Looking for a zoom lens recommendation in the 18-200mm range

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  1. Mendoza

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    Hello. I've been scouring zoom lens reviews for about the past 5 days now and am lost. First, what I'm looking for:
    - Lens somewhere between 18-200mm (at least 28-135mm)
    - APS-C (Canon) compatible
    - IS, USM, and low F-stop are nice of course (particularly Image Stabilization)
    - Max. price $500-600

    (My main priority would be sharpness.) I've read a lot of reviews and am really confused. Here's my question: Any "standout" lenses with these characteristics? Every single lens seems to score a 4/5 overall. The lenses on my list so far are:
    - Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    - Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS
    - Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS
     
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    Take a look at the Tamron 18-275. I like their VC (equivalent to Canon's IS). It runs in the low $600's but I think it comes with an $80 rebate for the summer. I took one out for a test drive this week at a Tamron clinic and was impressed (almost pulled the plastic out for it).
     
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    ^Thanks that's very helpful.
     
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    I really like the Canon but when i tried it out lens creep was absolutely awful, every time i tilted just a little but the lens creeped. if it didn't have this problem i probably would have bought it.
     
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