Do you think it's too heavy?

Started Oct 29, 2007 | Discussions thread
vinkeatkel Contributing Member • Posts: 596
24-70/2.8 is too heavy.

and too clunky. takes all the fun out of it for me. and with lens barrel extended at 70mm...that's hardly a solid feel to me, unlike the 17-35 and 17-40, both of which do feel solid at any focal length. and that's if you require zooms. i don't need zooms myself. i find that the fast, mid-priced primes work perfectly for me. and they feel quite solid, too.

JDuBS2 wrote:

I hear this comment quite often around here. "Everyone says it's too
heavy" or "Do you think it will be too heavy as a walkaround?".

I am not talking about super teles like the 400 2.8 etc etc...I am
talking about lenses like the 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 100-400,
300f4lis and their ilk. You know...those lenses that are made of non
plastic?

Don't knock it til you try it.

After going through my fair share of lenses I have come to the
realization that I am just not comfortable with a lens that isn't
built solidly. It doesn't have to be "heavy" per se...just built
really well. Once you use a few lenses that have some substance to
them you will never go back. If you have the budget that is...

For some reason I like a lens with some substance because it makes me
feel like I have a more stable platform. It SEEMS like I have less
camera shake with a heavier lens also. My technique feels smoother as
well.

I actually sent back a 70-200 F4LIS after using it for a day because
it felt too light. I am soo used to the 2.8 version that I just
couldn't see myself using the lightweight f4.

If you want to hold your DSLR body and lens combo in one hand and
talk on the phone with the other hand then this post is probably not
for you

I even like my 50 1.4 and 100f2 because they are solidly built. They
don't need to be "heavy"...just solid.

Don't worry about the weight...try it for a few days first. You may
like it.

Not sure of this is making sense...I saw a post today about another
guy crying about the weight of a 24-70 2.8 lens he had never even
held. So I had to speak up!

And I had a few minutes to kill

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