As I may have mentioned, next year is a Big Year in birthday terms. One of those with a zero at the end, if you get my drift. Kate has been cajoling relatives to donate towards a new lens for my camera.
I had been looking at the Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-5.6.
- I don't currently have a zoom lens - longest I have is 18-55mm kit lens
- this is an all-in-one lens - 18mm for wide(ish) angle stuff, 200mm for zoom.
- relatively affordable
- decent reviews
- it would replace my 18-55mm kit lens, so would be able to use existing camera bag
- it's a compromise - jack of all trades, master of none
- it's a *lot* of money, even with donations from family/friends
Then I had a chat with new colleague (and photo geek) Rich, who suggested that I look at the Sigma 50-200mm f4.5-5.6 DC OS HSM DAF
Jacobs are knocking it out for £99 (down from £149), which is less than half the price of the 18-200mm lens
- it's significantly cheaper than the 18-200mm
- performance is/should be better as it's covering a smaller zoom range
- K's dad has one, so I know exactly what I'm getting
- I could get that *and* a decent camera backpack to hold all my gear for less than the 18-200mm lens
- it's yet another lens to lug about (though if I got the new bag too, it'd be less of an issue)
- it'd mean swapping lenses more often
- K's dad has one, so theoretically I could borrow his (however, this is unlikely as he's away quite a lot)
As ever, thoughts, comments and suggestions welcome!