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Yes! the 24-70 II is a special lens. The 24-105, while a fine lens, doesnt come close to comparison in image quality. Also low light focusing will be much nicer @ 2.8.  It is THE finest zoom in that focal length available.   .


I agree. I just did a lot of research on the 24-70 II...balanced against primes. I already own a 50mm f/1.4 Sigma and the  Canon 85L...so I was considering puchasing the Canon 24mm L & the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 or the new Canon zoom.  Either way I would be spending the same amount of money.
I had sold my Canon 24-105 back in the spring to buy the new 24-70mm...but then there were all of the delays...and this GREAT Sigma 35mm appeared out of nowhere.  I was torn. The price of the new zoom really put me off.
In the end I bought the new Canon Zoom.  It is REALLY sharp and many times it is just great to have that zoom range in your hands an not be changing out primes. Way more interactive..with trade-offs.
The 24-105 is a good lens...but I was never WOWED by it.
Check out this comparison of it to the new 24-70mm II:
http://www.ronmartblog.com/2012/09/comparison-canon-24-70-f28l-ii-vs-24.html
..from a sharpness and DOF the new 24-70mm blows the 24-105mm out of the water. (but the 24-105mm is a very good zoom for the money).
I LOVE primes....but I am a little wowed by this new zoom. Could just be the honeymoon period...but my feeling is that it is very prime-like, both in contrast and sharpness (even wide open)....and...unfortunately, you are DEFINITELY paying for that privilege! I do not think you would be unhappy if you bought this lens. I know that I am very content with the decision I have made.
(SteenerMe...I just noticed that U and I have almost the EXACT same range of lenses...no wonder I agreed with you! LOL.)


+1 for the 24-70 2.8 II.  I'm selling my 24-105 because it just doesn't compare in sharpness/IQ, etc.  The shallower DOF is nice too but if I really want to isolate my subject, i'll use the 70-200 2.8 IS II...remember that longer focal lengths also contribute to shallower DOF so at 2.8 on that lens, your DOF is even shallower). 

The 24-105 f/4L  just didn't wow me either.  And if you're planning on doing video, get a tripod.  Don't use/rely on IS.  Also, f/4 for video isn't that great.  I personally ALWAYS use primes for video anyway and since you already have some..you're set there.

One more minor thing is that at 2.8, your flash doesn't have to work as hard compared to f/4 to get the same amount of exposure.  The wider aperture will allow more light from the speed light in at the same power level.  This equates to lower recycle times and overall less battery usage.

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Technical Support / Re: I solved my own problem, but thought I would share
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:48:01 PM »
good info, thanks for sharing

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Lenses / Re: Best lenses for canon 5D mark iii or 6D
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:17:06 AM »
5D3 + 24-70 II + 70-200 II

Slight modification: 5D3 + 16-35 ii (wideangle hole filled) + 50L or 1.4+ 70-200 II

50L is a valid substitute but I think 1.4 is competent without breaking the budget.
Never been a big fan of the original 24-70L and haven't yet tried the new version II...  But people swear by both versions and it may just come down to shooting style /focal length comfort zone.

+1 for the 5D3 + 16-35II + 50L or 1.4 + 70-200 2.8 IS II

Throw in a 40mm pancake for when you have a long day walking around an amusement park =)

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man, u guys are too smart.  i just like to take pictures of things/people.  sometimes, when it's dark, I use a flash =)

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Lighting / Re: Help with lighting setups for portraits...
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:57:19 PM »
before purchasing gear, might I recommend a little bit of reading material first to better understand what you might want to do

http://www.amazon.com/Speedliters-Handbook-Learning-Craft-Speedlites/dp/032171105X

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MkIII instructions - Rant !!
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:42:56 PM »
I know you were just ranting but may I suggest you skip over the stuff you know about. 

I read the manual, too.  I just glanced over the basic stuff.  It has to be in there for the idiots.  Yes, I agree that the general American public is dumb.  (And yes, I'm in/from the states).  My wife and I have a great time laughing at people when we walk around the mall and hear their dumb comments.... especially the ones who have that THICK California stupid-girl voice.  (We're both Californians and neither of us talk like that).  This is EVERY time we go out...we hear people say dumb s%&^ all the time.


