« on: November 05, 2012, 07:19:04 AM »
I think this just makes life a lot harder for the potential buyer. What to buy? Do any of these optimise what a standard Zoom should offer??
I still think the 17-55mm F2.8 offers the best all round want from a photographer for a standard zoom range. But they dont make one for full frame which would be the 24-70mm F2.8 IS.
24-105mm F4 is a great focal length for a walk around lens, It is also not a bad price, good IQ and has IS.
24-70 F2.8 is in the stratosphere for most in terms of price. Its really ridiculous it would take nearly two weddings to afford the purchase price.
Wouldn't IS on a F2.8 make it a great walk around lens? Yes you loose 35mm but this would make it more useable in low light, 1/30th and below is the norm in low light trying to balance ISO with quality. So this would be stuck to your camera most of the time, and means you dont have to jump up the ISO.
24-70mm F4, ok IQ will be better and the MFD is a really good feature compared to the 24-105mm but I think Canon should be introducing better minimum focus distances on standard zooms anyway. If this is to be a walk around lens then the 35mm is quite a big deal. Its harder to use this in a professional sense because you have to cover a large light variance which is why 2.8 is more suitable.
What do people want? Well personally I like the 24-70mm focal length. I also like the F2.8 for light gathering, but I also find IS very useful, however steady you are you get camera shake at lower shutter speeds.
So here is the conundrum, to fill two needs, you would need to buy two lenses, the 24-105mm for walk around and the 24-70mm MKI F2.8. Because the 24-105 fills the need of only taking one lens with you, and the 24-70 fills the need of low light shooting for wedding photography. An F4 would be useless as a standard zoom for wedding photography. I like the 24-105mm range for walk around give you good scope, but 24-70 is also a nice range. But this defies the point of a standard zoom its supposed to fulfill that need, if you need two lenses to cover a standard range then somethings not quite right.
But at the moment non of the above offer everything what people seem to want.
IMO the best lens to buy atm is a second hand 24-70mm MKI 2.8 most are £1000 cheaper than the 24-70MKII and £100 more than the 24-105mm but offers the 2.8 over the F4 and great IQ.
Would I care if the lens was heavier to include IS, would I hell. But it would also be beyond £2k which is also ridiculous.
So really there is no good choice. Seems you cant have everything you want in a standard zoom... yet if you go crop then you can have everything in the 17-55mm 2.8 IS. Ridiculous.