I was very fortunate to recieve this lens as a gift (!!!) from some generous relatives. They asked me to pick any lens from the canon catalog and they would get it for me, so I asked for a lens that I wouldn't normally be able to afford. The money isn't a problem for them, and they enjoy giving things to me as much as I enjoy using them. However, I'm really starting to feel like this lens just doesn't suit my shooting style as much as I thought it would. In fact, I'm thinking of going to the complete opposite direction and returning this lens, selling my other lens (a 17-40/4L) and going with 1-2 primes (the 35/2 and the 50/1.4). Am I crazy?
Fellow 70-200 2.8 IS owners, what do you use this lens for? I don't shoot sports at all, but I do shoot events. It seems to me, though, that this lens is too conspicuous to get the kind of candid, documentary photography that I'm after. I don't so much even mind the weight, but the size is causing me to leave my camera at home...I feel like I'd be better off with a cheaper, lighter prime.
Will I go through all this, only to find out that I miss the versatility of my two L zooms? Has anyone been down this road before? I find myself very attracted to the simplicity, compactness, and 'feel' of primes. This isn't to say that I don't like my two L zooms (they're fantastic, as you all know!), I just feel like I might be better off saving for a 5d and a nice flash and tripod and use primes only (I'm shooting a 20d right now). I will get all of those things eventually even if I decide to keep this lens--I will just have to wait a while.
Anyone have any thoughts/experiences that they would like to share? I am kind of at a loss for what to do, since I never thought that this would happen. If I decide to keep the 70-200 I will probably add a 35/2 anyway fairly soon. I don't like the feeling of not bringing my camera because it is too big/inconvenient to carry.