So I have this internal debate going on in my head and I'm pretty sure I've convinced myself on the right path to take, but just doing a quick sanity check.
I'm simply an empassioned hobbyist, but I do senior & family portraits and sports for a local high high school. I feel I have things covered for that.
I still would like a general walk around lens to complement my 17-55mm f/2.8. (as in, "hey let's go to the zoo today!") I've been considering the following:
70-200mm f/4L (non-IS)
Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8
Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
I would almost exclusively use the lens outside. I'm leaning towards the the 55-250mm, simply because it is the least expensive on the list and would definitely meet the goal I'm trying to accomplish and has pretty good IQ for the most part. But, I find myself going back and forth to the 70-200mm because I could use that for portraits and it has a more rugged build, etc. I know I could use my 85mm or 135mm too as a walk around as well, but I do like the flexibility of the variable zoom.
I'd appreciate any other views that any of you might have as well.
Thank you -- Tom