Planning to switch from D800 to 5DIII Locked

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Timbukto Veteran Member • Posts: 4,988
Re: 24-105L is the way to go for OP; maybe add 50 1.8

David Hull wrote:

chironNYC wrote:

bronxbombers4 wrote:

I'd wait on the 24-70 f/4 IS kits coming soon. Or get a tamron 24-70 VC or splurge and get 24-70 II anything but the 24-105.

I think you are way overstating the case against the 24-105L lens. When mounted on the 5d3 (as opposed to the 1dsmk3, for example) the 24-105 performs extremely well coming in with about the same DXOmark score as the new Canon 24-70L f/4 or the venerated Canon 35L 1.4. So what's not to like?

Given that the OP is stretching his funds, I think the 24-105 is an outstanding choice. It is very unlikely that he will ever be able to see a noticeable difference in image quality in pictures that he is actually looking at as pictures (instead of test shots of fabric swatches), but he will have a versatile and moderately fast constant aperture zoom lens that will help him to capture a lot of real images that he wants to get and that he otherwise might miss.

If he wanted to add low light capability that would be nice for portraits and available light, he could do it very cheaply with a Canon 50 1.8.

Yea... that lens gets a bad rap for some reason, mostly by people who don't own it, I suspect -- I guess that makes sense, why would you own something you don't like. When I got teh 24-70 II, I thought I might sell the 24-105, but I still use it a lot.

I've seen more than one copy of the 24-105L and can see why some like or dislike it.  IMO a *good* copy of the 24-105L has very little to complain about and at 24mm it can out-do or be very competitive with a 17-40L at 24mm.

I also do not think that given an excellent copy of the 24-105L why I would ever get a more expensive 24-70 f4 IS unless I truly want its macro capabilities or slightly better 24mm (but an excellent copy of the 24-105L is very good at 50mm which the 24-70 f4 IS is not so much...and for its limited range thats a bit dissapointing).

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