Is 24-70 II worth the price

Started Jul 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jon Rty Veteran Member • Posts: 3,838
Re: The problem isn't that you shouldn't buy the 5D Mark III etc....

No, he's buying them for the right reasons. He is looking for a DSLR with a zoom that would offer him the best natural light results. And there's no denying that the 5DIII with the 24-70mm F/2.8II is the best he can buy. Nor is there any denying that it will serve him better than his current kit.

As for misconceptions, sadly, you're an even worse offender. While the OP has problems grasping the basics, he was still able to end up with the best kit for his needs. Your misconceptions however have led you to time and time again give the OP false advice.

The OP adored the shots due to DOF, not due to posing. He wants to get similar DOF, but wants to get it with a moving target. Here, you misunderstood that and thought that he doesn't need AF performance due to a static subject, while in fact he needs it even more due to shallow DOF and a active subject.

The OP isn't using focus and recompose because he wants to, he's using it because the T2i has 1 single cross point. In low light, with a active subject, the hit rate using anything but the center point is atrocious. Here again your misunderstanding lead you to give completely false advice.

For the needs the OP has stated, what he is planning to buy is the best Canon has to offer, short of the 1DX. While he has problems with photographic theory, none of that has led him to the wrong result. And none of them will change the fact that the kit he's contemplating will give him better results. Your misconception of the OP and his needs however have led you to constantly give him bad advice.

graphikal wrote:

... it's that you've posted so many inaccuracies that it's obvious you're buying them for the wrong reasons. Not only that, you seem to be buying on credit, attempt to explain it away as a joke notwithstanding. Would you be better off blowing your whole wad on a single camera and lens, or taking other measures? Would you be better off with a 24-70L II, which you seem to be lusting after based on the price in large part, or a version I and an extra lens or two? Would you be better off learning how to expose properly?

None of these questions can be answered with 100% certainty by anyone; but I can certainly see that you've been frustrated with your current gear, but that you also haven't learned how to use it correctly, and that you've gotten some mistaken conceptions about the gear you're planning to buy.

One of those misconceptions is about the noise performance. The 5D Mark III will give a 1-stop+ improvement in noise over what you have right now. Another misconception is about exposure and metering. Another misconception is about autofocus-- since the shots you adored in this thread are of motionless children, you could learn to use an old 350D to take such shots, and certainly don't need advanced tracking; in addition your use of the focus/recompose technique will introduce parallax error at equivalent focal lengths no matter what you use. The list goes on and on.

I don't want to discourage you from buying whatever you want to buy, but the first thing you should do is correct your misconceptions and work on your technique. If you do that with a 5D Mark III and are happy, so much the better. It can be done with your current gear too, but that may be beside the point for you at this point.

You have what is called "gear acquisition syndrome" by some. You feel like your problems are best solved with gear, and you lust after gear you've never tried and some of which isn't even on the street yet, when your needs are quite simple.

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