Canon Lenses Question

by Victor Matos
(Lorain, Ohio)

Canon 24-70 <b>$1700</b>

Canon 24-70 $1700

Canon 24-70 <b>$1700</b>
Canon 70-200 <b>$1900</b>
Canon 24-105 <b>$1100</b>

"the only two canon lenses I own are the 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8.
I am ready to invest in my first L Series Lenses but cannot decide between the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II or the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II. I can only afford one right now and it will be a year or two before I could afford the other. I like shooting senior pictures, weddings, Family portraits.

Thank You."

Hi Victor,

Thanks for your question about Canon EF "L" lenses. This is a fascinating topic. Seeing that you only have two fast, prime lenses indicates to me that you love only high quality, fast lenses. That is quite unusual as most shooters first lens is a standard zoom or kit lens.

You shoot senior pictures, weddings, family portraits. I've "retired" from shooting weddings, but I'll tell you what I do and that might help you decide what's best for you to do, although our shooting styles may be a little different. I'll assume you shoot with a full-sized sensor.

I prefer the 24-105mm lens over the 24-70 and, in fact, have two of them. Both the 24-70 f/2.8 and my 24-105mm lenses f/4 maintain their constant maximum f/stop throughout their zoom range.

The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

I find the 24-70 range (2.9x) a little limiting at times. I really like the extra reach and more distant perspective I get at 105mm, particularly for family portraits. For me, the 24-105 range(4.3x) is a little more versatile.

The 24-70mm is a sweet lens and quite popular with other Canon shooters, no doubt. For me, 70mm just isn't strong enough in a lot of situations. I don't shoot natural light wedding photos in dark churches anymore, so I just don't miss that extra full stop of speed that the 24-70 f/2.8 gives you over the 24-105mm f/4. For me, 70mm is not telephoto enough to use for head shots-it's not a distant enough perspective. If you really need that extra f/stop, you need to get the 24-70 f/2.8. With the newer DSLRs I find the high ISO capabilities to be so good that I just don't need to shoot at f/2.8 anymore.

The Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8

I use my 70-200 f/2.8 for shooting senior portraits about 98% of the time. I love it for shooting portraits, inside studio headshots first, followed by full length and closer photos outside. This is definitely the lens you should go with for your second purchase next year. You'll have no regrets.

For the benefit of the other readers of Canon Camera Geek I've included links to the 3 lenses on Amazon to give them an opportunity to read the consumer opinions on these 3 lenses.

Canon EF "L" Lens Reviews

Canon 24-70mm ii
Canon 70-200mm ii
Canon 24-105mm ii


Camera Lens Basics
Canon DSLR Lenses

Good Luck, Victor. Please let everyone know what you decide!

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