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 Post subject: 24-105 vs 17-40 L's
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:49 am 
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Help !

I'm rather confused at the moment and need assistance in deciding between these 2 lenses. I'm just about to make the move to full frame (5D MK2) and can squeeze one of these 2 lenses into my budget .... but which one ? The more I read the more confused I get, both good reviews and bad for each.

So to assist even further, my current interests are landscape & portraits. When I sell my existing camera I will be left with a 70-200mm f2.8 and a 50mm f1.8. To my way of thinking the 17-40mm L will provide the wide angle I need for landscapes and my 70-200mm has been fantastic on my 550D for portraits so the 50mm can fill a small gap between the 2. I have however read some ordinary reviews, especailly when it comes to softness around the edges at the widest angles. The 24-105 L on the other hand will effectively give me a slightly wider angle than my current 18-55mm on a crop sensor and to date there has only been 2 occasions where I needed to go wider. Reviews for this lens have been kinder.

Does anyone have experience with both that they could share to help make my decision a little easier ?

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 Post subject: Re: 24-105 vs 17-40 L's
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:02 am 
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I picked the 240-105L as it has a more useful range. You won't always shoot landscape and you will need that extra reach for other type of shooting.

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 Post subject: Re: 24-105 vs 17-40 L's
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Get the 5D MkII and 24-105 together in a kit as this makes it cheaper than if you buy them separately. 24mm on FF is quite wide and if you need wider for landscapes you can stitch two (camera in portrait/vertical orientation) shots. I did a five shot wide pano like this handheld and it was fine, IS helps here too.

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=29973&p=253960#p253960

If after a while you still need a 17-40 will then saving for that will be less painful as it is cheaper.

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 Post subject: Re: 24-105 vs 17-40 L's
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24-105 would be better option in my opinion

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