Got some money to spend, and need some advice

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Got some money to spend, and need some advice
Jun 22, 2013

Hi all

I have a budget of around $1000 and thought I knew what I wanted to spend it on, but after stumbling across some bad reports in this and other forums, I'm hoping to get some advice

I currently have a 500D (approx 38000 shots), 18-135 IS and 70-200F4L (non-IS), and use it for aircraft, family and my take on landscapes  (I use the 70-200 as much as 18-135 for these)I have been looking at getting either the Canon 24-105 F4L IS or the Sigma 120-400

The Sigma will give me extra reach over my 70-200. I'd really like the Canon 100-400, but I can't stretch  that far in terms of $$$

The 24-105 will be a good general purpose lens, and replace my 18-135 when I don't need the extra at each end, or maybe just replace it entirely

Now my dilemma...

When I talked to a salesman in the camera shop, he suggested the Sigma 150-500 or a new body, instead of the 120-400 (I can get the 700D or 60D inside my budget)

So, to get around having to think about that I decided on the 24-105, however I read that there have been problems with the flexi-board(?) that cost almost as much to repair as the lens costs, so now I'm not so sure

So my question is, given the above, what would you do?

I still feel that I'm better of with either of my first choices, but I have been agonising over this for the past 2 weeks, and everytime I think I have it, something else turns up

Thanks very much for your help

Paul

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Canon EOS 500D Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS +1 more
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Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i)
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