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24-70mm lens for all around outdoor portraits...going to Australia

 
Kauaicrazed
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Apr 25, 2009 11:09 |  #1

Ok, so I usually have my 50mm 1.8 that I shoot portraits with but I hate that I have to move back and forth to get a good frame. When I am on vacation I usually bring my 28-105mm and it's light and still can get portraits of my kids with scenic b/g. But the pics are not as sharp as my 50mm. But what about a 24-70mm? Would I be happy with this one? I am going to Australia for a few months and mainly will take pics of my kids but also want to incorporate the scenery.

Any samples would be greatly appreciated! TIA!




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Apr 25, 2009 11:17 |  #2

Kauaicrazed wrote in post #7801480external link
Ok, so I usually have my 50mm 1.8 that I shoot portraits with but I hate that I have to move back and forth to get a good frame. When I am on vacation I usually bring my 28-105mm and it's light and still can get portraits of my kids with scenic b/g. But not pics are not as sharp as my 50mm. But what about a 24-70mm? Would I be happy with this one? I am going to Australia for a few months and mainly will take pics of my kids but also want to incorporate the scenery.

Any samples would be greatly appreciated! TIA!

Although it completely duplicates your existing FLs have you considered the 24-105 f/4L? Great lens often considered the perfect vacation lens.

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Apr 25, 2009 11:18 |  #3

Maybe you should force yourself to move back and forth more often. Only you know what range of a zoom will do what you need. How does the 28-105 work? If you need that range and just better IQ, then the 24-70 is one choice. May I also suggest you rent a new lens for your trip instead of buying?


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Apr 25, 2009 13:14 |  #4

What do you WANT to like about the 24-70? If its aperture, yes perhaps. But many folks (such as myself) feel as though it's pretty soft wide open.




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Apr 25, 2009 13:36 |  #5

dave_p wrote in post #7801919external link
But many folks (such as myself) feel as though it's pretty soft wide open.

I'm interested in this lens so doing some research, is it soft wide open in all shooting conditions or is it only soft in a specific condition.

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Apr 25, 2009 13:45 |  #6

dave_p wrote in post #7801919external link
What do you WANT to like about the 24-70? If its aperture, yes perhaps. But many folks (such as myself) feel as though it's pretty soft wide open.

mine isn't soft wide open. in fact it's pretty darn sharp.

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Apr 25, 2009 13:48 |  #7

superstes wrote in post #7801999external link
I'm interested in this lens so doing some research, is it soft wide open in all shooting conditions or is it only soft in a specific condition.

Thanks

I spend way too much time reading this stuff, and people seem a little disappointed in this lens compared to some others, like the 17-55, or the 70-200s. I think it may be that the lens is a 9.5 on a scale of 10, but considering it is kinda the flagship of the L series, people feel it should be a 10.

Bear in mind that Sony's CZ 24-70 and Nikon's 24-70 both cost about 50% more.

Edit: I think if you don't need the speed, the 24-105 is a better travel lens because of the better range, less weight, and IS. If your subject is stationary and you don't need shallow DOF, you can probably get lower shutter speed shots out of the 24-105, because IS gets you more than 1 stop.


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Apr 25, 2009 13:53 |  #8

laydros wrote in post #7802062external link
I spend way too much time reading this stuff, and people seem a little disappointed in this lens compared to some others, like the 17-55, or the 70-200s. I think it may be that the lens is a 9.5 on a scale of 10, but considering it is kinda the flagship of the L series, people feel it should be a 10.

Bear in mind that Sony's CZ 24-70 and Nikon's 24-70 both cost about 50% more.

because most use 1.6 crop cameras and the 17-55 IS is sharper @ f2.8 and provides a more useful range :D.

many around here talk about the 17-40L like it's dog poop because they've never used it on a FF camera where the 17-55 IS or third party options won't work.

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Apr 25, 2009 13:56 |  #9

im personally not overly happy with the 24-70L

its a great lens, but i expect more for the high price of admission.


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Apr 25, 2009 13:56 |  #10

I have one that mine if i part with 700 euros thats 630 quid or $926 conversion made with XE.

Seems like a fair price.




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Apr 25, 2009 14:25 |  #11

ed rader wrote in post #7802087external link
because most use 1.6 crop cameras and the 17-55 IS is sharper @ f2.8 and provides a more useful range :D.

ed rader

Hi ed

Can the 24-70 be coxed to the same sharpness on a 1.6 or is this unachievable.




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Apr 25, 2009 14:35 |  #12

superstes wrote in post #7802187external link
Hi ed

Can the 24-70 be coxed to the same sharpness on a 1.6 or is this unachievable.

the sensor size shouldn't matter. my 24-70L was very sharp on my 20d. i used it more for portraits of people and animals then because of the crop factor.

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Apr 25, 2009 14:51 |  #13

ed

Do you feel that the 17-55 IS would have been sharper on your 20d or could you get the same results with the 24-70.

Thanks again.




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Apr 25, 2009 15:47 as a reply to superstes's post |  #14

The 24-70 is a great lens.I have thought about the 24-105 for a walkaround len,but that would be something else for me to carry on the plane.(I always take all of my camera lenses)


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Apr 25, 2009 16:27 |  #15

Kauaicrazed wrote in post #7801480external link
Ok, so I usually have my 50mm 1.8 that I shoot portraits with but I hate that I have to move back and forth to get a good frame.

You might want to read our tutorial on controlling perspective in your images. I think you will find it quite useful, especially the last part of my post #1.


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