Hi, I'm new to the photography scene and I've been researching various equipment for a while now however I'm not exactly sure where I want to go with my strict budget. I have a Canon EOS T1i with the default 18-55mm lens kit and the canon 50mm f1.8. I'm looking into a telephoto lens that is also able to capture macro shots(I know, a lot to ask). Macro lenses in it of themselves are far beyond my budget so that's why I am not looking into them for the time being.
I've been looking at the:
Sigma 70-300mm APO DG(new)
Canon 55-250mm IS(used, due to cost)
The sigma caught my interest due to it having the capability to go macro, which put that ahead of the Canon 75-300mm in my book(also reviews led me to believe it created sharper images than the Canon)
Lastly the Canon 55-250mm had great reviews, but without the macro capability I'd have to get a close-up filter which the better ones run upwards of 100$ which I cannot afford at the moment.
My budget is no more than 250$(for lens if has macro or lens/filter without)
Sorry if any of these things are obvious, but any help would be appreciated.