Today, I got my 21st birthday present. Though it was a mere four months after the fact, the gift will still be by my side in a mere four years: opening, closing, opening, closing, time and time again. What is it? A 24-70 mm F 1:2.8 Cannon Ultrasonic Lens. What's the big deal? This glass will be my workhorse for years to come, allows me to shoot in far darker situations with far better results than any other lens I have, and has an auto focus faster and more quiet than a mute Jackie Joyner-Kersee (yes, this too is on steroids).
On a side bar, I realize I haven't posted any pictures yet, but that isn't due to a lack of effort. I'm trying to get a soundslides project to be the first up but am having difficulties... stay tuned.