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

Started Nov 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Moogles Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: Moving to primes, should I sell the 16-35 or the 24-70?

sparkling elk 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.

i have or had all those lenses mentioned (except the new 35).

the 2470L (I) is an excellent lens. the 1635 not IMHO (borders). i am selling my 2nd copy right now and done with it. for UWA i think of a 14 or 17mm prime. above it: the 2470L and the 50L of course which is my main prime lens. the 85 f1.8 is great if you need or want it handy, light and fast.

i understand your feeling not wanting too much weight. mirrorless systems are OOQ for me, i want the ergonomics and the viewfinder of an SLR.

2 or 3 fast primes coupled with a 70300L is not a bad idea i find. i often travel with the 24, 50, 70300 (on a 1D3/4 it makes an excellent 90-380 zoom) and the weight is totally ok.

so my answer in your shoes is: selling THAT 1635, *yes*. keeping the 2470L, *yes*. adding a fast 35 or 50: *yeah*, adding a UWA prime: *yeah*

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I have this nagging thought that I'll regret selling the 16-35 because I won't have anything wider than 24 then.

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