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Ditch 24-70 f/2.8L for 16-35 f/2.8L?

 
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Mar 08, 2009 09:00 |  #1

Here's my dilemma. I have been taking photos for awhile, I understand my gear, and I understand the focal lengths that I use. For a long time I was happy with a 17-40, 50 f/1.4, and 70-200 f/4 IS as my main kit. Then I started taking more photos of my nephew, goddaughter, and son, and found that a 24-70 would be handy to avoid so much lens switching, since I was going from wide to long as they moved.

Now I am trying to streamline my kit and move towards a more PJ style kit--versatile, flexible, fast and relatively portable. To that end, I am thinking of swapping the 17-40 for the 16-35, and probably selling the 24-70 as well. I could keep the 24-70, but I'm trying to have no net expense.

My question is this: does anyone think I will miss the 24-70? (It's a good, sharp copy btw).

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Mar 08, 2009 09:09 |  #2

I think you might miss the 24-70. Although I'm thinking of doing something similar myself. I'll certainly miss it but can always buy another if I so chose. I used to have a 5D which was matched perfectly to the 24-70 and now with two 40D's its a little less useful. I still love it but think something a little widere and lighter might be nice.

Good luck with your choice and sorry I could be of no help.


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Mar 08, 2009 09:09 |  #3

Er. Look at your shots and see how many are taken between 36 and 69mm... if your 24-70L is always bumping against the wide end it may be an idea.


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Mar 08, 2009 09:12 |  #4

Jim G wrote in post #7479160 (external link)
Er. Look at your shots and see how many are taken between 36 and 69mm... if your 24-70L is always bumping against the wide end it may be an idea.

Maybe I wasn't clear in my OP--I tend to shoot WIDE or LONG, and picked up the 24-70 to avoid switching lenses so much... I know it seems like an obvious answer and I should probably keep the lens and pick up the 16-35 also, but I'm trying to figure out if I can just live with a 50mm prime for the middle (which I did for awhile).


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Mar 08, 2009 09:14 |  #5

Markitos wrote in post #7479166 (external link)
Maybe I wasn't clear in my OP--I tend to shoot WIDE or LONG, and picked up the 24-70 to avoid switching lenses so much... I know it seems like an obvious answer and I should probably keep the lens and pick up the 16-35 also, but I'm trying to figure out if I can just live with a 50mm prime for the middle (which I did for awhile).

You're kind of answering your own question here. If you don't use the 24-70L much at all above 35mm then it may well be superfluous to needs. If it's not being used it's just money tied up in a wasted lens.


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Mar 08, 2009 09:15 |  #6

Jim G wrote in post #7479169 (external link)
You're kind of answering your own question here. If you don't use the 24-70L much at all above 35mm then it may well be superfluous to needs. If it's not being used it's just money tied up in a wasted lens.

Yeah, I hesitated to even make the thread, but sometimes writing it out and bouncing it off of others is what it takes. Seems silly, I know.


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Mar 08, 2009 09:33 |  #7

What aperature do you tend to use with your 24-70L? With your 17-40L do you typically shoot wideopen? For alot of indoors the 16-35L would be more ideal with no flash photography?

I typically have my 24-70L on my 5D. I tried keeping on the 17-40L on the FF and I found the barrel distortion/fisheye look from 17-2x range (indoors) grew tiresome. Neat effects but I found the 24-70L always back on my 5D.

The versatility and decent range of the 24-70L is hard to beat.


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Mar 08, 2009 10:11 |  #8

Yeah, I shoot inside wide open a lot, hence considering the 16-35 over the 17-40... the extra stop would be just enough.

I've also been thinking about a 24L for the same reasons--not as wide, but wicked fast and still pretty wide.


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Mar 08, 2009 10:19 |  #9

Markitos wrote in post #7479400 (external link)
Yeah, I shoot inside wide open a lot, hence considering the 16-35 over the 17-40... the extra stop would be just enough.

I've also been thinking about a 24L for the same reasons--not as wide, but wicked fast and still pretty wide.

I use my 17-40L wideopen alot indoors but with the help of bounced flash. I see how a 16-35L would be nice. For my preferences and style I just cant justify the cost of a 16-35L focal length I use very little at the moment.

Oddly enougth I was gonna mention 24L mkI. The MkII seems very spendy.


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Mar 08, 2009 11:35 |  #10

I recently went to a family get together (not a big ouse in terms of room sizes) and used my 10-22 (equiv FOV 16-35 on FF) and the 28-75. I like to focucs on individuals and small groups. I'm not much of a "panoramic" type of shooter, to give you an idea how I shoot. None of the shootsd were ambient light, only. Nowhere near enough light to shoot without a flash (bounced).

Looking through my images, 52 keepers, 34 were with the 10-22 and 17 with the 28-75. I would miss the 28-75.

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Mar 09, 2009 19:20 |  #11

I have just been through this question and the answer from most people I spoke to was to get a 24-70, and a 16-35 when I can afford it. You will not be happy with one or the other as they both fill a unique niche. If you get a 50mm for the middle (which you don't shoot a lot) you should be pretty happy, except that you will still need to change lenses.

It seems that your only answer is to get a second body!


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Mar 09, 2009 19:38 |  #12

I already have the 50 f/1.4, and a second body is in the long range plans--I had a 40D as a second body, but sold it b/c I didn't use it. If I were to pick up a second 5D or 5DmkII, I would probably use both bodies.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep the 24-70 and trade up the 17-40 for a 16-35. Best of both worlds, right?


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Mar 13, 2009 02:40 as a reply to  @ Markitos's post |  #13

Right!!!


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Mar 13, 2009 03:34 |  #14

Good choice ! I would have suggest you that...




  
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Mar 13, 2009 04:46 as a reply to  @ NiggaPhil's post |  #15

I have both lenses on a 1dmkiii... i end up walking around with the 16-35 more... the 24-70 usually sits in my bag...

guess its time to sell it!! hahah


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