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24-105 "Kit" really all that?

 
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Jun 01, 2013 18:37 |  #16

If I only have room for one lens, the 24-105/4 is the one I would take with me. I know couple of professional photo-journalists that use the lens for everything. I often see their photos on the newspaper and on the internet. So, if the use it, who am I not to?


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Jun 01, 2013 18:42 |  #17

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Thanks, and I did get tired of hearing "your camera takes such great pics" from my sis I thought if she heard how it sounds coming back at her in regards to her bakery she would get the point. Sis got the point.:lol:

I hear the same all the time. I recently used my wife's Lumix LX-5 (a very good p&s) to take some photos. Once the photos were uploaded and I shared with friends and relatives, they still said: Your camera really takes great photos! There you go!!


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Jun 01, 2013 18:44 |  #18

Pepe Guitarra wrote in post #15990032 (external link)
I hear the same all the time. I recently used my wife's Lumix LX-5 (a very good p&s) to take some photos. Once the photos were uploaded and I shared with friends and relatives, they still said: Your camera really takes great photos! There you go!!

It's funny how so many people who know nothing about cameras think that the picture is due to the camera and not the person taking the picture lol.


Also, if you are unsure about the 24-105, then look at this thread. https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=142974

I think it speaks for itself :)


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Jun 01, 2013 19:05 |  #19
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Jack of all trade lens that excels in nothing.

Not that there is anything wrong with that if that's what you are after. ;)


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Jun 01, 2013 19:08 |  #20

i bought the 24-105L three times
great for general uses


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Jun 01, 2013 19:10 |  #21

kin2son wrote in post #15990089 (external link)
Jack of all trade lens that excels in nothing.

The 24-105 does excel at something. Something very, very important. Versatility.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Jun 01, 2013 19:13 |  #22

Tony_Stark wrote in post #15989983 (external link)
The 24-105L is a great sharp, versatile lens, but it is boring to use it. It does everything well, but nothing amazing. I find I use it at the 2 extreme ends the most, but I have a 17-40L now that I use more for the wide end, but use the 24-105L when I want the long end. I want to buy back the 135L I had before so I am thinking of putting my 24-105L up for sale to fund it, but its such a versatile lens thats good to have in the bag for situations where you really need it.

I agree with the statement in bold above (I have never used the lens, but I can surely extrapolate from my use of the 28-135 IS and now the 28-105 II). Having said that, I find I use the 28-105 a lot. And it's for more than just convenience(I don't travel). I did a 2 hour product shoot with it while the client was there helping out and, with the exception of a few shallow DoF shots, it handled everything I threw at it. I use it for portraits often enough as well. It's also great for snaps during get togethers.

But in the end I personally can't see paying over $700 usd for a lens that is a jack of all trades but master of none. It's overkill. For me a used 28-105 II or 28-135 IS does the job and they're under $200. If I need better I have other lenses.


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Jun 01, 2013 19:23 |  #23

I like mine a lot. It offers convenience and versatility that no other lens offers. I use it when I don't know what I'll be shooting or when I want to just take 1 lens for a relatively broad range of subject matter.


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Jun 01, 2013 19:28 |  #24

I bought the 6D with the kit lens. I have no desire for a slow lens, so I sold it for $850 on Craigslist before using it. That being said, I couldn't believe it, but I saw today that Amazon has it for sale new at just $800. If I wanted an f/4 lens, this would probably be the time to buy.


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Jun 01, 2013 19:29 |  #25

seanlancaster wrote in post #15990148 (external link)
I bought the 6D with the kit lens. I have no desire for a slow lens, so I sold it for $850 on Craigslist before using it. That being said, I couldn't believe it, but I saw today that Amazon has it for sale new at just $800. If I wanted an f/4 lens, this would probably be the time to buy.

I can't believe someone paid you $850 for it. That is ridiculous! I see them for $700 and $750 quite often. Some people need to do their homework before shelling out so much cash.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Jun 01, 2013 19:31 |  #26

seanlancaster wrote in post #15990148 (external link)
I bought the 6D with the kit lens. I have no desire for a slow lens, so I sold it for $850 on Craigslist before using it. That being said, I couldn't believe it, but I saw today that Amazon has it for sale new at just $800. If I wanted an f/4 lens, this would probably be the time to buy.

i am doing the same thing.. but dang!.. you got $850? I was gonna list at $800. and let them haggle down to $750 Maybe the market is SoCal is a little different.

i'm gonna fund a 135L with it


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Jun 01, 2013 19:32 |  #27

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15990153 (external link)
I can't believe someone paid you $850 for it. That is ridiculous! I see them for $700 and $750 quite often. Some people need to do their homework before shelling out so much cash.

new in box? seems reasonable if there are not a lot of local people selling..


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Jun 01, 2013 19:39 |  #28

It was last December, so perhaps the market wasn't as saturated as it is now. But Grand Rapids Craigslist where I live rarely has one of these 24-105s listed (e.g., none right now), so that helps, too. But it sucks for me when I want to buy a lens because the selection is too sparse.


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Jun 02, 2013 00:07 as a reply to  @ seanlancaster's post |  #29

I've always found it interesting how folks always say "just a kit lens". I think the 18-55 is a kit lens. The 24-105 is a wonderful lens. Excellent for travel, light and solid.


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Jun 02, 2013 00:25 |  #30

Tony_Stark wrote in post #15989983 (external link)
The 24-105L is a great sharp, versatile lens, but it is boring to use it. It does everything well, but nothing amazing. I find I use it at the 2 extreme ends the most, but I have a 17-40L now that I use more for the wide end, but use the 24-105L when I want the long end. I want to buy back the 135L I had before so I am thinking of putting my 24-105L up for sale to fund it, but its such a versatile lens thats good to have in the bag for situations where you really need it.

This.

I'm always surprised by the shots from my 24-105L, they're very sharp and contrasty, but it's just boring to shoot with. I much prefer slapping on my Yashica ML 50/1.4 or EF 35/2. If I was only going to take one lens with me for a bright day outing I'd probably take the 24-105L though, it definitely delivers. As for it being an indoor lens though, I actually find myself taking it off the camera as soon as I go inside... sure it has IS, but f/4 is limiting if you're shooting anything that's moving. I prefer using either of the lenses I mentioned above when shooting indoors.


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