Moving to primes, should I sell the 16-35 or the 24-70?

Started Nov 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Moogles
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Re: Moving to primes, should I sell the 16-35 or the 24-70?
In reply to Lemming51, Nov 20, 2012

Lemming51 wrote:

Moogles wrote:

I've seen some incredible shots done on a 50L f/1.2 (think it was from dpreview, not sure) but when I tried it, I just can't frame very well with a 50mm. I was disappointed to find out that it's not for me because I've thought of the 24mm and 50mm prime path. When I ran through my collection of photos, I came to realize that I'm a 35mm kind of guy.

I am using a 5D2 together with a 16-35 f/2.8 L II and a 24-70 f/2.8 L. I am considering selling one of these lenses to get a prime or maybe even two (2) if there's enough funds. I am looking at the new 35mm f/2 IS USM and the 85mm f/1.8. Doesn't have to be an L.

The 16-35 f/2.8L II is used mainly for landscape and group shots, both of which dont happen often. The 24-70 f/2.8L is my walk around lens. I shoot anything and everything with it.

I am feeling the weight of the body + lens, so badly that I am considering changing to a different system like the Sony NEX mirrorless but someone suggested that I should try primes.

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Will you give up your ultra wide angle and keep your walk about lens? Or will you sell your walk about lens and use the prime from here forth at 35mm? If it helps, I also have a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II.

Your call, all the way. Depending on how you use the 16-35L you could replace it with just a 20 or 24mm prime.

Re "feeling the weight of the body + lens...", rather than limit yourself to a 35 and 85 prime you might look used for the EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 USM. Very credible performance, ring-USM w/FTM, and only 380g v. 950g of the 24-70L (I). Or the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di at 510g.

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Curious question, I pointed out that I'd be getting the 35mm but you're telling me to let go of the 16-35 to replace it with a 20 or 24mm? 24mm to a 35mm seem pretty close, doesn't it?

Thanks for your suggestions but I dont plan on moving to the old 24-85 or Tamron 28-75 mid-zoom cause I have the 24-70. I will do it for primes but not for just for weight. It's different and I dont favor third-party even though I've tried Sigmalux and Tokina 11-16 in my 40D days.

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