I am currently considering replacing my 35-70mm. My main problem with this lens is the flaring. I am outdoors a lot and always seems to have flaring/ghosting. I have the lens hood as well but really does not seem to help all that much. Would like some opinions from others on options besides the famed 24-70. I don't doubt that this is a fabulous lens however the price tag for me is unrealistic at this time unless I find a supremely sweet deal! A weakness of mine is post processing. I am not very good and it takes a large amount of time so usually I try to avoid unless necessary. So I am looking for a lens that has as few faults as possible. Trying to avoid fringing and distortion, doesn't have to be a super speedy lens however crisp images. My camera is a d300. I use my camera primarily for family and fun. Earlier this year I sold my 50mm lens and replaced it with an 85 1.4. My only other lens is a 300mm f4. I typically lean towards primes however I have not been impressed with 24mm. I do have a trip coming up to Disney so this new lens will probably be my walk around lens for a couple weeks. Thanks in advance!