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Question Lens dilemma (Sigma 10-20mm V Oly 11-22mm) & (Sigma 70-200mm V Oly 50-200mm)

I have a bit of a dilemma that Iíve been struggling with and thought I would see you guys had to say on the matter.

I am in a fortunate position of being able to add a couple of lenses to my growing collection (thanks to the tax man!). I currently have the Oly 14-45mm kit lens that came with my E500, and I have somewhat replaced this with the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 which I am very pleased with. In addition I also have the Sigma 55-200 zoom, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and a Russian 8mm fisheye (via a converter ring).

I am looking for a wide angle zoom to supplement the Sigma 18-50mm, this will be predominantly used for landscapes and city vistas as the 18mm is not wide enough. I am torn between getting the Oly 11-22 f/2.8-3.5 (available now at the very tempting price of £370 thanks to another thread in the forum), or waiting a few weeks for the new Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6, price around £289. Both seem to have good reviews (albeit in other mounts in the case of the Sigma) however I am unsure of the impact of that extra 1mm at the wide end.

Secondly I am also looking for a replacement to my Sigma 55-200, again there are two options; either the Oly 55-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD for £770 or the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (£699) (available in a short while). This will be used for my first foray into motorsport photography as well as a few airshows and the like I am planning on visiting this year. Having looked at, and tried the Oly I am very impressed, especially the SWD focusing, however I do not really like the extending trombone of the zoom. As I may well be using this with either the EC14 or EC20 the fixed f/2.8 of the Sigma may be beneficial. As a third option I do have the opportunity to buy the Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 at an attractive price thus giving me a lens to use at the British Touring Car race next month while waiting for the Sigma 70-200mm to be available for a side by side comparison, so if there are any views on this I would welcome them also.

I would be most grateful to hear the views, opinions or just comments of the members of this forum or just to know if anyone else is having similar thoughts. If anyone needs any more details please let me know.

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