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Nov 05, 2013 15:06 |  #1

How many of you out there do not own a traditional "walk-around" zoom, or those that do have them, how often do you use them in comparison to your other lenses? Do you really feel like you need it? I realized that I really don't shoot with my 17-70 OS very often, even though I've gotten some great shots out of it in the past.

Beginning to wonder if I should switch it out for something else that I might use more.


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Nov 05, 2013 15:26 |  #2

For a long time I just used my 50mm prime as my walkabout lens on the 60D

I really like that Sigma 17-70 though; it's pretty much permanently bolted on my 60D now, which serves as my backup camera.


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Nov 05, 2013 16:14 |  #3

I've had good luck with the 17-70 OS as well. Maybe it's just my shooting situations, but I typically find myself with my Sigma 30 1.4 on most of the time. Maybe I just need to force myself to use it - As I've been buying new lenses, I find myself not wanting to put other lenses on (I think I've taken maybe 5 shots with my 55-250...)


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Nov 05, 2013 16:50 |  #4

Usually I drag around the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS, but for going light the 100 f/2.8 IS Macro is on the 5D2 - middle of the range, superb optics and great IS. When I started out many, many years ago, Nikon's classic 105 f/2.5 on a Nikon F was the combo I lived or died by and the 100 takes me back to a good place.


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Nov 05, 2013 16:59 |  #5

WaterVsAnchor wrote in post #16426973 (external link)
How many of you out there do not own a traditional "walk-around" zoom, or those that do have them, how often do you use them in comparison to your other lenses? Do you really feel like you need it? I realized that I really don't shoot with my 17-70 OS very often, even though I've gotten some great shots out of it in the past.

Beginning to wonder if I should switch it out for something else that I might use more.

There's a very good example of this kind of lens that's readily available: the Canon 18-200mm image stabilizer unit. (external link) The lens has been proven through actual use to be an effective unit.




  
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Nov 05, 2013 17:05 |  #6

A standard zoom is a wonderful to when you want both a wide and narrow angle of view. I use both the 18-55mm and 24-70mm liberally.




  
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Nov 05, 2013 17:35 |  #7

I have a DC trip planned and since I have to use a 4 wheeled walker anyway I got one of the Sigma 18mm-250mm OS to reduce the multiple lens carry complications going into museums and other DC buildings.


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Nov 05, 2013 21:52 |  #8

DC Fan wrote in post #16427295 (external link)
There's a very good example of this kind of lens that's readily available: the Canon 18-200mm image stabilizer unit. (external link) The lens has been proven through actual use to be an effective unit.

I definitely don't have any desire to have that lens. Super zooms are definitely not my thing. If anything, I'd go for more primes.


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Nov 06, 2013 16:12 |  #9

I use my Canon 18-135mm on my 60D most of the time. It covers most things that I'm interested in.




  
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Nov 06, 2013 18:59 |  #10

WaterVsAnchor wrote in post #16426973 (external link)
How many of you out there do not own a traditional "walk-around" zoom, or those that do have them, how often do you use them in comparison to your other lenses? Do you really feel like you need it? I realized that I really don't shoot with my 17-70 OS very often, even though I've gotten some great shots out of it in the past.

Beginning to wonder if I should switch it out for something else that I might use more.

I don't, and I never have, nor do I have the desire for one, or to be more specific any zoom really.




  
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Nov 06, 2013 19:07 |  #11

My walk around lens is the 35L. I love the shooting experience I get with primes, and would rather come back with 5 amazing photos from working the scene than 300 mediocre photos from moving my zoom ring.

With that said, I do own a 24-105 and find it to be a great lens. I mainly use it for editorial portraiture where I have 5 minutes with a subject and need to deliver wide and tight photos for my editor. I also use it as a wide lens for outdoor sports, such as football, baseball, or tennis.


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Nov 06, 2013 19:44 |  #12

iamascientist wrote in post #16430714 (external link)
I don't, and I never have, nor do I have the desire for one, or to be more specific any zoom really.

+1 one this.




  
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Nov 06, 2013 19:48 |  #13

Prime lover here, I zoom with my feet :D


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Nov 07, 2013 01:01 |  #14

my walkaround lens is 40mm pancake!


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Nov 07, 2013 01:17 |  #15

Walking around IS my zoom. :p


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