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Canon General / Re: 5D3 or 5D2 + an L Lens
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:17:57 PM »
+1 for keeping the 5dmk3.  for the times when you need the speed or AF.  I think you'll regret the trade off when you come across the occasion when you need the features. 

I like the idea of getting a 17-40 or a 24-105 to compliment your lens collection...but leaning more towards the 17-40.  If you're looking at primes, i suggest you try out a 35L as well.  It's one of my favorites.

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Lenses / Re: Filters for 24-70 II
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:00:42 AM »
I just ordered an 82mm HOYA HD Clear protector (about $70 on eBay) for mine... and an 82mm Hoya HD Circular Polarizer as well.  My 77mm Tiffen was a little wonky and needed to be upgraded anyway... I already have the step up rings for use with smaller sized filters.

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:49:20 AM »
There is absolutely zero comparison between the 14 and the 17TS-E, they are so different anybody not sure which they need doesn't need either, seriously.

The 14mm is severely compromised in IQ, but gives amazing fov and very good AF and yes you do need to focus a 14mm. It really shines for things like skateboarding, snowboarding, and other moving and dynamic subjects.

The 17 is a very different tool for a very different job, it can be shift stitched to give the fov of an 11mm lens with a close to 50mp sensored image, it has the independently configurable tilt and shift so can be used well for interiors, architecture and landscapes, in landscape format but also in portrait format. It has practically no compromises in image quality but it is a pain in the butt to use with filters, probably the biggest drawback of the lens (plus the stupidly big gearing on the tilt movement).

They are both very good lenses with tons of creative possibilities but anybody wishing to choose between the two as a next purchase that doesn't know what they need, would be very well advised to rent both at the same time for a long weekend, one will live on your camera, buy that one.

whoah...slow down there guy.  obviously, I'm not sure what I need at this point.  take a deep breathe.

Yes, I like UWA angle shots.  I actually like the distortion of an ultra wide angle.  I'm curious about the the TS-E and it's flexibility and sharpness.  I like having AF so the 16-35 and 14mm prime are candidates as well.  We're looking at $2k give or take a few hundred dollars.  After my latest purchases, I won't be buying anything for a while (unless I can find a way to buy my wife another Louis Vuitton AND get her to agree on another lens purchase!  hahaha) 

I agree I should probably go and rent/borrow.  Heck, I might want the 8-15 fisheye!  I really don't know.... hence my inquiry under the forum topic "Advice 5D3, wide angle".

 

LOL.  I laughed hard at the part when you have to get your wife a LV bag so you can get another lens.  It's virtually the same for me.   ;D

Haha.  I knew I wasn't the only one who had to run these types/size of purchases through the "boss"! 

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:47:44 AM »
whoah...slow down there guy.  obviously, I'm not sure what I need at this point.  take a deep breathe.

Yes, I like UWA angle shots.  I actually like the distortion of an ultra wide angle.  I'm curious about the the TS-E and it's flexibility and sharpness.  I like having AF so the 16-35 and 14mm prime are candidates as well.  We're looking at $2k give or take a few hundred dollars.  After my latest purchases, I won't be buying anything for a while (unless I can find a way to buy my wife another Louis Vuitton AND get her to agree on another lens purchase!  hahaha) 

I agree I should probably go and rent/borrow.  Heck, I might want the 8-15 fisheye!  I really don't know.... hence my inquiry under the forum topic "Advice 5D3, wide angle".

 

I wasn't being negative or trying to stifle your thought process, I was just trying to point out that despite the similarity in focal lengths there are quantum differences between the lenses strong points, few peoples style will embrace both lenses so a bit of inward thought might save you from some very expensive disappointment. I really was trying to help.

On the subject of fisheyes, I have the older Canon 15mm (and FF bodies) and it gives very similar results to the rectilinear 14mm with regards IQ when it is defished with software. The build quality and focus speed are not on a par with the 14mm but it does work very well, I would have thought the 8-15 with an eye to using defishing software on occasions really does make a very flexible package, from my personal experience I would recommend the zoom fisheye over the 14mm almost every time.

my bad.  your points are valid and very much appreciated.

how does one de-fish?  is a separate plug in needed?  ( I use Aperture).  Is it built into Lightroom?

