Today I ordered a couple of new lenses for my camera. The first was an easy choice: a Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM - which will be my main lens when running around indoors. I'm actually a little disappointed that I didn't start my research on this until really late or I might've had the chance to order this lens *before* the reunion which would have been beneficial several times. Oh well, I will have it soon! The other lens I ordered took me awhile to decide upon. I ended up choosing this guy: a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC. There were several other lenses I was seriously considering, including a Canon 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS USM and the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX. In the end though, the one I chose won out because of its very reasonable price and the combination of features it has. There seems to be a lot of mixed reviews concerning the Canon lens. Some people love it, but a lot of people seem to hate it. The 17-70 I chose didn't seem to have these polarized opinions (though there is some concern over getting a good copy of the lens). The 24-70, on the other hand is a really nice looking lens. However, you may have noticed that I do a fair amount of scenery photography, and I felt that I would dearly miss the wide-angle capability that I can currently do with my kit lens. When I go travelling, this is the lens I will be moving around with so I settled for the 17-70.

If you've got any comments for me I'd love to hear them -- I'll hopefully get the lenses soon and will give them some in depth tests while I still have the option of returning them.