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24-70L II vs 16-35L II/50L combo

 
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Nov 30, 2012 06:03 |  #1

Hi there, I'm looking for some advice on what lenses to buy for my new 6D. I currently own an EF50 f1.8 and EF100 f2.8L IS.

I'm looking for a general purpose lens or lenses for Landscapes, people and anything else I choose to shoot. I should say that my wife and I are hoping to have a baby soon so baby shots will most likely be very common.

For me I think it comes down to either:

24-70 f2.8L II

or

16-35 f2.8L II AND 50 f1.2L

My thinking is that the 24-70 will be great most of the time, but will it be wide enough for Landscapes? And will it be fast enough for those indoor baby shots?

The 16-35 and 50L combo will give me the wide-angle landscapes and low-light portraits, but will I be loosing a lot of versatility in the missing focal lengths?

Thoughts please... What would YOU do?


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Nov 30, 2012 10:24 |  #2

I think the 24-70 will do you well. You already have a 50 prime if you really need it, but you probably will not. I am assuming the 6D is comparable to the 5D3 for high ISO. You might also want to consider a longer prime for portraits of the baby... maybe an 85 or 135.


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Nov 30, 2012 10:34 |  #3

24 is pretty wide on FF. I found myself on the 16-35 zooming to about the 20-24 range all the time so I sold the 16-35 and bought a Zeiss 21mm which blows it away in every possible way. I had a 24-70 v1 and just updated to the V2. It is a monster lens IQ-wise and is highly recommended.
I agree with Mike that the low light higher ISO should be similar the the 5D mk3 and therefore 2.8 is plenty fast enough. I've shot completely useable up to about 4000.


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Nov 30, 2012 10:40 |  #4

Here's one I took the night I got the 24-70 just fooling around with the new lens on a 5D3. This was at ISO12800, f/2.8, 1/30s, and just had minimal treatment in LR4. I know its not perfect, but for shooting in near total darkness, not bad. There was one lamp on, which didn't give much, and the cat was in the shadows even.

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Nov 30, 2012 12:49 |  #5

24-70 would better suit your needs. this 16-35 is pretty darn wide and wouldnt be my first choice for baby pictures.


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Nov 30, 2012 12:54 as a reply to  @ convergent's post |  #6

17-40L, 50L and 85 1.8, 17-40 because landscape shots is usually stopped down anyways, lowlight and speed in the 50L and 85 1.8. Or maybe 24L and 50L, or 17-40L and 85L. I guess i love primetime, :D


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Nov 30, 2012 13:46 |  #7

Jazzy Jase wrote in post #15307567 (external link)
Hi there, I'm looking for some advice on what lenses to buy for my new 6D. I currently own an EF50 f1.8 and EF100 f2.8L IS.

I'm looking for a general purpose lens or lenses for Landscapes, people and anything else I choose to shoot. I should say that my wife and I are hoping to have a baby soon so baby shots will most likely be very common.

For me I think it comes down to either:

24-70 f2.8L II

or

16-35 f2.8L II AND 50 f1.2L

My thinking is that the 24-70 will be great most of the time, but will it be wide enough for Landscapes? And will it be fast enough for those indoor baby shots?

The 16-35 and 50L combo will give me the wide-angle landscapes and low-light portraits, but will I be loosing a lot of versatility in the missing focal lengths?

Thoughts please... What would YOU do?

here's what i did. i own the 16-35L II and 24-70L II. i also own the 70-200L f4 IS. these are my three most used landscape lenses. i can't really say what will be wide enough for you ;).


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Nov 30, 2012 13:50 |  #8

I added the 16-35 to my 24-105 kit with the 5D Mark III, but I did that b/c I used to have a 50D with a 10-22 and liked it for city photography.


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Nov 30, 2012 15:37 |  #9

The 24-70 is plenty wide for landscapes. And ultra wide like the 16-35 can be good for landscapes if used properly... its not for getting it all in rather for getting right in amongst what you are shooting to give an immersive feel. Not sure how experienced you are but be aware that the50L really takes an excellent technique to use well... mine isn't, up to it.


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Nov 30, 2012 16:04 |  #10

Landscapes and portraits: 16-35II
Portraits in low light: 50L
I have owned both and 24-70L before and used mostly 24-70L. Just in case of low light like weddings in the restaurant I used 50L. When traveling I brought my 16-35.


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Dec 01, 2012 12:26 |  #11

Thanks for the replies. Looks like 24-70L II is the favourite. :)


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