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:48:03 PM »
There is absolutely zero comparison between the 14 and the 17TS-E, they are so different anybody not sure which they need doesn't need either, seriously.

The 14mm is severely compromised in IQ, but gives amazing fov and very good AF and yes you do need to focus a 14mm. It really shines for things like skateboarding, snowboarding, and other moving and dynamic subjects.

The 17 is a very different tool for a very different job, it can be shift stitched to give the fov of an 11mm lens with a close to 50mp sensored image, it has the independently configurable tilt and shift so can be used well for interiors, architecture and landscapes, in landscape format but also in portrait format. It has practically no compromises in image quality but it is a pain in the butt to use with filters, probably the biggest drawback of the lens (plus the stupidly big gearing on the tilt movement).

They are both very good lenses with tons of creative possibilities but anybody wishing to choose between the two as a next purchase that doesn't know what they need, would be very well advised to rent both at the same time for a long weekend, one will live on your camera, buy that one.

whoah...slow down there guy.  obviously, I'm not sure what I need at this point.  take a deep breathe.

Yes, I like UWA angle shots.  I actually like the distortion of an ultra wide angle.  I'm curious about the the TS-E and it's flexibility and sharpness.  I like having AF so the 16-35 and 14mm prime are candidates as well.  We're looking at $2k give or take a few hundred dollars.  After my latest purchases, I won't be buying anything for a while (unless I can find a way to buy my wife another Louis Vuitton AND get her to agree on another lens purchase!  hahaha) 

I agree I should probably go and rent/borrow.  Heck, I might want the 8-15 fisheye!  I really don't know.... hence my inquiry under the forum topic "Advice 5D3, wide angle".

 

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:28:36 AM »
I'm in a similar predicament.  I just bought the 5d Mark III and 24-70 2.8 II.  (Arriving on Monday...damn UPS was supposed to deliver today but was late).

Anyways, I have a 60D and the 10-22mm... I love using it at 10mm.  If I sell the 60D+grip and accessories, and the 10-22 on craigslist, I can probably get about $1500 and buy the 16-35 2.8 II. 

My questions is:

Is it worth selling my current gear?

OR

Do you guys think I should keep the 60D, not bother with the hassle of trying to sell gear, and have a backup body/2nd camera angle when I do video work.

I would wait until you've had a chance to try out the 24-70 II on the 5D III before making that decision.  The 16-35 II is versatile like the 10-22 on a crop camera, but it will lose to the 24-70 II.  For you, it might make more sense to get a UWA prime to complement the 24-70 II rather than getting the 16-35 II.

I was considering the 14mm f/2.8L or the TS-E 17mm for their sharpness.  You're right about waiting a little though.  I have enough work on my hands in the upcoming months learning the new gear.  I do know that I want an UWA eventually

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:12:49 PM »
I'm in a similar predicament.  I just bought the 5d Mark III and 24-70 2.8 II.  (Arriving on Monday...damn UPS was supposed to deliver today but was late).

Anyways, I have a 60D and the 10-22mm... I love using it at 10mm.  If I sell the 60D+grip and accessories, and the 10-22 on craigslist, I can probably get about $1500 and buy the 16-35 2.8 II. 

My questions is:

Is it worth selling my current gear?

OR

Do you guys think I should keep the 60D, not bother with the hassle of trying to sell gear, and have a backup body/2nd camera angle when I do video work.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Inexpensive lens for Video
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:29:41 PM »

I love my wife to death but she has a tendency to "Drop" things. :)

bless her heart... i know how you feel =)

+1 for the prime for low light.  she might actually have some fun with manual focus and a prime.  My wife loves turning the knobs (on the camera rig).  At $100 for a 50 1.8, you should have one just to toy with anyway. 

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+1 more vote for the 70-200 2.8 IS II.  I just got mine 2 months ago.  No buyer's remorse here.  Fast, sharp, versatile. 

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