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Old January 21st, 2012, 07:06 AM   #1
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Canon 24-70mm 2.8

I know this forum would be completely jammed if we all posted questions every time we were thinking about buying a new piece of equipment, but I'm really stuck on what lens to upgrade to. Right now I have a Canon 70-200 2.8, a Canon 50 1.4, and a Sigma 20 1.8. I'm most interested right now in a general zoom lens, such as the Canon 24-70 2.8. Unfortunately, I would probably have to sell my Sigma 20 1.8 in order to afford it. I'm worried that a wide lens at 2.8 wouldn't be fast enough for a reception though. I could afford the Sigma version of the 24-70 2.8 and then I wouldn't have to sell my Sigma 20 1.8, but I'm not sure how much I'd be sacrificing in image quality. Most of the reviews I see online are for photography, and I thought since so many people here use the Canon 24-70, I'd get your feedback first.

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Old January 21st, 2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Without knowing which camera you have it's a little difficult to offer advice. If you have a Canon 5DII then an F/2.8 zoom will be fine for shooting in low light as you can bump the ISO up to 3200 if necessary without noticeable noise. I own both the 16-35mm & the 24-70mm but rarely use the latter as I prefer the wider angle lens & the 24-70mm doesn't seem anything special unlike the super sharp 24-105mm F/4L or 70-200mm F/2.8L Mk II lenses. If you have one of the APS-C sensor cameras then you probably don't want to use anything over ISO 800-1600 so your options are more limited for low light although the EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8L IS is a really good sharp lens & the stabilisation is a nice bonus.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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Re: Canon 24-70mm 2.8

For video we tend to stay away from zooms. As absurd as it sounds, it generally works out much better to (and we generally do) use the 50mm 1.4 on our 7D with a shoulder mount or monopod, and the 24-70L on the 5D shooting stills and some video.

With full frame, the 24-70L is a great lens (you get the added stop of iso as well to deal with 2.8), but on a crop sensor it's a little awkward. Not quite wide enough, not quite fast enough.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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Ok, that's what I feared. I use a T3i, so it'd be a crop sensor. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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Re: Canon 24-70mm 2.8

Ive always found that lens to be super underwhelming to shoot video with, Ive never enjoyed it.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 09:26 PM   #6
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Ive always found that lens to be super underwhelming to shoot video with, Ive never enjoyed it.
That's exactly it. It's a lens I almost always shoot photos on 24mm with a 5D vertically, and I love it. Shooting video it just doesn't do it for me. It's weird, but I'd look into another focal length for video on a crop sensor.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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if you shoot 5D,
24-70 is an all around lens. match it with 70-200, these two can shoot weddings sufficiently.
youll never regret getting 24-70.


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Old January 24th, 2012, 02:54 AM   #8
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Ive always found that lens to be super underwhelming to shoot video with, Ive never enjoyed it.
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That's exactly it. It's a lens I almost always shoot photos on 24mm with a 5D vertically, and I love it. Shooting video it just doesn't do it for me. It's weird, but I'd look into another focal length for video on a crop sensor.
I 100% agree with you guys that the 24-70mm F2.8L is a very indifferent lens. The 24-105mm F4L is a fantastic lens. So sharp, with a longer reach & with IS as well. It's just a shame that it loses a stop compared to the 24-70mm. I prefer this lens for photos & video if the light is good enough. I have an ongoing love affair with the 16-35mm F/2.8L as I adore using this at the wide end. For shooting weddings I pair this with the 70-200mm F/2.8L II & just use my feet to compensate for the missing 35-70mm range.

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Old January 24th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #9
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Re: Canon 24-70mm 2.8

the Canon 16-105mm 2.8L IS UMS is the best all around lens that one could ever hope to buy...
(still hoping).
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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #10
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the Canon 16-105mm 2.8L IS UMS is the best all around lens that one could ever hope to buy...
(still hoping).
They day that one comes out I will buy it.....
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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Re: Canon 24-70mm 2.8

17-55mm by Canon works great. Not my favorite to use during low light receptions but it works. They are releasing a new 24-70 very soon and I plan on getting it for my 5D mk3 when that comes out as well.

I'd get the 17-55mm for your t3i. The zoom on it is a bit rough but it's your best option for using during preps and the reception.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #12
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17-55mm by Canon works great. Not my favorite to use during low light receptions but it works. They are releasing a new 24-70 very soon and I plan on getting it for my 5D mk3 when that comes out as well.

I'd get the 17-55mm for your t3i. The zoom on it is a bit rough but it's your best option for using during preps and the reception.
That's the one that stays on my 7D pretty much all the time these days.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #13
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Re: Canon 24-70mm 2.8

Hi, I have a question about this. since i was thinking on getting this 24-70 lens.

what is it that you don't like about it that much on a crop censor?
the f-stop?
the sharpness?
the focal plane?
or what?

I have a 5D and T2i, so I was gonna use it on both.

thanks.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #15
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I believe that lens doesn't have OIS. You should try shooting with OIS turned off to see if you like the result.
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