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Old Jun 23, 2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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Anyody use the Canon 70-200 f/4 L as a walk around lens. If so, tell me how you like it for the walk around lens.
Or would you use Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Tamron 24-135 f/3.5 variable aperture or the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 for during the day. Which choice.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 12:43 PM   #2
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My favorite walk around lens on my 30D is the 24-105 f/4L IS. I dont own the 70-200 yet as I rarely shoot at the 200mm side, but I did own the 50-200 on my olympus and found that there were times when I wish I wasnt restricted to starting at 50mm.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 1:51 PM   #3
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I guess it depends on what you shoot when you walk around. 70-200mm would be good for candid shots of people from a distance. I saw one guy walking around an auto show with a 70-200mm F4.

I normally keep a Tamron 17-50mm on my camera and change lens depending on the situation.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 5:00 PM   #4
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I used to have the 70-200 IS f/2.8L on my 20D and it wasn't any use at all for a walk around lens. Since going full frame it has become more use. I did use it for that purpose, but only because it was more suited than my only other lens at the time a 16-35mm.

Last week Ibought the 24-70 f/2.8L and I find that perfect as a walk around lens on full frame.
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Old Jun 25, 2007, 1:47 PM   #5
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The 70-200 would be a bit heavy, big and attention getting to carry around ALL the time.

I use it when I go to the Zoo and it is pretty weighty to carry around for the better part of a day. I have the 4 IS version so its lighter than the 2.8s. those we be even a less ideal choice.
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Old Jun 30, 2007, 11:05 AM   #6
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Doing similar research, guess it depends also on which camera you use, full frame or crop. I'm seeing great things, GREAT THINGS about the 24-105 f/4L IS mentioned above.

I've got that one all over my mind as a walk around and would have pulled the trigger already if not for other non-walkaround, low light situation which is my primary need.
Lens in same size and weight but with 2.8 seems to be one of the most wished about lenses in multiple, multiple posts across many forums.

But outdoors where 2.8 is not as needed, man ,oh man, oh man. Check out some of the pics on pbase.


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Old Jun 30, 2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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I wouldnt use the 70-200 as you will most likely need a wider lens to shot a variety of things.I would like the 24-105 L as a nice walk around,but I cant afford it.I use a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 as my walk around lens and also have the 85 F1.8 for a little more reach and for museums.You dont need an F2.8 for a walk around lens but if you can get 1 it helps so that you dont need to change lenses as much if you go into some place thats darker.I really all depends on how much you can spend.I would recommend something in the 17-24mm to 70-105mm as my walk around with the fastest glass you can afford.

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