Hello all! Newbie reporting, with a question on general purpose lenses.
Recently, I purchased a 500D body with the 50mm f1.8 lens. This lens is amazing, but it seems slightly limited when it comes to general purpose/walkabout photography. So, I am thinking of getting another lens to complement my 50mm.
I have several options:
1. Get a 2nd hand kit lens (18-55 IS)
2. Get a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
3. Get a Sigma 17-70mm.
At first I did not get the kit lens as I heard reviews that it cannot exploit the full megapixels of the 500D to the best of its abilities, and wanted to go for a lens with better IQ. However, I would like to ask how do the IQ of Tamron and Sigma compare to the kit lens? Is it worth it to get Tamron/Sigma given its relatively higher prices as compared to the kit lens? Plus which lens will be able to complement my 50mm best?
If you all have any other suggestions, please do tell me! My budget is under $700, including 2nd hand/3rd party lens. Thank you! (Pardon my lengthy post xD)