So, I decided to "bite the bullet" and go for a Canon Rebel T2i/550D for my video recording needs, although I will most likely be doing mostly still photography. Now, next question is what lens to buy. I already have a 50mm/1.8 II, and an EF-S 17-85 F/4-5.6 IS USM. I prefer the 50mm in general, because I often shoot it what's apparantly low light conditions. On the other hand, I miss zoom functionality. So, to combine "low light functionality" with "zoom" (so I avoid switching lens all the time), I've been looking into: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-17-55mm-f-2.8-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx Price where I live: Approx. 1275 USD Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx Price where I live: Approx. 1550 USD I like the IS of the "cheap" one, and I presume that would be a huge benefit in video recording - but I might be wrong? The downside of the "cheap" one, is the fact that there's no upgrade path (cannot be used on a full frame camera). Benefit of the L one, is the wider focal range, which I kinda like on my current lens. I'm no pro. I will mostly shoot "family/vacation pictures and video", but I need the versatility of not switching lens all the time + I need to be able to shoot nice photos outside a perfectly lit photo studio I do not wish to carry around a tripod at all times. What would you suggest? Thanks in advance for any recommendations and suggestions! Edit: Speling errors.