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Jul 22, 2009 11:44 |  #1

As my signature indicates, I have three lenses: 70-200 f/2.8L IS; 85mm f/1.8 and the 24-70L. Sports shooting is my #1 area of focus and birds / wildlife / event photography probably a distant 2nd and 3rd. The 70-200 is my 'go-to' lens nearly always on the 50D. I'll use the 85mm over the 24-70 for a walk around lens to shoot people and attractions at festivals for something to do when my band plays outdoor gigs.

However, I expect to learn more about portrait and people shooting this fall/winter in between football and basketball games. A goal is to shoot my son's senior pics next summer.

Where does the 24-70 fit into my profile as a shooter? Anywhere? I'm not seeing it and could just be ignorant and completely missing the obvious.

Any suggestions other than boxing it up and shipping it to you free of charge? ;)

Thanks in advance.

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Jul 22, 2009 11:47 |  #2

I dunno, if I have a lens that feels out of place or that I never use, I usually replace it with something else. Sometimes I go back, sometimes I don't. In the case of the 24-70, I didn't go back. ;)


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Jul 22, 2009 11:54 |  #3

24-70 is typically everyones go-to lens for walk around, so you seem to be a special case. but if it doesnt feel right to you, then replace it with something better!




  
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Jul 22, 2009 11:55 |  #4

While I actually completely agree with Tim, if lens goes stagnant in my line up, I move it. (you can obviously tell I've tried a lot if you look at my gear list haha!)

When it comes to the 24-70 however, it's definitely a yes or no kind of lens, you either will use it a whole lot (like me) or you won't and it doesn't need to stay.

Personally I think the 24-70 is best on the 1D series and Full-Frame cameras, however, that being said, I did shoot quite a bit of volleyball with it on my 40D and it was great for shooting at the net!

Last year I had made a move to go to mostly prime lenses, so I sold the 24-70 and had picked up a 24L to go along with my 35L and 50 f/1.4. Ironically all of those lenses are gone now and the 24-70 came back. I personally find it an invaluable lens to have in my bag. I have no regrets about re-buying it.


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Jul 22, 2009 11:59 |  #5

I'd flip it for the 17-55 IS.


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Jul 22, 2009 12:02 |  #6

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Jul 22, 2009 12:03 |  #7

RyanQ wrote in post #8324802 (external link)
135L

That wouldn't even make sense.


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Jul 22, 2009 12:06 |  #8

agphotography wrote in post #8324743 (external link)
While I actually completely agree with Tim, if lens goes stagnant in my line up, I move it. (you can obviously tell I've tried a lot if you look at my gear list haha!)

When it comes to the 24-70 however, it's definitely a yes or no kind of lens, you either will use it a whole lot (like me) or you won't and it doesn't need to stay.

Personally I think the 24-70 is best on the 1D series and Full-Frame cameras, however, that being said, I did shoot quite a bit of volleyball with it on my 40D and it was great for shooting at the net!

Last year I had made a move to go to mostly prime lenses, so I sold the 24-70 and had picked up a 24L to go along with my 35L and 50 f/1.4. Ironically all of those lenses are gone now and the 24-70 came back. I personally find it an invaluable lens to have in my bag. I have no regrets about re-buying it.

Rethinking, I may try it for basketball this season as I have the 'run of the court' so to speak.

Is the 24-70L considered a good 'portrait lens?' Will I use this taking those senior pictures next summer?

Majorly just not finding a niche for the lens, I guess.

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Jul 22, 2009 12:38 |  #9

cdifoto wrote in post #8324808 (external link)
That wouldn't even make sense.

sure it does. go back and see what he wants to shoot.




  
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Jul 22, 2009 12:41 |  #10

snyderman wrote in post #8324824 (external link)
Is the 24-70L considered a good 'portrait lens?' Will I use this taking those senior pictures next summer?

Yes!

Say you sell the 24-70. Your widest focal length is now 70mm. You need to take a group shot with lots of people in it. You're going to have to back way way way up. BANG...You just backed into a wall. What now?

;)

Also, shooting ONE person at 24mm gives you a very different photograph than shooting the same person/same framing @ 70mm (of course backing up to frame the shot at 70mm) Read up on perspective.

Unless you're going to invest in a prime lens lineup, the 24-70L is a "must have" lens for anyone shooting people.




  
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Jul 22, 2009 13:34 |  #11

Well, I can't you out of flipping it since I recently flipped mine for a 35L/soon-to-be Tamron 28-75 and love every minute of it... ;). I don't know, but I've been through two copies of the brick and neither one seemed able to focus properly, especially when doing group shots at weddings, when it really counted :-\


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Jul 22, 2009 13:34 |  #12

Sounds like you like the longer lengths but why not just flip it for a 35L?


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Jul 22, 2009 14:32 |  #13
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Jul 22, 2009 14:34 |  #14

I am on round two of my love affair with the 24-70....I lucked out and have had two stellar copies of this lens....

Needless to say this one isn't going anywhere.


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Jul 22, 2009 14:50 |  #15

If your not happy with it, your not happy. I sold mine as well since 2.8 wasnt as sharp as 2.0 on my 50, which ended up glued onto my camera 99% of the time. I was happy with the 25-70L when I used it but often times needed to be stopped down to 3.2 or 4.0 to be happy.

In the end I sold it in favor of a 30mm 1.4 and later on Ill add a 85mm 1.8 to the line up. I was pretty much only using the L at 24mm and 70mm anyways, and there is no way to be happy with a 3lb 24mm 2.8 prime thats not as sharp as my 50mm prime at 2.8 ;)


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