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Lens choice for occassional weddings and travel

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Aug 06, 2012 23:46 |  #1

Sorry, I’ll try to keep this as short as possible.
Question: Which lens should I get? 24-70/2.8 mk1, 24-70/2.8 mk2, 24-105/4IS for occasional weddings and travel?
Background: I currently shoot portraits and fashion and I mainly use my 70-200/2.8 mk2 with my strobes and that set up works pretty awesome. I buy and sell and buy and sell lens and can’t seem to get the right combination, or maybe that’s the fun. I’m currently looking for a wider angle lens for occasional wedding and travel. 24-70/2.8 mk1 is around $1300 CND give or take but for some reason it’s harder to find now, and can’t get it new anymore, the soon to be out 24-70/2.8mk2 is around $2400 and the24-105/4IS is around $850 used. What option would you go with? The reason I am considering the 24-70/2.8 mk2 is I upgraded my70-200/2.8 non is to the mk2 and IQ wise it was pretty noticeable and worth the money, so I hope the 24-70/2.8 mk2is that much of a jump in iq. The only problem is I find the 24-70/105 range to be pretty normal at f/2.8 or f/4, it’s not as unique as say a prime in that range 50/1.2 or 35/1.4 or even the 85/1.2 so my plan is to get a zoom + a prime.

If I go with the 24-105 it’s relatively cheaper and difference in $ I can spend towards my prime, that’s one reason why I’m considering this.
I’ve owned the 24-70/2.8 before and the 24-105/4 before and sold them, but now I need something in that range.

I've owned the 50L and 85L but leaning towards the 85L as the supplement prime for that unique look.
Is 24-105/4 good enough for weddings + a prime? (and my 70-200)
I already have about $2500 saved up in my lens fund for this zoom and need to save up more for the prime lens.

Hope the question makes sense, any insights or experiences would be apperciated!



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Aug 07, 2012 04:37 |  #2

Considering you've owned pretty much all of the lenses you're considering, you're probably the best one to make the decision :p but if you're specifically questioning the worthiness of the 24-105 f4 for weddings, then i'd say it's absolutely fine! Obviously it's slower than the 24-70s, but you're shooting with a 5d2 so one stop of ISO shouldn't really be that much of an issue. It also depends how much you want a good prime, because the 24-70 mk2 is going to kill your budget!

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Aug 07, 2012 08:20 |  #3

i like the versatility a f/2.8 lens offers, i'd go with the 24-70 II. I've got the 85L, never use it.

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Aug 07, 2012 08:21 |  #4

rwong2k wrote in post #14824154 (external link)
Is 24-105/4 good enough for weddings + a prime? (and my 70-200)

Depends on the prime. Nothing stinks more than to have 24mm f/4 as your widest when the lights go dim and you aren't allowed to use a flash (or don't want to).

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Aug 08, 2012 09:34 |  #5

I would recommend sitting on the sidelines and wait for the 24-70 Mk II to come out like me. Everything I've read it should be at least the quality of the 70-200 f2.8 Mk II and you can't go wrong if you own that lens. I like the 24-105 f4.0 but having access to one on several occasions I wasn't impressed with the quality and I struggled with it in darker conditions. I think my 24-70 f2.8 Mk I is far superior to the 24-105 which would make the Mk II lens that much better. Only bummer is if you need/want it now it's going to be painful when you open your wallet.

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