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Buying my first L

G6DDS 8 231 Scotland
26 Sep 2009 7:41PM
I just got engaged last weekend and instead of getting a ring that will only be worn for a year or so til we get married my fiancee has said she would get me a new lens.
I currently have a 400d but will be buying my mates 40d when he gets his 7d.
I'm really looking for an all rounder lens. I have the 18-55 kit lens, 85 f1.8, 70-300 all canon and a sigma 10 -20.

What will be the best out of the 24-70 f2.8 and the 24-105 f4

I have not been into photography long and don't have a particular area i enjoy the most yet.

Thanks in advance


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Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
26 Sep 2009 7:45PM
I don't know about the lens but

Quote:instead of getting a ring that will only be worn for a year or so til we get married my fiancee has said she would get me a new lens.

it sounds like you found the perfect woman!
colin beeley Plus
14 1.2k 10 England
26 Sep 2009 7:50PM
mmmmm there will be a pay back ! 24/70 24-105 might help you make up your mind.
Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
26 Sep 2009 7:55PM

Quote:there will be a pay back

Good point, that one could be good for several years worth of recriminations... Maybe best to go for the ring.

Then you can use your sacrifice now to argue for more lenses in the future. If you don't get the ring it may be your last lens ever.
User_Removed 15 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 7:59PM
First of all Iain, congrats on the engagement!
Come on lads. Where's your manners!!!

I have the 24-105 and it really is a great lens with edge to edge sharpness and a really handy range for getting n close without intruding, if you catch my drift?
Can't speak for the 24-70 I'm afraid.

God luck with your choice.

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Sep 2009 8:03PM
24 - 70, brilliant.
Henchard 12 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 8:06PM
I had the 24-105 f4.0 and sold it because I never found it that good. I now have the 24-70 f2.8 which I find far superior.

Just my 2p
ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 8:48PM

Quote:24 - 70, brilliant.


G6DDS 8 231 Scotland
27 Sep 2009 8:00PM

Quote:First of all Iain, congrats on the engagement!
Come on lads. Where's your manners!!!

Thanks Gerry.

Have read various reviews etc for both lens but still none the wiser. Might have a trip to jessops and try both out, would it be best to borrow my mates 40d that i'm going to be buying or will taking my 400 give me just as good an idea?

banehawi 13 1.7k 3748 Canada
27 Sep 2009 8:12PM
The 24-70 is perhaps the sharpest lens made by anyone. Its sharper than the 24-105, but its way heavier, bulkier, and doesnt have that extra reach that makes it a good walk around lens.

So, - you may be walking around a lot looking for an engagement ring, - cos shes only joking about not wanting one, - so there you go!

G6DDS 8 231 Scotland
27 Sep 2009 8:51PM
I bought her an engagement ring but instead of me having one too she offered to buy me a lens.
AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
27 Sep 2009 10:35PM
" All Rounder " 24-70 has to be the pick from the two listed........ it's a supurb lens, woudn't go anywhere without it.

LensYews 8 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2009 10:48PM
Congratulations on the engagement, I must speak to my wife to find out why this wasn't an option for us Smile

You're choice will mainly be down to what you need the lens for, if you need the sharpness, the extra stop and don't mind the weight the 24-70 would be obvious choice. If the extra reach and image stabilisation are more important, then the 24-105.

Personally my route into the L lenses was a 70-200mm, and if the focal range is appropriate for you the f4 IS could be a good choice as well.

G6DDS 8 231 Scotland
28 Sep 2009 1:28AM
Her first offer was a 5D mk2 but i said that would be a waste of money on me just now.
Really not sure now after what you have said steve. Image stabalisation would be good for a walkabout lens but then again i may want the extra stop and sharpness.

I've been reading up alot about portrait photography and think i may be leaning towards that side of things.
LensYews 8 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 12:21AM
Both lenses are good for group, full length and head and shoulder shots, but the 24-105mm will also allow those tight shots of just the face (135mm is the recommended focal length for those, which would be 85mm on a 1.6 crop camera like the 400d and 40d. Or you could get a little closer to the subject, but then there are issues of the comfort zone.

And if you need the extra low light performance you could add a 50mm f1.4 for the difference in price between the two.


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