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Cream of the Crop
Joined Mar 2011
Location: Dallas TX
Joined Mar 2011
I had the 24-105mm and I honestly loved it. Probably my favorite lens I've owned. I must say tho, I have the 28-75mm Tamron and its pretty amazing for the price. I am often surprised by how nice the images out of this this are.
Nikon D700, 28-70 f2.8 Nikkor, 17-35mm Nikkor, 50mm 1.8 Nikkor, 28mm f2.8 Nikkor, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 14-45mm Lumix, Panasonic LX3, Canonet, 4 speedlites, some remotes some umbrellas, some stands, some cables and a few bags.
Joined Feb 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
I would say 24-105mm f/4
Capturing moments one snap at a time.
Joined Jun 2009
TeamSpeed wrote in post #14434651
For the budget-minded, there are 2 pretty good options that immediately come to mind.
The Sigma 24-60 f2.8 and the Canon 28-135 IS
Both work well with FF, and either lens costs under $300.
On an even more tight budget, the canon 24-85 and 28-105 are also very capable. Both are in the mid-$100s used.
Joined May 2011
I had the same question last year when I got my (used) 5D Classic. The Canon 24-70 is really nice but pretty expensive. I looked at the 24-105 as well and it seemed nice, but I wanted the fastest lense I could get (both to get more/better bokeh and to be able to shoot in low light situations without the need of a flash), so I felt that f/4.0 was too slow. I ended up buying the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I am not sure about the prices in the USA, but in Sweden where I live I would say that the Tamron costs 1/3 of the Canon 24-70, and that makes the Tamron an OK choice. When shooting fully open, the centre sharpness is definitely OK, but the corner sharpness is pretty bad. That doesn't bother me that much, though. There is some vignetting, mostly when shooting around 28mm but I usually crop the photos anyway, so that doesn't bother me that much either. The build quality seems pretty OK for the price, obviously not weather sealed and not as sturdy/heavy as en L-lense. AF is somewhat slow. All in all, I think that you get a lot of bang for the bucks. If I would buy something else, it would probably be a second hand 24-70, but as for now I am quite happy with the Tamron.
Joined Jun 2010
24-105 has IS and smaller and lighter than 24-70 brick. You will not find a better walk around FF lens. Get a refurbed one from Canon.
Joined Apr 2006
Location: El Cerrito, Ca.
Just returned from a trip to Italy ... I hauled 3 of lenses with me : my 16-35L, 70-200L, and I borrowed my in-law's 24-105L ... I must say that I had the 24-105L on the camera like 70% of the time. It really is a great walk-around piece of glass. I will be adding that permanently as my main 3 pieces of glass.