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12/07/2005 11:59:47 PM · #1
I would like to buy a new lens. I currently have a couple cheap Sigma lenses. I would really like to get the Canon 24-70 F/2.8L USM. Every review I've read says it's a great lens.

Here's my question...am I going to see a noticeable difference between the Canon lens and the current lenses that I have? I've taken some great shots with the Sigma lenses...what's so great about the Canon lens?

Is it really worth shelling out $1000+? I'm getting more serious about photography...which is the driving force behind my decision to "upgrade." Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
12/08/2005 10:06:12 AM · #2
It's very hard for other photographers to say with any accuracy how much better a more expensive lens will be for you. Yes, it is a better lens. Will you be able to see a difference in your images? Probably. Will the difference be enough to justify the expense? Only you can answer.

If you are not totally sure you want to buy it, I'd suggest:
a) rent one for a weekend and shoot about 1000 images and look them over for a few days before you decide;
b) buy it some place where it is clear that it can be returned for a refund if you are not completely satisfied even if there is no flaw or defect in the lens.

Either of these are going to cost you a little more in the long run, but that's the price of knowing for sure that you'll be happy with your purchase.
12/08/2005 10:16:22 AM · #3
just put it this way, since i got my canon 24-70L 2.8, it has never left my camera, and it wont until i get the canon 70-200 2.8
12/08/2005 10:33:57 AM · #4
We all get the urge to buy a new lens once in a while, and it seems as though we forget about what makes a great picture. When it is all said and done, composition, exposure, and subject are the real call when it comes to successful photography. I took a look at your portfolio and saw a lot of great shots taken with what you have now, and I also see a lot of superb pictures taken with lesser equipment than we have.

My suggestion is take a real good look at what you feel you need but don't forget the basic needs of a good photo.
Oh, by the way Sigma makes some great lenses that will give most of us amateurs all we ever needed in a lens, and at a lot less than the fabled "L" glass.
12/08/2005 10:50:21 AM · #5
The others have already given you a lot of good advice. Basically, no lens is going to make you a good photographer. But, a good lens will make it easier for you to make yourself a good photographer.

I've also been thinking about buying this lens to cover the gap between my 17-40 and 70-200 lenses. Most of the reviews I've read have praised it highly, but a few have mentioned that you need to get a 'good' copy of the lens. They say the quality control isn't as good as it should be and some copies are noticably better than others.

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