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lorax54
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Nov 02, 2010 08:42 |  #1

Looking to buy a new lens. Trying to get a decent setup before we head out on a Mexican cruise next May. Right now, I've got a 450d with grip, the 18-55 kit lens, and a Sigma 50/1.4. Looking at either a 24-70 or a 70-200. Eventually want both, but can only afford one at a time. Think I would get more use out of the 24-70, but already have that generally focal length covered...eventhough it's with a kit lens. Don't have anything in the 70-200. Do I replace the kit, and leave the void space of the 70-200...or get the 70-200 and tough it out with the kit, even though I won't be using it all that much? We took our daughter to the zoo last weekend, and I kept saying..."Man, wish I had that 70-200." But how often do I actually need that length? 4 times a year...maybe.

Thanks for the input.


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Nov 02, 2010 09:50 |  #2

Well it really depends on what you think you will shoot the most. If you don't think you will get much use out of the 70-200 then you probably won't. I personally tend to like wider angle shots for landscapes at least, so I don't use my 70-200 much for that, but it is definitely nice to have for closer wildlife, sports and the occasional landscape. Like you said though, the 24-70 isn't going to give you much more focal length coverage compared to the 18-55. Perhaps you could consider the 24-105 if you don't need the f/2.8.


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Nov 02, 2010 09:56 |  #3

i thought that the 70-200 would be to much for me until i got one..
now im wanting Morlow's 400 f/5.6..
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Nov 02, 2010 10:01 |  #4

lorax54 wrote in post #11210072 (external link)
Looking to buy a new lens. Trying to get a decent setup before we head out on a Mexican cruise next May. Right now, I've got a 450d with grip, the 18-55 kit lens, and a Sigma 50/1.4. Looking at either a 24-70 or a 70-200. Eventually want both, but can only afford one at a time. Think I would get more use out of the 24-70, but already have that generally focal length covered...eventhough it's with a kit lens. Don't have anything in the 70-200. Do I replace the kit, and leave the void space of the 70-200...or get the 70-200 and tough it out with the kit, even though I won't be using it all that much? We took our daughter to the zoo last weekend, and I kept saying..."Man, wish I had that 70-200." But how often do I actually need that length? 4 times a year...maybe.

Thanks for the input.

Since you have the kit lens, a 70-200 can be an added feature in your collection.


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Nov 02, 2010 12:23 |  #5

You can get a 70-200 f/4 for a cheaper price than a 24-70. Unless you need the 2.8.


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Nov 02, 2010 12:26 |  #6

patrickf117 wrote in post #11210389 (external link)
Since you have the kit lens, a 70-200 can be an added feature in your collection.

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(is the kit lens the IS version? just curious)


Don't know what your wide angle needs will be, just a reminder that the 24-70 will effectively be 38-112 on a crop body


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Nov 03, 2010 12:46 |  #7

Well you mentioned a Mexican cruise and the 70-200mm for the zoo.
Personally, I'd say get an ultrawide for travel to Mexico and rent a 70-200mm for the day if you are only going to use it about 4 times a year.


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Nov 03, 2010 12:51 |  #8

I'd actually just snag a 55-250 to go to the zoo or family outings. 400mm equivalent zoom, really sharp at f7.1, almost free these days on the used market.

Plus a big white heavy lens kinda gets in the way of having a fun time when out with the family. At least it would for me. I'd also probably rather take an 18-55 and a 50mm f1.4 on a cruise than a not-that-wide brick.


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Nov 03, 2010 12:52 |  #9

If I were you in that situation, I think I'd get 24-70 first.
Even though 70-200 range would be sweet... you really won't see much use.
Unless you think you'll get utility out of purchasing 70-200 in the future (or now),
go with the brick all the way =D
P.S. Maybe you can consider siggy 70-200 for less than half the price if you can afford it now.


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