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Image quality 35 1.4l ii versus 24-70l 2.8 ii?

 
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Apr 01, 2017 22:39 |  #1

I am looking to get feedback on image quality, accuracy and sharpness between the 35mm 1.4l and the 24-70 2.8l both mark ii's

Originally my thinking was to get the 35mm for being better in low light/depth of field, as well as reviews on it being very good on the above qualities. However with shooting fashion and portraits, i also realise that it's really limiting, and i don't mind shooting at the 2.8 to have more in background focus. While it would be nice to have both lenses budget wise it's not ideal right now.

For those of you who do use the 24-70 2.8l ii are the above qualities matched up well, are there ones better than others, or is the 35 much better? I know how to shoot so these factors are purely on the lense, which are all important. Thankyou




  
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Apr 01, 2017 22:56 |  #2

Zooms are for convenience. Even the really good ones. Primes are for IQ and aperture. The 35L II will be optically superior to any zoom at f/2.8. Even the really good ones. It is really hard to change focal length, though. Just about as difficult as getting the zoom to f/1.4. Different tools for different jobs. You can own both.




  
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Apr 02, 2017 11:06 |  #3

Both are really fine lenses, but for absolute sharpness and image quality, the 35mm f1.4 is (probably) measurably better than the 24-70 at 35mm. It's certainly measurably better than my 24-70 f4 at 35 mm! Unfortunately, the 35mm only shoots at...35mm. If f2.8 meets your needs the 24-70 offers great flexibility and (almost) prime like quality based on most reviews I've read. I'd rather get really, really good quality images than miss the shot I was after because 35mm didn't cut it when a different focal length was needed. I'd get the 24-70f2.8 if it was me. Alternatively, you could consider the canon 35 mm f2 in addition to the 24-70 f2.8 if you can stretch your budget a bit.


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Apr 02, 2017 21:50 as a reply to  @ Elton Balch's post |  #4

Thankyou elton :)




  
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Apr 03, 2017 06:06 |  #5

I own and use both lenses. At 35mm, the 35L f1.4 II is sharper than the 24-70L f2.8 II but not by much. Check the Image Quality tests on TDP for your own comparison. Obviously, the versatility of the zoom goes without saying. Price is more for the 35L II. A side note, the 35L II is very sharp wide open. Also, the 35L II produces very clean images.

Both are excellent and you would not go wrong with either. I wouldn't be able to pick one or the other but got the 24-70 before getting the 35L II. My recommendation would be to get the 24-70 purely because of convenience. If you can swing it, get both.




  
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Apr 05, 2017 18:06 as a reply to  @ notastockpikr's post |  #6

Hi

What is tdp?




  
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Apr 05, 2017 18:16 |  #7

I have the 24-70 II but not the 35/1.4 II. The zoom is very sharp and I've never once found it lacking in that area, so o would posit that the reason to get the prime over the zoom is for the aperture, not the sharpness.


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Apr 05, 2017 19:26 |  #8

dylan84 wrote in post #18320535 (external link)
Hi

What is tdp?

I assume it's this:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ (external link)


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Apr 06, 2017 12:33 |  #9

In practical use you won't see any difference in IQ, so IQ should not be a deciding factor. These two lenses are both excellent. Decide by what you need more: f/1.4 (at 35mm), vs the focal lengths between 24mm and 70mm.


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