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Old Mar 3, 2013, 12:05 PM   #11
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For street photography, I'd say that a prime requires more time to compose than you would typically have. And while the Sigma 17-50/2.8 is a very nice lens, I think something longer would suit that purpose better. I think I'd like Canon's 28-135 IS USM for that. It's better than your Sigma 18-200, and it's longer than your other two lenses.
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Old Mar 3, 2013, 4:04 PM   #12
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Thanks, tcav.

I tried out the Canon 85mm 1.8. It's a very good lens, but I quickly realized that a prime really won't work for what I do.

I think my best option would be to get an upgrade for my 18-200mm. I don't really need that much range considering that I have two other wide lesnes. I also don't really need for it to go to 200mm. The option you suggest might be a better sweet spot.

I'm really looking for the best one I can get in the $500 neighborhood.

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You can also look at the 24-105 f4L really good lens. I have the 28-135 is usm. It is my walk around lens.
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Old Mar 3, 2013, 4:26 PM   #14
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Thanks. I think the 28-135 is usm is more in line with my budgetary constraints.
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You can also look at the 15-85. That is an excellent lens also, and a more friendly focal ranges for apsc cameras.
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Old Mar 3, 2013, 6:16 PM   #16
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I greatly appreciate everyone's input. I decided to edit this post to reflect updates.

I tried the Canon 85mm 1.8 and quickly realized that I really do need a zoom for what I do.

To recap, here's what I have for my Canon Rebel T3i.

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS

I like the 17-50 the best in terms of image quality. I don't think I need to go as long as 200mm.

Here are the lenses I am considering (pretty wide $$ range):

Canon - EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens USA ($650)
Canon - 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF Lens USA ($1050: Ouch)
Canon - EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens USA ($412)
Sigma - 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO Lens ($999)

I shoot street shots, landscapes, people (but not formal portraits). I use no flash but a tripod if needed.

I travel extensively for business (3 months per year) and do most of my shooting on the road.

Considering what I have already, I'm wondering what the best bet would be. I am least happy with my 18-200.

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You're doing street photography, so the presumption is that you'll be shooting in daylight. You don't necessarily need the f/2.8 for exposure. It's just to sharpen things up quick when you stop down to where the f/3.5-5.6 lens will be wide open. The Canon 28-135/3.5-5.6 is pretty sharp, as are the 24-120/4 and the 15-85/3.5-5.6.

The 50-150/2.8 is an interesting option, but for some of what you might want to do, might 50mm be a little bit long?
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Thanks, TCav--this helps. Yes, I shoot primarily in daylight and I do think the 50mm is too long. I also think that 85mm may be a bit short (which might rule out the 15-85).

So that leaves the 24-105 and the 28-135, where there's a huge price differential. I guess I'm getting swayed that the 24-105 is "L."
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In many respects, the 28-135 outperforms the 24-105 optically.
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Thanks, TCav. This is very good to know, especially considering the price difference.

Could I expect better image quality than I'm getting with the Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS?
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