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Recommendations for EF lens with decent range

Rising Star

Looking for a single lens with decent range. My daughter travels quite a bit and wanted a hand me down, had my 60D cleaned and it's now hers for travel.

I would like to get her a single lens that would give her good range, was light enough to carry all day hiking and produced some good image quality.  I was looking at the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C. The reviews for the most part are pretty good, they appear to have had a small challenge with the focus motor but overall for the amateur/hobbyist the feedback has been good. I found one used in excellent shape for $380.

Image stabilization and auto focus are a must have for the lens.

The question, if you were going to gift one lens with about the same spec and price what would you buy. 

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90D ~ 5D Mark IV ~ R6 Mark II ~ R50 and way to many EF lenses
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I second JH suggestion for the Canon ef-s 18-200mm. Keep it Canon of possible. That will work best.

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Lens are recommendations for DSLRs are subject to availability.  Canon has already stopped production of most EOS DSLR lenses.  You could be looking at the used lens market.  Try MPB.

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I just bought a used Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC AF lens from Adorama for  $119.00 that I really like. It's not too heavy. Using it on a Canon T6s