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07-13-2008, 09:48 AM
I love shooting primes. They are my personal preference for different reasons. But for a lot of what I shoot(my daughters sports, LGHS events, famlily gatherings, etc.) I can help but think a couple of zooms would be the better choice. Maybe something like the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 paired with the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8. I have a Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 already. This would give a great 3 lens combo for events/sports coverage. But I am torn due to my preference of primes. But when I take personal feelings out of the equation, adding zooms to the bag makes sense. If I stay all primes would I give up a lot of shots? And do the current available zooms have the same/near the same sharpness as primes?

I have been going back and forth in my mind on this for a while and would appreciate some opinions to add to my on going thoughts.

07-13-2008, 10:04 AM
I should add that I have 2 bodies, so running 2 lenses at once is not a problem. Like running a 24-70 and a 70-200 at a soccer game. Or a 30mm and 135mm at a soccer game. Or running a 10-20 and a 30mm 1.4 at an indoor event. You get the idea. I am just totally undecided. Should I get the 135 f2, or pick up 2 zooms. When thinking of them strictly as tools, the 2 zooms make more sense. But the 135 is what I'm lusting after.

07-13-2008, 04:14 PM
My primary set up is a 17-40, 50 1.4, and 70-200. I personally find the zooms to be incredibly useful, but I also don't need a midrange zoom, because there is only 30mm between the 17-40 and the 70-200. In fact, I usually carry my small bag when out shooting, with the 70-200 on the body, and the 17-40 in an attached lens case, skipping the midrange entirely.

Which is all to say: zooms give you a fair amount of flexibility, and for your applications, I don't know that the 24-70 would add a whole lot. I've got my eyes on some primes, so I definitely can see that side, too.

07-13-2008, 04:22 PM
The 24-70 range I was thinking would work well in 2 areas....
1) shooting at our annual convention. this would give me width and reach on one body while walking the vendor area where everyone is when not listening to presentations. The counterpoint to this is at last years convention, I got a good 200 keepers using the 30mm.

2) shooting my daughters soccer games, I would have a mid range when the action got close to where I am standing. But again, I could use the 30 and crop when needed.

Maybe I am over analyzing, or getting over concerned about the amount of shots I have to miss.

07-13-2008, 04:25 PM
That could work too... I'm just giving you another perspective. If I only wanted to carry one lens, I'd probably get the 24-105 f/4L, which might be all you'd need on a crop body...

07-13-2008, 04:32 PM
I thought about the 24-105. But I was thinking 24-70 just to have f2.8 for the indoor stuff. For my needs, faster glass is more useful than IS. And I greatly appreciate your advice in both of these threads.

Also the more I think about it, I would probably get the Canon 70-200 non IS if I go this route.