I am not totally new to photography but still pretty "fresh". I am planning on ordering a Rebel XTi, a 17-40L, a 50mmf1.4, and a 580ex flash very soon. I also want a telelphoto zoom but am having a very hard time deciding between the subject lenses. I mainly plan on photographing family snapshots and vacation type photos with the possibility of taking some architecture, landscape, and animal/wildlife style shots.
I have read many threads on the topic here and in other forums as well as review sites. There are pros and cons for each. The fact that there is no real concensus among answers confirms it is a tough question. I admit I like staying in the Canon line for compatibility issues. Some questions I have for current owners:
1. How do the lenses feel on the rebel series camera since it is smaller? I am talking balance, handholding especially with the grip, and carrying it on a neckstrap as on vaction? Can a tripod be used on the camera with the 70-200f4 on or do you need the collar?
2. How durable/reliable is the IS on lenses? Is that something that more trouble is common with? I was wondering about servicing probability between IS and non IS lenses.
Thanks for you responses in advance!