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Mar 19, 2013 15:02 |  #1

ive got the 70-200 f2.8L IS USM mk I and the 50 f1.4 USM...

i used to use my 17-55 f2.8 IS USM with my crop body but since moving to FF, it wont work. and thats a DAMNED shame because it is such a super piece of glass...

i think id really like the 24-70 f2.8L USM mk II

but for the price they want its just something im having a hard time justifying...

theres a used 16-35 f2.8L USM mk II on the classified board that would be suitable i believe for my wide angle needs, although not as convenient as having 2 lenses cover all my bases...

when i shot film, i ran a 24, 35, 50, 85 and 200. all f2 or faster (except the 200 at f2.8) and they served me well, but i had 2 bodies so it wasnt so bad if i needed a different focal length. i had it pretty well covered convenience wise...

can anyone give me some thoughts on the 3 lens set up (16-35, 50, 70-200)?

hopefully i can decide before the WA zoom is sold...

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Mar 19, 2013 16:50 |  #2

Do it! You owe it to yourself! :-D I would love that lineup and would probably only add an 85mm and I'd be set for lenses.


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Mar 19, 2013 17:00 as a reply to  @ rivas8409's post |  #3

That's the same set up I have, originally I had the 17-40, 50 1.4, F/4 70-200... thought I was missing something with the gaps.
Bought a 24-105, sold the 17-40 and regretted it,sold the 24-105 bought 16-35II , replaced the 50 1.4 with the 1.2 and replaced the f/4 70-200 with the 2.8II... happy


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Mar 19, 2013 20:19 |  #4

rivas8409 wrote in post #15733280 (external link)
Do it! You owe it to yourself! :-D I would love that lineup and would probably only add an 85mm and I'd be set for lenses.

well i dont know if i can swing that with the wife. it might be my fathers day, anniversary, Christmas and birthday gift for the next 4 'holidays'... lol

i dont know that id need the 85, since that length is covered by the 70-200 f2.8. not as fast obviously but ive seen a lot of 'fashion' shooters with the 70-200. and i dont even shoot 'fashion'...

such convenience of having just the two lenses is fascinating to me...

i explained to the wife how it would be having the 16-35, would really be best served with a 2nd body. she didnt see the humor in that...




  
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Mar 19, 2013 22:52 |  #5

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well i dont know if i can swing that with the wife. it might be my fathers day, anniversary, Christmas and birthday gift for the next 4 'holidays'... lol

i dont know that id need the 85, since that length is covered by the 70-200 f2.8. not as fast obviously but ive seen a lot of 'fashion' shooters with the 70-200. and i dont even shoot 'fashion'...

such convenience of having just the two lenses is fascinating to me...

i explained to the wife how it would be having the 16-35, would really be best served with a 2nd body. she didnt see the humor in that...

Yeah, my wife doesn't see the humor in those same comments when I make them.... I know you've got 85mm covered with the 70-200, that's just what I would do- keep your line up and add the 85 just to have that fast prime. I'm trying to work a deal on one now. I'm hoping it goes thru.


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Mar 19, 2013 23:01 |  #6

Have you considered Tamron's 24-70 VC?


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Mar 19, 2013 23:51 |  #7

Get a canon 24-70l versian 1. Used around 1100-1200


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Mar 20, 2013 02:04 |  #8

Not exactly what you asked but you had a few bodies and it seems you have one now. You could consider picking up a crop dslr and get use out of your 17-55 cheaper than the 24-70. It would be a flexible set up


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Mar 20, 2013 03:56 |  #9

jaomul wrote in post #15734848 (external link)
Not exactly what you asked but you had a few bodies and it seems you have one now. You could consider picking up a crop dslr and get use out of your 17-55 cheaper than the 24-70. It would be a flexible set up

IMO, either ^ this, or as stillinamerica suggested... settle for the 24-70/2.8L Mk1. If you want the best (Mk II), it'll cost you.


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Mar 20, 2013 06:31 |  #10

jaomul wrote in post #15734848 (external link)
.... You could consider picking up a crop dslr and get use out of your 17-55 cheaper than the 24-70. It would be a flexible set up

I've thought this too. I loved the images from my T2i, and considered grabbing another one of those with the 17-55 until out of the blue, with no preceding conversation (other than the 24-70 hours earlier) my dear wife decided she wants it instead of a kit lens 18-55 f3.5.....

Which was partly why I hung on to it....

I really don't want a mkI 24-70. Everything I've read here seems to make it out as a rather glaring mistake when compared to a mkII from the lens hood to zoom direction and on....




  
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Mar 20, 2013 07:58 |  #11

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I really don't want a mkI 24-70. Everything I've read here seems to make it out as a rather glaring mistake when compared to a mkII from the lens hood to zoom direction and on....

I've just bought a 24-70 mk1. Only arrived today so haven't tried it out properly yet.

Wasn't it considered a really good lens until the mk2 came out? Just because the mk2 is better, doesn't mean the mk1 suddenly stops being a good lens surely?


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Mar 20, 2013 17:12 |  #12

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...Just because the mk2 is better, doesn't mean the mk1 suddenly stops being a good lens surely?

no it doesnt stop being a good lens but....

thats like saying, my old Windows 98 is still a good computer but is it providing the best performance compared to an XP or 7 machine?




  
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Mar 20, 2013 17:39 |  #13

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no it doesnt stop being a good lens but....

thats like saying, my old Windows 98 is still a good computer but is it providing the best performance compared to an XP or 7 machine?

Not sure thats a good analogy - the demands put on a pc now are much more than they were.

I guess you could argue that the newer cameras with higher mp put more demands on the lenses, but you could also argue that the lower noise levels allow more sharpening in pp therefore takes some demand off the lenses.

Also, the difference between a slow computer and a fast one can be huge and easily recogniseable. But isnt it fair to say that the differences between the mk1 and 2 lenses is much less obvious?

Anyway, ive not used a mk2 but from reading on tinterweb it is apparently much sharper than the mk1. However the mk1 seems pretty sharp to me.


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Mar 20, 2013 18:16 |  #14

I think the 24-70 v1 would be a good choice,

I mean, you're still using the 70-200 2.8 ver. 1 (as am I), and it is a great lens even though there is a v2.

Just my 2cents


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Mar 20, 2013 19:43 |  #15

I'm very happy with my 17-40, 24-70, 70-200 setup.

When out hiking and trying to minimize my kit, I just take the 17-40 and 70-200. Depends on what you are shooting though. If I am only going to carry one lens, it would be the 24-70 or the 135. (Yes, I have gone on outings and only brought the 135.)


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