You're going to love the beast. It was one of the first lenses I bought for my 'D2x' and it was hauled all over Europe this summer. I seldom take it off and it is my official all purpose lens. It even works with the 2x teleconverter. Now if only I were worthy of this equipment. :?
Hi, Lens Lusters! As much as I love The Beast, I have to offer a few words of caution. It's a "purpose lens", designed specifically for PJ and event photography. It can be used as a general purpose lens, but only if you work within its design characteristics. For instance, it's not in the same league as the 17-55 for wide open sharpness. As you all know, it's a big, brute of a lens, so unless you're in shape, it's a load to carry around. And it's been known to scare children and women when pointed at them.
Get passed all of that, and it's capable to delivering good results for everything from closeups...
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It's happiest when you use it for a wedding, though. I shot one yesterday, and even though I had 4 lenses in my bag, I never felt the urge to take The Beast off my camera. Not when it can deliver shots like this.
Mitch---Congratulations, hope the Beast meets all of your expectations!
I'm still struggling with the 17-55 or 28-70 decision.
Crystall--- Would you still go for the 28-70 if you did not already have the 12-24?
Best Regards, Alan