« on: June 14, 2012, 01:01:44 PM »
I'm with everyone else in that there's no real 'cheap 24-105'.
Honestly, I think this lens would retail for $1400+ if it came out today and didn't have the benefit of being a high-volume kit lens.
Look at the good non-L zoom lenses, they're basically the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and the 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM -- neither have a low price tag, and those are EF-S (you mentioned wanting FF as well).
Look at the desirable non-Canon zooms, you have the ultra-wides, which are both non-ef AND not that cheap, and then there's that new Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD, which looks awesome, but we're back at high price.
Honestly, for the range you're not going to find a better deal.
Now, people have mentioned primes, which I'm more and more warming up to as I get better at photography, better images at around half the price. Do you have access to a possibly loaner 24-105 that you can narrow down what FOV you would favor?