First, I'll admit it: I really like this lens. The IQ it produces is top-shelf. It's also a handy focal length for walkaround shooting. It handles nicely on every camera I own, and I can be sure, when I'm shooting with it, that I'll be pleased with the results. To top it off, I got a great deal on the lens, and it just needs a CLA ($110) from KEH. BUT... It's heavy, and takes up a lot of space in my bag. The hood can be reversed, but that causes an even tighter squeeze in the bag. I currently keep it in my "vacation/lightweight" kit, and it kinda negates the "lightweight" part of the kit. Because of the size and bulk, I rarely use it. When I need the "money shot," I grab the Beast, which is the best zoom I've ever used. I'm starting to think that I'd be better served by an 18-70 (or 16-85VR) and a Sigma 30 1.4. These lenses (combined with my new 70-300VR), IMHO, would make an excellent vacation setup, and I wouldn't need a trip to the chiropractor after a day of lugging them around. But the idea of selling such a sweet performer makes me cringe. So, that's my dilemma. I can either get the 17-55 CLA'd and use it as my vacation lens, or sell it and pick up the pair I mentioned above. Maybe I'm overthinking this because it's late and I'm tired. Maybe I just need a bigger bag. But I can't get the thought out of my mind...at least not for now. Whaddya think?