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| p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Got the OK for the 24-70mm MKII - is there are better lens for the price |
As you have read from the post, I have received the OK (from my loving lady) to purchase for the 24-70mm MKII and am wondering if there is there are better lenses to choose from for the price. I've been considering the f/4 model after consultation from a international pro documentary photog.
I'm essentially a landscape photog in recent years and have a few stage low light gigs a year. I've read many reviews about the 24-70mm MKII and am very impressed with its sharpness, low light ability, low distortions etc but a little concerned about the 45mm reduced range...Show more →
I haven't read any responses yet, but I recently sold the 24-70 II 2.8 and picked up the 24-70 F/4 IS.
Why? Well 2.8 especially at standard zoom lengths didn't give me that wow factor like the 35/2, 50/1.2 or esp the 85 1.2 L did (sometimes at 70mm it does). 2.8 isn't exactly a low light beast, and it's still too shallow IMO for video work. So it's right in between for me. If it had IS I'd have kept it. Yep, it's very sharp, but no IS, expensive and heavy - I found myself using either the 24 2.8 IS or 35/2 IS much more often. It's a very nice heavy well made chunk of a lens, but if I want the shallow DOF creamy stuff I'd find something else, and if I shoot video I stop down to F/5.6 so in my case it wasn't needed.
The 24-70 F/4 is a hell of a lens. Much rather have that + the 35/2 IS and keep $500 in my bank. Others will disagree. If you're a wedding shooter I'd get it; otherwise there's better options.