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Jun 17, 2012 14:09 |  #1

I am looking to buy an "L" lens. I currently shoot portraits 99% of the time. I am using the Canon 50mm 1.4. I am leaning towards a used 24-70 2.8.L. Since it will give me a little more on both ends. I am on a crop sensor. Any suggestions!


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Jun 17, 2012 15:32 |  #2

Consider the 24-105mm IS. 105mm at f4 will be better for portraits than 70mm at 2.8 imo. Also the IS makes it much more versatile. Though if you were doing portraits for 99% of your work, you might want to look into an 85L, which would look just ridiculous on your T2i but would give you some buttery results.




  
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Jun 17, 2012 17:09 as a reply to  @ h4ppydaze's post |  #3

Yes, I have been thinking abou the 24-105. I am just concerned about the 4.0 vs 2.8. I think I am usually shooting at or around 4 anyway. But it scares me. I like having the security of knowing I can open it up when needed. You know? And I know it is a lot cheaper. Which helps.


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Jun 17, 2012 17:14 |  #4

Even though the 24-105 is a great lens and possibly underrated by many, if portraits are your thing I would say definitely go with the 24-70 in preference. I have the 24-105 but can get away with it because I have two good primes for portraits (Sigma 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.4). Even with them I am still tossing up with buying the 24-70 for the constant f/2.8 as I tend to need the wider aperture more than the extra zoom length.


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Jun 17, 2012 17:17 |  #5

I'm pretty sure f4 at 105mm will give you more out of focus backgrounds and similar depth of field as 70mm @2.8. And you can get away with shutter speeds like 1/8th with the IS, where you'd be dead in the water at 1/15th at 2.8 without IS.

Just throwing some fuel to the fire




  
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Jun 17, 2012 17:22 |  #6

What's wrong with a 50mm lens on a crop body for portraits? I would have thought it was the perfect FL and the 50mm 1.4 will be faster, sharper, smaller, lighter and cheaper than either the 24-70 or 25-105.

Why change?

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Jun 17, 2012 17:23 |  #7

Probably h4ppydaze, but he has a crop body so 105 is pretty long.


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Jun 17, 2012 17:39 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #8

I love my 50 1.4, but there is a reason why "L" glass is more expensive, it offers better quality. I am just trying to step my game up.


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Jun 17, 2012 22:10 |  #9

h4ppydaze wrote in post #14592291 (external link)
I'm pretty sure f4 at 105mm will give you more out of focus backgrounds and similar depth of field as 70mm @2.8. And you can get away with shutter speeds like 1/8th with the IS, where you'd be dead in the water at 1/15th at 2.8 without IS.

Just throwing some fuel to the fire

But i've found the bokeh (the quality of the out of focus areas) to be harsher and more distracting on the 24-105 compared to the 24-70


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Jun 17, 2012 22:34 |  #10

you should be going for the sigma 17-50 or canon 17-55 for the t2i over any L zoom. If you really want an L lens, get the 50L or 85L for portraits




  
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Jun 17, 2012 22:58 as a reply to  @ swang9's post |  #11

Anyone suggest an 85L yet?




  
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Jun 18, 2012 00:08 as a reply to  @ URLphotographer's post |  #12

I'd say 24-70, based on your FB page. Avoid the 85L for now haha. Even the 24-105 is an AMAZING LENS because it's more versatile, plus it sells a lot quicker for when you decide you try another lens.


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Jun 18, 2012 07:35 as a reply to  @ Bond_Savingsbond's post |  #13

Am I wrong in thinking that "L" glass produce better image quality than non-"L"?


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Jun 18, 2012 07:42 |  #14

Non-L primes can provide images with an IQ comparable to L zooms while offering the possibility to have a wider aperture. If portraits is your things and you shoot in conditions that do not require the flexibility of a zoom, I would recommend going with a prime. What is it in your 50/1.4 that you would like to improve?


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Jun 18, 2012 07:52 |  #15

sennsm wrote in post #14594647 (external link)
Am I wrong in thinking that "L" glass produce better image quality than non-"L"?

Yes.
L lenses do produce very good IQ, and most of them produce better results than non-L lenses, but not all the time.

As for the 24-70, I'd say if you're getting a lens for portraits on crop, that is a very good choice. But I'd go for the tamron 24-70 VC instead of the canon 24-70. Why? Because the tamron has better IQ than the canon (yes, this is a case where the non-L and even non-canon lens has better IQ) and has VC, and costs less.


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