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Thinking about buying a 24-70L and 35L

 
Photogaz
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Dec 20, 2011 07:08 |  #1

Firstly, apparently these two lenses are getting replaced in January. What's so bad about the current 35L? Does it perform ok at f1.4? Would it be advisable to wait till Jan to see what Canon bring out? If anything?

I currently have the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 HSM. I use to love it but find on actual real world shots the colour accuracucy is completely ruined shooting with any sign of sunlight going into the lens.

I've been spoiled by primes, will upgrading to a 24-70L be limited compared to a prime or is it still good.


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Dec 20, 2011 07:13 |  #2

I sold my 28-70 to fund the 35L. Love the 35 but miss the zoom range of the 28-70. I'll be adding a 24-70 shortly to replace it.

As for your questions about the 35, yes, it is sharp wide open and ridiculously so stopped down a bit. It does take some learning and getting used to, but after that, it sings.

Interesting to read your comments on the Sigma given that I am also considering that route.


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Dec 20, 2011 07:31 |  #3

With the prices being right, I'd put aside the rumors and assumptions about coming soon products. Pick up a 35L for sure, it's the absolute best on FF even at 1.4. I sold my 24-70 it seemed a bit boring and heavy for anything other than studio work. I picked up a 24-105 as a kit lens along with a new 5DII. My first thought was to sell the lens but after buyers showed little interest I decided to just keep it. I'm glad I did. Light weight with a good range and IS, it's a great lens for travel. Good luck shopping.




  
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Dec 20, 2011 08:48 |  #4

Photogaz wrote in post #13572885 (external link)
Firstly, apparently these two lenses are getting replaced in January.

Where did you get this info? Rumors don't count because they have been around for years especially where the 24-70 in concerned....




  
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Dec 20, 2011 09:19 |  #5

jwp721 wrote in post #13573217 (external link)
Where did you get this info? Rumors don't count because they have been around for years especially where the 24-70 in concerned....

Probably here (external link), before the web site these were the people who made "The END IS NEAR" signs.




  
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Dec 20, 2011 10:15 |  #6

That's true, you can't decided based on rumours. I just know my luck it'll come out, look good and second hand 35L's will go for cheap.


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Dec 20, 2011 10:19 |  #7

Look at it this way.

You have 30 days to test the 35. Should a new one be released during the next 30 days, return the original and wait for the new 35s. Keep in mind though that Canon announced new 500s almost 1.5yrs ago and we're still waiting.

Follow same procedures for the 24-70.


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Dec 20, 2011 10:26 |  #8

the 24-70 2.8 is heavy but a fantastic lens


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Dec 20, 2011 13:07 as a reply to  @ montroyal's post |  #9

Thats another issue with the 24-70L. The sheer weight.

How does the 24-70 II patent hold up elements wise compared to the original?


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Dec 20, 2011 13:34 |  #10

lol good luck
these rumors have been around for years...

The only complaint I have about the 35L is it produces large amount of CA wide open if you are not careful. The 24-70L is a wonderful lens. It may not be as sharp as the L primes but it's versatility makes up for that and it's still one of the sharpest wide to standard zoom lens I have used.


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Dec 20, 2011 13:56 |  #11

I love both. The 35L was my favorite lens when I had my 7D. I sold it when I got my 5D2 to fund my 85L. I ended up buying it again this week because it was that good. 24-70 is a great as a walk around lens and is quite sharp for the zoom. I did have back focus issues on the 24-70 but after sending it to Canon, the focus is spot on. Even if the mark II is released, it doesn't degrade the performance of the mark I. Plus, the price difference will likely be quite noticeable. Get it now and enjoy taking photos.


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Dec 20, 2011 14:03 |  #12

montroyal wrote in post #13573664 (external link)
the 24-70 2.8 is heavy but a fantastic lens

^ this is the truth.

I only shot primes for years. Part of that was a misconception on my part about the quality of zoom lenses, part was that I refused to get a zoom lens without a fixed aperture and didn't have the money for nicer zooms.

I got a 70-200/4L as a gift and fell in love (despite the f/4 aperture), and ended up getting the 24-70/2.8L for a trip to Ireland. That lens has barely left my camera since. It's simply wonderful!


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Dec 20, 2011 17:53 as a reply to  @ xepherys's post |  #13

I'm not an advocate of judging a lens solely by looking at shots of charts but I will put this up anyway so you can see the results at different apertures:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …ample-Crops.aspx?Lens=121 (external link)

You can also compare it to other lenses using the right-side drop down box. I can tell you though in real world shooting the 35L is a phenomenal lens. Fast and accurate AF, awesomely sharp, great build quality, and excellent color rendering.


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Dec 20, 2011 18:18 |  #14

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #13575774 (external link)
I'm not an advocate of judging a lens solely by looking at shots of charts but I will put this up anyway so you can see the results at different apertures:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …ample-Crops.aspx?Lens=121 (external link)

You can also compare it to other lenses using the right-side drop down box. I can tell you though in real world shooting the 35L is a phenomenal lens. Fast and accurate AF, awesomely sharp, great build quality, and excellent color rendering.

Agreed 100%. I sold my 28-70L when I found a 35L for a great price. Sure, the zoom was great, but I have a much cheaper Tamron 17-50 non-VC for when I just HAVE to have a zoom. I figured that if I ended up missing the 24-70, I'd get another one. So far, I'm happy with the 35L, and any time where a zoom would have been helpful, I was easily able to crop the difference later. I find the 35L is better at various aperatures than my old Siggy 30mm f/1.4, which in itself is a great lens.

I find the 35L has so many uses since it's sharp from f/1.4 on up. I keep the camera in AV and adjust as necessary based on what I'm doing.

If a new 24-70 comes out sometime soon that's a huge leap in IQ....I'd still keep the 35L and just look for another way to fund the 24-70 II.




  
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Dec 20, 2011 20:24 as a reply to  @ gocolts's post |  #15

The guy who runs canon rumors is a complete tool. His predictions are almost always wrong except for "predicting" Rebel updates that happen like clockwork anyhow. Nikon rumors on the other hand somewhat botched the D800 rumors but has otherwise been pretty good at getting specs and leaks beforehand. I wish CR would retire and hand over the reins to NR. :)




  
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