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Old Dec 3, 2005, 8:13 PM   #1
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I photograph kids and families outdoors. I have a canon fixed 85mm f1.8-perfect for individual shots. I need to replace my existing zoom for group shotsand I'm prepared to spend $$ if I'll get "bang for buck".I'm currently shooting 35mm with view to go digital in future. Is the canon 24 - 105mm f4constant the way to go? I'm looking for a fast lens with sharpness and clarity. any other lenses suggested?
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Old Dec 3, 2005, 9:04 PM   #2
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the 24-70 2.8L is faster, offers less distortion and is noticeably sharper..

the 24-105 is a nice lens in its own right and is a very good all-around lens.. but because of this larger zoom it cannot compete with the 24-70...

plus you always have the 85 1.8 when you need a little longer focal length..
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Also the 85mm F1.2 is great it cost more but you gain lot for very fine DOF, and in some cases thats what you want.
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Thanks for that advice. I have to figure out if it's worth the extra$$$$.
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an 85 1.2 will not gain you much over what you have now.. and would not be worth the money for you now..

get a nice zoom like the 24-70..
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have you tried both the 24-70 and the 24-105? Is it really worth the extra money in terms of clarity/sharpness?
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 3:01 PM   #7
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they are both great lenses.. this test seems to contradict the resolution decrease of hte 24-105 that i had ititially heard about.. so probably there is more variability between copies than actual difference in resolution between these 2 lenses..

the difference that you will need to make your decision on are a)vignetting- the 24-105 is worse b)distortion 24-105 is worse.. they are not that bad, so in normal shooting it would probably not be a problem.. also a thing to consider is the greater flexibility in dof of a 2.8 lens.. which again may or may not be an issue..

here is a little comparison i found.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...s/28-105.shtml



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:-)Thank you SO MUCH for directing me to that study. It has clinched for me my decision. To go for the 24 - 105, for various decisions. What a help this site has been (and you in particular) I stumbled upon it by pure chance a couple of days ago. Thanks again.
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my pleasure.. enjoy your new lens!
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