First thanks to everyone for their posts and information.
I just purchased my first real DSLR body a 60D today. My neighbor will let me borrow some lenses to get me started.
I was thinking of going with the EF-S 17-55 but I started looking at the 16-35L
Which do you think would be a better lens if you can only have one?
The primary use of the lens interview videos in a studio setting
Family pictures, I have two little girls.
Pictures around the house and places we go.
Other fun hobby photos.
I am leaning to the 17-55 but I like the fact that the 16-35 is an EF mount and could work with a full frame camera.
Which do you think will work better on a crop body?
I will probably try to rent each lens to try it out but interested in peoples experiences / opinions.
Thanks so much. Cant wait to start with my new camera! -- Steven
basically you've given yourself the best answer: rent and try them.
But, to be more helpful, I'll give you my thoughts and experience.
I always had cropped sensor cameras and I'll be switching to FF soon.
I have the 16-35 II, I bought it recently because of the near jump to the FF world.
I must say that it's a brilliant lens although on crop it just doesn't give its best, I've tried it (same lens) on a friend's 5D and it really was like night and day.
I think it just gives its best on FF...still great on crop don't get me wrong.
So, based on this my advice would be: will you jump shortly into the FF world?considering you just purchased the 60D I would say no (but you'll never know...photography equipment becomes too soon, waaay to soon exactly like a drug, gives you dependence LOL and becomes a risk issue....loads of cash and loads without noticing it ahah) and so stick with the still superb 17-55 2.8 which I know that it behaves on a crop sensor like an L lens would do on an FF!
Again as personal experience I find my 16-35 to be a fantastic lens but consider that I cover FL's from 16 all the way up to 200mm...analizing your situation, being your first lens I would give me more range to play with and would opt for the EF-S lens.
Hope this helps.
I know it's a tough decision. It always is LOL...
PS: post above is great also...consider that with money you spare you can buy yourself a fast prime for low light, veeery low light situation and well, have a prime which is always great!