It was a good year or I was just foolish, but I got both the 70-200 MK II and the 24-105 L lenses. My first "L glass" and you can really tell the difference.
Right now I'm using them on my crop 7D - and yes, I'm missing the wide end from my kit 17-85 but these are so much sharper and well constructed.
It is taking a little getting used to in that the zoom ring on the EF lenses is the near ring and was the larger outer ring on the EF-S 17-85. I keep trying to zoom with the focus ring!
The second thing I can't get used to is the IS on these. My kit lens has it and it was almost like it "locking in" (I could see it happen). But on these, I hear it working, know its working but can't see it "happen."
After spending that much, I just wanted to make sure I wouldn't miss the return period but I really think "soft" or bad copies is pretty rare for these lenses.
Probably wasted a thread on the forum. Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions, especially the brick buildings or straight walls edges, etc.
artyH wrote in post #13573384
I would use the lens inside and outside for the types of photos that you would want to use the lens for.
If I get a fast lens, like a 50f1.4, I take photos of people indoors at large apertures. If I get sharp photos at f1.8, then fine. Mine works fine wide open, and is much better at f1.8 or f2. You also need to use the lens outside stopped down at varying distances.
For a zoom, I'd shoot lots of photos at varying apertures, focal lengths and distances. If everything comes out fine - then I don't bother with shooting test charts.
Which lens did you get?