Long time lurker but have only just joined, so please forgive me if I breach any conventions/rules.
I will be upgrading from a canon 20d to either a 5d or 5d mark II, but before I do that Iwill be buying a whole new range of lenses and was hoping for some feedback from this awesome forum (one of the few I've come across where members offer great feedback and constructive criticism rather than criticise for the fun of it).
I do mostly portraits and landscapes (purely amateur, but I'm steadily improving and my consumer grade lenses are no longer cutting it).
The only lens I have that I intend keeping is a 50mm 1.4.
I'm considering getting the following 3 (possibly 4) lenses:
1.17-40 f4 or a decent wide angle prime. The 16-35 doesn't seem to offer that much more performance-wise for landscape photography for a whole lot more money (I can see its value for indoor work, such as weddings, but I don't do that kind of photography).
2. 24-105 f4. Thought long and hard about the 24-70 f2.8, but for my style of photography I thought the extra zoom range and lower weight were better advantages to me than the wider aperture.
3. 70-200 f4 IS. Again I thought long and hard about the f2.8, but in the end it just seems too heavy to be practical for travel/hiking if I want to carry the other lenses (plus a tripod, plus filters, plus water, plus everything else one needs).
4. If I find I'm missing ocasional portraits with the 70-200 f4, I will probably add a 135mm f2 (or an 85mm f1.eight) to my kit. Maybe one day I can dream of an 85 f1.2, but at the moment with everything else I need (or "want") first that is pie in the sky.
So there you have it. I've been using my old 20d for 4 years (and have had some of my lenses for almost 10 years) so I can get all this at once as I've been saving for years. Just as the the dollar tanked, just my luck. So I want to get it sooner rather than later, before retailers start running out of old stock and put up their prices.
Thought about 2nd hand for a while, but the prices on ebay dont seem that much cheaper than new from places like qcsa and digi-direct (often within $100-$300), and then you dont get a 12 mnth warranty and if the lens has problems you are %$#&ed.
Any feedback would be much appreciated. I should add my budget for glass is around $4K, give or take.