A Do-All lens or a mixed bag?

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    What do you prefer? Obviously a do-all is more convenient, but is it worth it? Is swapping lenses all the time worth it? I've got the Nikon 18-200 VRII right now and the versatility is great, but I'm considering covering that focal range with a few lenses instead. Thinking about these:

    Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6
    Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
    Sigma 70-200 f/2.8

    What are your thoughts?
     
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    You would be better off with keeping the 18-200 and grabbing a prime or 2
     
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    I have thought about that too. Which primes do you think would best compliment what I have?
     
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    What focal length do you find yourself shooting in most?
     
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    Well seeing as you shoot a d5000 your pretty limited. FOR SURE grab the 35mm 1.8, its an amazing lens and a hell of a bargain.

    When i shot a D40 i shot with a sigma 10-20,18-50, and 70-200 and slowly each of them turned out to be **** =[. So my recomendation is to stay away from Sigma.

    But a simple 35mm prime + 18-200 should cover tons and tons of shots.
     
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    The 50mm f1.8 is cheap and is a great prime.

    I use the 35mm f1.8 to compliment my Sigma 18-250mm HSM

    Its really a matter of preference and which range you find yourself shooting at the most, ya know.
     
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    Well, I tend to shoot either at 18 (wishing I could go wider) or from around 80-200 (wishing I could go longer pretty often)

    Another thought was to sell the 18-200 and get the Sigma 10-20 and 18-50, and the Nikon 70-300. I would have better quality in the short range, and I could reach a little farther.
     
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    Why do you want more lenses? Do you need faster lenses?
     
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    I think that your 18-200mm VR is a great all purpose lens and would agree with Jim on adding some primes. Like the others asked is their a reason you want new lenses?
     
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    Yeah i really feel like your gonna be singing that "Dont know what ya got till its gone" song if you get rid of the 18-200. I mean there people who sell all there lenses to buy just that one. As a professional photographer its not amazing becuase its not very fast, but it surely is the most versatile lens money can buy these days
     
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    The faster fstop will be great for faster action and low light situations, but I'm not really convinced that the optical image provided by the lenses would differ all that much. Having a good all purpose lens is VERY convenient. I would suggest building around that lens to fit your needs. You already have the range right now in a single lens, so selling that to get three lenses to make up for it wouldn't make much sense unless you feel like the 18-200mm is holding you back.
     
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    I don't really feel like it's holding me back, I just want the best shots possible. I thought maybe faster lenses instead would be best. I'm going to take yall's advice and keep what I have and build around it. Sounds like some primes and maybe a fast zoom (70-200 f/2.8) would be better for me.

    Thanks a lot guys! Talked me out of spending a big chunk of change!
     

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