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Full Frame owners, how did you choose your general purpose zoom?

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Jun 09, 2012 12:49 |  #16

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It's a classic question....

-24-70mm L
-24-105mm L

I am a brand new 5D2 owner (thanks to Randy98mtu!) and I need a lens for it.... It seems like the two above lenses are the classic general purpose zooms to pair with a 5D2. I know the technical specs of each, and I can relate the field of view of each to my experiences with my Rebel and kit lens. The shallow DOF available with each is a little more difficult to wrap my head around, as the 18-55mm doesn't have much going for it in the "shallow DOF" department, although I do have the 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 to get a little perspective. However, I'm having trouble weighing the 105mm range and IS against the f/2.8.

Basically, what made you choose one over the other for your full frame DSLR?

I've never used a full frame standard zoom lens, and after getting my 50L, I have no desire to.

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Jun 09, 2012 12:50 |  #17

When I shot with crop bodies, I used a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens. For the past couple of years, I found I was using that lens mostly outdoors after adding a 28mm f/1.8 prime for indoor use, so I rarely needed the faster f/2.8 aperture.

So, when I bought the 5D3, I decided I would rather have the added focal range, lighter weight and IS over the faster aperture for my walk around zoom. The 50mm f/1.4 replaces the 28mm as my standard indoor lens now. Also, the price of the 24-105L is very attractive when buying it as part of the 5D3 kit. I sold my 17-55mm f/2.8 for about the same price as the 24-105L.

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Jun 09, 2012 13:04 |  #18

when I got 5D mrkII, I was debating should I keep 24-105 or upgrade to 24-70 - although IS addresses the low light issue but there is a few thing that made me to upgrade to 24-70:
1. extra stop
2. I like bokeh

beside back then in term of price, the 24-105 and 24-70 were $250.00 different, but now 24-105 would be a bargain for you comparing insanely inflated price for 24-70.

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Jun 09, 2012 14:44 |  #19

I wanted the extra stop and IS does't help much when shutter speed is 1/60 or faster. 24-70 was the choice.

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Jun 09, 2012 14:52 |  #20

Well, my general purpose zoom came with the package for operating the camera, also called a human body, and more specifically, my own body :D. The parts used most for "zooming", although technically it really is getting closer or further away while changing perspective as well as framing, is my legs, although occasionally I use other body parts too to achieve this.

Oh, and in order to record whatever I have "zoomed" into or out of, the general purpose lens I apply with this general purpose "zoom", is a 50L :D.

On a more serious note: I have shot both 24-105L IS and 24-70L, but I am much more comfortable with a prime around 50 mm, preferably a fast one, hence my choice. It is my go-to lens, and is mounted by default on my 5D II.

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Jun 09, 2012 14:53 as a reply to  @ post 14555138 |  #21

For me it must be fast and non-expensive because I'm not zoom defendant anymore as I used to. 28-75 and no plans to upgrade. It does the job as general zoom lens really well.

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Jun 10, 2012 11:26 |  #22

garbidz wrote in post #14554845 (external link)
YO, Skul, it seems they got the focusing finally right with the 5D II.
Instead of upgrading, I'll get a ticket to Namibia or Borneo or something with a 'z' in its name like Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan or Zaire...

Is my memory playing tricks with me or were there some quality issues with the early releases of the 24-105?

(from wiki: Some early production models of the lens had a flare problem (reportedly the first 10,000 batch) and Canon offered to repair them for free)

Sorry, I never heard of the problem. I've had mine about three years, and wouldn't trade it for anything. Have a good time at your "Z" destination.

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Jun 10, 2012 11:31 |  #23

i tried both, and they both have their merits. in my use, i preferred the 24-70L over the 24-105L. But I realised i shot mostly at the 24mm mark or the 50mm mark with my 24-70L.

So i took the plunge and got rid of the 24-70L, didn't replace it with any other standard zoom, and make do with the 50L, 24LII, and if I want a bit of flexibility, the 17-40L.

for me, i don't miss the zoom in this range at all.

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Jun 10, 2012 12:40 |  #24

For most people it will come down to their preference for IS and a bit more reach over a max. aperture of f/2.8

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Jun 10, 2012 14:00 |  #25

The IS on the 24 -105 is most useful for video for me. It really allows you to go hand held or use a not so smooth tripod.

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Jun 10, 2012 14:50 |  #26

For general purpose I wouldn't spend the money on an L lens. I would get a 28-135 IS, which is more than adequate for general stuff and put the money saved into a more specialized lens, like a fast 50 or an UWA. (external link) Miss Julia Grey (she/her/Miss)
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Jun 10, 2012 14:51 |  #27

iv not owned the 24-70 (I have used it and I liked it a lot)

I used to own the 24-105 and I just never used it, I found it boring (probably more a criticism of me than the lens though)

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Jun 10, 2012 15:21 |  #28

I went with 24-105 AND Tamron 28-75. Best of both worlds for the price of a new 24-105.

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Jun 10, 2012 15:35 |  #29

well if it were me i'd go 24-70. I never been much of a fan of the 24-105

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Jun 10, 2012 16:25 |  #30

I just bought 24-105 and I've been using it with 7D. Such an awesome lens. I'm hopeful it will become my general lens with 5D3 which I will get in these days. Size, weight, FR, IS.
If I find that I need f2.8 I'll buy Tamron 24-70mm.
Edit: Almost forgot that it takes 77mm filters as most of my lenses.

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