see your dilemma, since you like to shoot both portraits and landscapes, so really you'd like to stretch both ways - wide angle for landscapes and telephoto for portraits and weddings.

What focal lengths does your kit lens cover?

Whilst the 18-200mm is a very useful walkabout lens (i.e. good for most situations - landscape and portraits), it's good that you already know at this stage that you'd like the 70-300mm at some point. I say it's good because it enables you to plan ahead so that you don't end up with overlapping focal lengths and spare lenses that will end up not being used.

So, with that thought in mind, my advice would be to forget the 55-250mm straight away, because you already have the 50mm prime lens, and you will have the 70-300mm. Therefore, the only lens other than the 70-300mm which you may feel you'd really like to buy is a wide-angle lens ... and I can thoroughly recommend the Sigma 10-20mm

So my advice would be to get the 70-300mm (for portraits - and landscapes I might add) and the Sigma 10-20mm for landscapes. Don't forget your 50mm lens is good for both portraits and landscapes too

Those three lenses would cover a huge focal-length range, and any shooting situation.

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The choice between Canon and Tamron would depend on how far your budget will stretch. I'd always go for Canon wherever possible (if I had a Canon system ) with the exception of the Sigma 10-20mm lens, which has a very fine reputation. Others will say they love their Tamron lenses, so it really comes down to personal choice. It's always a good idea to check out reviews on any lens you intend to buy, for your own peace of mind, and to compare like lenses of different brands.
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Old 28-10-2010, 07:52   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Welcome to Pixalo Ceriwynne

Good advice there from Charlotte.

The only thing I'd add is that if you wanted an all-in-one solution, one lens that would do most of your requirements, the Tamron 18-270 has a good reputation.

I also have the Sigma 10-20, and whilst I love it, for my use it is perfect for urban photography or when in tight situations, but for landscapes my preference is in the 20-40mm range. Where the 10-20 will excel in landscapes is if you want to include a feature in the foreground of a landscape shot that is very close to you. However, I think that this is a style of photography that is not used as much by most people as more conventional landscape photography. It is something that personal preference will have a large influence on. It will also distort the edges of the image when used at the widest focal lengths and while this can be used to an advantage, it can also be irritating for some people. Here is an example of the converging verticals (which are not usually found in landscapes unless there are trees in the shot) that I rather like in this shot



My opinion is obviously based on my preferences so you might not agree with what I've just written. That's fine. We are all different and have different requirements.

I suggest that you try the lens on your camera in a shop if you can, but you still won't get the effect it will have on landscapes. Maybe hiring one for a weekend will allow you to explore the lens to see if it would suit you.

Other examples of pictures taken with the Sigma 10-20 can be found here

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post178774

You will notice that there are few what I'd call 'ordinary' landscapes in this collection.
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Since you asked about walkabout zooms I wont address wide-angle or the 70-300. I would consider four lenses since they all have their own form of Image Stabilisation and they are all around the same aperture range.

Tamron 18-270 390
Sigma 18-250 399
Canon 55-250 176
Canon 18-200 359

I have had Tamron's 18-200 and, IMO, if you want a genuine walkabout lens then you definitely need 18mm so that discounts the Canon 55-250 (and at that price I'm suspicious anyway). I would also discount the Tamron 18-270 and the Sigma 18-250 since I don't believe you will get sharpness through the range at these prices. I have read that anything over 200mm isn't likely to be sharp.

Both Canon lenses are EF-S which means you can't use them with a full-frame camera (5D, 5DII) but I believe the Tamron and the Sigma are also for crop cameras only. So that leaves the Canon 18-200 which since it was designed by Canon for a Canon camera it's more likely to communicate with the camera better.

Please don't discount other members views but if you really want a walkabout lens then I hope this helps.
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Old 28-10-2010, 15:10   #6 (permalink)
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Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Thanks everyone for your help. I've decided to hire the canon 18-200mm for a week over my friends wedding to see how it performs. If I decide to buy one do you think it would be cheaper to wait until I go to New York at the end of November or would the prices be similar?
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

American prices are frequently cheaper than in the UK. Best bet is to check the prices in the USA to see what the going rate is.

One-Stop Digital in Hong Kong were always a benchmark before the financial crisis and their current price is 378.99

UK price is 363.99

Warehouse Express, Park Cameras, Bristol Cameras and John Lewis are selling at 369. All goes to show that Hong Kong is no longer cheapest to buy kit unlike a couple of years ago.
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Hi. I have used the Sigma 18-200 OS lens for about 18 mths now and for a general walkaround lens with a wide setting (18mm) I have been pleased with it. IMO good value for money. Chris
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+1 on the Sigma 18-200 OS lens. As a 'general purpose' lens it is excellent and good value for money in my opinion.
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

I have a tamron 70-300mm telephoto lens but I wouldn't recommend it for landscapes or portraits. It is rather soft at 70mm and very soft above 210mm
macro is ok if the light is good but if poor light, forget it at any length
I have a friend with a Sigma 70-300 on a Nikon D300 and he tells me its much sharper at all lengths than the tamron equivalent (which he previously owned)
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Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Thanks again for your replies. I have decided on the 18-200mm definitely! Now then...which one? Canon? Sigma? Tamron???? Please help
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Re: Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

FWIW - when 18-200s were tested by a mag a while back - and before the Canon was available I think - the Sigma came second to the Nikkor, but not by much, and it was cheaper.
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Canon 55-250mm or 18-200mm???

Thanks I think I am being swayed by the sigma. BTW what does FWIW mean?
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