I have Canon 550D and 18-55mm IS II kit lens. I shoot landscape, macro and wildlife photography. My budget is $200 and looking for some zoom lens options.

I have searched a lot and found following two lenses in my budget.

  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro (for Canon AF Digital SLR) Lens

I was reading review for Canon 55-250mm here and Mr. Vijay Venkataraman was talking about the 58mm Canon 250D close up filter. What do you guys think about this combination and if you guys have any other options, please suggest.

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    \$\begingroup\$ See blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping Also, the question about the close up filter is really a completely different question. If you want a macro lens then ask a question about that, if you don't understand close up filters ask that, if you want a telephoto zoom lens for landscape, then stick to that, etc. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:51

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The biggest difference I see is that the Canon has image stabilization, and the Sigma has a bit better macro capabilities(but the Canon isn't far off and neither is true 1:1). The Canon is lighter by about 5oz.

They aren't that different of lenses in the long run. $200 is a very small budget for a high quality telephoto zoom.

Lots more comparisons and information all over the internet: http://goo.gl/gBHaj


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