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Jun 13, 2009 02:07 |  #1

As I am preparing to get a new lens, I am wondering if I need a normal zoom (24-70, 24-205, 17-55, etc).

What about you? Do you need a normal zoom?

If you don't need one, is it because you don't find the range that useful (for instance you can shoot with 10-22 + 70-200), or because you prefer primes?


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Jun 13, 2009 02:09 |  #2

It depends on what your plan on shooting the most? I would go with either the 16-35mm f/2.8L, 24-70mm f/2.8L or 70-200mm f/2.8L.

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Jun 13, 2009 02:16 |  #3

You shouldn't go lens shopping unless you know what you want in advance.

That said. In no particular order, my 400mm, 180mm macro and 10-20mm receive 95% of the use. I am usually outdoors shooting landscapes, macro and wildlife.

The middle range is too short for wildlife and quite often too narrow for landscape.

Personally, I'd be buying a good tripod with your money.




  
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Jun 13, 2009 02:29 |  #4

It's funny you ask actually. Weddings are certainly not the only thing I shoot but tonights was my first with my new 5D and my three L zooms. I used all three fairly but my no means did I need my normal zoom. The ultrawide and telephoto would have definitely sufficed with a normal prime in the middle. However, on my 1D, my 24-70 is my workhorse for sure. It's all about what you shoot. John


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Jun 13, 2009 02:45 |  #5

I had a few standard zooms. After acquiring a few primes in the same FL-range, I found the zooms didn't get any camera time anymore, so I sold them. And that includes the 24-105L, selling off that is.

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Jun 13, 2009 03:01 as a reply to  @ wimg's post |  #6

I'm with him ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I love 50mm (f/1.4 now....who knows what in the future).

I find that the DoF is so much more controllable than the zooms can offer - even the "brick" - that I don't mind the extra little bit of effort required to move closer or further away......or change lenses, up or down if moving is impossible.


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Jun 13, 2009 03:08 |  #7

I could live without a normal zoom and be happy. But, I love the convenience so much that I think I'll always have one.


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Jun 13, 2009 04:27 |  #8

I could I suppose. But I'd be miserable.


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Jun 13, 2009 04:42 |  #9

Thanks for all the replies!
The reason I am asking is that I was planning to get the 24-105 to fill in what I guess is a gap in my line up, a walkaround lens that I could use outdoors or while travelling along with the 10-22 and 50/1.4. But I have a 17-50/2.8 that I have not used much because 10-22 covers the wide end and the 50/1.4 does a better job at the long end. I do a lot of children portraits, but also enjoy 'general' photography while travelling.


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Jun 13, 2009 05:00 |  #10

^ I had a 17-40 and a 70-200 with my 5D. It did the job on the wide and tele front but I really missed having a lens that could stay on most of the time and be useful for both street and landscape photos. So I sold both the lenses and got a 24-105 which suits me perfectly!

Of course if you're on a crop-sensor the 24-105 might not be your choice but yes having a "general" zoom is very useful, if your style of photography can utilize it.


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Jun 13, 2009 05:35 |  #11

skygod44 wrote in post #8101562 (external link)
I'm with him ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I love 50mm (f/1.4 now....who knows what in the future).

I find that the DoF is so much more controllable than the zooms can offer - even the "brick" - that I don't mind the extra little bit of effort required to move closer or further away......or change lenses, up or down if moving is impossible.

I do understand this... and if you have enough time to make pictures and switch lenses constantly then the best way is to go the prime route. I love my primes, but my 24-70 is definitely my workhorse when I don't have the time to switch lenses or shoot with apertures <2.8 anyway...




  
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Jun 13, 2009 06:32 |  #12

sebr wrote in post #8101457 (external link)
What about you? Do you need a normal zoom?

I have one, but I rarely ever use it and I could definitely live without it.

sebr wrote in post #8101457 (external link)
because you prefer primes?

Yep.


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Jun 13, 2009 09:30 |  #13

noodle_snacks wrote in post #8101472 (external link)
You shouldn't go lens shopping unless you know what you want in advance.

+1

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Jun 13, 2009 09:32 |  #14

My 24-70 is my least used lens, but I could never give it up because of the convenience of it.


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Jun 13, 2009 09:46 |  #15

I'll be at a street festival today. It will be crowded so zooming with your feet will be impossible. I have no idea how I would be able to get the shots I want without a mid zoom, or 2. I will probably have reason to use the 70-200 also, today.

So, depends what you shoot.


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