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5DIII: To kit or not to kit?

 
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Dec 24, 2013 09:58 |  #16

I should be careful here and not overstate the case. For some people and some situations, distortion and vignette are not important. For that matter, color reproduction, coma, flare resistance, corner sharpness.....these all may or may not matter to you.

But they can be important,

There are a lot of lens performance parameters. If I'm giving advice on a lens I have I will mention where the Achilles' heels are.

Fair enough. But it is helpful to list the strong points as well.


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Dec 24, 2013 10:05 |  #17

paddler4 wrote in post #16551113 (external link)
Fair enough. But it is helpful to list the strong points as well.

And I do.....as I think I noted early on in this thread, the 24-105L is a lens with an extremely useful focal length range on FF, very good sharpness, and IS which is really handy in a travel or event lens. Those are the main reasons I have owned my 24-105L since 2008.

For the price you pay to get it in the kit, and for how handy it is (especially in situations where you want to carry 1 body + 1 lens) it is really hard to beat on a FF camera.


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Dec 24, 2013 13:47 |  #18

Thanks for the quality replies. I'm particularly thankful for the experiment, paddler4. The distortion is a little off-putting, but the vignetting is much more significant than I had previously imagined. Combine that with bad bokeh, and I'm not sure this lens offers me enough to abandon my old approach to lenses.

Historically, I've found myself satisfied with primes (on my crop sensors) at 35mm and 50mm (both 1.8). I find that I can accomplish most of what I need by zooming with my feet at mid-range focal lengths.

On the other hand, the price for this lens, even with it's faults, is just right in the kit. While I don't see myself ever having the desire to buy the 24-105 independently, the fact that I can get it for an outlay of about $650 without much risk of losing money if I decide to sell it increases the appeal.

I'm still tossing it around in my head, but this thread has been very helpful.


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Dec 24, 2013 14:07 |  #19

It's a perfectly fine walkaround, just don't shoot it wide open. It gets a bad rap from specialists who insist on shooting all lenses at maximum aperture.




  
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Dec 24, 2013 16:32 |  #20

While I have a lot of lenses but the 24-105 is just so useful.I used it for two years with an addition to a 50CM and 100-400. I still use it on occasion when I don't feel like lugging 3 or 4 primes to cover that area. I tend to not focus too much on the bad points of it, I am not super picky about vignetting) but for travel I am sure this has been mentioned is so wonderful not having to carry a bag of primes to weigh you down. I have never seen much of a difference in sharpness when stopping down. A lot can be fixed in post. It is simply a good all-around lens, that can tackle pretty much anything you can throw at it.

If you get it kit and find it becomes useful then I think it would be worth it, and for really a lower cost overall. On the other hand you might be paying more for it if you don't get the kit.


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