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Old Apr 11, 2005, 7:31 AM   #1
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Please help with a USD 2000 investment :-))

I am not a profi but photo is my serious hobby.

I take different sorts of pictures - children, landscapes, animals (when on vacation).

Currently I have Canon 300D with a Tamron 28-200. I am not satisfied with "both ends" and decided to byu different lenses - for everyday use and a telezoom. Later this year I want to change my camera to Canon 350D or 20D.

Please advise which pair of lenses is more reasonable in the sense of price-quality-comfort (I do not want to change lenses too often)

1. Total price USD 1800-1900

Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
CANON EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 1435 Foto

Is SIGMA quality really much worse that Cannon's lenses with optical stabilization? What attracts me in this pair is that SIGMA must be OK for 70% of shots.

2. Total price around USD 2000

CANON EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS US2. USD 550 - 600
CANON EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 1435 Foto.ru

Looks great but more changes. But I am ready for it if there is much better quality in this option.

There is naturally another option, i.e. I can buy

CANON EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM

and forget about the wish to have wide 17mm and great 400 mm but enjoy one lense for 90% of shots.

Please help to make a reasonable choice.

And sorry for my clumsy English which is not my native language.
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Old Apr 11, 2005, 7:55 AM   #2
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Is the Sigma 18-200 available yet?

... IMO the 17-85mm IS USM is a must have (or the Sigma 18-125) - everyone needs a 17mm!
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Old Apr 11, 2005, 7:57 PM   #3
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Here's some Canon lenses: http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...00dlenses.html
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 7:41 PM   #4
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For the DRebel XT, I would look at the Sigma 18-125mm as your wide/everyday lens for the camera. You would save about $140 US between this lens and the Sigma 18-200. I also feel that with the 18-200 that you will lose some at the top end, as it will be a min of 6.3, witch means you need a lot of light to keep up a fast shutter speed. Then I would look at one of the 75-300mm or 100-400mmlenses made either by Canon or Sigma.

For the price, the Sigma 18-125mm is great. It is not a Canon L lense, but not many can afford that. I have been very happy with my Sigma 18-125. It has very nice build quality, makes some really nice images, is quick, but a bit noisy. I highly recommend it. If you are really set on the 18-200 Sigma, give it a try next to the 18-125.

The Sigma 18-200 is out, as B&H has it on their website. I have not seen any real reviews with it yet, so I am not sure of its image quality at the extremes. I have seen some from the Tarmon 18-200, and have not been impressed. I feel my Sigma 18-125 does a better job.

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