Which 24-70 would you recommend?

adamhiram

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Adam , I sold my 3 lb 70-200. With 46 mp, I can crop the heck out of a shot with a 135 2.0 dc that has incredible bokeh and weighs much less over my shoulder with that 24-70 on the other body. For $ 400 I picked up a 180 2.8, 8 elements not 22. What do extra lens do. Hold you glasses up to the sun and see the shadow where the lens is. It is reflecting and sucking up light, now multiply that times 22. All that blocked light doesn't reach the sensor/film.
The funny thing about that is my Sigma 135mm f/1.8 lens adapted for Z mount is only 2 oz lighter than the 70-200!
 

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The 135 2.0 dc is significantly lighter than the 70-200 2.8. 7 elements and 1.79 lb vs 3.15 lbs and 22 elements. And the older elements are leaded glass with higher transmission. The beast attached to a 2 lb camera hanging from your shoulder for 8 or 10 hours takes it's toll. The sigma is 2.49 lbs. and 13 elements. I shoot alot now with tiny cameras that are sensorless. They weigh a fraction of a digital and my zeiss, voigtlander and 1995 nikon D lenses work great. Interestingly, my zeiss 85 planar and 100 makro planar weigh much more than the nikon without a focus motor since they are manual focus. But for me, for events and weddings, the 24-70 hangs around my neck often with a speedlight. It is a workhorse lens but I still go to a 35 or 85 prime when appropriate.
 

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