Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

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nofumble Senior Member • Posts: 1,713
Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

Nice to have for sure but I don't know how critical IS is for this focal range?

I shoot 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 prime without IS. But 2.8 is not slower, and the lens is much bigger and heavier.

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bhollis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,343
Re: Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

nofumble wrote:

Nice to have for sure but I don't know how critical IS is for this focal range?

I shoot 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 prime without IS. But 2.8 is not slower, and the lens is much bigger and heavier.

Well, if you use the 1/focal length rule of thumb for shutter speed, then you need between 1/24 and 1/70 second, depending on focal length. So ask yourself, how often will you need to shoot handheld with slower shutter speeds?

The answer really depends on subject matter and style of shooting. But for my primary subject matter  and style of shooting, the answer is not often, particularly given the relatively fast f/2.8 aperture and my 5D3's high ISO capability.

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dave_bass5 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,606
Re: Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

Ive got a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC on my 5DMKIII. With this lens i can hand hold at 1/6th sec and get sharp shots. I dont do that a lot but its nice to have the chance to have both clean shot and large DOF (for close up shots).

I dont miss it on my primes but sometimes ill use my Tamron for low light shots, even though its slower, because for static objects i can get slower shutter speeds but sharper shots.

The high ISO's on the newer cameras are great but i still find its better to keep it as low as possible.

Depends on what you shoot though.

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Peter Galbavy Senior Member • Posts: 1,015
Re: Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

I believe the IS on most short focal length lenses now is for video users...

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mu55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,369
Re: Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

I think it would help with panning but otherwise not really, at speeds slower then 1/60th your seriously risking subject movement anyway - assuming your shooting people of course - so i don't see it as much of an issue, but it would be nice when it's needed and would have been nice since the lens cost ~ $2500

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biza43 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,670
Re: Got to have IS for a 24-70/F2.8 (FF sensor)?

Got to have? No.

Nice to have? Yes.

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