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24-70 is too heavy!!!!

 
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Mar 04, 2011 09:36 |  #1

after much debate for a new lens, I finally bought 24-70 this week. The first impression: darn it, it's heavy. after four days, that impression still persists. my wife can barely hold it on my 40D. I find it myself not easy to work with it for a long time.

I'm sure I'm not the only one going through this. Does having a grip help? or is there anyone moved away from this lens because of the weight? if so, which did lens did you end up getting?

needless to say, the image quality + convenience of focal length is awesome.


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I have: 7D, 50mm F1.4, 24-70L, 70-200L F4 IS, 430EXII

  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:41 |  #2

It is f/2.8 full frame lens so it has to be heavy. Grip helps a lot. Shooting both hands helps even better. And imagine this is not the heaviest lens.... Try one of the 70-200 2.8 or one of the super teles - this is a real challange :)


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Mar 04, 2011 09:44 |  #3

I've never felt it was that heavy. Get yourself a good neckstrap or I use the Spider holster to clip the camera on my hip. I love my spider holster.


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Mar 04, 2011 09:44 as a reply to  @ Radek's post |  #4

id definitely use a grip. helps to counter balance the heavy frontal weight of the lens.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:45 |  #5

I didn't think it was that heavy, but then again, I've shot a 300 2.8 handheld quite a few times also.

One thing's for sure: putting a grip on that 40D would surely help balance things out.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:45 |  #6

get an EF-S 17-55mm ƒ2.8 IS

its what I got with my 40d when weight was a consideration for travelling with multiple lenses




  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:45 |  #7

try the 24-105it is lighter and it produses great images. the IQ is great. i have had both of them and i loved the 24-105 the only reason i left the 24-105 was i needed the 2.8 for the shooting i like to do.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:47 |  #8

You just need to get hooked on the IQ then you'll learn to live with the weight. :)


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Mar 04, 2011 09:47 |  #9

Time to hit the gym. Kidding. I am not a big person, but never once felt the 24-70 was too heavy. Yes, it is heavier than other lenses, but If you are a one handed shooter it might be tough to balance it. I have hiked with the 24-70 and never found it too heavy. The grip definitely helps with balance. It really has become my primary walk around lens over the years so perhaps I am use to it.

Honestly, I look at what lens will be best for shot and go with it. I can say carrying around a bag with three or four 2.8 zooms can be a bit heavy.


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Mar 04, 2011 09:49 |  #10

I personally dislike heavy lenses, and wouldn't get one. There is a limit to what I find to be fun to use, and heavy is not in my game plan.
I know that some of the heavy glass can be fine, but I want to enjoy taking photos.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 09:52 |  #11

Great lens but yes very heavy. I love mine for just about everything but I find I use it less and less but it would be a tough one to part with. A 17-55 is a good alternative for your 40d. Something about that 600 gram mark, anything above that, at least to me, feels really heavy


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Mar 04, 2011 09:55 |  #12

hence the nickname "the Brick" :lol:

I enjoyed that lens during the time I owned it. it did get quite heavy after extended use though.

I'm glad I traded it up for something lighter, the 50L


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Mar 04, 2011 09:56 as a reply to  @ PLLphotography's post |  #13

do some arm curls ;)


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Mar 04, 2011 09:57 |  #14

It takes great pictures...therefor it has no weight.


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Mar 04, 2011 09:57 |  #15

Heavy? How are you holding it? Cradle your left hand underneath the lens.

Shoot with a 70-200 f/2.8L for 8 hours and then pick up the 24-70, it will feel light as a feather.


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