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| p.1 #1 · Sell three lenses and replace with one? Thoughts please :) |
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I've been pondering over selling three of my "short" lenses (35L, 16-35 ii and 24-105) and replacing with the 24-70 ii, mainly for use on my 5Dmk3. I know each of those 3 lenses bring different attributes to the party, but here's my reasoning:
35L - Its a great lens, but I hardly ever use it. For me 35mm is a bit of a nowhere prime F/L. I don't find it long enough for what I may use it for which is mainly as a walk around lens. I also don't usually shoot wider/faster than f/2 so using the 24-70 @f/2.8, I'd only lose a stop and it can do 35mm if or when required for composition. Bokeh is a minor consideration in the equation, just to get that out of the way.
16-35 ii - at 16mm even stopped down the corners are noticeably softer than the centre and middle, so I don't often use it wider than 20mm, even for landscapes. On a 1Dmk4 it offers a more useful FOV as a walk around lens IMO, especially at the longer end, but the 1Dmk4 is not as common looking as a 5D shaped body so I don't use it on the street much.
24-105 - Its a good lens, we all know what it does, and its short comings, but F/2.8 it can't do and the 24-70 ii is obviously optically superior.
A further consideration is, I can't afford the 24-70 unless I sell those three lenses. The Tamron VR may be an option at half the price, but while very decent it doesn't quite match the IQ of the Canon so I'm probably going to rule it out.
For those of you who have had wider than 24mm and then sold that lens have you missed the extra 6mm, or have you just adapted and carried on with no regrets? In my mind I'm picturing the 24-70 ii as an excellent all round package for landscapes, walk around, and portraits. I'm pretty sure I won't miss the 35L. Am I on solid ground thinking this way or just being silly?
Edited on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM · View previous versions