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Old Jun 3, 2008, 7:03 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have just bought an almost new Canon EOS 5D (body only) and am now trying to decide on my first lens for the new camera which will logically be a "general purpose" lens (if there is such a thing). I am thinking about one of these to start:

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM

I want to ensure I can get the best from the new camera so don't want to skimp on the lens. Would appreciate any comments on the above choices or any others to consider.

All the best,
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Old Jun 3, 2008, 7:27 AM   #2
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The 24-105 definitely

Unless you really need f/2.8 the 24-70 is an older design which is technically edge out by the 24-105 in most measured parameters...
-> As a bonus you get IS and longer reach as a compromise for the weight of an f/2.8
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Old Jun 3, 2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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I agree. The only reason to get the 24-70 is if you need 2.8. If you need 2.8 then you need it and that's the best choice in that focal range for a full frame canon. But most people don't need 2.8 There's a reason the 24-105 is sold as a kit lens with the camera. It's a fantastic lens at a very useful focal length.
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Old Jun 3, 2008, 2:42 PM   #4
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Many thanks guys. The 24-105 it is then.

Cheers,
Dave.
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Old Jun 4, 2008, 2:41 AM   #5
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I've been very happy with my 24-105L.

But best general purpose lens with a 5D? Well my vote would go to the 50mm f1.4 prime. :-)
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Peripatetic, that's because you're "old school". :-)I'm finally getting back to where I was when I first started (50 mm prime). I just got the 50 mm F1.4 used, it's a steal compared to the 50 mm F1.2L.
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Oh dear. "Old School", and I've just turned 40. I feel a mid-life crisis coming on. :-)

Actually having made my way through the ranks of the 3 standard 50mm lenses on the 5D I can say that I hated the 1.8, very much liked the 1.4, and love the 1.2 (which is what I'm using now).

But the price premium for the 1.2 is very high, and I'm not sure I'd buy it again knowing what I know now. (And considering my bank balance this year. Still I had the cash when I bought it so what the heck.)

Here's the weird thing - I think most people (me certainly) are much better photographers when you put a prime lens on the camera instead of a zoom. I exclude "specialist" photography (sports, wildlife, etc.).


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I'm over 50, 40 seems young. You're absolutely right. I remember doing weddings with just a 50 mm and a 28 mm primes and the quality and content are very close to what I'm turning out now. The only difference is instead of 140 photos (film), now I end up with 400 photos. I got my 50 mm 1.4 lens from a friend who upgraded to the 1.2 mm.Back tolens choices, I think I would get the F1.8 50 mm to go with one of the other choices mentioned, especially for walk around.
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