reconsidering the 24-105

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reconsidering the 24-105
Aug 1, 2012

I first bought the 24-105 to use on my D60 about a year after the 24-105 came out. It is far and away my most versatile lens (despite misguided claims that it's focal range is not suitable for a crop camera). Used in combination with a 10-22 and 70-200 F2.8 (and a couple longer primes), it was the lens that was on my camera most of the time.

The only problem is, as I upgraded bodies, 40D and now 7D, the 24-105 is showing it's limitations. What produced great IQ on a 6MP D60, is 'meh' on a 7D (and yes, that is with micro adjustment - even careful manual focusing produces lackluster results). My 10-22 blows the 24-105 away. My wife also has a 10-22 and 24-105 and she is in complete agreement about the quality of the two lenses.

On my last outing the 24-105 took a fall and now it won't focus at all and I figure this is a good time to reconsider this lens. The new 24-70 is simply out of my price range at this time. Having used Sigma lenses in the past, I'm gun-shy about them. Is the 24-70 MkI worth looking at? The prime route is also an option, but since I do landscape photography that involves strenuous hikes, some with elevation changes over 1000', I'd rather carry one zoom than 3 primes. (My wife already has a 50 1.4 and 100 2.8)

Perhaps newer models of the 24-105 are better (I kind of doubt it since the design hasn't changed).

Any thoughts?

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