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| p.1 #1 · Impossible Question: 24 1.4 or 24-70 2.8? |
I know this is an impossible question that can only be answered by carefully evaluating my needs and shooting style, but I'm having trouble making a decision and wanted to initiate a conversation here to give me some more food for thought...
I want to extend my pro-lens collection to include the wide end. One criteria is fast aperture, another consideration is fast focus and versatility, which leads me to the 24 1.4 and the 24-70 2.8. I shoot the D700 and have a D800 on order and will be keeping both, as I see them as different tools for different scenarios. I do a lot of middle school sports indoors, and see some utility in the fast zoom, as well as landscape and street PJ, so the 24 would be nice. I do like fast glass and do a lot of work between 1.4 and 2.8.
My current most used lenses are (in order):
35 1.4G, 50 1.8G, 70-200 VRII, 85 1.4G, 105 2.8G. My *only* other zoom is the 16-35 4.0G, which I don't use much since its kind of slow, mostly for landscape work.
So as you can see, I gravitate to primes, so there is some "romance" for me in that 24, but I feel like the 24-70 would have more "utility.". Unfortunately, my annual camera fund only has room for one...barely, thanks to the D800.