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"L" Lens Debate: 17-40 or 24-70

 
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Aug 07, 2010 06:30 |  #1

My cousin and I have been going back and forth while I'm working with which lens is better, and more versitle. A better walk around lens per-se. Any opinions? I say the 24-70 (just cause its my baby!) and he says the 17-40 (just cause he wants one wahahaha!).


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Aug 07, 2010 06:44 |  #2

Two completely different lenses. Different apertures, different focal lengths, different sizes and weights.

The 24-70 is wide to telephoto, thus makes a great range of focal lengths for a walkaround, but there will be times where the 17-40 will come in handier.


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Aug 07, 2010 07:46 |  #3

TaDa wrote in post #10677297 (external link)
Two completely different lenses. Different apertures, different focal lengths, different sizes and weights.

The 24-70 is wide to telephoto, thus makes a great range of focal lengths for a walkaround, but there will be times where the 17-40 will come in handier.

I agree, just that I guess....what would you walk around with more? What do you think is more preferable? I like my 24-70, my cousin thought it was too heavy, cause he is currently renting a 17-40, and we both use FF cameras. So yeah. Just a though :D


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Aug 07, 2010 08:13 |  #4

My traveling light kit is the 5D and 35L :)


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Aug 07, 2010 08:43 |  #5

TaDa wrote in post #10677297 (external link)
Two completely different lenses. Different apertures, different focal lengths, different sizes and weights.

The 24-70 is wide to telephoto, thus makes a great range of focal lengths for a walkaround, but there will be times where the 17-40 will come in handier.

I disagree you'll get a better range of shots with the 24-70.....especially for portraits.....I'll take my beating now thanks.....:wink:


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Aug 07, 2010 08:56 |  #6

The 24-70L is just so heavy for a walk-around, but it's fantastic.


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Aug 07, 2010 09:10 as a reply to  @ DerekZoolander's post |  #7

ive had the 24-70 for a couple of yrs. and love it, but i recently bought a 2nd hand 5d classic and coz the efs 10-22 wont work on full frame. i bought a 2nd hand 17-40. this is the equivalent of the 10-22 on a crop body
i dont know why but the 17-40 is hardly ever used, the 24 - 70 looks so wide on full frame that i use it most of the time. even landscape shots .
at 24 mm its seems as wide as the 10mm end of the 10-22 on crop body. even though 10mm is eqv to 17mm
anyway for me its the 24-70


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Aug 07, 2010 09:11 |  #8

There is a reason that the 24-70 is called the brick. It's big and heavy. For travel, it's not an ideal lens. That being said, it's a fantastic lens. Best of both worlds maybe the Tamron 28-75. Not as wide as either Canon, not built as well, not as fast to focus, etc., but great IQ and constant 2.8

The 17-40 is nice and light, quick to focus, etc., but it's DAMN wide on a 5D. And if you go indoors, since the 5Dc has no built in flash, f/4 is tough to use.


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Aug 07, 2010 09:23 |  #9

Just change to 17-40 and 24-70. Debate over




  
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Aug 07, 2010 12:15 as a reply to  @ friz's post |  #10

If the choice is limited to the 17-40 or the 24-70 then I would choose the 24-70 (for a FF camera) as a preferable "walk around" lens. However, I prefer my 24-105 over both. "walk around" implies shooting handheld on the fly in unknown conditions of unknown subjects. The wider focal range and IS can really help in these situations. Plus, the 24-105 is lighter. Of course, it is not as fast as the 24-70 so it might not be the best choice for walking around at night.


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Aug 07, 2010 12:22 |  #11

markyb wrote in post #10677647 (external link)
ive had the 24-70 for a couple of yrs. and love it, but i recently bought a 2nd hand 5d classic and coz the efs 10-22 wont work on full frame. i bought a 2nd hand 17-40. this is the equivalent of the 10-22 on a crop body
i dont know why but the 17-40 is hardly ever used, the 24 - 70 looks so wide on full frame that i use it most of the time. even landscape shots .
at 24 mm its seems as wide as the 10mm end of the 10-22 on crop body. even though 10mm is eqv to 17mm
anyway for me its the 24-70

10-22mm is equivalent to 16-35 (35.2, really) on full frame.


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Aug 07, 2010 12:40 |  #12

Now your cousin can stop the debate. Lol


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Aug 07, 2010 20:04 |  #13

LOL we stopped at like 4AM my time just funny. I gotta show him this thread. Thanks guys. I think I might go pick up a 17-40 just to try it out :D


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Aug 07, 2010 21:04 |  #14

17-40 for me, JUST BECAUSE I ALWAYS shoot wide, but seeing as how this certainly isn't the case for everyone, and everyone's case would be different, I'd say you'd just have to say 'po-TAY-toh,' he'd have to say "po-TAH-toh,' and then call the whole thing off.


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Aug 07, 2010 21:13 |  #15

24-70 for the f2.8. if you need to shoot wide get a 16-35 :p


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