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Oct 20, 2015 21:15 |  #1

Ok so I'm a hobbyist. I take pics of everything from bugs to flowers to people/kids to landscape.
I have a Canon t6s
I am currently able to buy one of the 2 lenses I've been wanting for awhile.
Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
Canon 70-300mm f 2.8L IS
My question is which would you buy if you could only afford one right now (and couldn't afford the other for a year) and why?
I'm not in the market for a full frame yet buy will eventually be buying one next year so not sure if one of these lenses would be better with a crop or not and why.
Also what about the other brands of these lenses that may be slightly cheaper that might also be an option?




  
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Oct 20, 2015 21:30 |  #2

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Ok so I'm a hobbyist. I take pics of everything from bugs to flowers to people/kids to landscape.
I have a Canon t6s
I am currently able to buy one of the 2 lenses I've been wanting for awhile.
Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
Canon 70-300mm f 2.8L IS
My question is which would you buy if you could only afford one right now (and couldn't afford the other for a year) and why?
I'm not in the market for a full frame yet buy will eventually be buying one next year so not sure if one of these lenses would be better with a crop or not and why.
Also what about the other brands of these lenses that may be slightly cheaper that might also be an option?

I wouldn't recommend the 24-70 f/2.8L II to anyone. Very expensive. Most of Canon's primes are better, optically. You can get the same aperture, better focal length range, and IS for a lot less with the 17-55 f/2.8.

Canon has never made a 70-300 f/2.8L IS. 2 versions of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS, plus a non-IS version. A 70-300 f/?-5.6 IS USM, and a 70-300 f/?-5.6L. Can you clarify which lens you are referring to? And what you want to do with it?

There is no overlap at all in these lenses. Narrow down which focal length you need. That should help you decide which you want.




  
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Oct 20, 2015 21:36 |  #3

For your needs, I would look at the Tamron 24-70 VC. Also, the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS would be a good choice as well. I suspect that you could get both of those for around the price of the Canon 24-70 II. I love the 24-70 II and own it, but for the more casual shooter, I would suggest the other lenses. They are great, I have owned one of them, and others have highly recommended the other.


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Oct 20, 2015 21:41 as a reply to  @ Bassat's post |  #4

Sorry typo. 70-200 I meant.
I should mention I also have already the following lenses but will sell a couple to make less overlap
Canon 10-18mm IS/STM
Canon 50mm 1.8 STM
Canon 18-135mm IS STM
Canon 85mm 1.8 USM
Canon 55-250 IS STM




  
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Oct 20, 2015 21:51 |  #5

The 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8 are both awesome lenses. You're going to get them both, it's just a matter of which one you get first. Of course the primes are a bit better but you miss the convenience of a zoom.


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Oct 20, 2015 21:57 |  #6

Heya,

Tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC

Save money for something else and get a stabilized mid-range zoom.

Good on APS-C, APS-H, & FF.

You have vast overlap as it is, so this move is more about getting a faster aperture zoom with stabilization.

Unless you can state what you need F2.8 on a 200mm for at this time, I think you're good to stay with your 250 STM until you figure out what you're really looking to do.

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Oct 20, 2015 22:58 |  #7

The problem with the recommendation is that for now, a 24-70 makes more sense because it's fast and wide angle, something you lack. However, if you were shooting full frame, I would recommend 70-200 first.

You have the budget for a 24-70ii, go full frame first IMO. FOV changes a lot when you go FF, so if you must stick with crop, get something right, and sell later, 17-5x f2.8 makes sense.


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Oct 21, 2015 10:07 |  #8

So I see in my original post I listed the 2.8 versions what about the F4 L versions? Also was looking at the 24-105mm F4L version too any opinions on that one?
I'm just looking to reduce the amount of lenses I currently have but keeping somewhat within the ranges that I have within reason.
Also with planning on buying a full frame early next year I'm focusing on lenses for full frame more but still obviously need it to be a decent lens on a crop body for now as that's what I have

Thanks for all the comments so far it's greatly appreciated!




  
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Oct 21, 2015 10:14 as a reply to  @ Springer1979's post |  #9

If I were you I wouldn't get any 24-70mm. I would go for the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.
You have a Rebel? The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM will be far more useful for what you stated your requirements are.


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Oct 21, 2015 10:15 |  #10

Whatever you do, if you get a 70-200 2.8, DON'T sell your 55-250 stm. Even if you have overlap there, that is an amazing lens and it is MUCH smaller and lighter than a 70-200 2.8. I got a 70-200 2.8 and sold my 55-250 stm and wish I still had it! You don't always need 2.8 and you will wish you had a smaller lighter lens for those times when you don't need it.

I honestly don't see what you need 2.8 for. Your lenses you have now are great lenses. IF you must have a 2.8 AND plan on switching to FF, go with a 24-70. You will use it much more than a 70-200. You could always go with a Tamron or Sigma 24-70 AND 70-200 for less than you'd pay for ONE canon lens.


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Oct 21, 2015 10:26 as a reply to  @ BlakeC's post |  #11

Thanks Blake! Funny I was just saying last night that I'm not sure I will get rid of the 55-250mm yet because I have had very nice images come from it - you're right it is a great lens.
What are your thoughts on the 24-105mm?




  
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Oct 21, 2015 10:28 |  #12

ebiggs wrote in post #17754489 (external link)
If I were you I wouldn't get any 24-70mm. I would go for the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.
You have a Rebel? The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM will be far more useful for what you stated your requirements are.

hmmm I hadn't even considered that one or researched it so I'll have to look it up! thanks




  
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Oct 21, 2015 10:30 |  #13

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Thanks Blake! Funny I was just saying last night that I'm not sure I will get rid of the 55-250mm yet because I have had very nice images come from it - you're right it is a great lens.
What are your thoughts on the 24-105mm?

The 55-250 stm is very sharp. It's a great value!

I haven't used the 24-105. I know many ppl who love it and use it often. It also comes as a "kit lens" with several lenses. I have also heard many ppl say its not that great when they compare it to a 24-70 or 70-200. "The sharpness and contrast is lacking"

If you are contemplating that lens and thinking of going FF next year, I'd wait and watch canonpricewatch and buy it in a bundle with a new FF. Possibly a 6d + 24-105 bundle?


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Oct 21, 2015 10:32 |  #14

ebiggs wrote in post #17754489 (external link)
If I were you I wouldn't get any 24-70mm. I would go for the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.
You have a Rebel? The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM will be far more useful for what you stated your requirements are.

The OP is planning on going FF and wants to use it on FF.


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Oct 21, 2015 10:33 |  #15

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The 55-250 stm is very sharp. It's a great value!

I haven't used the 24-105. I know many ppl who love it and use it often. It also comes as a "kit lens" with several lenses. I have also heard many ppl say its not that great when they compare it to a 24-70 or 70-200. "The sharpness and contrast is lacking"

If you are contemplating that lens and thinking of going FF next year, I'd wait and watch canonpricewatch and buy it in a bundle with a new FF. Possibly a 6d + 24-105 bundle?


ah yes that's a good idea! It's such a hard decision trying to decide on a new lens there's so many options, and of course everyone has there opinions on what is good and what isn't etc. It's not an easy decision when you're paying such a large chunk of money for one.




  
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