Brandman wrote in post #14054616
let me rephrase my question forget my skill level, just because I havent chosen one particular area of focus doesn't mean i'm not knowledgeable or lack skill level to take pictures with great composition. I'm looking for a sharp, versatile, fast lens. out of the 2 lenses that i have mentioned which one fits the bill of being sharp, versatile, and fast?
I afraid it is a hard question to answer then. Without knowing your area of focus is hard to give you suggestions. The 24-70L and the 70-200L is a very different lens, they are for different purposes. If you like to shoot landscape or street photography, I wouldn't recommend the 70-200, since it is too tight for the style, where if you like to shoot wildlife, I wouldn't recommend the 24-70L as the focal length it too short. So You really have to know what you are shooting first? A good photographer should always know what lens to use according to the environment and situation. Without knowing your interests and focus, it is just hard to answer. Or as my previous comment, just get a walk around zoom.
The two lens that you mention are both very sharp and versatile, fast but not as fast as prime.