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Old 27th of June 2012 (Wed)   #1
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Default 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

Is anyone using it for weddings? Any experiences?! Know that 24-70 is better but it's out of my reach (money).
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

Not to be a jerk, but have you tried searching this topic? It has been discussed on this forum and all over the internet more times than I can count.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

IMO, the 24-105L will be good enough for everything except the ceremony where they don't allow flash. This assumes that for everything else, you are going to be using flash. For outdoor events, it's certainly good enough.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

I second what Nick said. I use 24-70 on my 5DIII with 24-105 as a backup. It has acceptable IQ and range for wedding photography as long as you have enough light (ambient/flash). For a dimly lit reception you definitely need AF assist light of a speedlite to help your 5DII focus at f4 though.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

In most cases you would be able to use the 24 to 105. Having a nice 50 1.4 for the ceremony would be a good idea. In my opinion, the 24 to 70 is over rated.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

I use my 5DII / 24-105 combo for everything including indoor-no-flash-church ceremonies. But I also have no issues cranking up my ISO. With my 5DII, when properly exposed, noise isn't really an issue. I used that combo for this wedding: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8729755&type=3

There's a bit of noise in the ceremony shots, but no one ever commented on it being distracting and that first image of the bride and her father walking down the aisle was ordered in an 11x14 with no noise issues in the print.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

I sold my 24-70 in favor of the 24-105. I dont use it too much, but for when I do the benefits of the 24-105 outweighed the 24-70.

Pros of 24-105
  • Cheaper
  • Lighter
  • Image Stabilization
  • Range

I primarily use it for outdoor ceremonies and formals, both of which are not a huge thing with shallow DOF. I have my fast primes to back it up too.
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I think the 24-105 is one of Canon most overlooked lenses.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

i think that noise issue is not issue at all. You just need to make correct exposure setting. When you print images in most cases you don't see noise. I've printed few images from Joe Satriani concert shoot with my 50D at ISO 1600, 100 x 70 cm and looks perfectly fine. I'm not pixel peeper and i don't care for 100 % sharpness.
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probably will buy 24-105, together with 50 f/1.4 or maybe 28 /1.8.
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I'd get a 24-105 and pair it with an 85 and 28, personally. I have a 50 1.4 and I really, really want to like it, but I just don't. I'm looking to trade it for an 85 as soon as possible. May be just my copy but I've also heard the same from many others. The 85 seems like a well-liked lens in general so I think it's a touch better made.
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I sold my 24-70 and bought a 35L for low light, and the 17-40 for reception photos. I've had no trouble with f4 being too slow when I'm using flash. And if it is too slow, I can slap on the 35 f1.4, 50 f1.4, or 85 f1.8
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

I have a photographer freind who was shooting a wedding and he invited me to the reception to get some experience. I had 5DII with 24-105 f/4 the lighting was poor and I had a hard time getting the results he was achieving. He finally gave me his 85 1.8 it made all the difference. For those poor lighting conditions not fond of 24-105 f/4.
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I have a photographer freind who was shooting a wedding and he invited me to the reception to get some experience. I had 5DII with 24-105 f/4 the lighting was poor and I had a hard time getting the results he was achieving. He finally gave me his 85 1.8 it made all the difference. For those poor lighting conditions not fond of 24-105 f/4.
Yes, you either need the AF assist of an speedlite or f2.8 at a minimum for those poorly lit receptions.
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Default Re: 5DMK2 and 24-105 f/4

If you are properly equipped and educated in how to use lighting, there is rarely a time when f/4 isn't fast enough.

In my experience the only time I wasn't able to get away with using that lens was at the first birth I photographed when the Mom wanted no lights on and didn't want me using flash. I used a fast prime (can't recall which now) and the light from the midwife's flashlight.
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