A&P 24-105 EF f/4L IS USM vs 24-70mm EF f/2.8L USM

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  1. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    Is the 24-70 worth the extra money considering the loss of length and no IS? Seems like a lot lost just to gain the 2.8 over 4.

    Going on a 50D, other lens is a 10-22.

    I can either get the 24-105 + flash (580ex) or just the 24-70 and get a flash in a few more pays.. whichever of these 2 lenses i get will be my everyday lens for a long time to come..
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    since it's an everyday lens, you might need the extra reach of the 105

    plus you get a flash
     
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    24-70 ftmfw.
     
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    fast lens > longer focal length & IS

    IS doesn't stop movement
    more subject separate shooting at a larger aperture
     
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    Depends on how you shoot. For me, the 24-105 was a better choice cause the longer reach and IS more than outweighed the loss of speed. I rarely shoot indoors and didnt need the f/2.8.

    However, if you shoot weddings, formals, grip and grin events and things like that indoors, then the faster lens will likely outweigh the length and IS.

    You just need to evaluate what you shoot, how you shoot and the conditions you shoot under. If you dont think you'll need the speed, the decision is easy. If you do think you need it, the decision is still made easy.
     
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    I have a 24-105, and a 70-200 2.8.

    It's nice to keep the 24-105 on without switching to the 70-200.
     
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    I love my 24-70. 2.8 really helps in low lit situations, and for me I think IS would be better suited on a long lens
     
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    This is probably the most asked Canon question I've seen on photo forums. There really is no right answer, just depends on how you shoot. Mostly indoors or sports, I'd go with the f2.8. Mostly outdoors, I'd go with the f4 IS.
     
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    Have had both.

    Prefer the 24-70 for my shooting style.
     
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    24-70 is the cats ass
     
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    Thanks guys.. I don't have a "shooting style" as such yet, still doing a bit of everything. I'm trying to do more shots of car shows, bike shows, and models/portraits..
     
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    if you shoot in dark situations, the 24-70 f/2.8 will probably be better

    24-105 f/4 L is a pretty versatile lens for studio shooters with lighting

    the extra f/stop of light is very useful for focusing even on a 1d...
     
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    If you're doing car shows and bike shows that are indoors, I imagine the faster lens will serve you better. If you're doing only studio work or outdoors work, then the reach might be a benefit.

    Since you dont know, I'd go with the 24-70. Its always easier to throw on another lens or get closer to make up for the reach than it is to get that extra stop when you need it.
     
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    Not necessarily. When shooting at car shows, you are typically (I think) shooting stationary objects. Thus, I think the 24-105 IS lens with a 3-stop IS system would actually be better. However, IS cannot freeze motion, so if you are shooting moving objects indoors or in low light, I'd go with the faster 24-70L lens.
     

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