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Old 3rd of January 2011 (Mon)   #1
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Default Sigma 18-200 vs Tamron 18-270

I am buying my first DSLR this week. I decided on the Canon T2i and there are bundle packages that I can get with it. I am trying to decide which second lens I should go with. Each lens will end up costing me about the same extra to get. I could get the Canon 55-250mm for less if I decided to not go with either of these.

I can't really tell you what I am going to shoot since I am fairly new with this but I plan on shooting just about everything . I plan on using it for day to day activities with the family.

The camera already comes with the 18-55 which I plan on using most of the time except for when we are out doing activities where a zoom would really be handy (like little league or something). I thought the 18-whatever would be nice since it would give me the most flexibility without having to monkey around with changing lens (don't want to miss anything at the games).

So which lens do you think would be better for me to get as a second lens?

Sigma 18-200 (+220)
Tamron 18-270 (+300)
or just stay with the Canon 55-250? (+0)

is the extra cost worth the initial investment for these other lenses? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 3rd of January 2011 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: Sigma 18-200 vs Tamron 18-270

Welcome to POTN. Have a great stay.

Stick with the 55-250 IS if you have the 18-55 IS already.

If you really want an all-in-one, then get the Tamron 18-270 VC.
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why would I not want an all-in-one?
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Default Re: Sigma 18-200 vs Tamron 18-270

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why would I not want an all-in-one?
In general asking one lens to do everything won't give you the same quality as splitting those duties up amongst 2 or more lenses. If you're going to be keeping/using your 18-55mm for most "walkaround" duties but want something with more range (and are willing to drop ~$600), look at the Canon 70-200mm f4 L? That way you have your everyday lens covered, and you can switch to the longer one when you go out. Plus the 70-200mm f4 is an incredible lens...

The main advantages of the "all-in-one" are that they easier to use (instead of having to switch lenses), cheaper (often than 2 separate lenses), and are usually adequate at a lot of things. Sort of the "jack of all trades, master of none" lens.
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In general asking one lens to do everything won't give you the same quality as splitting those duties up amongst 2 or more lenses. If you're going to be keeping/using your 18-55mm for most "walkaround" duties but want something with more range (and are willing to drop ~$600), look at the Canon 70-200mm f4 L? That way you have your everyday lens covered, and you can switch to the longer one when you go out. Plus the 70-200mm f4 is an incredible lens...

The main advantages of the "all-in-one" are that they easier to use (instead of having to switch lenses), cheaper (often than 2 separate lenses), and are usually adequate at a lot of things. Sort of the "jack of all trades, master of none" lens.
that is more than I was wanting to invest... so you also would recommend the 55-250 (instead of the 70-200)? how much of a difference are we talking when going from an 18-270 vs a 55-250 in terms of quality of the pictures?

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that is more than I was wanting to invest... so you also would recommend the 55-250 (instead of the 70-200)? how much of a difference are we talking when going from an 18-270 vs a 55-250 in terms of quality of the pictures?
Spend some time looking at my test here http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/superzoomtest . Be sure to memorize the letter designations for the lenses you are interested in.

In short, the superzoom is very good, but the 55-250 IS is better, especially at the borders.
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I have a Tamron 18-250 and just with the top range of 250 is still really good for what I shoot.Most of the time I don't have to shoot over that range because I live in the city where there are mostly houses close together and busy roads and streets.I guess it is depending on where you live or are going to travel.If I were you I would get the Tamron because I love mine.
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Welcome to POTN. Have a great stay.

Stick with the 55-250 IS if you have the 18-55 IS already.

If you really want an all-in-one, then get the Tamron 18-270 VC.
This is pretty much it. I shot with the 18-270 when I first got started but that was because I picked up my body without any lenses.

The 18-270 is a fine lens for getting started with, but it would be cheaper by far to simply add the 55-250 if you already have an 18-55.

The new piezio drive 18-270 is on its way and I'll curious to see how it compares to the previous version.
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55-250 IS - is a dream - very affordable zoom.
But I see your point- I had an XSi w/ 18-55IS and craved the reach of a simple walkabout (which I thought for me was around ~100 on a crop body). So I upgraded to the 18-135 IS.
I did consider the 18-200 IS from canon and the 18-270 VC from Tamron but chose the 18-135 based on the extra $200 that I would need to put for those two. I didn't choose the 28-135 which I now find to be a better lens than the 18-135 (usm + fTM) because 28 is too narrow for home use.
If money is not an issue - 18-270 VC would get my vote.
don't forget to sell your 18-55 and 55-250 - might be able to help recover some moolah
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what is a good website to find lenses used?
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I've heard lots of good stuff about www.keh.com, but haven't ordered from them myself.
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