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Old 31-05-2010, 20:34   #1 (permalink)
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I mostly take pictures of landscape and nature.
I'm looking for a good all round lense, for under £300. A few people have suggested the sigma 18-200mm. Is the OS a true benefit?
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For landscapes, not necessarily. For nature, well, it depends on what you term nature. OS,vr etc is a useful tool, bit not a deal breaker for me.

I had a Sigma 18-200 and took some low light shots with it just to see how it coped, and also some real life shots.

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TBH, I think that 200mm is on the short side for wildlife, and although the 18-200 or 18-270 are excellent general purpose lenses, if you are especially interested in landscapes and wildlife maybe a couple of primes might serve you better. A prime of about 28mm and a tele as long as you can get would be worth consideration.
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To OS or not to OS?

For wildlife, I like to wander around taking pics rather than sitting in a hide, so find OS/IS a useful feature. But bear in mind that you often need a faster shutter just to freeze the action on just simple movement

Landscapes, I'm not fussed about needing to use a tripod (arguably you should always use one), so don't bother with OS/IS

Portraits, when I use my 70-200 (non-IS) or my 15-85 (IS) and macros are non-IS, principally as the only stabilised lens around that makes any significant difference (2 stop) is £1k

I'd agree that 200 is probably a little short for general wildlife but I got some useable shots the other evening down by the river of a Dipper and a Heron
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Thanks for your help.
I think I will get the Sigma with the OS
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