Hi, long time reader and first time poster here.
My current lens setup for weddings is a 24-105, 50, and a 70-200 on a 1.3x body and 1.6x as a backup/2nd body. I'm considering swapping the 24-105 for a 16-35 ii. Anybody use a 16-35, 50, and 70-200 setup and are happy with it?
I love my 24-105, and it produces some very nice images, but I have found that it is leaving me wanting more on the wide end (especially with a 1.3x body) and in low light. Also, while my 70-200 produces very nice, sharp portraits with great bokeh and my 50mm works well indoors with low light and is good for subject isolation, I'm just not getting many images with the "wow" factor out of the 24-105. And with every bride's mother running around with a rebel and a kit lens, I'm definitely having to produce lots of those "wow" images to make clients happy. Looking back, most of the pictures made with the 24-105 are at the wide or long end too.
So while I know the 16-35 will produce those amazing wide-angle shots, will it be worth it to lose those focal lengths between 35 and 50 as well as 50 and 70?
hmmm, your current setup is pretty solid (only thing missing is a FF body IMO, but you do have a 1.3 crop? Is that a 1d mk4?).
I would honestly say, if you can, keep the 24-105 for now and pick up a 16-35. If it's not in your budget to do that, then its really a matter of how bad do you want the wide end? How often do you think you'll go wide? How much overlap do you need? (IE - 16-35 on your 1.6 crop - you almost have to go 70-200 on your 1.3 crop. In which case the 50mm is the odd ball of the bunch because effectively the 16-35 would cover the 50mm range).
I was in a similar situation with a FF body and a 1.6 crop. My solution was to sell the 7d and the 10-22mm i had for the wide end. I have snagged a 16-35mm, now i need a backup body (lenses now are 16-35, 24-70 v1, 70-200 2.8 Non IS, 50 1.4, and 85 1.
.... though I liked my 7d and it served me well, the difference in effective FOV and IQ made my decisions for me (like, I would end up using my 7d as a lens holder...lol)