hey guys, i'm inbetween a rock and a hard place.
here is the deal. First off I use a Canon T3i and have no intentions of getting a full frame body.
Wanting a good walk around lens, I recently picked up like new used 17-40mm F4 L, and its a really good lens, Though I'm really considering trading/selling it for a Canon 17-55mm 2.8.
I've tried both lens's out ( in a store ), and I really like the 2.8 and IS of the 55, but the build quality is poor compared to the L ( if you look up with an extended barrel it will creep back down ) the zoom and focus rings are not as smooth, and I dont like that the barrel extends so much when zooming.
the 40 is pretty good, the only complaint i have is the f4 is not as fast, and ( probably due to my inexperience than the lens ) night shots i'm lucky if I get 1 out of 3 pictures to be useable. I love that its smaller and lighter than the 55, the build quality is amazing. The only thing I dont like is that its its a bit slow. I don't yet own a flash and while using it the other day for a friends portraits, and I ended up getting better shots with my 50mm 1.8 than the L. Though mine is used, its in flawless shape, and despite being made in 2004 the previous owner had a recipt showing he bought it only 6 months ago, and it was too wide for his full frame.
I went with the L because it was in good shape, and I feel like I got a good deal on it. And I love the wide angle and its nice for indoor shots and landscape/architecture and some street style photography. Currently used 55's are in the $650+ range on my local Craigslist. And I got lucky and got a deal on my L. New both lens's currently retail about the same, so I figured I should be able to do a 1:1 trade.
Do you guys think I should try to sell/trade it for the 17-55mm 2.8?
I do wish my L was a 2.8 IS, but the build quality concerns me a bit. as ( to me ) both are very expensive lens's and I would like them to last. I also ( my inexperience ) dislike the 2.8 because I have a hard time getting (espc at wide shots ) in focus, i'll often miss the area that I want to get in focus, and the f4 makes it a bit easier for me. ( though I'm aware you can stop down the 2.8 )
opinions, ideas, views, thoughts all welcome.