Lens Selection Help

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  1. tr0gd0o0r

    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    I'm in the market for getting some new lenses and am having some trouble with making up my mind on the shorter lens. I'm gonna be getting a Canon 1d mark II in the near future and am trying to determine what lens would be best. I've got it down to the 17-55 f2.8 http://www.adorama.com/CA1755.html and the 24-70 f2.8L http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...304&is=USA&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation.

    I went to the camera shop today to look at the 17-55 and then got home today and realized its not an L series lens. Even though I was very impressed with it, I wonder what I would be sacrificing in not getting the L series.

    I mainly do photojournalism work.

    Does anyone have experience with these lenses that would be helpful in making my decision?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    First of all, the 17-55 F2.8 is an EF-S lens...and therefore has an image circle that is too small for the 1Ds II. So don't get that lens. It's a great lens for 'crop' cameras though. It isn't an L lens but many people say it's just as good. I have heard that it may be prone to internal dust problems though.

    The 24-70 F2.8 L is said to be one of the best Canon lenses, can't go wrong. It's big and heavy though. An alternative would be the 24-105 F4 L IS...more reach, slower aperture but has IS.

    There is the 17-40 F4 L, great lens and good price for an L lens.

    There is the 16-35 F2.8 L...I believe they just came out with a new version of this one...should be very good. Many photojournalists that I've seen, use this one.
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    Guess its a really good thing that my debit card didn't work when I tried to buy the 17-55 yesterday.

    I looked at the 16-35, and i'm not a huge fan of real wide angle photography, so I decided that the 24-70 would probably be a better fit for me. And after all, its only an 8 mm difference, can't really effect that much.
     
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    Well, there is a fairly big difference between 24mm and 16mm...much more than say, the difference between 42mm and 50mm.

    If you don't like the really wide stuff, the I think the 24-70 will be an ideal lens for you. It's nice and wide when you want it to be but not ultra wide with all the distortion.
     

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