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24-70L isn't so walk-aroundable.

 
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Aug 03, 2011 00:58 |  #61

the weight can become bothersome especially if carrying it around all day long. even if i'm carrying just my 5d2, 24-70, and 70-200 f4 in my bag, i feel the weight and it can get uncomfortable. but what else is there that can replace it? nothing. the 24-70 is prob the most useful lens to me on the 5d2. that combined with a crop + 70-200 is ready for anything.


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Aug 03, 2011 01:21 |  #62

i used to use this with a 40D, then a 5D2, but i realized it was too heavy for me.

A big reason why i changed was i wanted to switch to primes.

its a great lens, you just gotta deal with the weight. I've seen a lot of people using it as their walk around. I don't think its overkill at all; it just depends on if you can afford to spend that much.


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Aug 03, 2011 07:22 |  #63

Although I would never say the brick is not a good walkaround, I know weight is a consideration for me - it comes down to personal preference and your shooting style. I'm 6'3/230 lbs in relatively good shape, too.

Much of my photography involves long hikes over rugged terrain, many times on overnight backpacking trips - and backpacking is an activity where the gearheads who do it are consumed with cutting mere ounces at a time in order to get their weight down.

Now, I dont go to those extremes but I do try to keep my pack weight down by making good choices - makes for a much more enjoyable trek. Its one of the main reasons I have the 70-200 f4 IS instead of the 2.8.


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Aug 03, 2011 08:47 |  #64

pridash wrote in post #12862821 (external link)
Assuming your reasoning is based on weight...just because you can't handle it for long periods, no one else (unless paid) should use it as a walk around?? :confused:

I've made this analogy before - people carry netbooks/laptops around all day which weigh more...with less complaints. I weigh about 10 stone and I have no issues carrying the 5D+24-70+580ex mounted all day. :rolleyes:..and no, I'm not a powerlifter! :lol:

The 24-70 may not be the sharpest zoom around, but it gets the job done, consistently...well for me anyway! And on FF, the range is wonderful...that's why I use it.

I second that! I weight only weigh but 11 stones and I am not complaining. If that's the issue you should consider a 50/1.4 to supplement it.




  
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Aug 03, 2011 08:53 |  #65

there is a HUGE benefit to walking around with a heavy lens

It slows you down, giving you extra time to see your surroundings and get shots that a lighter lens would cause you to miss


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Aug 03, 2011 08:59 |  #66

It may be heavy and all but I was shooting with mine last night and after about a year I am still blown away by the results I get with this lens.


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Aug 03, 2011 09:21 |  #67

I would much rather carry the weight and get superior images than be light and have less keepers.


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Aug 03, 2011 10:59 |  #68

3CMP wrote in post #12869394 (external link)
I would much rather carry the weight and get superior images than be light and have less keepers.

In fairness to the OP, there are tradeoffs. It depends on what the primary purpose of the photos is. I'm going to Europe in a couple weeks, and I want to take pictures. I know that better photos have already been taken of all the places I'm going to, and I don't want to do anything more than memorialize the trip for future memories. I want pictures of my wife and me AT those places. I'll be just fine with a minimal kit.

If the primary purpose of the trip was to take photos, I'd probably want to take more equipment and put of with the inconvenience of schlepping it around. I want to enjoy myself, so one camera body and two lenses is all the commitment I'm will to make.


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Aug 03, 2011 12:03 |  #69

is the OP even reading this thread? lol...

also, doesn't sigma or tammy make something like the 24-70 with f2.8? maybe those will be lighter? *just a thought*


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Aug 03, 2011 12:13 |  #70

Might as well buy Rebel instead to save on the weight or point and shoot camera.


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Aug 03, 2011 13:54 |  #71

tolyD wrote in post #12870426 (external link)
Might as well by Rebel instead to save on the weight or point and shoot camera.

This comment is about as closed minded as the OP. There are plenty of types of photography that benefit from the IQ and ergonomics of a full sized DSLR where you might not want to carry around f/2.8 L zooms...


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Aug 03, 2011 16:13 |  #72

24-70 if I need the 2.8 inside. 24-105 if F4 is enough outside.

Both are good for walking around, it just depends on the requirements.


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Aug 03, 2011 20:55 |  #73

Use primes. Problem solved.
Using a XXXD/Rebel body wont cut down the weight by that much, just by a few hundred grams if using one instead of say a 5D mark II. The 24-70L is a fairly heavy lens, but it's not that heavy, it all comes down to how you carry it around, carry your camera over your shoulder rather than around your neck, and all the weight issues are basically irrelevant, no matter how heavy your kit is, atleast as long as we're not talking about those massive large aperture long primes/zooms.


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Aug 03, 2011 21:00 |  #74

There are two reasons why I didn't buy the 24-70L << believe me I wanted to.

#1. Not a very useful range for a 22.x mm sensor.
#2. It is heavy for its size. < Wasn't a huge factor, but played a over-all role.

It's a damn sharp lens and worth every penny spent, but I couldn't get over #1 and #2 sticking points. So, I went with another lens instead.


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