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Do I need a 24-70L if I have 50mm 1.4 and 85L II?

 
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Apr 18, 2009 00:21 |  #1

I currently have both a 24-70L and 24-105L, but I need to let one go. I know that people love the 24-70L for the extra stop of light for indoor shooting and bokeh, but I already have the 50mm 1.4 and 85L II for shooting in low light.

I know that this topic has been beaten to death, but is it reasonable for me to keep the 24-70L if I already have a nice set of primes?


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Apr 18, 2009 00:34 |  #2

depends if you want the longer zoom range or not. also if you shoot more static subjects, then 24-105 might be better for you - since IS doesnt help on non-static subjects.

i went with the 24-70 for the extra speed, since i shoot mostly people which are not static...and the f2.8 bokeh is so good. i also already own a 35L, 135L, and 70-200 f2.8 IS...so i'm an all-around "f2.8 or faster" kinda guy.


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Apr 18, 2009 00:34 |  #3

Only you can really answer that. Both are great lenses. If you can live with the loss of one stop the extra length and IS of the 24-105 would be my choice. Matter of fact that is exactly what I'm doing. I'v just come over from the Dark Side and in rebuilding my new system I passed on the 24-70 in favor of the 24-105 . I think that as "all around" lens it can't be beat. I'll go to the L glass primes when I'm shooting seriously. I've already started with the 85 f/1.2 L Mk2 and 135 f/2 L. Currently I am pondering between the 35 f/1.4 or 50 f/1.2.

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Apr 18, 2009 00:34 |  #4

jayxni wrote in post #7754029 (external link)
I currently have both a 24-70L and 24-105L, but I need to let one go. I know that people love the 24-70L for the extra stop of light for indoor shooting and bokeh, but I already have the 50mm 1.4 and 85L II for shooting in low light.

I know that this topic has been beaten to death, but is it reasonable for me to keep the 24-70L if I already have a nice set of primes?

so you already own all these lense and you're asking us what works best for you :D? i own the 24-70L and the 50 1.4 so i say dump the 24-105L and the 85L.

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Apr 18, 2009 00:51 |  #5

ed rader wrote in post #7754059 (external link)
so you already own all these lense and you're asking us what works best for you :D? i own the 24-70L and the 50 1.4 so i say dump the 24-105L and the 85L.

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The 85L is a keeper :). It's magical! And as for the other lenses I "own", I'm not keeping them all ... just trying to decide which ones I like and I'll sell the rest. Of course, the downside to testing them all is that ... well, I want to keep them all :cool:

Thanks for the comments guys, it really helps. I'll probably be shooting static things most of the time, so I may just stick with the 24-105L. My hand also shakes a lot when holding "the brick".


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Apr 18, 2009 00:57 |  #6

Hmm I'd sell and get a 35L.


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Apr 18, 2009 04:10 |  #7

Don't listen to anyone (ed) who recommends only the gear they own...especially if they are crazy enough to tell you to dump the 85L.

Since you own them all, it's up to you to decide. What do you shoot? It sounds like you're leaning towards the 24-105, and to be honest, I've found that a good set of fast primes means I'd never really use the brick. The 24-105 does let you do things that the primes don't though (longer exposures handheld) and it's very versatile. The 24-70 has better bokeh though.


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Apr 18, 2009 04:43 |  #8

Sigh I do love bokeh. But I think I need at least one lens that has IS...


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Apr 18, 2009 08:31 as a reply to  @ jayxni's post |  #9

Why are you asking strangers about what you need to do your own photography? I cannot understand how this is a hard choice.

Just look at which lenses you actually use most often. Sell what you use the least.




  
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Apr 18, 2009 09:12 |  #10

It makes for "small talk". 1/2 the activity on the board would disappear if these type of questions went unasked :-)

Sell what you don't use, keep what you do, buy what you need.... and if you are a gearhead, by what you want.


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Apr 21, 2009 10:24 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #11

I'm debating the same thing. I am expecting a 50mm 1.4 in the mail soon, but would like something in the 24-XX range for walk around.

I am leaning towards the 24-105 IS. The rational behind this is that the IS will come in useful for any hand held video I may shoot with the 5dII.

And for low light, I always have a fast prime, flash and high ISO to fall back on.


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