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Canon 24-70L worth trading for a Canon 35L?

 
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Feb 17, 2012 17:05 |  #1

As the title states, I am thinking of trading my 24-70 2.8 for a 35 1.4. I mainly shoot portraits like look books, engagement sessions, family portraits, maternity, and product shoots. And events like birthdays, parties, fashion show after parties, and weddings in the near future.

Is this a wise move on my part? Any thoughts?


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Feb 17, 2012 17:13 |  #2

If I didn't need the versatility of a zoom, I'd keep just the 35L. I feel more comfortable having the 24-70 around for weddings.




  
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Feb 17, 2012 17:36 as a reply to  @ head2heel's post |  #3

Where I don't always have control over the subjects - parties, events weddings - I'd hate to not have a zoom. YMMV


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Feb 17, 2012 17:36 |  #4

Daskid wrote in post #13916635 (external link)
As the title states, I am thinking of trading my 24-70 2.8 for a 35 1.4. I mainly shoot portraits like look books, engagement sessions, family portraits, maternity, and product shoots. And events like birthdays, parties, fashion show after parties, and weddings in the near future.

Is this a wise move on my part? Any thoughts?

My 24-70L is versatile, but not "great" at isolating subjects. Considering your portrait needs, 50L might be more appropriate; it can isolate subjects for story telling, and can be used for group shots. In my opinion, 35L is too wide for portraits shots, but that's a personal preference. I am enclosing two recently taken "isolation portraits" with 50L for your reference...

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Feb 17, 2012 17:38 |  #5

I think for what you shoot you have a lens that does the job well. Also, wont 35mm be rather wide on your 5d as an all round lens? If you need the larger f number, what about a 50?


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Feb 17, 2012 17:39 |  #6

get the 50 1.4, it's an awesome manual focus lens. Even the nifty fifty is pretty nice tbh.


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Feb 17, 2012 17:57 |  #7

chardog wrote in post #13916792 (external link)
get the 50 1.4, it's an awesome manual focus lens..

It's also quite a good autofocus lens :)


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Feb 17, 2012 18:11 |  #8

Thanks for the replies and pictures!

I already have a Canon 50 1.4, and I'm planning to sell it (or maybe not) and get a Sigma 15mm 2.8 diagonal fisheye. I like how my 24-70 works for what I do, but I have been always curious how a normal angle prime can do me for. Would probably get another FF body mid this year.

And if this 35L combo with my 70-200 doesn't work for me, I can just get another copy of the 24-70. I posted this thread to serve as my little "sanity check".

At the end, my intended setup would be:

Sigma 15mm 2.8 diagonal fisheye
Canon 35 1.4L
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II
5DII (x2) / or 5DII and 5DIII :D

Wanting to get more opinion from y'all fellow photogs.

Thanks!


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Feb 17, 2012 18:21 |  #9

I did the same switch years ago and haven't wanted the 24-70 once! You might want something wider than the 35 that isn't a fisheye though.


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Feb 17, 2012 23:24 |  #10

I'm also considering the 17-40 f4 since it's not that expensive. But that would be down the road.


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Feb 17, 2012 23:49 as a reply to  @ Daskid's post |  #11

I'm about to do this exact thing. My lens lineup right now is:

17-35 2.8L
70-200 2.8 IS II
50 1.4
24-70 2.8L - Soon to be 35L

I used to do events, but now that I'm only doing portraits, I won't be keeping the zoom around. I'm evaluating the 35L from CPS and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I can't wait to get one of my own. I did a pin up portrait shoot with it last night and I don't find it too wide on my 5D2 at all.

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Feb 18, 2012 00:15 |  #12

nice pics! :D

I think I would give the 35L a shot. Plus, I looked how the 35mm focal length is with the 24-70, and it's one step backwards to get the same frame at 24mm and 1.5 steps forward to get the same frame at 70mm. I know that's unscientific, but I think I can manage foot-zooming.

Thanks for all the responses! You guys rock!!!


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Feb 18, 2012 00:27 |  #13

yalemba wrote in post #13916784 (external link)
My 24-70L is versatile, but not "great" at isolating subjects. Considering your portrait needs, 50L might be more appropriate; it can isolate subjects for story telling, and can be used for group shots. In my opinion, 35L is too wide for portraits shots, but that's a personal preference. I am enclosing two recently taken "isolation portraits" with 50L for your reference...

Story telling requires more DOF, isolating your object with big aperture and blur all the background is hard to tell a story, it is in fact the other way around.


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Feb 18, 2012 02:40 as a reply to  @ thestone11's post |  #14

i hope you don't mean you're going to try to trade your 24-70 for a 35L because i don't think you'd find a single person that will. :p

what i love about the 35L is that it's a full body portrait lens. the traditional shoulder up portraits and headshots are boring. i love being able to include the background in the portrait yet blur it out enough to give the subject that "3d" effect. my 24-70 wasn't able to do that. and the colors of the 35L are astonishing.


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Feb 18, 2012 12:17 |  #15

Same dilema.
I was using my 50 1.2 and 70-200, found myself not using the 24-70. So I sold it.

I had been debating on what to purchase....17-40, 24L etc. Ultimatley I found a great deal on a used 35L. I do not regret it, it is fantastic, used it last night, performs really well, works so much better than the 24-70 EVER did.


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