just bumping this thread
so, sold off my remaining 24-105, and went back to the dilemma of 17-55 or 24-70. i borrowed a coworker's 17-55 and went for a walk around midtown nyc during lunch yesterday. 2.8 is lovely, especially inside of st. patricks, and im super excited about getting a 2.8 zoom. as for the FL... as nice as the 17mm wide end was, i constantly kept wishing for reach. also, after using the built-like-a-tank-24-105, the 17-55 definitely let its build quality be known. the zoom ring lacked the tightness of an L, and the barrel had some instances of creep (though i guess thats just this copy).
call it L-envy, but i will be purchasing a 24-70, and i think i will be quite quite happy with it, even on a cropper
eventually, i will add a WA as funds allow, to help out on the wide end... likely a tokina 11-16 2.8