24 - 70 or 24 -105 for weddings

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Don, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Don

    Don Guest


    Bit of a dilemma. Currently shooting the odd wedding with a 28 - 135 IS
    canon lens on a 1D mk11n along with a 70 - 200 F4 L and a 17 - 40 F4 L.
    Not happy with the 28 in comparison to the other two lenses used for
    weddings so am pondering on the 24 - 70 2.8 L (non IS) or the 24 - 105 IS L
    F4. Can only afford one of the two and am leaning to the 24 - 70 for the
    bokeh and ability to narrow the DOF. I like external portraits that show
    good bokeh and blurred background etc. Use a number of on and off camera
    flashes when necessary. Any views welcome. Have read as many reviews on
    the web as I could find including such sites as luminous landscape etc.

    Don, Mar 15, 2006
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  2. Don

    Bill Hilton Guest

    Don writes ...
    I have the older 28-70 f/2.8 L (not 24-70 but close) and a few months
    ago I bought the 24-105 f/4 L IS, mainly to take on a safari to Africa
    where I thought the greater focal range and IS would be very useful ...
    all I can say is that I like the 24-105 much better and am selling off
    the 28-70 soon. I like it better because of the extra focal length and
    because IS is so handy, even in a relatively short lens. Both are fine
    Ah, so it boils down to the extra f/stop ... I'm not so sure that at
    105 mm f/4 you wouldn't get about the same blur as you would at 70 mm
    f/2.8 ... I would personally use an 85 mm f/1.8 for the blurred
    background, I don't think at 70 mm and f/2.8 you'll get enough of a
    blur unless the background is well back from the main subject, though I
    could be wrong. You lose the zoom but the 85 f/1.8 is a relatively
    inexpensive lens with good optics. We've done entire trips to Mexico
    where all we took was this and a 35 mm f/2, where we had to travel
    light and be inconspicuous.

    Bill Hilton, Mar 15, 2006
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  3. Don

    Eatmorepies Guest

    There's one here http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

    It suggests that the DOF of a 70mm at f2.8 is very similar to an 85mm at
    f4. The 24 - 105 can do the DOF job you probably need for weddings.

    Eatmorepies, Mar 15, 2006
  4. Don

    Don Guest

    Thanks guys.

    Looks like it will be the 105


    Don from Down Under
    Don, Mar 16, 2006
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