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| p.1 #1 · 24mm f1.4 AND 14-24mm f2.8? |
I know a couple of days ago i posted a thread on dealing with dust, well lets not go to that just yet. I've a dilemma (again.)
I found a 17-35mm f2.8 fr $800USD the other day, but i moved too slow and the lens was sold. I've never been a wide guy, and the 24mm f1.4 is phenomenal, i've never seen such refreshing wideangle portraits and shots i've taken with it. And it's plenty sharp. I love shooting with it wide open, i can't remember a shot with it taken beyond f4. Anyway so after i was tempted by the 17-35mm, i went to have a look at a few 2nd hand stores and then the 14-24mm came to mind.
I've gone through threads on various forums, including here, and decided the 14-24mm was the lens for me because i've always thought that if i went wide, then i should go as wide as i can (the sigma 12-24mm is out though cause it's not fast enough and its a sigma, as much as i like the sigma 50 and 85, and their macros). I'm sure the 17-35mm is a great lens for walkabouts, I do miss something in between 24mm and 50mm and i was looking for a leica-r summicron 35 or a ziess35mm f2 recently. But price aside the 14-24mm is just amazing, shooting at 14mm would be a breath of fresh air. One of the things i told myself was to buy gear only if it improve my shooting, and the 24G introduced me to wideangle, and i have a feeling the 14-24mm would take me down that path a little further. I've always wanted to fool around with a 70-200VR, but since i have an 85 1.4, 105VR and 70-300VR there's no way i'm buying another tele for a wide. But i'm just wondering if the 14-24mm would "replace" the 24G in any way. Not in terms of thin dof but just how it compliments my kit?
If you had both lenses, or do have both, how would you use them all to accommodate such a great lens into an already full lineup? I'm thinking if i wanted low-light, thin dof, i'd bring the 24, 50 and 85 (or skip the 50 ) out, and if i wanted greater coverage it'd be the 14-24 and 70-300VR, etc. I know the 14-24mm has its place because it can go from 14-23mm, and the 24G can go from f1.4 to 2.5 and up..but i'm not sure if my head is leading me down the right path.
Part of me wants to wait for a 16-35mm VR f2.8 (not so keen on the f4). I read the nikon patent, but waiting for one might end up waiting for "vaporware". VR would be useful though doing slightly long-sigh exposures handheld and going from wide to more normal focal length, a great lens to walk streets with. But the 14-24mm is stellar and 14mm on fx just makes me drool. SO thats probably one point holding me back.
btw i did read the archived thread on the 14-24mm and/or 24mm 1.4, i don't plan to sell the 24G though.