bberg wrote in post #16827093
Nice to see some good discussion and activity in this thread
Like I said earlier, I've had the 24-70 in the past and while it's king for versatility - it limits you in many other ways: Shallow DOF at wider focal lengths, weight/size, ability to shoot in low light (indoor) without a flash or good ambient light.
Since you mentioned comparing similar focal lengths, how about we utilize the Canon 24mm F1.4 prime as an example. It has the ability to capture 4x the light as the zoom, while also having the ability to provide shallow DOF at a wide angle focal length. Obviously it's limited to the one focal length, which is where the zoom shines and has great sharpness across the range. However, I'd argue that sharpness definitely isn't everything and depending on the type of photography you enjoy - won't make up for other shortcomings of the lens.
Thanks for the comments on my Flickr site
I'd argue that more than 50% of my photos are taken at f2 or below - so unfortunately that is why the 24-70 didn't stay in my bag.
Looking forward to seeing some more exciting/creative shots in this thread...
I think you're mistaking my point. I acknowledge that large apertures have their place, I'm simply in disagreement with your statements in reference to a large aperture inherently creating more interest in photos than a smaller one. But, lucky for us no one is forcing us to be in agreement.