first off before story time, i am not a spoiled brat, this is rare for me, don't hate on me for having rich grandparents, this does not usually happen:
so i had one of the biggest grandparent scores of my life a few days ago, i still can't get over it. basically they LOVE the fact that i'm into photography and since they don't look at pictures that often they think mine are really good. when i was shooting fireworks on the 4th i walked my grandpa through what i was doing and explained the whole thing to him and he got really into it and into the fact that i was doing it. so he approached me on sunday and was like "based on your interest we have decided to get you a good lens you want now to replace a birthday and christmas present, because you're into it now we don't want to make you wait" so i'm stoked out of my mind, but i don't know what to get......
they're willing to spend what it takes for this fucker!!!!! granted i can't ask for an 11,000 dollar lens, but i can get something good, which means i can get an L lens because i'm kinda stuck in L fever right now.
i'm torn between the 24-105 and the 24-70 or maybe something else in the high quality lineup, but i really want a good walkaround lens. i'm often going places where i can't bring an entire camera bag so i just want 1 do it all lens, and i want this to be it
now, if i had a full frame camera, the 24-105 would already be in my hand, but i'm worried about the side effects of a crop sensor (40D) making the lens 38-168ish in reality, that being not too wide angle and not too long. that's why i'm thinking the 24-70 might be fine with the magnification from the sensor. now i do see myself getting a 5D mk1 in the future, i can sell a few lenses and my body and get it for no extra cost, so i want something compatible with that in the future
i went to b&h today and played with both on a 50D and the range actually seemed pretty nice for me but i couldn't tell in a camera store filled with orthodox jews while playing with a beat to shit lens
so 24-70 is fast and maybe a little sharper but it's heavy as fuck and a big ass lens for walkaround and it's a smaller focal range
24-105 has the extra focal length and IS but is several stops slower
i currently use a 40D with:
tammy 17-50 2.8 (i would sell this if i got either of these lenses)
50mm 1.8 with extension tubes
ghetto 70-200 f/4 non IS from like 1994
i'd probably use this mostly outdoors, i don't shoot many portraits and i have a 50mm as an indoor lens, but idk exactly yet, i just want something that can do it all. so help me out here, as you can see from the long winded thread i really wanna get this right, i don't wanna take advantage of the amazing opportunity and blow it on a lens i don't really want, i can sell it, but still. so yeah any suggestions would be appreciated