DX users.... 17-55 2.8 or 24-70 2.8?

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  1. eric-holmes

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    I have just sold my 70-200 with the intent of getting a shorter zoom. My initial thought was 17-55 2.8 but the only thing that is holding me back would be the possibility of going full frame. But, I don't even know when of IF that will happen. I am just looking to get a little feedback from the people that use either.

    If you have the 24-70, do you wish you had more room on the short end?


     
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    I've got a 17-55 and the focal length range is great. I have a 24mm D fixed lens, which is close to a 35mm equivalent and just judging from that, a 24-70 wouldn't be wide enough for what I like to shoot with digital.
     
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    I also figure that if I really need that extra 15mm in zoom, I could just crop in on the edit. But, you cant uncrop and zoom out in an edit. Sometimes you just can't back up anymore.
     
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    I chose a 24-70 over a 17-55 but mainly because I rarely shoot scenery and also it's easy to pick up a cheap wide angle. I do mainly portraits so the extra zoom is nice and I also plan to upgrade to full frame in the future so the 24-70 is beautiful on a full frame camera!
     
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    "going full frame" - all the cool kids are doing it. 17-55 provides a similar FOV on a crop body as the 24-70 on a FF. If it were me, I'd get a used 17-55 and then sell it IF the day came where I 'went full frame'. You won't take much of a hit, if at all, buying used.
     
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    I chose 24-70. I wish it was a bit longer. When I need wide angle I put on my tokina 11-16. You should really look at what you are shooting and past pictures to find the most useful focal length for you.
     
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    24-70, and a 14-24.
     
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    17mm I'm bummin cause I can't get the right shots.
     
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    As much as I preferred using 24-70 on the dx, there were times when 24mm was too tight for me and wish I had, at that moment, my 17-55 w/ me. On the same note, when using 24-70 on Dx body, it was PERFECT for portrait work and I didn't have the need to swap glass.
     
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    50mm is 50mm no matter what "view" we have, but not a similar image. If you're shooting people its best to stay above 50mm unless they are silly skinny and you want them to pudge no matter crop job or not.

    when i had my D7000 crop i shot a 24-70 and 90% of the time it was at the longer end. I shoot more people that landscape, and even landscape I like the compression of the longer lens over the distortion
     
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    I usually hate when I post these kinds of threads. Mostly because they just confuse me more so than before I started. But you guys have just about convinced me to go 24-70. I mostly shoot senior portrait, but I wanted something that would almost double as a walk around lens. But even still on my 18-105 kit lens, I find myself rarely shooting at 18mm.
     
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    You convinced yourself right there!
     

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