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Hmmm...I don't seem to be reaching for my 24-105L all that much...

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Feb 11, 2011 21:13 |  #1

I find myself going for the 16-35LII much more often. And when I use it, I use it on mostly the 16mm and 35mm ends.

I mean the 24-105L a great, versatile lens, but is it a special one?

Heck, I might even grab my 85/1.8 more often! Not sure about that.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I think I am going to do my next trip with the 24-105L only and see if I can warm up to it a little more or at least try to find out which FLs I am using most of the time with it. If i find out that I am using it primarily on the wide and/or tele ends most of the time, then I might sell it for a prime or two, like the 35L and/or 135L.

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Feb 11, 2011 21:19 |  #2

Why do you need to force yourself into using certain lens? I can relate to how you always go for the ultra wide or the 85 (look at my sig). On trips, the 16-35 is the main lens, 85 gets a little play here and there and the 35L is almost always in the bag.

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Feb 11, 2011 22:01 as a reply to  @ pixel_junkie's post |  #3

You never need a longer lens? I guess it depends on what you shoot. I don't have a 16-35, but I do have a 17-40 and IMO when it comes to versatility the 24-105 wins. No contest.


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Feb 12, 2011 01:43 |  #4

The lack of use is what prompted me to sell my 24-105. It wasn't a bad lens at all, I just found myself rarely using it and more often than not and picking a prime instead.

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Feb 12, 2011 01:50 |  #5

i feel the same about my 24-105. f/4 is not very to play with
i might end up getting a 35L

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Feb 12, 2011 01:57 |  #6

If you don't use it, sell it. I've hung on to lenses for YEARS just because "oh I already have it"...and used them once a year or whatever...then not long ago I realized this was a silly way to do things and started selling everything and am down to three lenses, two of which are for a week or so I hope to be down to a Canon 16-35L II and my Tamron 70-200 VC USD...sure, I'm missing a chunk in the middle and won't have a fast prime anymore (I've owned 2 50 1.8s, 2 50 1.4s and an 85 1.8...rarely used any of them), but I'll have two lenses that do EXACTLY what I need them to do in the ranges I use the most.

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Feb 12, 2011 02:02 as a reply to  @ winmazing's post |  #7

I think I've used my 24-105L once in the last six months, but I'd never sell it. Why? It's the one lens I use for travel or if taking loads of kit isn't an option. It's a cracking lens, sharp, good colour/contrast and the IS is genuinely useful in situations when there just isn't enough light, for example, inside churches etc.

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Feb 12, 2011 06:49 |  #8

I am enjoying the simple carry pleasure of just the 16-35 II and 24-105. My 24-105 is a reasonably good copy and produces wonderfully.

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Feb 12, 2011 06:58 |  #9
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I use my 24-105 a lot when shooting landscapes. Great coverage and good quality when stopped down.

If you don't use a lens, sell it. Really does not matter what anyone else does with the lens. If it is not for you...get something else.

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Feb 12, 2011 07:10 |  #10

the 24-105 is on my 5D most of the time. Im just like the versatility.

All I want is just a little more than I'll ever have.

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Feb 12, 2011 07:39 |  #11

While the 24-105 isn't something i use everyday it's a great lens when you need that range. I think that now i've paid for it it would be silly to sell it as i know down the line i'd miss it and want it back.

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Feb 12, 2011 07:53 as a reply to  @ philk54's post |  #12

Alot of folks eventually feel like the OP after owning numerous lenses whether the lens was purchased on buyers impulse [Got to Have it !] or not. I know i have been quilty of that ! :p

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Feb 12, 2011 08:08 |  #13

I used to use my 24-105 as "The" walkaround lens... outdoors, it was wonderful.. then, I picked up a job at the newspaper and I was shooting a lot more indoors... and I didn't use it nearly as much... ended up selling it to get a 24-70... which is great for indoors... but outside, I miss that extra range... on a trip to DC with the 24-105, I used it for everything from Wide Architecture shots to close up shots of animals at the zoo... can't do that with the 24-70... for shots just for me... shots that I'd take when my wife and I went on little trips and adventures, 'd leave the house with nothing but the camera and the 24-105.... now, at the very least, I'm carrying my bag with the 8-16, 24-70, and 70-200...

If I could justify doing so.... I'd have the 24-70 and the 24-105....

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Feb 12, 2011 10:07 |  #14

SchnellerGT wrote in post #11825899 (external link)
Has anyone else experienced this?

Sometimes I find I dont use a certain lens for awhile. It comes and goes. I haven't found myself wanting to sell a lens because of it yet. Maybe that will come later if I get overlapping FLs

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Feb 12, 2011 10:20 as a reply to  @ Kuma's post |  #15

I was feeling the same way about my 24-105 lately and then I took it out and used it and feel back in love with it. Its a great lens and covers a very nice FL.

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