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Recently I've realized that I've been neglecting my T2i mostly because I despise the kit lens. I mean don't get me wrong, it works for the quick photo, but something well planned out needs a bit of better glass IMO. I love my 50mm but it's too zoomed on my crop sensor, so I got a 24mm f2.8 second hand and I love the focal length, it's really great on the T2i.

Now I'm thinking about balancing out my bag with an ultra wide and a zoom. Here's where I raise the question, would it be better to spend the money on the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, or get the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 for half the price? What do you guys think of this focal length, especially on a APS-C sensor?

And about zoom, I was just thinking about getting a 55-250 because of the super cheap price, but then I saw some photos with the 70-200 f4L and was wondering on some input on these two lenses and this focal length in general. I have come across a few moments when I wish I had a proper zoom lens, but I'm not sure if I should spend the extra money to get the quality if those times when I need it are few and far between.

On another note, since I have a 24mm (~40mm) and I'm considering getting an ultra wide, do you think I should get an alternate to my kit lens (looking at the Tamron 28-75).

Thanks OCN!

a side note: what's a good entry level flash I can start toying with?

also edit: I like landscape photography and outdoorsy stuff smile.gif
Edited by xDriftyy - 4/23/12 at 8:56pm
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If you're mostly shooting landscapes, then I'd just get the 55-250 over the the 70-200 f/4 L. Yes, the L will have better image quality wide open, but the 55-250 is no slouch and when you stop down a bit it will be just as sharp. Also, it weighs next to nothing which counts for a lot sometimes when you're out and about.

For a wide, the Canon 10-22 is an incredibly good lens, but so is the Sigma 10-20. Honestly, try both out if you can and buy whichever one you prefer. You might also want to consider the Tokina 12-24 f/4.

Honestly, with a wide zoom, your 24, your 50, and a tele zoom, you probably have no need for the standard zoom in the middle. You might consider the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 if you absolutely want one, but then you'll start overlapping your wide zoom which can be silly.
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too add more confusion the 11-16/2.8 tokina is a very very good wide.

and for the price of the 70-200L F4 you can pick up a sigma 70-200/2.8 OS which is just as good as the older mk1 70-200/2.8L

i suggest you pick up a 11-16 tokina then worry about the telephoto later. i personally do not even use my telephoto so my opinion could be bias....
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too add more confusion the 11-16/2.8 tokina is a very very good wide.

and for the price of the 70-200L F4 you can pick up a sigma 70-200/2.8 OS which is just as good as the older mk1 70-200/2.8L

i suggest you pick up a 11-16 tokina then worry about the telephoto later. i personally do not even use my telephoto so my opinion could be bias....

Hmm, the Sigma you recommended is a bit more than the F4L I was looking at. Is it worth thaaaaat much more? I was hoping to not go over $1000 on a zoom :X
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fyi i was think you were talking about the 70200/4 IS.

but anyways yes i think the sigma is better. its faster and it has IS compared to your 70200/4. try to look for a used copy of the sigma, cause most people would ahve the back/front focus the sigma is known for fixed.
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... I despise the kit lens. I mean don't get me wrong, it works for the quick photo, but something well planned out needs a bit of better glass IMO.

I don't understand this. Missing a "well planned" shot because you have the kit lens is stupid. Now instead of a photo that could use a little more contrast or sharpness is no photo at all.
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What do you guys think of this focal length, especially on a APS-C sensor?

This question is a clear indication that you either don't need the focal length in question or are spending money on another lens because you read it was good. Buy based on what you need, not what you want -- lest you end up with lenses you never use and ultimately sell at a loss.
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also edit: I like landscape photography and outdoorsy stuff smile.gif

What does that say about what focal lengths and perspectives you want? Some people shoot fantastic landscapes with telephotos -- "landscape" doesn't necessarily mean it requires a wide-angle.
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