I've recently been working on upgrading my kit, and I'm wondering what the right decision to make is. I live in Australia, where things are typically much more expensive than in the states. At the moment however, one retailer has a huge sale on some Canon lenses. The 17-40 is about $650AU, and the 24-105 is about $750AU.
At the moment my only high quality lens is the 50 1.4 USM, as I have been selling my old dodgy Tokina and such lens that were with my film cameras. I shoot mainly FF, on either a 5Dc or using film, but I occasionally use a 550D or 600D.
I shoot a bit of everything, some macro, some people, some sports and quite a fair bit of landscape. I'm probably leaning slightly towards the 17-40 because:
- It's wider and gives me more room for landscapes
- With an extension tube it gives some crazy macro photos
- I've used the 24-105 and hadn't found anything 'special' about, the photos didn't seem to have much spark
I'm considering the 24-105 simply because it has IS, a wider focal length range and would be a great walkaround and in some cases a good indoor people lens. Also, it covers a bit more range that my 50 doesn't, and I do find myself wanting more reach sometimes.
If you guys have any advice at all, that would be great
Thanks in advance,
P.S I can't really stretch the budget, but if there are any other lens around this price point I should be looking at, feel free to suggest them