A zoom to die for. Yes, I just said "zoom."
On sale just for today (I think): one of the best zoom lenses I've ever used, the outstanding Canon EF 24–70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM.
I've only tried it, never owned it, and have looked at thousands (several!) of images shot with it. Optically it's luscious and seems to have no flaws, a highly pleasing zoom. It matches the distinctive "look" of Canon's famous full-frame CMOS sensors magnificently. Even, dare I say, magically.
Of course it's not exactly an ideal lens—70mm isn't quite long enough, it doesn't have IS (which is a problem because neither do Canon's bodies), and it's heavy. But hey, that's the price you often pay for optical near-perfection; and at this nice discount it's a lot cheaper than lenses that aren't visually as good.
If you've been thinking of moving up, today could be the day.
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A. Dias: "The EF 24–70mm ƒ/2.8L II is indeed as good as any other lens I have seen. A keeper!"
Jeff Buttel: "I normally shoot with a 35mm lens on a full frame body, because that's the way I see. But I've used the 24–70mm for video, and it just looks better, by a wide margin, than any other lens I use for video. My point being that even with a low resolution sensor it really shines. It's also very sharp when shooting high resolution stills."
Geoff Wittig: "Canon's 24–70mm ƒ/2.8L II is indeed a fabulous lens. The previous model had some field curvature issues that limited perceived sharpness, at least the example I owned. Version II is optically flawless; I have yet to find a weakness. Mine is basically welded to an EOS-5DS R body, and when used with careful technique on a solid tripod at low ISO the resolution seems bottomless. Mostly I'm shooting at ƒ/8 to ƒ/16 for the depth of field, but that bright ƒ/2.8 is very kind to my aging vision. I'm not really much of a wide-angle shooter, but Canon's 16–35mm ƒ/2.8L III is also wonderful optically. I could find no soft areas in a 24x36" print from a single frame capture. (The same could not be said of versions I and II, which were pretty mediocre in the corners)."