Hey all, I'm planning to get into the Canon game when the new round of financial aid money comes in. I'm planning to buy a 7D body and my question is what general purpose lens should I be looking at? I've been looking around and so far I've come up with the Canon 24-70 2.8 L as my best way to go but I'm also questioning it. It's fast, which is one of my very main priorities, but on a 1.6x crop body, 24mm is not very wide at all. Also, there's the subject of cost, at $1200-$1400 its a considerable investment (yes, I know its an investment). The 1.6x crop is nice on the long end though as that 70 becomes 112mm. I know this to be an extremely popular all-purpose lens for pros and owning it now would be very nice but I wanted to make sure there isn't some other lens out there I'm over looking. As it is, dropping $2000 on the body (with a CF card and warrantee) is going to be tough enough so if there is a lens that'd I'd be better off checking out I'd like to know about it. I'm mostly interested in the range of focal lengths while still being fast. I'm a photojournalism student and I work for the news paper at school and I've come to find that stuff like f/3.5-5.6 just doesn't cut it 90% of the time. I'd like to find something nice and fast with a decent range. Even with IS or Nikon's VR, f/3.5 still doesn't give me fast enough shutter speeds to shoot sports with. Thanks everyone!