I am new to this site, so apologies in advance if there is a similar thread to this. Feel free to point me there
I currently have a Canon 400d and a Sigma 18-200 DC OS lens. They have been a pretty decent and flexible combination to get me started in the digital SLR world.
I don't specialise in any particular photography - I take a few wildlife shots, some surf shots, portraits of my kids and friends, landscape shots, photos at kiddie parties, close-ups of insects etc.
Now I'm looking to upgrade, and with the vast amount of reviews and forums out there, this is hard work! I do like being able to take videos on my SLR, so I've pretty much managed to narrow it down to the 7d. I looked at the 5d MK 2, but there are some things such as the 8 frames / sec and some video features on the 7d that makes it more suitable for me. Saying that, they are both great. I know - I've read about 2763 reviews
So - now what lenses to buy. Ideally just one do-it-all lens would be great, but that just imposes too many limitations (not to mention weight and cost).
What I've looked at and probably my final list of options:
1) Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
This is what I'd get on an FF camera - not crop as I lose a lot on the wide side. Still an option though...
2) Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
This is quite a recent lens and I think (with some doubt because of the 3.5-5.6) that this may be the best 'on the camera most of the time' lens. Reviews are pretty good and it is IS.
3) Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS
The 2.8 is very appealing, but the additional zoom of the 15-85 seems to make it a better walk-around lens.
4) Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens
I really like the range of this lens. My only reservation would be the 4-5.6. The 70-200 f/4 may be an option, but I do lose 100mm on the top end. S telephoto would definitely be on my list as a second lense. So pairing one with a 'walk-around' lens is the tricky part...
Soooo - I'd love some opinions on what you would choose for a 7d (or any crop SLR) if you were an amateur photographer with a keen interest in photography in general, but no specific field of photography in mind (yet).