I dropped my Sigma 18-250mm in the river and now looking for ways to replace it. I am using T4i, and have,
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Canon 75-300 (Garbage w/o IS :/)
I use the camera mainly on my trips to collect memories much more than to have great professional photos, but I do try to get the best shots I can. I mostly take landscapes, and some macros of flowers etc. and also wildlife. The Sigma 18-250 was quite a good lens that covered most of the range I needed, and quality was better than the Canon 18-55. However, I would like to get a lens with better quality if possible. Here are a list of concerns,
I have, more than a few times wished I had a wider lens than 18mm (~29mm? APS-C), and I do like to capture a lot of landscapes.
I barely used the range above 20mm on my 18-55mm.
I hate changing lenses and usually carry another camera with my girlfriend who can mount a telephoto lens on hers.
I don't want to spend more than ~500$
I use lightroom anyway, so not too concerned about vignetting/distortion/aberration as long as it can be corrected.
I would love to upgrade to a full-body later, and while it's a minor concern, would be nice to have one that fits well there as well.
I am a little worried about manual focus only, and wonder how hard would it be to get a good shot without live-view (Bat life is very important too, so barely use live-view).
It would be nice to have filter threads, and the Rokinon doesn't have them.
Apparently you can get a focus confirmation chip and attach it to the Rokinon, which might be a nice addition..!
Sorry for super unorganized question. I have been researching for a while and still can't decide. I would assume the 14mm prime would have much better image quality, and is only 300$. On the other hand, 17-50mm might have less distortion, and might be a better general purpose lens for 500$. Please feel free to edit the question to make it more coherent.