Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L or 24-105 f/4L

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  1. Dilly

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    Hey all,

    long time reader first time poster :)

    Was looking to get a lens for a digital rebel that I could use for general photography(ie. walking around a town taking general pics). Which one would you guys recommend? I'm kind of stuck as both get rave reviews...

    Thanks!
     
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    i was looking at both and seemed to me the latter would be more suitable as a walkaround purely based on the weight. like you mentioned, both have great optics. :)
     
  3. Dilly

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    One more thing I need to think about is the redudancy as I already have a 70-200 f4.. So the faster 24-70 might be a better choice...

    I also have heard of rumors that the 24-70 doesn't perform very well at f2.8? Not too sure..
     
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    sorry, I'm pretty noob haha. I hope some more knowledgeable folk will come rescue you haha.

    or, you can go to other places to read up.
    (www.fredmiranda.com seems nice to me) :) Goodluck
     
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    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I own a 24-70 and was thinking of getting 24~105 but went for 2.8 because Ive never heard a bad thing about it. I work in a camera shop and have sold loads of each. never had a 2.8 returned but have had 24-105 returned. that said my friend has one and loves it, Ive used it and its great, if you can go to a shop take a shot with each, feel the weight and see which suits you best
     
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    I own a 24-70 f2.8 and i take around 90% of my shots with it.
    I love it and would receommend it very highly. especially if your other lens is a 70-200
    A good site for reviews is The Digital Picture

    It's a fantastic lens and i can't think of a lens i'd rather have in its place.
     
  7. The 24-70 is better for portraits and people shots in lower light than the 24-105. It's a little heavy, but absolutely worth it.

    As an aside, I bought the 24-70 L and had a bad diaphragm. But B&H took it back and I got a new one, no problems or questions asked, and they even threw in free expedited shipping.
     
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    THanks for all the replies guys!

    I have one last question though, this lens will probably have to serve as my wide angle lens for quite awhile. I know that the 24-70 is very soft at the 24mm end while the 24-105 isn't all that wide.. I'm confused as to which will give the best results on a cropped camera that I have? (I won't be upgrading to a ff anytime soon).

    Thanks!
     
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    haha you know I am having exactly the same problems, and I was thinking 17-40 or 10-22. I am actually having trouble deciding between those two ahaha.
     
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    I've never noticed the 24-70mm being very soft at 24mm before.
    Sionce both the lenses you're considering are the same focal length at the short end, the decision shouold either be regarding the long end or the f stop.
    since you already own the 70-200 i'd recommend the 24-70. Having the overlap will only benefit you if a lot of your shots are around the 50-100mm mark and would mean you changing lenses often,
    Quality wise, the 24-70 f2.8 is hard to beat.
     
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    Uh.. the only difference is that the 24-105 has an extra 35mm on the telephoto end. 24mm = 24mm.
     
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    I love my Sigma 10-20 -- and I did a side->side with the canon 10-22. It works great and cost alot less. http://www.10-20mm.com/
     

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