Upgrade plan: what lenses for 5D3?

Started Dec 30, 2012 | Questions thread
MgrBuddha
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Re: Upgrade plan: what lenses for 5D3?
In reply to Graham Meale, Jan 3, 2013

Graham Meale wrote:

You can't beat the 24-105 in the kit for value. Unless you really need the very slightly faster f/2.8 of the 24-70 then I'd go the 24-105. It's not a perfect lens but it stays on my 5DIII 90% of the time. The 70-300L is fabulous, but pricey.

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As it is today the price difference between the 5D3 house only, and the camera kitted with a 24-105 is just slightly more than what I will have to pay for an aftermarket 24-70 first generation. I very much want that extra speed, but my main priority is image quality and sharpness. From what I read I get the impression that the quality of of the old 24-70 lenses vary quite much, and that especially among the older ones there are many units that perform weakly on large apertures.

Would it be safer to buy a 24-105 kit lens I wonder, and could I expect to return it for another one if I should be unlucky and get a "soft" one?

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