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What is the best 24-70mm?

 
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Mar 25, 2016 13:49 |  #16

My Canon is awesome, raised my game a few notches instantly IQ wise, and I was using the 24-105 before, hardly a lens with a bad reputation. Used the 24-70 today for a family day out, I can't think if a better quality lens for photojournalism/every day stuff, it's just superb.


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Mar 25, 2016 14:35 |  #17

The O.P. asked "What is the best 24-70mm?"
I said Canon's 24-70 f/2.8L IS.
Do you have a better choice?


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Mar 25, 2016 14:46 |  #18

Tapeman wrote in post #17948371 (external link)
The O.P. asked "What is the best 24-70mm?"
I said Canon's 24-70 f/2.8L IS.
Do you have a better choice?

That depends on how you define "best", doesn't it?
Best for me is a much lower than $2,000 price tag. I am about $1300 happier with the Tamron version. And so far, I still prefer the 24-105 STM to the Tamron. Best for you may mean IQ, which puts the LII at the top of your list. Best for the next guy may involve IS, which puts the LII below the f/4L and Tamron VC. It is not possible to answer the question until you define 'best'. Until the OP offers his definition of 'best', our answers are only subjective guesses.




  
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Mar 25, 2016 14:54 |  #19

Tapeman wrote in post #17948371 (external link)
The O.P. asked "What is the best 24-70mm?"
I said Canon's 24-70 f/2.8L IS.
Do you have a better choice?

Since there's no such animal, we must be speaking hypothetically. So, yes, the Canon 24-70 f/1 MkV IS with built-in 2X TC is the best.


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Mar 25, 2016 14:56 |  #20

LV Moose wrote in post #17948411 (external link)
Since there's no such animal, we must be speaking hypothetically. So, yes, the Canon 24-70 f/1 MkV IS with built-in 2X TC is the best.

I believe the poster was emphasizing the word "is", not suggesting the LII is Image Stabilized.




  
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Mar 25, 2016 15:02 |  #21

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I believe the poster was emphasizing the word "is", not suggesting the LII is Image Stabilized.

If that's the case, the use of italics might have been used as to not cause any confusion. ;-)a

If he is speaking of the MkII, and stating matter-of-factly that it is the best, that still depends on whether you need/want stabilization, in which case it is not the best.

It's like asking, "What's the best V-8 rear-wheel drive car?" Kinda depends on what other variables you desire.


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Mar 25, 2016 15:08 |  #22

LV Moose wrote in post #17948422 (external link)
If that's the case, the use of italics might have been used as to not cause any confusion. ;-)a

I'm showing my age here, but I suppose it all comes down to "what the definition of IS IS." Somebody help me.




  
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Mar 25, 2016 15:13 |  #23

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I'm showing my age here, but I suppose it all comes down to "what the definition of IS IS." Somebody help me.

Let's not bring ISIS into it.


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Mar 25, 2016 15:15 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #24

Most excellent, sir!




  
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Mar 26, 2016 05:24 |  #25

Let me clarify a bit more, the meaning of best for me in this case is the lens that is a compromise good value, performance, and price while having excellent IQ. Image Stabilizing is a plus, since I am doing free handle most of the time.
I have thought about the 16-40 f/4. But, I heard that the 24-70 is one of the best lens to get after 24-105 f/4 and it is a great all around lens when shooting street photography.




  
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Mar 26, 2016 06:52 |  #26

aznkid248 wrote in post #17949165 (external link)
Let me clarify a bit more, the meaning of best for me in this case is the lens that is a compromise good value, performance, and price while having excellent IQ. Image Stabilizing is a plus, since I am doing free handle most of the time.
I have thought about the 16-40 f/4. But, I heard that the 24-70 is one of the best lens to get after 24-105 f/4 and it is a great all around lens when shooting street photography.

Given the 1/focal length rule of thumb (for a shutter speed that prevents your movement from affecting images) the question to ask yourself is: will my subjects generally require a higher shutter speed? My time is mostly spent hunting a small person these days, so even 1/70s isn't usually enough. Thus I tend to be at faster speeds than required for the focal length, thus IS isn't a big deal for me for this lens.

If this was my main lens for handheld architecture and landscape work, IS would be really useful.

So, if you don't need IS, and can afford it, the 24-70II is superb optically and has very fast AF. If you need stabilisation and f/2.8 the Tamron is very good. Canon's f/4 IS is good otherwise, though I believe it's a little less sharp at 50mm.


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Mar 27, 2016 11:23 |  #27

Now for the correct answer, the ef 24-70mm f2.8L II has no peer. It is the best lens in this range ever made. It doesn't matter how others want to spin it. This is the best. Rodger C. is right on this one.


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Mar 27, 2016 11:25 |  #28

BTW, I have four different 24-70's to compare and evaluate it against. The Sigma, Tokina, Tamron and the older Canon.


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Mar 27, 2016 11:54 |  #29

ebiggs wrote in post #17950633 (external link)
Now for the correct answer, the ef 24-70mm f2.8L II has no peer. It is the best lens in this range ever made. It doesn't matter how others want to spin it. This is the best. Rodger C. is right on this one.

...unless you really would benefit from IS in your style of shooting (it's horses for courses, despite the 24-70II being exceptional)


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Mar 27, 2016 12:01 |  #30

Best price/quality : Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC
Best : Canon 24-70 2.8
Easy question :)


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