Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 thoughts

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rickay726, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

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    I was looking at the 24-70mm F/2.8 and really liked it, its a little on the expensive side but is it really worth the 1200 bucks?! some one please let me no if it is or if you guys would go with any other lens's, this is going to be my everyday lens, so let me know if any of you guys disagree with getting it
     
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    There has to be more to it...got a link of a page with it for sale?
     
  3. Rickay726 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    From what I've read, that lens is about as good as it gets. On the other hand, what do you need it for? For that price, you have a lot of options.
     
  5. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    What are you shooting? Is it a crop-sensor, or a FF?
    The fact is that for a Canon SLR, there is no better walk-around lens. I use mine on a 5D, and I must say that it is the second-sharpest lens I've ever owned (next to the 70-200 f/2.8). This thing runs circles around my 50 prime.
    Short- answer, if you can afford it, get it.
    Here is a sample, full image and 100% crop.
     

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  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Which prime do you have?
     
  7. jlcharles macrumors 6502

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    I rent this lens when i need it since i can't afford it. In fact, I pick it up tomorrow. I love it. Maybe a bit heavy for a walkaround lens, but amazing.
     
  8. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Other than the nice glass that went into the elements, what is making this lens to expensive?

    this comes from an avid photographer, but without a dSLR.

    Im just not that into lenses to know what you get for your $$$.
     
  9. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    50 F/1.4 on the same camera. Had a number of Minoltas back in my film days- 24,28, & 50, but all that stuff is now gone.
     
  10. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Speed (f/2.8, with nice bokeh), construction (built like a Sherman tank), you did mention nice glass, which yields contrast & sharpness.

    While it's true that you pay for what you get in the world of optics, there are a couple od exceptions. The 50 f/1.2 ($1500) is supposedly only slightly better than the $300 50 f/1.4, and has been reported to have some autofocus issues.
    Likewise, the edge-to-edge sharpness of the 16-35 f/2.8 Mk I (~$1200) was actually worse than the ~$650 17-40 f/4.
     
  11. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    Its also weather/dust sealed.

    Its a fantastic lens--I loved on my 20D and I REALLY love it on my 5D (it rarely comes off). If I could only have one lens, this would be it!
     
  12. walangij macrumors 6502

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    The 24-70 is an incredible lens as everyone has said. I took pictures for a consulate program, horrible lighting at the program, but the lens focused quickly and was sharp which really impressed me.

    Unfortunately, I don't own one yet (I rent it when I need it though) because of the price tag and because I'm still a student and can't afford it yet. I would rent one first before taking the plunge, test it out in some "real world" photo shoots or as you wander around town and compare it to what you already have. There are some great places to rent it online, not too expensive for 1 week.
     
  13. Karpfish macrumors 6502a

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    When I shot Canon, the 24-70 was my go-to lens on my 1D. I have since moved on to Nikon for reasons I could not explain here,but I still haven't gotten the Nikon 28-70. I am about to pick up a used one from KEH,just need some money to come into my paypal account.
     
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    I have a Sigma 24-70 mm f/2.8 that I'm very happy with. :) It's sharp, too.

    It's not USM, but it doesn't focus THAT slowly, although it hunts in low light. However, that'll happen with lots of lenses, even Canon ones, so that's not really a huge complaint by me.
     
  15. stagi macrumors 65816

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    This is a wonderful lens. very sharp, I have had one for 5+ years and never have had a problem with it. I would definately recommend it and say it is totally worth the money.
     

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