I'm doing a little thinking outloud and want to bounce some ideas off the fine folks of POTN.
My shooting habits have changed a bit and I am considering shaking up my lens lineup. The biggest change is that I have pretty much completely stopped taking on weddings - I'm now focusing more on my personal work (landscapes, travel, street, abstract), some commercial/client, and microstock. For an accurate cross section of my shooting please see the portfolio section of my website listed in my signature.
I am looking to make some changes as I'm being tempted by the prime bug and I want faster glass in my bag. I have let go of quite a bit of my gear since last summer, I am currently down to working with the following lineup:
30D x 2, 17-40L, 100mm F/2.8 Macro, 70-200 F/2.8 ISL
Now because of the economy and uncertainty around job security I may need to sacrafice some of my current equipment to afford anything new. A body upgrade is not in the cards for the near future. While the 100 macro is a great performer I am thinking of letting it go due to lack of use. The painful part would be potentially selling my 70-200 to fund new gear. It is a fantastic lens, a workhorse, but for personal work / travel it stays home due to the weight and size. Here's where the advice peice comes in...
if I sell the 100 macro and 70-200 I could do something like this:
a. Buy the 35L and 135L - giving me 17-40, 35, 135. This leaves me with nothing from 40-135 which I am a bit weary about.
b. Buy the 24-70L and 135L - I've had the brick before and regret selling it, but I don't welcome it's bulk
If I sell the 100 macro but keep the 70-200 I could maybe scrimp and save towards:
c. 50mm f/1.4 + 135L - giving me some fast glass along with a smaller, lighter, telephoto. Let's me retain the 70-200 for client work when needed.
d. get the 35L and live with the big bulky telephoto that often stays home.
To me it sounds like C is the most affordable and makes the most sense. I would then down the road look at the 24L or 35L once the economy turns around and my income is back up (I'm an account executive for an american firm, yikes!).
Thanks for any input folks - cheers!