Gears of war
My arsenal, as of August 2, 2008. I now have pretty much all the basics covered, thanks to this morning's delivery of the hefty 24-70 (top left) to replace my kit lens. L-glass all the way from 24 to 200mm! Only trouble is the pummelling my bank account took; I had to buy a custom stainless steel exhaust for my car the same weekend, so I really should have shown more self-restraint.
This might well be my last shot with the 18-55 for a long while; I can't imagine needing it much any more. Though to be honest, it was a perfectly reasonable lens. Too many people are eager to jump on the "oh it's just plasticky rubbish" bandwagon, but for what it can do I think it offers as much value as the thrify fifty prime. It was a kit lens shot which ended up on the front page of a national newspaper. If it's good enough for the photo desk of the Evening Times it's good enough for me.
So, what's left to get? A 100mm 2.8 macro, please. Upgrade the 50mm to a f/1.4. Replace the 70-200 f/4 with its 2.8 IS big brother. And maybe a 400 f/5.6 as well for when I really need the extra length. And a 1.4x extender for when I really need a lot of extra length (will also let me cover the 200-400 range with the telephoto zoom). Oh, and since the 24-70 isn't as wide as the kit lens I'll probably need an ultra-wide as well.