Yeah, the 14-24 is both $$$ and heavy and (tho not important to me really) a bitch to put filters on. But those aren't the reason's I don't use it. It just isn't very -personal-. I like to shoot things where the subject is the important thing and not the environment itself. Sure making a foreground item is important, but even then it's about that object as part of a bigger space, and that really doesn't mesh with my particular sensibility when I'm shooting tho I can appreciate it when others have done it well. i bought it on a whim back when one of the online resellers (it might have even been dell) had some kind of crazy rebate program via Bing, I think I got a $400 rebate on it at the time. No way would I have bought it if not for that.