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Replacing 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM with 24 f/2.8 IS USM, good idea?

 
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May 01, 2014 08:50 |  #1

I noticed I prefer shooting with primes instead of zooms. Makes me a better photographer and I find it more enjoyable. Also prime lenses are general better opticially.


As a general walkaround lens I would replace my 18-135 STM lens with 24 f/2.8 IS USM.

Will I noticed better contrast and more sharpness with the 24 compared to the 18-135?


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May 01, 2014 08:53 |  #2

You will...but you lose a whole lot of range/versatility. Then again, to each his own.


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May 01, 2014 08:56 |  #3

My setup would look like this

24 f/2.8 IS USM - general walk around lens
35 f/2.0 IS USM - indoors low light lens
50 f/1.4 USM - Portraits


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I am considering the 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, also. My prime (no pun intended) motivator is something wider than my Tamron 28-75. I see the 24 IS as the best candidate for several reasons.
First is that it nearly distortion free. Second is that is a truckload of cash cheaper than any 24-70 2.8 alternative. Optically, the Tamron 24-70 VC, 24-105 and 24-70 f/4 are not worth the upgrade cost, but IS would sure be nice. And all three of them distort a lot more at 24mm than the prime does. I'd love the 24 1.4L II and the 24-70 2.8L II, but don't have that kind of money. I'm still on the fence, here. I am leaning toward the 24 IS as the best compromise.




  
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May 02, 2014 00:52 as a reply to  @ CollegeKid's post |  #5

As mentioned, you'd have to decide what works best for YOU, but you're giving up a ton of flexibility and a lot of range.
I personally couldn't do it for city-street type stuff or general walk around simply because the way my luck runs, "zooming with my feet" would put me in the middle of a roadway 90% of the time and with 24mm I'd be up someone's nose, almost literally, trying to frame a shot the way I'd like.
BUT, if you've used your zoom and find that 24 is where you're happy and where you're doing most of you're shooting, then rock on.




  
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May 02, 2014 11:45 |  #6

Set your 18-135 at just 24mm (or whatever other prime you fancy getting).
Use it for a few weeks, don't be tempted to zoom in/out at all.
See if you like it.


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May 02, 2014 16:27 |  #7

Hermelin wrote in post #16874656 (external link)
My setup would look like this

24 f/2.8 IS USM - general walk around lens
35 f/2.0 IS USM - indoors low light lens
50 f/1.4 USM - Portraits

That is three primes clustered within a pretty tight focal range. If each does indeed end up having a specific purpose for you, though, then go for it. Personally, I would still hang onto your zoom even with owning those primes. There may be times when you need the versatility that it provides.


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May 02, 2014 17:03 as a reply to  @ Scott M's post |  #8

I'm starting to think that this is a bad idea.


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May 02, 2014 17:04 |  #9

I'll just stick to the 18-135 STM and just get the 35 and 50.


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May 02, 2014 17:14 |  #10

Sell the zoom & go for primes ;)

I do think your proposed set up does look very cramped together though.


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May 02, 2014 17:23 |  #11

you could opt for the sigma 18-35mm f1.8...you'd be faster than the two wider primes...pair that with the 50mm f1.4, and you should have a nice set up

i don't see the point in the wide f2.8 primes on a crop body...you could just as easily get a zoom f2.8 that covers the same range


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May 02, 2014 19:30 |  #12

DreDaze wrote in post #16878039 (external link)
you could opt for the sigma 18-35mm f1.8...you'd be faster than the two wider primes...pair that with the 50mm f1.4, and you should have a nice set up

i don't see the point in the wide f2.8 primes on a crop body...you could just as easily get a zoom f2.8 that covers the same range

This. +a million. The 18-35 is better than any prime in its range today.


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May 02, 2014 19:52 |  #13

Hermelin wrote in post #16878012 (external link)
I'm starting to think that this is a bad idea.

I would agree. While I really enjoy my primes, the 18-135 is just such a versatile lens. The advantage to primes is they're fast, not that they're fixed focal length. There are times for fast and there are times for focal length flexibility.




  
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May 03, 2014 08:24 |  #14

My recommendation:
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Canon 85mm f/1.8


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May 03, 2014 13:06 |  #15

LeeRatters wrote in post #16878020 (external link)
Sell the zoom & go for primes ;)

I do think your proposed set up does look very cramped together though.

My bad. I forget about that Sigma. I vote that one :)


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