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Mar 31, 2010 15:13 |  #1

Looking for my first L lens but have to give up something to get it.

Here's what I currently have:
Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG
Canon 50 f1.4
Canon 100 f2.8 Macro
Canon 10-22
Canon 70-300IS
Canon 28-105 (cheapy one I got with my A2 in '99)

I'm thinking of selling the Sigma 24-70 and Canon 70-300IS and replacing them with a Canon 24-70L. I hardly use the 70-300IS so its not like I'll miss it.

But then I came across the 24-105L and thought this might be better for me because I wouldn't have to sacrifice the 70-300 for it, it would just mean selling the 24-70 and covering the difference.

I know the 24-105 is only f4.0, but something tells me that I'll be happier with this than with the 24-70L.

Any suggestions? How do they compare?


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Mar 31, 2010 15:16 |  #2
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I'd get rid of the 70-300 and go for 70-200 f/4L

Also sell 24-70 Sigma and upgrade to 24-70L - should be much better in low light indoors


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Mar 31, 2010 15:20 |  #3

I have the 24-105 and use it for my basic outdoor walkaround.... indoors, the f/4 is a little too slow, but I have a nice selection of fast primes for indoor use. ... I don't have huge amounts of experience like some other guys around here... but I'm a big fan of the 24-105's IQ ...


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Mar 31, 2010 15:22 |  #4

Are you happy with the pictures you're currently taking with your lenses? If you are, then save your time and money and enjoy what you already have.




  
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Mar 31, 2010 15:23 |  #5

aboss3 wrote in post #9908466 (external link)
I'd get rid of the 70-300 and go for 70-200 f/4L

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Mar 31, 2010 15:41 |  #6

I personally find the Sigma 24-70 HSM nearly just as good as the Canon 24-70L, I don't think you will see much of a difference.

If you want to be wowed, get rid of the 70-300 for a nice 70-200, those are sweet.


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Mar 31, 2010 15:41 |  #7

Get an L prime and never look back!


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Mar 31, 2010 15:48 |  #8

...you haven't said for what camera body, FF or crop.


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Mar 31, 2010 15:57 |  #9

I can see myself in your position if one of the following happens:

1) I am convinced that my optical gear has one or more shortcomings that is necessary to be fixed. In this case, I'd work out the shortcoming first and then look at the options that improve it. It won't be a good idea to sacrifice (as you put it) something to get something else that may not be what I need.

2) I have built up an initial range of lenses to get by and now I'm looking to replace them one at the time with better performing longer lasting alternatives. In this case, I'd start with the lens that I like/use most.

3) I'm just bitten by the L bug and have a constant itch to have an L lens. In this case, I'd see what lens I have been lusting over and then indulge myself with its ownership. If I need to sacrifice one or two of my current lenses to satisfy that lust, then it's a choice that I'd make based on which lenses I consider disposable.

And I have been in your position many times before! I hope you enjoy your experience with the pending L lens :)

By the way, consider 24-105L if you have FF. Otherwise I'd opt for 24-70.


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Mar 31, 2010 16:06 |  #10

yogibear wrote in post #9908503 (external link)
Are you happy with the pictures you're currently taking with your lenses? If you are, then save your time and money and enjoy what you already have.

Agreed!


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Mar 31, 2010 16:13 |  #11
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Get rid of the 70-300 and get a 70-200 f4.

Oororooroorr get rid of the 50 1.4 for the 50 1.2 or sigma 1.4 :D

Or there is always the 100 for the 100L IS. The IS is amazing for those sharp 1/30 shots


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Mar 31, 2010 16:17 |  #12

John_T wrote in post #9908614 (external link)
...you haven't said for what camera body, FF or crop.

Sorry, 40D.


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Mar 31, 2010 16:22 |  #13

aboss3 wrote in post #9908466 (external link)
I'd get rid of the 70-300 and go for 70-200 f/4L

Also sell 24-70 Sigma and upgrade to 24-70L - should be much better in low light indoors

I typically use my Sigma 24-70EX indoors with 430EX flash and Gary Fong collapsible lightsphere or Newton Flash Rotator. That being said I never go wider than f4.0 indoors, so that's why I'm thinking the 24-105 f4.0 wouldn't be so bad for me. If I'm shooting ambient light only I typically use my 50 f1.4.


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Mar 31, 2010 16:23 |  #14

forthewinwin wrote in post #9908742 (external link)
Get rid of the 70-300 and get a 70-200 f4.

Oororooroorr get rid of the 50 1.4 for the 50 1.2 or sigma 1.4 :D

Or there is always the 100 for the 100L IS. The IS is amazing for those sharp 1/30 shots

Upgrading the 70+ range is next year's project.


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Mar 31, 2010 16:24 |  #15

I just love the 24-70L on my 40D. It may be a bit heavy but you'll get used to it. Also the design of the hood is just great because it allows me to shoot without using a protective filter.

hmm how come you never use a wider aperture than f4 indoor? You do know that f2.8 allows much better subject and background separation.


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