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I have spent more hours than I would like to admit searching the net for which lens I should buy. However, it seems you can get as many answers/reasons for that answer as posts you read.
I have a T2i that I bought about a year ago with the 18-55 and 55-250 lenses. I have since replaced the 18-55 with the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD and have been VERY pleased with it. I generally like architecture photography (using my Sigma or a Canon 10-22 that I am able to borrow) along with general shots of events. I do not sell my work currently as I am still very new to it and just trying to enjoy photography...however I am not opposed to selling as side work as I get better. As this is more of a hobby, I do not plan to buy a lot of lenses so want to get the most out of the couple I have. I use a timbuk2 small snoop messenger that I can fit camera with lens attached and an extra lens comfortably. I do not carry a tri/mono pod because I am on vacation to enjoy and not spend time setting up for shots. (and this is primariily for my enjoyment)
I went to Disney with the family and found the 55-250 to be slow to focus and felt like I missed some shots.
Now I am going to Italy this summer with the Mrs and am looking to replace the 55-250 with something a bit better. I expect to take some many landscape shots and think 50 is going to be too wide for many of them and not let me focus in on buildings or whatever from a distance...and I sometimes print large format so I don't want to have to crop. Also take shots of whatever I encounter along the way.
I feel like the 70-200 range is probably the best option for me, but am having a VERY hard time deciding which way to go. My current options are:
-Canon 70-200 f/4 IS
-Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS
-Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS MK I Used
-Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS MK II
I really like the idea of the Canon f/4 but worry that I will regret not having the 2.8 at dusk/evening.
While I like my Sigma 17-50, I think I want Canon this time for the weatherproofing (of the lens, not camera) and resale if I change my mind later.
I am pretty hesitant to get the MK1 used as I've read it is soft (especially on crop sensors) at 2.8 and then I will end up with f4 anyway. Also, I think I want a new lens since I only have a couple and plan to keep it a while.
Just don't know if I want/need to spend the money/carry the weight for the 2.8 is II
Like I said, I have ready many reviews, but the camera has to fit the person's situation and I am just looking for some opinions based on my background and what I plan to do with it.
Thanks in advance for your help/opinions. If I go with a new Canon, I think I will get it before the 4th so I can take advantage of the rebate.