Puckman wrote in post #18009133
i get that the 24-70 is large and heavy.
But I'm definitely getting it. To me, and the way I operate, it still going to save me weight and space.
I'm a sucker who insists on bringing more lenses than I should on every outing, just in case.
What that's translated to, with primes, is that I often lug more weight around, even though individual lenses may be smaller and lighter.
My plan is to replace a large number of lenses with this 24-70, which is how I can rationalize the cost.
This zoom has enough speed too to make some of my faster primes redundant.
For example, while I had the FE 24-70/4 and EF 16-35/4 on the Yosemite trip, I still lugged around the sigma 35/1.4 just in case I needed faster aperture. I also has the 55/1.8.
I also lugged around the CV 15 and the 70-200/4.
Point being, with the 24-70/2.8, I can sell the sigma and the 55. And won't need a 24 or 25 prime. So the weight ends up being less.
At least that's my thinking right now.
That's my thing as well. I actually see myself with the 24-70, the 55. That covers 85% of my shooting. I shoot with a 24-70 so often that I would bear the extra weight of the 2.8 over the 4, since it's my lens I use about 70% of the time. Then maybe add the 85 Batis (portraits) and 70-300 (shooting at the zoo) for the remaining 15%. I don't see ever getting the 70-200 2.8 and I'm not a UWA shooter, the 24 is as wide as I'll go most of the time. I had the old Rokinon 14 2.8 (the huge one) and used it for exactly 8 shots before I realized it was way too wide for me. It ended up just weighing down a bag.
A bag of the 24-70 2.8 and the 55 would be carried the majority of the time with the 85/70-300 only being used when needed. If I wanted to travel light just carry the 55 or pickup the cheap 35 2.8. I'm already planning a return to the a7rII, just need to unload some gear and a ton of bags first. My wife is forbidding any new gear unless I get rid of about 5-6 bags (I went on a binge buying backpacks for a while). She's made me commit to one shoulder bag and one backpack.
Current Gear: Sony a6400, Sony 18-105 f/4, Sony 20mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, Sigma 56mm f/1.4
HEX Brand Ranger Clamshell Backpack, Ranger Sling