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Mistake. The two most popular focal lengths were 24 mm and 50 mm. They were prime lenses for low light (probably both f/1.4), but the flexibility of the zoom should not be under-rated. I expect that in 2013 and beyond, the 24-70 II will show up in the zooms a lot more due to its improved ruggedness over the original: It now maintains sharp calibration far better and longer due to a much better mechanical design (per Roger Cicala). Nowadays with high quality high ISO, you don't need f/1.4 instead of f/2.8 nearly as much as you used to.
Yup, as a working newspaper photographer I almost never use primes with the purpose of additional light as the 1D Mark IV and 5d Mark II have pretty excellent ISO capabilities. Back when I used a 1D Mark II and so on I used fast primes a bit more often. I still like to use primes for the shallow DOF but the chance varies by assignment.
Notice how high the percentage of 5D Mark II cameras used is. It's 26.4%, the second most used camera.
Kind of puts the lie to the meme that the 5D2 can't be used for focusing quickly in stressful circumstances.
Also true, the major issue for me is that it's points are within a relatively small area of the image sensor. And it's not that great for sports, obviously. But the full frame aspect is the best part in regards to really putting the 16-35 to the focal length it deserves, and also pretty great ISO.
I expect the 5D3 to close the gap between 5D2 in 2013's round up but will not overtake it.
This is the same reason why the 1D4 dominates the photos chosen over the 1DX.
Some photo agencies update their photog's gear every 18 months or so. Whatever gets replaced either is given to the photog (thus encouraging them to take care of their company's property) or given back to their company for a swap out.
As for the popularity of Canon over other makers it has something to do with cost and deliverables. Wholly a business decision with little sentimentality or bravado. I...Show more →
The 5d3 will probably overtake the 5d2 in 2013 - I'm pretty sure of it actually, mainly because it solves the issue of the 5d2 in the case of AF and AF points, speed (not as fast as the 1D series but definitely better) and of course ISO. The fact that there are so many PJ's already with a 5D3 is a good indicator.
Agencies like Associated Press and Getty Images have been upgrading most of their staff photogs with 1DXs since this past summer, and it appears that Reuters is on that route as well, though perhaps a bit more slowly. My paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is Canon, but we probably won't get any 1DX's for awhile (if it all, might just be until the next release).
I think more agencies went with Canon early on in digital due to the 1D and 1D Mark II, and after that they had invested so much in equipment that it didn't make sense to switch over systems (a pretty big hassle). I'm not sure which agencies or newspapers use Nikon (though I did know a Getty staffer that had Nikon, but not sure if they use both or if he was an usual exception) except that the US Air Force does (and perhaps all military branches).