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| p.1 #9 · Sell my L Zooms for L Primes and Other Assorted Questions? |
I wouldn't recommend making wholesale changes to your lens lineup at once. As has been suggested above, keep what you have and perhaps add a prime or two to see if you'd really enjoy shooting with primes better, or if you'd see any benefit over what you have now.
You mention weight as being a reason for considering primes. However, the L primes that you're considering certainly are not lightweights. In fact, 4 of them will likely weigh more than your two zooms. In your discussion of focal lengths, it seems like the only range that you believe you're lacking in is the <28mm range. You've proposed one alternative in the 16-35, and if you pick up a 50mm prime to go with it, that might be a workable solution. Another option might be a 24-70 (there are two versions, with the mk II being lighter, sharper, and more expensive). Not sure, however, if the extra 4mm on the wide end is enough for you.
As for the TSE, I wouldn't get into that unless it is a tool that you need. And I believe that if you needed it, you'd know it and probably already have it.
Finally, I'll leave one last opinion. If I was in your position, I'd probably keep the lenses you have and possibly upgrade to a 24-70. I used to own several primes (24L, 35L, 85L, 135L, 200L) but now have pared it down to 24-70 and 70-200. The main reason for using primes was the ability to shoot at really large apertures. I no longer have that need, so I'd rather have a smaller, more nimble kit. Kind of like the "less is more" saying. In your post, you never mentioned needing to shoot at f/2 or larger, so in my mind, that's one very good reason not to switch exclusively to primes. I also definitely know that I missed shots previously when I had the wrong lens on or was in the middle of switching lenses. That's rarely an issue now.
Hope this helps a bit. Whatever decision you make, enjoy your shooting!