So, I've been home for a few months after a year of living in France, and at the end of the month I'll be moving back for another year. Since I've been home, I've replaced my 40D and Tamron 17-50 with a 5d2 and, well, nothing yet. I need a walkaround before I go back!
My big temptation right now is to trade in my Drainpipe (and a bit o' money) for a 24-105L and be done with it. I love the Drainpipe but its size/weight and the fact that I simply don't use it enough prevent it from attaining the "from my cold dead hands" status that it deserves. Considering the fact that I've budgeted myself $400 in cash (plus a bit more if need be), I've come up with two options (both keeping my Sigmalux):
1. Sell the Drainpipe for around $650 net (they go for a lot higher than that but mine ain't perfect), add in $150-$200 for a 24-105L. Then use the remaining money for a Samyang 85mm for portraits and maybe an old 70-210 just so I can have at least a cheapo option for longer shots.
2. Keep the Drainpipe and pick up a beat-up 28-135 IS as a walkaround for situations where super IQ isn't necessary and an old Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 for times when I need critical sharpness for landscapes.
So the questions are: is the 24-105 good enough to merit getting rid of the fantastic Drainpipe? And, is the 28-135 bad enough that I'd be a fool to get one? Oh, and by the way, the various 3rd-party 2.8 zooms aren't really an option at the moment...I really want IS.
A few of you may recall that I've contemplated letting the Drainpipe go before...this may just be another one of those keep-it-in-the-end situations!
Thanks a lot to anyone with input!