so, after sadly parting ways with my sigma 30, i am left with only the 24-105, and not quite sure what the next step is...
what i shoot:
1. predominantly, i shoot indoor/low light family/friend events
2. secondly, i shoot some milestone events for friends (ie. e-shoot, baby shower, etc), which can take place outdoors
3. lastly, the camera sometimes travels with me to places such as zoo, botanic gardens, local dog parts, etc...
looking at this list, i am immediately drawn to the 24-70. it would immediately help me out with #1, and i think it would do well for #2 as a portrait lens (38-112mm on my crop). carrying the brick around for #3 would likely be more painful than with the 24-105, but i think i can manage with my blackrapid strap.
at the same time, i realize that 24mm is not wide enough on crop. personally, i care more about the tele end, for those tighter portrait shots, but at the same time, it becomes a challenge to take group shots indoors. this makes me think about the 17-55, which is the crop version of 24-70. this would help with #1 and #3, not necessarily with #2. also, the red ring is just too tempting to get. i know, its a red ring, but its just something i know i want. also, having IS will help, but as i learned with the 24-105, IS can only do so much, and in a dim restaurant, it wont suffice.
the 17-55 will leave much desired on the tele end, and while some suggest getting a 70-200 variant to complement it, i just cant see enough usage of the 70-200 to justify even buying a f4 IS. (non IS is out of the question and my hands arent steady enough for a lens of that size)
and then there is the option to get a WA/UWA lens. ive read good things about the tokina 11-16 2.8 and the canon 10-22. the tokina would be better suited for my shooting, as i dont do landscapes, and would only use it indoors for group shots. but, seeing some sample pics, i wonder if it has a softness issue. then again, ive been dealing with having a 24mm lens as my widest up until now, and ive gotten used to it.
so, this leaves me with:
sell 24-105 and buy:
1. 24-70 AND 11-16
2. 24-70 and deal with 24mm being the widest i have
3. 17-55 and deal with not having much on the tele end.