let me start by saying I am venturing further into the photography world and will like to start making money out of my 'expensive' hobby if I can.
As such is the reasoning for my questions. Money is tight but I am of the opinion it's best to buy the best so it lasts. Some notes on my gear, I currently have :
- The EOS 1000d; I plan to get the 7D next - after my next lens purchase.
- Canon 50mm f1.8 mark2
- Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM
- Canon 18-55mm (non-IS) Kit Lens
- Yongnuo YN-565EX Flash Speedlite
I'm finding low light/shaded conditions a bit of a pain - most if not all my photos are blurred unless I let the ISO go higher resulting in noisy images. Of course I can use the excellent flash I have but that is not always possible. (I have to admit the flash stands up to reviews - it's as good if not the same as Canon's flagship flash at roughly a 1/4 of the price. It just lacks the Master trigger function.)
So what do I want to do? I wouldn't mind going a bit wide and actually get the sharp photos I expect. The 18-55 kit is simply not capable. Though I'm not an outdoorsy person and although I love taking pictures of scenery, I don't get much chance to do so. I think here my situation is indoor shots or building shots.
I'm going to be doing some indoor, shaded (in church), shots soon - a christening. I'd like to be able to take the shots, if at all possible, without the flash. It's not going to be night time. Here, the 17-55 2.8 IS USM seems to be the way to go.
On another note, I want to get into Portrait shots - like those you see in shopping centres, where you book in advance to get your kids shot etc. Here I think the 24-105 f4 IS would be great since it will be well lit - mostly with flash.
Yet in either case, either may do... see my confusion.
I'm all for getting another (Wide/Ultra Wide lens) if the suggestion is to go with the 24-105. I would need some suggestions though on that lens.
I think in the short term going forward, it will be more portraits etc in decent light that I will be taking and in 90% of cases I can use the flash if required. I did get to use the 18-55 IS version of the kit for a evening party, with Flash... Most if not all came out perfect yet I know the flash helped a lot. I know that if I used my non-IS kit lens for the same purpose, even with flash, I would not of got the same results.
The 24-70, while attractive it is very costly.
Eventually when I make some money, and maybe a year or so down the line, I will upgrade to a FF camera but will keep my 7D.
I've read many reviews on the 17-55 and the 24-105 and many say the IQ is virtually the same - it's the front element dust issues with the 17-55 that have me concerned (although I stick on a UV filter the day I get a new lens)
I think I have covered everything.
I thought I'd mention - I'm not the steadiest of hands. My breathing is a little erratic so the 'sniper' hold is not something I can accomplish easily - at least not longer than a second or so (I have started to use a 2 sec timer to counter this - so the button press doesn't add to movement). I used to be able to do the 'sniper' for a minimum of 5 seconds but things change. Due to all this I think the IS is a huge help to me but so could the same be said for a wider aperture.