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Should I sell my 24-105L ?

 
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May 21, 2010 16:06 |  #1

Hello,

Here is my current gear :
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I am now selling my 24-105L. I'm regarding to the 24-70L because today my 24-105 is my go-to lens for everything. At night, completed with 580exII, I can easily shoot in low light. So this range is so much useful to me.

I need zooms for flexibility and primes for creativity. My aim is to have two sets : 17-40 + 24-XX + 70-200 and the holy trinity for primes. For zooms, f4 might be enough for some reasons : lighter than 2.8, larger DOF to shoot easilier (my wife use the gear :) ), and in case wide aperture is required, I prefer using the primes. And I upgraded the 70-200/4 to f2.8 but doesn't enjoy it : too heavy, not so improvement on IQ, sharpness...

So, should I really upgrade the 24-105 to 24-70 ?
Will it improve the IQ and sharpness produced with my 5Dii ?
Or simply keep it and save for the 35L ?
Do 24-105L=>24-70L upgraders happy with this switch ?

The 50/1.4 might be quite redundant with the f2.8 zoom. Do I need to sell it ? In the future, I'll sell it because the 35L will be better. Today, the 50mm is usefull to travel light, with fast lens, discret and a polyvalent focal. Whatever, I hate it's soft sharpness @ 1.4 !

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May 21, 2010 16:13 |  #2

I don't have either lens, but - Is it an upgrade?




  
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May 21, 2010 16:16 |  #3

Based solely on what youve posted, I would say no. You like your zooms for flexibility for both you and your wife, and the primes for low light/shallow DOF/creativity.

The 24-70 is heavy compared to the 24-105 and wont have the shallow DOF of your primes, so I dont think it gains you anything. Its heavier and less convenient for your wife, your primes will do a much better job at shallow DOF, and 2.8 vs 4 isnt that big of a difference for low light. There will be very few times when the difference between 2.8 and 4 will save you from using your flash. You wont gain any IQ either, plus you lose IS.

If I were you, Id sell the 50 1.4 and put it towards the 35L and save for the rest. Then you've got the true prime trinity for creativity/ low light and a nice light f4 zoom trinity for more casual use.


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May 21, 2010 16:17 |  #4

no.

i've had both. i like the 24-105 a lot more




  
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May 21, 2010 16:20 |  #5

Hmmmm.... j'ai vu ton annonce pour ca.

For me... sell it! :D Then get a 35L.. Since you're dead set on getting a 24-70 why not just get the 35L directly add in a hundred plus euros for it.

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May 21, 2010 16:22 |  #6

I started with a 24-105, sold it for a 24-70, then missed it and now have both. For indoor low light, the 24-70 is better, as an outdoor walkaround lens, the 24-105 is the one I usually grab.


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May 21, 2010 16:30 |  #7

I wouldn't. You have the primes for DOF, keep the 24-105 for your go to zoom.


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May 21, 2010 16:33 |  #8

;)

I think I will go DigitalWoWo, really cheaper and moreover for Planète-powershot...

The 24-105 is really taking most of my shots, I can't sell it for a prime. I need a 24-XX(X) zoom as a go-to lens. I'm not using primes as much as I should.

OK so I think I will wait a bit, sell the 50/1.4 and save for the 35L. For the 35L, there is no brainer I LOVE IT, I NEED IT :cool: And I know you share this point of view, by reading your signature :)

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Hmmmm.... j'ai vu ton annonce pour ca.

For me... sell it! :D Then get a 35L.. Since you're dead set on getting a 24-70 why not just get the 35L directly add in a hundred euros for it.

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May 21, 2010 16:37 |  #9

90c4 wrote in post #10223273 (external link)
I started with a 24-105, sold it for a 24-70, then missed it and now have both. For indoor low light, the 24-70 is better, as an outdoor walkaround lens, the 24-105 is the one I usually grab.

For indoor low light, in events like weddings, I find the 24-105 to be a "performer" with a flashgun, IS and high ISO. At least, I rarely find it's limits in that case. If more light is needed, I use a prime.


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May 21, 2010 17:37 |  #10
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I was in the same boat, looking to get 24-70 instead of 24-105. Finally decided that 24-70 = 24-105 + 30mm f/1.4 (Sigma). This combo will work out well for me I believe. Picked up the 24-105 yesterday, and I'm really impressed with the IQ, and great for low light shooting with IS (stationary subjects). Then I decided to add 30mm which will be much better than 24-70 for indoor shots as well.
Just one of the options to consider.


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May 21, 2010 17:39 as a reply to  @ aboss3's post |  #11

I can't assess the 24-105, but for the record: the 24-70 is an awesome, awesome lens.


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May 21, 2010 19:36 |  #12

I want to add that I would rather work in low light with the holy trinity than a 2.8 zoom.


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May 21, 2010 19:47 |  #13

Keep the 24-105 and compliment it with prime(s).


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May 21, 2010 19:53 |  #14

I you realllly don't want you 24-105, you can always give it to me.... :) It's on my wish list.

Do you use it? Take a month or two and note the number of times you use it...maybe that will help you decide. If you are really and truly not using it, you might as well have the cash for another toy. But, if you are just enjoying the "new" on your other lens...you might miss this one later. Even if you upgrade, I wouldn't sell to after you'd tried the new one for a while.




  
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May 21, 2010 20:05 |  #15

As usual, the responses are "use what I have." See my sig for what I consider the ideal kit for FF outdoors and occasionally indoors (35L).


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