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Canon 24-70 f2.8 vs Canon 35mm 1.4

 
JoshuaRoss
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May 30, 2012 18:34 |  #1

I finally wrapped my mind around spending a thousand plus dollars on a single lens and now I'm trying to figure out my options. I have a Canon 5D Mark 1 and currently use and 85mm 1.8. I want something wider because I like to do landscapes and street photography.

My budget is a little over a 1,000 and I will probably buy used. I need an every day lens and I narrowed it down to these too. I have never used them before so your exeriences with both of them could be something you could comment. In terms of sharpness and usuability, which will fit me best? And where would be a good place to buy used? Thanks!




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May 30, 2012 18:45 |  #2

cant imagine living life with only the 35 and 85 - I mean they are beautiful lenses, but sometimes you just want a walk about.

I'd buy a minty 24-105 used from someone ditching it from a 5DmkIII kit and a 50mm f/1,4 -should cost you about as the 24-70 used. The 24-70 is pretty heavy for a walk around lens.


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May 30, 2012 18:54 |  #3

can't imagine living with a mediocre zoom (24-70mm) which is "standard good" at doing everything but excels at nothing.
That's just my 2 cents. If I were to have only one lens, I would rather want something that would surprise me in performance.

I am quite sure 24-70L is very useful for event photographers who make a living out of it. It covers a wide range, it's reliable and durable. It's handy but heavy.
For me, photography isn't what keeps me alive, i can afford to have no zooms. I rather have a complete set of good primes before I spend money on buying a zoom for convenience.

It's always a trade-off, it's either convenience/versatilit​y or image quality. 35L offers better image quality but the trade off is its versatility.

I've been living with 2 primes, Zeiss 35mm and 85mm 1.4. 35mm is just good enough for everyday walk around, it's wide enough for landscape and not too wide for distortion. I get to capture more of a happening with a wide angle than a long focal length. I use 85mm for portrait mainly because 35mm doesn't produce enough bokeh. Each of these focal lengths excels at their purpose.


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ClassicJ
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May 30, 2012 19:01 |  #4

I had both and ended up parting with 24-70L. The 24-70 is versatile but nothing that a few steps forward or backward with a 35L cant fix. 35L on my 5diii is very sharp.


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May 30, 2012 19:30 |  #5

I have both these lenses.. It serve me very well.. Still digging my 35l prime...I was planning to add my next lens which would be the 135L or the 200mm 2.8 L.. Hehe and my recent bad boy would be the great white whale.. Thanks to my girlfriend who surprise me with this gift.. But once again I still have my 35mm L on most of the time... Just something about the prime you. Ant resist ..
But as of my 24-70mm I hardly being used by it does cover my walk around.. Little from wide to zoom...


Not to mention the great white whale is a lot more heavier then the brick *sigh.. Just a heavy weight champion..


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May 30, 2012 23:41 as a reply to ENto. Abyss's post |  #6

Thanks for the advice guys. I agree, zooms are really for convenience, but taking the extra time to frame your shot with primes makes a huge difference. Them again I don't think it would be a bad idea to have both lenses.




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May 30, 2012 23:48 as a reply to JoshuaRoss's post |  #7

The short end of the 24-70 will be beneficial, but it is heavy. The 70mm end is a bit short for me. Never had the 35 L. I agree with previous post about 24-105 plus another prime.




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May 31, 2012 00:26 |  #8

JoshuaRoss wrote in post #14509569external link
Then again I don't think it would be a bad idea to have both lenses.

It's the best idea to have all the lenses in the world.


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May 31, 2012 01:29 |  #9

35L, IMO, but I am biased. :)


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May 31, 2012 01:59 |  #10

I know it's a totally different lens suggestion to the ones you're considering, but I think the 17-40L + 50/1.4 would work well for you.

Honestly, the 24-70L can be a bit hit-or-miss. some people have wonderful copies that are sharp across the zoom range, but there's enough people complaining about disappointing results with the lens to not be worth the lottery, imo.

And for the price of the 24-70L, you can pick up a 17-40L, which would be great as a general walk-around and landscape lens, and a 50/1.4 lens for low light. And the bonus is that it's not very heavy, meaning you can probably carry the 50/1.4 with you all the time, which you can use for low-light and also a fixed length walk-around lens.

I had the 24-70L (and also the 24-105L), and sold them as I use my 50L most of the time as a walk-around lens.


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Jun 12, 2012 11:08 |  #11

I'm in the same boat, but currently own a 24-70mm. I find myself never using it at it's widest. and almost never at it's longest. Thinking about going with a couple primes to take it's place. I get nice results with cars with the 24-70mm, but I'm not getting a wow from anything else I've been shooting. Especially portraits.



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Jun 12, 2012 12:41 |  #12

i thought about ditching my 24-70 for the 35L as well before but as others have said, it's nice for its convenience of being a zoom lens.

24 is pretty wide for most usage on FF and the 70mm is decent for some reach.

my lens is not super sharp at 2.8 but is great at 3.2 onwards.

you get used to the weight of it pretty fast unless you hiking it for more than an hour on your shoulder.

i think it boils down to having a fast prime (great IQ and speed) vs. a fast-for-a-zoom lens (convenience).

i'm thinking the new 24-70II will make it a tougher choice if it's anything like the 70-200II for IQ/sharpness...other than the price of course.


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Jun 12, 2012 12:56 |  #13

ClassicJ wrote in post #14508396external link
I had both and ended up parting with 24-70L. The 24-70 is versatile but nothing that a few steps forward or backward with a 35L cant fix. 35L on my 5diii is very sharp.

I never really understand this advice, this is just not always possible. 35 is 35 it will not be 70 or 24 by moving. Anyway, I have used both lenses and both are excellent but I would not want 35 as my widest lens So I would vote in favor of a used 24-105 that you can probably get for between $700 or $800 now and a 35 2.0 or some other affordable wider prime since it seems budget is an issue.

Many differences between he 24-70/105 is really splitting hairs and right now the 24-70 is at a premium while the 24-105 can always be picked up rather cheaply. I do feel the 24-70 is a bit better but after having both I got tired of using it because it was heavy and cumbersome.

-Edit as mentioned above when I had the 24-70 my experience was the same, it was really sharp at 3.2.


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Jun 12, 2012 13:22 as a reply to Tommydigi's post |  #14

I only have a crop camera and the 17-55. Sold the 17-55 for the 35L and never looked back. It is only 2 steps forward for "55" and a few more steps back for "17".

Ultimately, it came down to: I can work to make a 35L be at 24 or 70, but I can never work to make a 24-70 be a 35.


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Jun 12, 2012 13:39 as a reply to tommyboyazn's post |  #15

You can always play it safe and get a 35L + a Tammy 28-75 f2.8. :cool: Apparently the Tamron is on par with the Canon 24-70L optically but lacks the robust build.

Personally I just dig the 35L images.


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