Do I really need the RF 70-200 f/2.8?

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Tradman64 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Do I really need the RF 70-200 f/2.8?

I am an adventure/landscape photographer. Since buying an R5 and the RF 100-500 in 2021, I rarely used my 5D Mark IV or anything else from my full array of EF lenses collected over 20+ years.

Recently, I decided to trade in all my EF/non-mirrorless gear and start over in a more simplified fashion. In addition to a backup R5, I also purchased the following (mostly covered by the trade-in):

  • RF 15-35 f/2.8
  • RF 24-70 f/2.8
  • RF 70-200 f/2.8
  • RF 1.4x TC (keeping)
  • RF 100-500 (keeping)
  • RF 200-800 (ordered)

At a glance, I am technically covered from 15mm-800mm. However, I am having doubts about the 70-200. It's a fantastic lens, no doubt. But from a simplicity perspective, I am not sure how often it will see the light of day.

With the R5, there's enough pixel power that the missing 30mm from the 24-70 to the 100-500 can easily be made up for with cropping or moving forward, if possible.

If it helps, I am simplifying to only use what I need. It doesn't make sense to keep lenses in the closet or at home or in an already heavy bag in the field.


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